By Eva Churchman

A realtor acquaintance sent me this copy of a sale and purchase agreement for an 111-year-old cottage in Berhampore, Wellington which has a land area of only 348 m2 and a dwelling floor area of 93 m2. A cash (no conditions) offer after 27 days on the market. And that sale price! More than what our Waikanae house is worth with a floor area over twice that and a section size 3 times that! You’re further away from the Wellington central city in Waikanae, but does the extra cost of buying in Wellington compensate for shorter commuting times?