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In conversation, with a "Guardian" reporter, a local resident interested in the building trade, stated to-day that although tiie price of material was high, there were signs that the buikling xrade would be on the move again at an early date. He understood that plans had been made, or were in course of preparation, for some alterations and additions in the business part of the town. At the present time there was activity, in the building line amongst farmers in the country districts. He also knew of a local resident who intended, at an early date, by way of speculation, to build some houses in Ashburtoii.

The latter should be welcome news to several families in the Borough who have been engaged for weeks past in an unsuccessful search for houses to let. The position has reached a very acute stage, and it was only the other day/ that two carriers' carts Avere noticed at the same residence, oiie'engaged in shifting out the effects of the man who was leaving the dwelling, and the other bringing in the furniture for the new occupier. It is not recorded whether' any of the goods and chattels of either party became mixed in the dcublc shuffle.

• While, on the house" problem, it is alfeo interesting to record that an abnormal boom,in house-selling has sw.ept over Ashbu'rton latelj7, and houses have been changing ' hands wholesale, some of them at values that far exceeded the most sanguine expectations 'of the owners. Every house sold meant two or three shifts, the people moving up in turn, and in. connection -with the latter the carriers came in for a share, of the spoil. Some.of the persons who sojd out found also' that, they were left in an unenviable position of having to join the ranks "of houso-hunters. One of the latter informed a reporter that if he had known' it was so hard to obtain a hoirse to rent he would have thought twice about selling. Eventually he was glad to accept a house minus many modern conveniences.

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HOUSE SHORTAGE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9575, 2 April 1919

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HOUSE SHORTAGE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9575, 2 April 1919

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