There's a lot about Bloom that makes the complexes different to traditional retirement living.

  • Freehold unit titles mean you own outright and keep any capital gains on resale
  • The development is age restricted so you'll have like-minded neighbours
  • Founded by former architects who specialised in healthcare facilities and retirement village planning
  • Bloom uses the same team of consultants so knowledge of past projects is retained and refined with each project

Bloom has a reputation for quality design and construction with a focus on 'lifetime design'. We use the same team of consultants and builders in every development so there is a continuous refinement of design and build specifications.

Living in a Bloom apartment allows you to retain your independence for as long as possible; you remain the home owner and you're in charge of your own valuable asset.

All of the Bloom complexes are located close to a town centre so community facilities are a short walk away reducing the need for driving.

There are also no maintenance worries as apartments are designed for minimal upkeep and the body corporate will manage the communal areas.

The building and apartments are all designed with lifetime design principles.

This means that they have specific features to enable residents to remain living there as they age and as mobility reduces. This includes level access from the car park to the apartments on all levels of the building via lift or accessible stairs, extra wide doors, and adaptability for wheelchairs if necessary. The showers have level access and the ability to install grab rails if needed. A video intercom answer phone system keeps you safe and secure. All apartments are wired with fibre optic cable and wall outlets for connecting to Sky TV and Free to Air TV for great connectivity and entertainment options.

Your Bloom sales person is Chrissie McKee, she has been involved in the design and interiors of each development and she truly understands what a Bloom customer wants. She's our expert! Here's your steps to ownership:

1. Contact Chrissie to enquire about a specific Bloom development.

2. You can come and visit with us at one of our Open Days or Q&A Sessions; these are advertised on our website and in local papers, or Chrissie can come and visit you at your home. We can also send you an information pack and this includes plans and pricing.

3. If there is an apartment that you would like to consider buying, we will place a red dot on the apartment for you and reserve it for you for 2-3 weeks with no further obligation. This gives you time to consider the investment and consult with your friends and family.

4. If you decide you wish to proceed we will send a contract to your lawyer. You will need to sign this and pay a $10,000 deposit - you do not need to sell your home at this stage. No further payment is required until settlement, which occurs when the apartment is ready for you to move in.

When you choose to buy an apartment while it is still under construction, you have far more choice - on average Bloom complexes are at least 50% sold by the time the construction is complete.

Because Bloom has a standard level of quality and design, you can visit a show home or even another complex and get a very good idea of what your own apartment will be like.

Additionally, by securing an apartment early with a deposit you have plenty of time to sell your own home before settlement.

A body corporate is automatically formed when a piece of land is developed with more than one unit or dwelling on it. The purpose of the body corporate is to look after the common areas – such things as lobbies, car-parks, corridors, roofs and exteriors – that sit outside the responsibility of individual unit owners. A body corporate also insures that the property, including individual dwellings, develops and enforces the rules for the development and develops a long-term maintenance plan for the common areas. Without such a mechanism, it would be unclear who was responsible for these common areas, and there would be no way of ensuring that they are properly managed and maintained.

Yes. A body corporate is legally required for every multi-unit development under the Unit Titles Act.

The owners of the individual apartments do. They elect a body corporate committee at their Annual General Meeting to manage the body corporate, which includes setting the annual budget and making and enforcing the rules. Individual owners can choose to put themselves up for election to the body corporate committee at the AGM if they wish to play a more active role in the running of the body corporate and the decisions that it makes on behalf of all owners

A body corporate appoints a manager each year at its AGM (in this case Crockers) to look after the day-to-day running of the development. Crockers’ website explains the workings of the body corporate in more detail www.crockers.co.nz

  • Fire Brigade Monitoring
  • Building Warrant of Fitness - Annual Issue
  • Building Warrant of Fitness - Monthly Inspections
  • Trust Account Management Fee
  • Insurance Premium for Main Building
  • Valuation Fee
  • Income Tax Return Preparation Fee
  • Administration / Secretarial Annual Fee
  • Cleaning Materials for Common Areas
  • Maintenance Contingency
  • Access Control Maintenance
  • Cleaning - Building Exterior and Windows
  • Cleaning - Common Areas
  • General Repairs and Maintenance for Common Areas
  • Life Maintenance
  • Rubbish Removal from Common Area
  • Water and Waste for Common Areas
  • Electricity for Common Areas
  • Long Tern Maintenance Fund

Rates, electricity, water, telephone, Sky TV, personal contents insurance and internet use are examples of services that are not included in body corporate charges. These are all costs which are individual to each unit, and in each case the homeowner will have a direct supply agreement with the supplier of their choice. These costs will be similar to the costs payable when living in a stand-alone home.

Electricity usage should be lower in the apartments due to their compact nature, double glazing and the compliance with the latest insulation requirements when compared to a stand alone home.

Inevitably there will be some movement in body corporate charges as costs change over time. The purpose of establishing a long-term maintenance fund (which is required by law in multi-unit developments) is to anticipate some of the larger charges associated with home maintenance, and to provide for them gradually in order to avoid sudden, unforeseen costs arising in any particular year.

No. Because Bloom is a developer rather than a retirement village operator, it has no enduring financial interest in the property once all the units have been sold. Ongoing management of the common areas passes to the body corporate, and individual owners are responsible for their own properties.

Each owner has a freehold unit title to their unit, and can sell it by whatever means they like. Any capital gain on sale belongs to them, and they receive the full proceeds from the sale (less any costs or commissions agreed with their sales agent).

This is quite different from the standard retirement village model, where buyers receive an occupation rights agreement but do not actually purchase their unit outright. Typically in retirement villages, the retirement village operator controls the sale process, and retains an agreed (usually significant) percentage of the proceeds from the sale.