PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Nikita Roe and husband Declan bought a home in Levin.

Kirsty Cotterill-Craig and her family recently moved from Whangarei to Invercargill.

Her husband, Sam, got a job that paid $10,000 more and that, combined with cheaper housing, made the deal hard to resist.

They are renting their home at the moment – paying $100 less a week for a higher quality, bigger house with a large section – and plan to buy soon. She said it was noticeably cheaper in the south.

“[After buying a house] then maybe a rental to then be able to leverage off both to buy back home in four or five years. There has been a lot of negative comments about down here but it’s actually lovely.”



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