Whangarei’s average house price almost $500,000


PHOTO: Suzanne, and twins Liam and Riley, enjoy their new $500,000-plus home – the average price of Whangarei homes now sits just shy of $500,000. Photo / Tania Whyte

A rise in the average property value in Whangarei to just $5 short of $500,000 has prompted calls by a local investor to the Government to help first-home buyers.

Whangarei social worker Suzanne, who does not want her last name used, does not have to look far to know the difficulties first-home buyers are facing because none of her five adult children can afford a deposit to get on to the property ladder.