tmmonline.nz  |   landlords.co.nz        About Good Returns  |  Advertise  |  Contact Us  |  Terms & Conditions  |  RSS Feeds

NZ's Financial Adviser News Centre

GR Logo
Last Article Uploaded: Wednesday, May 18th, 12:16PM

News

rss
Latest Headlines

Cheaper interest rates don't mean more affordable housing

Another cut to the official cash rate would be likely reduce housing affordability, a Massey University academic says.

Tuesday, January 12th 2016, 11:08AM

by Miriam Bell

Housing affordability in New Zealand has been improving in recent months, according to the Massey University Home Affordability Report.

The most recent report, which covers the October to December 2015 quarter, shows an overall improvement in national housing affordability of 5.7%.

It also shows an overall annual improvement in national affordability of 8.7%.

Even Auckland, with its much discussed sky high prices, recorded a small quarterly improvement of 1.4%.

This follows on from the slight improvement in Auckland’s affordability reported in Massey’s September 2015 quarter report.

The latest report shows that affordability in Auckland is now deteriorating at a much slower pace of 3.7% annually, as compared to the 16.6% recorded in September.

However, despite this, housing in Auckland is now 59% less affordable than in the rest of New Zealand.

This margin of difference tops historical levels.

Further, report author Dr Susan Flint-Hartle said that, despite the recent trend of improved affordability, there is real possibility of deterioration once again in the coming months.

“Recent reductions in borrowing costs and positive sentiment about a two-year hiatus in interest rises hold the potential to keep pushing house prices higher.”

Interest rates have continued to fall and there is some speculation a historically low official cash rate of 2.5% may fall even further, she said.

“This may encourage more people, both homeowners and investors, into the market increasing demand and putting upward pressure on prices.”

Areas close to Auckland like Waikato and the Bay of Plenty are also less affordable – probably because of the ripple effect from the Auckland market.

Auckland aside, Wellington (3.3%), and Manawatu/Whanganui (2%) recorded a decline in affordability.

On a brighter note, other regions remain more affordable than the national average.

The most affordable area to buy a home is Southland, closely followed by Manawatu/Whanganui and Taranaki.

Meanwhile, Central Otago Lakes (10.7%), and Nelson/Marlborough (7%) showed the biggest improvements in affordability.

The full Massey University Home Affordability Report can be read here.

« Profits take flight with AirbnbFree Investment Property Showcase Events: Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch »

Special Offers

Comments from our readers

No comments yet

Sign In to add your comment

 

print

Printable version  

print

Email to a friend
News Bites
Latest Comments
  • Brian Gaynor dies
    “RIP - a true icon and such a humble person who helped so many....”
    2 days ago by p simone
  • Brian Gaynor dies
    “Very sad. Condolences to him family....”
    2 days ago by sanet.drury@gmail.com
  • Brian Gaynor dies
    “Brian was someone you would always go and listen to if he was presenting at a seminar or conference, someone you would always...”
    2 days ago by MikeBeuvink
  • Brian Gaynor dies
    “A true champion of the industry. My sincere condolences to family, colleagues and friends. ...”
    2 days ago by Pragmatic
  • [GRTV] AIA rolls out direct life insurance plans
    “Thanks Lifeadviser1, and it is great to see you have been having a play in the system. You are right, in the original...”
    2 days ago by Sam.Tremethick
Subscribe Now

Mortgage Rates Newsletter

Daily Weekly

Previous News

MORE NEWS»

Most Commented On
Mortgage Rates Table

Full Rates Table | Compare Rates

Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA 5.35 4.49 5.25 5.55
ANZ 5.54 5.15 5.85 6.15
ANZ Blueprint to Build 2.78 - - -
ANZ Special - 4.55 5.25 5.55
ASB Bank 5.35 4.49 5.25 5.55
Avanti Finance 5.45 - - -
Basecorp Finance 6.45 - - -
Bluestone 5.29 7.49 7.59 -
BNZ - Classic - 4.55 5.25 5.45
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.55 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 5.55 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 5.55 5.35 5.94 5.99
BNZ - TotalMoney 5.55 - - -
CFML Loans ▲6.45 - - -
China Construction Bank 5.50 5.40 6.14 6.40
China Construction Bank Special - 4.45 5.19 5.45
Credit Union Auckland 5.95 - - -
First Credit Union Special 5.85 4.70 5.20 -
Heartland Bank - Online 4.00 3.85 4.70 4.84
Heretaunga Building Society 5.95 4.80 5.50 -
HSBC Premier 5.49 4.39 5.15 5.39
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 5.25 ▲4.29 ▲5.09 ▲5.35
Kainga Ora ▲5.43 ▲4.57 ▲5.58 ▲5.85
Kainga Ora - First Home Buyer Special - 2.25 - -
Kiwibank 5.00 5.55 6.19 6.39
Kiwibank - Offset 5.00 - - -
Kiwibank Special 5.00 4.55 5.19 5.39
Liberty 4.84 - - -
Nelson Building Society 5.95 4.95 5.85 -
Pepper Essential 3.44 - - -
Resimac 4.59 5.60 6.16 6.29
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
SBS Bank 5.29 4.69 5.35 5.49
SBS Bank Special - 4.19 4.85 4.99
Select Home Loans 4.09 4.29 4.86 5.09
The Co-operative Bank - First Home Special - ▲4.19 - -
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 5.45 ▲4.29 5.19 5.45
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 5.45 ▲4.79 5.69 5.95
TSB Bank 5.59 ▼5.14 6.05 6.15
TSB Special 4.79 ▼4.34 5.25 5.35
Unity 5.65 ▲4.80 ▲5.50 -
Wairarapa Building Society 5.24 4.55 5.20 -
Westpac 5.54 5.09 5.79 6.09
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Westpac - Offset 5.54 - - -
Westpac Special - 4.49 5.19 5.49
Median 5.45 4.55 5.25 5.52

Last updated: 17 May 2022 10:54am

About Us  |  Advertise  |  Contact Us  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Privacy Policy  |  RSS Feeds  |  Letters  |  Archive  |  Toolbox  |  Disclaimer
 
Site by Web Developer and eyelovedesign.com