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Property market picks up

What's been happening with house sales and what's around the corner? We update you on recent property reports.

Thursday, October 21st 1999, 12:00AM

by Paul McBeth

What's been happening with house sales and what's around the corner? We update you on recent property reports.

Looking back:

The Real Estate Institute has been hanging out for that 'spring surge' and finally claims to have found it. National median prices and the number of sales were up in September, with agents reporting a steady flow of enquiries and a comparatively stable market.

  • More specifically, the national median sale price was $170,000 last month. That compares with $169,000 in August and $164,000 a year ago(click here for regional price comparisons).
  • A total of 6,243 houses were sold in September, compared with 6,201 in August and 5,865 a year ago.
  • While most regions reported improvements, the Institute said Auckland was the notable exception (sales were down from August). "APEC, its attendant state visits and the Americas Cup have created a dynamic atmosphere in Auckland, but not one that's necessarily conducive to the search for a new home."
Looking ahead:

The outlook for the residential property market in Auckland is still bullish, although confidence has fallen from earlier in the year. Confidence is waning in Christchurch, but Wellington property experts maintain a steady outlook for the city.

The latest quarterly outlook series from Massey University's Real Estate Analysis Unit points up the differences in mood in the three cities. The university surveys market experts in each area including bankers, real estate agents, valuers, property owners and analysts.

  • In Auckland, a net 37 per cent of those surveyed expect the market to improve over the next six months, down from 59 per cent in the last survey. Nearly all those questioned expect residential prices overall to stay the same or improve. However, for units and apartments, the vast majority expect no change in price.
  • In Wellington, overall confidence remains stable (a net 19 per cent predict an improving market). Property specialists are expecting the lower end of the market to show the most strength, with projected job losses in middle management contributing to less confidence in the medium and upper price ranges.
  • In Christchurch, confidence is on the wane with a net 16 per cent now expecting an improving market (down from 30 per cent in the previous survey). Those surveyed say prices could increase slightly at the lower end of the market, but soften for units and apartments and the more expensive housing.

 

REINZ: Median price comparisons for residential property

Region

September 1996

September 1997

September 1998

August 1999

September 1999

Northland

$120,000

$138,750

$136,750

$140,500

$149,500

Auckland

$220,000

$235,000

$225,000

$230,000

$240,000

Waikato/ BOP/

Gisborne

$135,800

$150,000

$148,250

$155,000

$162,250

Hawkes Bay

$117,500

$120,000

$121,250

$115,250

$121,750

Manawatu/

Wanganui

$102,000

$101,500

$94,000

$101,500

$105,000

Taranaki

$95,000

$103,500

$92,000

$93,500

$94,500

Wellington

$136,500

$149,000

$165,000

$170,000

$176,211

Nelson/

Marlborough

$135,000

$137,000

$146,000

$141,500

$138,000

Canterbury/

Westland

$130,750

$137,000

$140,000

$145,000

$145,000

Otago

$92,000

$100,000

$93,500

$104,500

$97,000

Southland

$80,000

$80,000

$67,555

$77,750

$78,000

New Zealand

$153,000

$163,000

$164,000

$169,000

$170,000

Paul is a staff writer for Good Returns based in Wellington.

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA - Back My Build 6.19 - - -
AIA - Go Home Loans 8.74 7.14 6.75 6.39
ANZ 8.64 7.74 7.39 7.25
ANZ Blueprint to Build 7.39 - - -
ANZ Good Energy - - - 1.00
ANZ Special - 7.14 6.79 6.65
ASB Bank 8.64 7.14 6.75 6.39
ASB Better Homes Top Up - - - 1.00
Avanti Finance 9.15 - - -
Basecorp Finance 9.60 - - -
Bluestone 9.24 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
BNZ - Classic - 7.14 6.79 6.65
BNZ - Green Home Loan top-ups - - - 1.00
BNZ - Mortgage One 8.69 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 8.69 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 8.69 7.74 7.39 7.25
BNZ - TotalMoney 8.69 - - -
CFML Loans 9.45 - - -
China Construction Bank - 7.09 6.75 6.49
China Construction Bank Special - - - -
Co-operative Bank - First Home Special - 6.79 - -
Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 8.40 6.99 6.79 6.65
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Co-operative Bank - Standard 8.40 7.49 7.29 7.15
Credit Union Auckland 7.70 - - -
First Credit Union Special - 7.45 7.35 -
First Credit Union Standard 8.50 7.99 7.85 -
Heartland Bank - Online 7.99 6.89 6.55 6.35
Heartland Bank - Reverse Mortgage - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 8.90 7.60 7.40 -
HSBC Premier 8.59 - - -
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 7.85 7.05 6.69 6.59
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Kainga Ora 8.64 7.74 7.35 6.99
Kainga Ora - First Home Buyer Special - - - -
Kiwibank 8.50 7.99 7.79 7.55
Kiwibank - Offset 8.50 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 6.99 6.79 6.65
Liberty 8.59 8.69 8.79 8.94
Nelson Building Society 9.00 7.65 7.25 -
Pepper Money Advantage 10.49 - - -
Pepper Money Easy 8.69 - - -
Pepper Money Essential 8.29 - - -
SBS Bank 8.74 7.74 7.09 6.95
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
SBS Bank Special - 7.14 6.49 6.35
SBS Construction lending for FHB - - - -
SBS FirstHome Combo 6.19 6.14 - -
SBS FirstHome Combo - - - -
SBS Unwind reverse equity 9.95 - - -
Select Home Loans 9.24 - - -
TSB Bank 9.44 7.79 7.55 7.45
TSB Special 8.64 6.99 6.75 6.65
Unity 8.64 6.99 6.79 -
Unity First Home Buyer special - 6.55 6.45 -
Wairarapa Building Society 8.60 6.95 6.85 -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Westpac 8.64 ▼7.49 7.35 6.99
Westpac Choices Everyday 8.74 - - -
Westpac Offset 8.64 - - -
Westpac Special - ▼6.89 6.75 6.39
Median 8.64 7.14 6.82 6.65

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