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Housing market activity increases

New Zealanders are taking advantage of the current lower interest rates

Thursday, April 19th 2001, 11:29AM

by Jenny Ruth

The Reserve Bank’s cut in interest rates last month appears to be stimulating activity in the housing market.

Figures from the Real Estate Institute show nationwide sales rose from $1.29 billion in February with 6,182 homes sold to $1.39 billion in March with 6,659 homes sold.

`The institute has been anticipating that sales volumes would begin to rise, and the latest figures indicate that the New Zealand public are beginning to take advantage of the current lower interest rates available,’ says Institute president Rex Hadley.

Still, the housing market is still relatively subdued. There were 93 fewer homes sold in March compared with March last year. The national median house price rose only slightly from $173,500 in February to $173,800 in March, well below the March 2000 median price of $175,000.

Eight of the 11 regions saw sales increases compared with February and the median price rose only in five of the regions.

The central bank cut its official cash rate from 6.5% to 6.25% on 14 March. It cut the rate again today to 6%.

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
ANZ 5.64 4.75 4.85 4.99
ANZ Special - 4.25 4.35 -
ASB Bank 5.65 4.69 4.75 4.89
ASB Bank Special - 4.25 4.29 4.34
BankDirect 5.65 4.69 4.75 4.89
BankDirect Special - 4.25 4.29 4.34
BNZ - Mortgage One 6.30 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 5.75 - - -
BNZ - Special - 4.25 4.19 4.49
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 5.69 4.85 4.89 4.99
BNZ - TotalMoney 5.69 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Credit Union Auckland 6.70 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 5.95 4.99 4.99 -
Credit Union North 6.45 - - -
Credit Union South 6.45 - - -
Finance Direct 6.10 6.45 6.69 7.10
First Credit Union 5.85 - - -
Heartland 6.70 7.00 7.25 7.85
Heretaunga Building Society 5.60 4.85 4.90 -
Housing NZ Corp 5.55 4.69 4.75 4.89
HSBC Premier 5.75 4.19 4.19 4.49
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 5.60 4.39 4.69 4.99
Kiwibank 5.45 4.70 4.75 4.49
Kiwibank - Capped - - - -
Kiwibank - Offset 5.50 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 4.19 4.29 -
Liberty - - - -
Napier Building Society 6.50 5.80 6.70 -
Nelson Building Society 6.10 4.85 4.99 -
NZ Home Loans 5.85 4.69 4.75 4.49
NZ Home Loans - Specials - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
NZ Home Loans - Specials - 4.19 4.29 4.34
Perpetual Trust 7.70 - - -
Resimac 5.34 4.95 4.99 5.05
SBS Bank 5.69 4.75 4.89 4.99
SBS Bank Special - 4.25 4.15 4.55
Sovereign 5.65 4.69 4.75 4.89
Sovereign Special - 4.25 4.29 4.34
The Co-operative Bank 5.45 4.25 4.29 4.49
TSB Bank 5.54 4.75 4.75 4.99
TSB Special - 4.25 4.19 4.59
Wairarapa Building Society 6.20 5.75 5.95 -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Westpac 5.75 4.79 4.85 4.99
Westpac - Capped rates - 5.15 5.25 -
Westpac - Offset 5.75 - - -
Westpac Special - 4.25 4.29 4.49
Median 5.75 4.69 4.75 4.89

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