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No quick buck from buying a ski bach in Timbuktu

Houses in New Zealand have gotten expensive, even in off-the-beaten-track communities in the central South and North Islands. Some opportunistic real estate commentators have been quick to attribute these sharp gains to skiers’ demand. In a recent interview, I poured cold water on this logic, and cautioned wannabe investors expecting to make a quick buck from buying a bach in Timbuktu.