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Housing market robust in January

The latest real estate sales figures show the strong recovery in evidence late last year has continued into 2002.

Tuesday, February 19th 2002, 9:20PM

by Jenny Ruth

The number of homes sold in January was a robust 6,771, even though the month is traditionally slow because of the holiday season. In only two months of 2001, November and August were sales higher.

It compares with 6,147 sold in December and just 4,741 last January.

It’s the highest number of homes sold in January since 1997 when 7,849 changed hands.

Real Estate Institute president Rex Hadley says such a strong month "is very encouraging and bodes well for the rest of the year."

And although activity is bubbling, there are few signs this is leading to house price inflation. The median house price dipped from $178,000 in December to $175,000 in January, the same level it was at in January last year.

"What these figures are telling us is that market liquidity has improved, people are finding it much easier to transact residential property and are perhaps not as fixed in their pricing attitudes as they are in tighter economic times," Hadley says. When the economy is depressed, median prices can hold up but volumes tend to fall significantly.

He says continued low interest rates and a competitive mortgage market are supporting activity. The absence of sharp price increases "indicates that people are taking a more mature approach to residential property and that the heated environment in areas like Auckland in the mid-1990s is not likely to be repeated," he says.

"We suspect that the low interest rates are encouraging people to reduce their mortgages, which is what they should be doing."

January’s transactions were worth $1.41 billion, up on the $1.33 billion worth of residential property sold in December.

The institute’s figures show that activity in all of the 11 regions measured improved in January from a year earlier. Compared with December, activity was up in all but three of the regions, Northland, Manawatu/Wanganui and Nelson/Marlborough.

But the latter was one of only three regions in which the median house price rose from December, the other two being Otago and Southland.

The Nelson/Marlborough median price was also up on a year earlier, as were Northland, Auckland and Waikato/Bay of Plenty/Gisborne median prices. In the other seven regions the median house price was lower than in January last year.

REGION

JAN 00

JAN 01

DEC 01

JAN 02
Northland

171,250

149,000

162,500

160,000
Auckland

230,000

240,000

253,800

245,000
Waikato/BOP/Gisborne

159,500

160,500

169,000

165,000
Hawkes Bay

125,000

136,000

140,000

135,000
Manawatu/Wanganui

99,250

105,000

110,000

98,250
Taranaki

93,000

106,500

107,000

100,000
Wellington

185,000

195,000

195,000

191,000
Nelson/Marlborough

140,000

152,000

147,500

158,000
Canterbury/Westland

147,000

142,000

147,000

140,000
Otago

95,000

109,000

95,000

98,000
Southland

72,000

106,000

78,500

80,000
NZ Total

$169,250

$175,000

$178,000

$175,000
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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA 4.55 2.55 2.69 2.79
ANZ 4.44 3.15 3.25 3.39
ANZ Special - 2.55 2.69 2.79
ASB Bank 4.45 2.55 2.69 2.79
Bluestone 3.49 3.49 3.49 3.49
BNZ - Classic - 2.55 2.69 2.79
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.15 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 4.60 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 4.55 3.15 3.29 3.39
BNZ - TotalMoney 4.55 - - -
CFML Loans 5.50 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
China Construction Bank 4.49 4.70 4.80 4.95
China Construction Bank Special - 2.65 2.65 2.80
Credit Union Auckland 5.45 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 5.65 3.95 3.85 -
Credit Union South 5.65 3.95 3.85 -
First Credit Union Special 5.85 3.35 3.85 -
Heartland 3.95 2.89 2.97 3.39
Heartland Bank - Online - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 4.99 ▼3.85 ▼3.95 -
HSBC Premier 4.49 2.45 2.60 2.65
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 3.69 2.55 2.65 2.79
Kainga Ora 4.43 ▼2.93 ▼3.07 ▼3.24
Kiwibank 3.40 3.30 3.54 3.54
Kiwibank - Offset 3.40 - - -
Kiwibank Special 3.40 2.55 2.79 2.79
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Nelson Building Society 4.95 3.45 3.49 -
Pepper Essential 4.79 - - -
Resimac 3.39 3.45 2.99 3.35
SBS Bank 4.54 ▼3.05 3.19 ▼3.25
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
SBS Bank Special - ▼2.55 2.69 ▼2.75
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 4.40 2.55 2.69 ▼2.79
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 4.40 3.05 3.19 ▼3.29
TSB Bank 5.34 3.35 3.49 3.79
TSB Special 4.54 2.55 2.69 2.99
Wairarapa Building Society 4.99 3.65 3.69 -
Westpac 4.59 4.15 4.09 4.49
Westpac - Offset 4.59 - - -
Westpac Special - 2.55 2.69 2.79
Median 4.55 3.05 3.13 3.12

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