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Owning their own home is an important reason for people to remain at their current address. In general people who do not own their own homes are more mobile because rental tenancy arrangements in New Zealand are often limited. People who own their own homes have generally made a more permanent commitment to or investment in a particular locality.

People who have moved in the previous five years may also be home owners. However, it is not correct to interpret this as information on new home ownership. These movers include people who had moved into their own homes and who did not own their previous home as well as people who had owned their previous home.

Overall, 70 percent of non-movers and 42 percent of movers owned their own home. Non-movers have higher proportions of home ownership in regions that are more rural in character and lower proportions in main urban areas, with the lowest proportion in Auckland region.

Figure 1

Graph, Home Ownership of Movers and Non-movers by Region.

Figure 2

Graph, Home Ownership of Movers and Non-movers by Urban Area.

Home ownership is higher for non-movers than for movers in all age groups except for those under 30 years of age. Young adults are less likely to own their own homes and those who do were likely to have moved into their own homes within the previous five years.

Figure 3

Graph, Home Ownership of Movers and Non-movers by Age.

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