- Looking to buy a home in Auckland? Prepare to extend your mental boundaries of what counts as ‘Auckland’ – something property experts say droves of people are beginning to do.
Mike Whittaker from Mike Whittaker mortgages said most first home buyers were looking on the outskirts of west Auckland or out south.
Whittaker’s picks for the next popular suburbs were Silverdale, Pokeno, Otahuhu, Papatoetoe, Manukau and Mangere – in that order.
“People have become more realistic,” he said.
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