Why not compare the house prices to somewhere worth comparing? 2 bedroom in central Stockholm 600k to 1,2mil nzd. You could get serious and start comparing to London and then see how hard life is according to Mr bennett... I mean if he gets lucky he might find a one room apartment near the centre for under a couple of million, don't know if they'd sell it to him though, he's probably not of the right blood. News flash, you live in a popular and growing medium sized city, shit is not going to get cheaper.