Yes, finally we found our house. As I mentioned before searching for properties in Christchurch is not the easiest task. And when it comes to buying a house it was a little bit different than what we are used to. Negotiation with the bank is done through a mortgage broker, so you don’t have to hassle with them. The contract signing has to go through a solicitor. And the worst part (at least what we discovered) is to get insurance. In Canterbury they have much harder rules to get it. And you have to use the company that the house was insured before. And if you don’t get insured there will be no bank loan.
We are living near the beach in Christchurch. It would be great in the summer, great for walking and enjoying water activities. And it is a big forest park nearby. We will definitely enjoy the area. And the garden is really nice.