Northland property

PHOTO: With overseas holidays not an option this year as well, the region could be flooded with even more people. Source: 1 NEWS

Northland services are increasingly under the pump as the region experiences one of New Zealand’s biggest population booms this year.

Now, there’s worry that with overseas holidays out of the picture because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the region may be flooded with more visitors.

Ray White Kaitaia real estate agent Keri Hokai said houses were selling above the asking price because of high demand.

“People have missed out on houses and they’re getting desperate.”

Property sales in Kaitaia and surrounding areas are up about 50 per cent compared to the same time last year.

Meanwhile, holiday home manager Fleur Comar said she had a long list of guests wanting to book properties, but there weren’t enough to go around.