Housing boom expected in NZ

April 17, 2014


New Zealand’s busiest house builder expects a third more homes to be constructed in the 2014/15 financial year than the previous 12 months.

According to Grant Porteous of Albany-headquartered national builder GJ Gardner, he revealed that the company's franchisees built 694 houses last year and that he expects at least 920 this year.

He said: "Our franchise team has advised a budget for the period April 2014 to March 2015 of just over 1100 new houses. I'm always conservative so will probably put my assessment in at 1050."

A recent evaluation from What's On showed Christchurch-headquartered Stonewood Homes, ranked second to GJ Gardner, building 690 houses in the year to February, followed by another Christchurch company, Mike Greer Homes, with 645 new places.

Porteous said growth is coming from many areas within just 12 to 14 weeks.

He said: "It's been spread across the major centres… we have a new franchise in Whangarei and we've increased business in Tauranga. The Hamilton market has grown. Rodney has been dominant.

"We've only recently established a second franchise in Christchurch so are very confident we will grow there significantly in the next 12 months."

This announcement signals a growth in the housing sector, with numerous job opportunities opening for people who have experience working in this industry such as builders, engineers and electricians and so on.

If you have the relevant experience and qualifications of working in this sector, then you could be eligible to apply for a permanent residence visa in New Zealand.

If you want to know if you are eligible to emigrate to New Zealand and what your job prospects are, contact The Emigration Group today on 01244 321414.

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