Great Time to Downsize in Auckland’s North

Great Time to Downsize in Auckland’s North

Publish Date: September 18 2019

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Housing consent

“Now is the time,” says Stroud Homes Auckland North builder Michael Rabey. “It’s never going to be a better time to sell you current home and build something new in Auckland North.”

And he’s right, according to recent reports housing consent figures remain strong in the region.

These rates in combination with a low interest rate environment made for 35,472 houses consented for in the year to the end of July.

And according to Michael it’s just the beginning.

“We get a lot of enquirers from people looking to downsize after their children have left ‘the nest’ and now want to build something smaller and further away from the city.

“There’s great potential for new builds with lots of land coming up as well.”

We find out more..


Empty nesters

Downsizers or empty nesters are parents whose children have grown up and left home, and who usually want to live in a smaller, low maintenance home in order to free up some time, and possibly some cash too.

According to Michael, most people in this category are between 55 and 75 and are looking to move away from the city and closer to the beach.

Popular areas outside of the city include Snells Beach, a small coastal town in the north of Auckland Region in the North Island. Snells Beach is situated only a short hours drive from Auckland and with a variety of beaches, cafes, bush walks and parks.

“Many don’t mind commuting for work as they might already be retired, soon to be retired, or working part-time from home.”

“There’s great possible financial gain in selling your larger property in the city and investing in something smaller.”

“It might just be enough for you to be able to go on a holiday or do fewer days at work.”

And for people who are looking to downsize, Stroud Homes Auckland North is offering an affordable range of smaller home designs around the 165-190 square meter mark that suits empty nesters to a tee.

A selection of our smaller home designs

Things to think about

Deciding to sell your old property is a big decision and not one to be rushed.

Before deciding to sell off your current property in order to downsize, there a few questions you should ask yourself:

  • How much are you going to get for your existing home?
  • How much are you prepared to spend on your new home?
  • Where are you planning to live while building your new home?
  • Are you open to rent for a period of time while the new home is being built?

Worry-Free Guarantee

At Stroud Homes New Zealand we’re so confident about our service, we include a ‘Worry Free Service Guarantee.

This entitles you to a full refund of the preliminary costs if you are not 100% satisfied with our service!

Stroud homes also offers a FREE site evaluation for all their customers.


Storage & custom designs

Moving from a large property to a much smaller one might cause some issues in regards to storage. But not if you’re building with Stroud Homes Auckland North.

Michael and the team will work closely with you and make sure your every need is met when deciding to downsize. Any of the smaller house design can include added storage.

“We are very flexible with all our designs and are more than happy to customise it to every client’s need,” explains Michael.

“As a builder, we are ready to go! If you come in and see us now we’ll still be able to get all plans to council and won’t have to wait for approval over the Christmas period,”

“Now is the time!”


Bespoke/custom homes

Did you know, with Stroud Homes Auckland North, you can modify any plans or customise your own, just like the chameleon – no change is unachievable!

A custom home design build is the perfect option for clients who have a clear vision of what they want from their home or for clients who may be limited due to their block or budget.

With Stroud Homes Auckland South, get a consultation free of charge to assist in your choice of a new home design, which incorporates understanding of what you desire in your new home; your needs, land, lifestyle and budget.

And one of the main benefits of cutomising your own home is that every room can be designed exactly how you want it. You can include as many different luxury amenities as you wish and your custom built home will always be completely unique.

The needs of all customers are at Stroud Homes core. “With our vast experience in the building industry and your ideas, we know we can build a unique and stylish home for you and your family,” says Michael.

“We can use your plans or change our plans to suit you.”

If you are struggling to find your dream home, then why not build your own? There are no limits when designing with Stroud Homes so you really can have the house you have always wanted.

If you are interested in building with Stroud Homes Auckland North, contact Michael or fill out the form below:


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