Bruce Farquhar represents
Bayleys Nelson, Licensed REAA2008

For Buying or Selling Nelson Property

What’s Life Like in Nelson New Zealand and What is the Property Market Like?

Since last week we have sold 73 Brunner Street, Bishopdale, Nelson. This was an interesting process - on each of our listings I obtain a LIM report from the relevant council (for those of you overseas LIM stands for Land Information Memorandum and it‘s a legal document which provides information on the land use, land hazards and legality of any structures on the land in question).

When we received the LIM on Brunner Street, it became apparent that the original house construction 20 years ago had never been signed off and the house had no Code Compliance Certificate. When the current owners had bought the house 14 years ago the absence of a CCC had gone unnoticed by their solicitor, proving once again that none of us are infallible.

Offers from buyers were therefore prepared conditional upon the CCC being obtained, and in due course this happened. Fortunately whoever built the house originally had built it well and there were no problems obtaining the final CCC.

Moving away from this particular case, the implications of non-compliant work are that the relevant council may require the work to be removed or remedied in some way, but the most significant issue is that of insurance cover - if a claim is made the insurer will no doubt be looking for reasons not to pay out, and the lack of a CCC might just give them that reason.

My final point is this - if you get work done on your property that required a building permit to start the work, then its not finished until the CCC is issued. Even if all the council inspections have been done, YOU the owner are required to make a formal and written application for the issue of the CCC. Don‘t expect your builder to do it because in many cases that won‘t happen.

I therefore list multiple properties each year where the owners thought a CCC had been issued, only to find when I receive the LIM, that the final application had never been made and they have a dwelling, or part of the dwelling without a CCC.

You can rest assured that because we get LIMs on our listings, each of the homes below have the required paperwork, or if they don‘t, we make the disclosure in the information booklets we hand out and email to buyers.

Have a great week

What is Nelson like?

Nelson is internationally renowned for its unsurpassed natural beauty‚ its pleasant Mediterranean-style climate - sheltered from cold southerly weather, varied recreational activities and diverse cultural opportunities. Taken together‚ these provide a quality of life in Nelson unexcelled by any area of its size in the world.

It is less expensive to live in Nelson than in most metropolitan areas in New Zealand, and the proportion of families who live in their own home and of adults with tertiary qualifications is higher than the national average (2006 NZ Census).

Hailed as one of New Zealand’s most ‘liveable’ cities by Lonely Planet, Nelson is a bright, optimistic, worldly town, arranged around a flat grid on Tasman Bay. Nelson’s streets are dotted with beautiful Victorian houses, with a selection of Buddhist centres, naturopaths, yoga studios and galleries. Artsy wanderers mooch between cafés and coffee-carts, ducking into the Bridge St bars or poetry readings in bookshops. Beyond the urban fringe the coast and hills offer a plethora of activities, both relaxed and adrenalin-charged.

The Nelson region, extending west into the Tasman region, is a top destination for travellers to New Zealand – and for locals too. With more sunny days than anywhere else in the country, brilliant beaches and superb national parks (Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman) there’s plenty here to keep you occupied (or to lull you into sun-soaked sedation). The region is also home to a progressive, offbeat community of artists and winemakers.

It is the people that make Nelson the appealing city it really is. Family values and a strong sense of local community underpin day-to-day life in the region. We value our history and tradition, but we also welcome newcomers and the rich diversity they bring to our lives.

I am a relative newcomer myself, having lived most of my 54 years in the North Island. However I am also convinced that Nelson is the best city in New Zealand for the ideal quality of life.

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