Lowe & Co

PHOTO: MONIQUE FORD/STUFF Managing director of Lowe & Co Realty, Craig Lowe, says open plan villas with french doors that open out onto a yard are popular among buyers.

If you’re looking to buy a house in Wellington, be prepared to spend a lot of time looking, make multiple offers, and think about buying off the plans.

And if you’re after an open-plan villa with a quaint backyard? Join the queue.

2019 saw people looking out of Wellington City – heading to surrounding suburbs such as Tawa, Grenada, Newlands, as well as the Hutt Valley, Porirua and the Kāpiti Coast.

Heading into 2020, the real estate market is set to look fairly similar despite a slight lull later in the year to coincide with the general election.