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National house asking prices fall for the first time since April 2016

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 | Filed in Featured, NZ Property Report

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The national average asking house price fell in July – the first decline in three months – while demand continued to rise.

Real-time market statistics released today by realestate.co.nz show that in July, the seasonally adjusted asking price for homes across the country fell by $7,556 (1.3 per cent) when compared to June 2016. The average national asking price in July was $569,971.

On the demand side, there was a 10.39 per cent decrease in viewing sessions for Auckland properties on realestate.co.nz when compared with the same time last year and users also dropped by 4.90 per cent. This continuing trend was first referenced in last month’s property report and reinforces the possibility that the shine may have gone off the Auckland market.

Nationally, demand increased by 14.48 percent when compared with July 2015. Other regions which saw an increase in viewing sessions were Canterbury and Central Lakes/Otago both at 11.40 per cent, Marlborough with 19.03 per cent and Wellington with a very large 22.52 per cent increase.

 

Asking prices vary across the regions

‘Significant variations in asking prices across the country paint an interesting picture’, says Vanessa.

Auckland still continues its upward trajectory, with the July average asking price at a record high of $898,562 (up 1.1% from the previous month).

“There have been calls across the nation for measures to rein in house prices, but it may be that the market is actually self-correcting, albeit slightly, with buyers unwilling or unable to meet ever-increasing price rises.

“Whether the fall is the start of a trend is still to be determined,” she says.

 

National average asking price:

April May June July
$561,283 $570,971 $577,527 $569,971

 

“In addition to Auckland, the main centres where asking prices continued to increase were Waikato, Wellington and Otago, but in Canterbury it’s a different picture where asking prices fell for the third month in a row in July,” Taylor says.

The July asking price in Canterbury stood at $462,936, almost $10,000 lower than in May this year ($472,274) but demand is still high. An 8.33 per cent increase in sessions from June and 11.40 per cent increase on July 2015.

There have also been some highs and lows in the regions, with Central Lakes/Otago asking prices falling 20.9 per cent compared with the previous month. While this could be a one-off (dropping to $680,672) it’s still significantly lower than the same time last year ($756,063 in July 2015), comments Vanessa.

At the two ends of the country, asking prices have also fallen.  In July the Northland average asking price stood at $480,006, a 4.7 per cent fall from June (down from $503,527).

Southland also recorded a 4.7 per cent fall, with the average asking price in July standing at $250,041, down from $262,285 in June.

By contrast, Nelson and Marlborough are on the up, with Marlborough the star performer. Average asking prices in the lifestyle region of Marlborough hit the half-million-dollar mark for the first time ever ($503,997). The figures show that Marlborough had a large increase in demand in July, a month on month increase of 10.94 per cent with a large 19.03% increase on July 2015.

 

Property listings static

The variances across the country are also reflected in the number of new properties coming onto the market, which have remained relatively static nationally compared to the same time last year (down 0.6 per cent from July 2015). For example, regionally we see new listings down by 18.9 per cent in Wairapapa on the same time last year, while at the other extreme Central North Island was up by 35.5 per cent.

Rental yield mirror bigger picture

On 27 June, the Reserve Bank released official statistics for the first time showing that in May 2016 some 40 per cent of all mortgage lending was on interest-only payment terms.  This percentage has been “fairly stable” since the data was first available to the Reserve Bank in July 2015.

“It reinforces what we said in last month’s property report where we stated that many investors appear to be looking for capital gain, rather than focused on rental yield,” says Vanessa Taylor.

For example, in Auckland where asking prices continue to rise, investors theoretically would receive 3.28 per cent yield over a 12-month period – based on our calculation of average asking price vs weekly rental price, excluding all external costs.

Waikato, Auckland and Wellington respectively take up the bottom three spots below the national average, while regional areas dominate the higher returns. West Coast (8.44 per cent), Wairarapa (6.01 percent) and Southland (5.93 per cent) fill the top three spots across the nation.

Areas to invest JULY 2016

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About realestate.co.nz

Realestate.co.nz is dedicated to property and is the official website of the New Zealand real estate industry. As a property listing site, the information it draws on for its property report is in real time.

Realestate.co.nz has the country’s most comprehensive selection of real estate listings online. The site presents more than 97 per cent of all residential, commercial and rural properties currently marketed by real estate professionals. Focussed exclusively on people in need of property, realestate.co.nz offers superior functionality, including accurate search, school zone data and a mobile app.

 

Glossary of terms

Realestate.co.nz provides valuable property market data not available from other sources.

  • Average asking price gives an indication of current market sentiment. Statistically, asking prices tend to correlate closely with the sales prices recorded in future months when those properties are sold. As it looks at different data, average asking prices may differ from recorded sales data released at the same time.
  • Inventory is a measure of how long it would take, theoretically, to sell the current stock at current average rates of sale if no new properties were to be listed for sale. It provides a measure of the rate of turnover in the market.
  • New listings are a record of all the new listings on realestate.co.nz for the relevant calendar month. As we reflect 97 per cent of all properties listed through registered estate agents in New Zealand, this gives a representative view of the market.
  • Seasonal adjustment is a method we use to better represent the core underlying trend of the property market in New Zealand. This is done using methodology from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
  • Truncated mean is the method we use to provide statistically relevant asking prices. The top and bottom 10 per cent of listings in each area are removed before the average is calculated, to prevent exceptional listings from providing false impressions. Read more here.
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Has the shine gone off the Auckland property market?

Posted on: July 11th, 2016 | Filed in Featured, NZ Property Report

– Far North the new hot spot for buyers, Otago the new #1 for rental returns –

 Interest in the Auckland property market has dropped on the back of ever increasing house prices and falling returns for investors.

Auckland average asking prices rose again to another all-time high in June to $888,493, but searches on realestate.co.nz for properties in the city has fallen, says CEO Brendon Skipper.

“It could be a turning point for Auckland, with prices now at an all-time high they’re almost out of reach for the average income earner, with first home buyers the hardest hit,” he says.

During June, the number of users searching Auckland houses ‘for sale’ on realestate.co.nz fell by 19.33 per cent compared to the same time last year. The site also measures engagement and in June it fell by more than a third across the Auckland region when compared to June 2015.

“Nationally, the volume of traffic to our site is comparable across the country for this time of year, but it appears buyers are moving away from looking in the Auckland area in favour of other regions,” comments Brendon.

 Property asking price for June 2016

Northland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Queenstown flavours of the month

Searches for properties in Northland, Hamilton, Tauranga and Queenstown were up significantly in June compared to the same period last year.

“It appears Aucklanders still want to stay in relatively close proximity to our biggest city, but in terms of affordability they are forced to move even further afield, or they are making lifestyle changes,” he observes.

Hot spots in Northland are Waipu, Whangarei Heads, Paihia and Tutukaka which all have a significant increase in users looking in those areas.

“Whangarei Heads is the suburb to watch, with online engagement up by 42 per cent on same time last year,” notes Brendon.

In the Far North, Kerikeri Surrounds, Paihia and the Karikari Peninsula were the most searched.

Further south, Hamilton and Tauranga continues to attract high levels of online engagement and Queenstown continues to be a perennial favourite,” says Brendon.

NZ inventory of listings for June 2016 

Theoretical yield for new Auckland property investors takes a dive

 Auckland property investors are taking a hit on their theoretical yield in the rental market.

“Investors buying a house in June at the average price of $888,493 theoretically would receive 3.18 per cent yield on the average rent in Auckland – based on our calculation of average asking price vs weekly rental price, excluding all external costs,’ explains Brendon.

“This puts them at the bottom of the ladder across all 19 regions.” See chart below.

“It suggests that Auckland investors are relying on future capital gains rather than rental returns or having to look at other property types when considering their investments”

Nationally, the average theoretical yield on a property is 3.96 per cent (based on the average price and rented out at the average asking rental price).

By comparison, the star performer in terms of theoretical yield on investment property is Otago, showing an average yield of 7.32 per cent.

Areas To Invest In A Rental Based On June 2016

National picture shows that sellers are back in the market

Across the nation, sellers are coming back in the market with 15 out of the 19 regions showing an increase in new listings compared to the same time last year.

“This is significant, as June is traditionally a quiet time of the year, on a par with December and January” explains Brendon.

“The message seems to be getting through that with the shortage of listings and the speed in which properties are selling. It’s a sellers’ market.

“While there is still a shortage of listings this is a positive sign for getting more equilibrium in the marketplace,” he says.

New property listings for June 2016

 

About Realestate.co.nz

Realestate.co.nz is dedicated to property and is the official website of the New Zealand real estate industry. As a property listing site the information it draws on for its property report is in real time.

Realestate.co.nz has the country’s most comprehensive selection of real estate listings online. The site presents more than 97% of all residential, commercial and rural properties currently marketed by real estate professionals. Focussed exclusively on people in need of property, Realestate.co.nz offers superior functionality, including accurate search, school zone data and a mobile app.

 

Glossary of terms

Realestate.co.nz provides valuable property market data not available from other sources.

  • Average asking price gives an indication of current market sentiment. Statistically, asking prices tend to correlate closely with the sales prices recorded in future months when those properties are sold. As it looks at different data, average asking prices may differ from recorded sales data released at the same time.
  • Inventory is a measure of how long it would take, theoretically, to sell the current stock at current average rates of sale if no new properties were to be listed for sale. It provides a measure of the rate of turnover in the market.
  • New listings are a record of all the new listings on Realestate.co.nz for the relevant calendar month. As we reflect 97% of all properties listed through registered estate agents in New Zealand, this gives a representative view of the market.
  • Seasonal adjustment is a method we use to better represent the core underlying trend of the property market in New Zealand. This is done using methodology from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
  • Truncated mean is the method we use to provide statistically relevant asking prices. The top and bottom 10% of listings in each area are removed before the average is calculated, to prevent exceptional listings from providing false impressions. Read more here.
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Scarcity of houses for sale nationally creates sellers’ market

Posted on: June 1st, 2016 | Filed in Featured, NZ Property Report

Realestate.co.nz statistics show demand and prices up, supply down

Download the full report here.

The average asking price for a New Zealand house hit an all-time high with stock at an all-time low for May 2016, in a market which is heavily favouring sellers.

Real-time market statistics released today by Realestate.co.nz show the May national average asking price reached $570,971, up 7.2 per cent from the same time the previous year.

On the supply side in May, the number of new properties that came onto the market nationally dropped 7.1 per cent from the previous month and the long term average has also fallen.

“In this environment, if no new listings were to come onto the market nationally and all the existing properties sold, theoretically there would be no properties for sale in New Zealand within 12 weeks,” says Realestate.co.nz spokesperson Vanessa Taylor.

“It’s a classic supply and demand situation and right now it’s definitely a sellers’ market,” she says.

Heightened real estate activity has been evident across both the North and South Islands.

The Central Otago/Lakes region and Nelson in the South Island are notable stand-outs, with Wellington, Waikato and Auckland in the North Island continuing to feature strongly.

Property Asking Price for May 2016

 SOUTH ISLAND REGIONS ON THE UP

In May, the Central Otago/Lakes topped New Zealand in terms of percentage average asking price at 17.2 per cent, the region also recorded the largest drop in new property listings down 32.9 per cent, both compared with the same time last year.

The average asking price for Central Otago/Lakes region for May hit $819,778.

Traffic data reveals a sharp increase in users residing in the neighbouring Otago region viewing property in Central Otago/Lakes, with engagement up by 75.98 per cent on the same time last year.

At the other end of the South Island, it’s a similar story for Nelson, which recorded a record high asking price of $510,709 and a significant drop in new property listings (down 30.9 per cent on the same time the previous year).

New Property Listings for May 2016

NORTH ISLAND DOMINATED BY MAJOR CITIES

 In April, Realestate.co.nz reported an all-time low in the number of properties for sale in Wellington.

In May, inventory levels dropped even further in the capital city. Theoretically, if no new listings were to be posted to the site and the existing properties sold, there would be no properties for sale in just 5.1 weeks (compared with 5.6 weeks in April 2016).

“Waikato also has an interesting profile,” says Vanessa Taylor.

“Asking prices are up a healthy 6.1 per cent on the previous month, coming closely behind Nelson and Central Otago/Lakes in terms of percentage increases across the country,” she says.

“At the same time new listings remain relatively static in the Waikato region.

“We could be tempted to make an assumption that Aucklanders are looking further south to the Waikato. However data shows us that we have seen a strong (75.35 per cent) increase in users from the Bay of Plenty looking at the region. In saying that, the strongest interest is actually coming from users who already reside within the Waikato region,” she says.

“Drilling further down into the data, the hot spots in the Waikato region that are most searched are Cambridge, Te Awamutu and Morrinsville. Surprisingly, data suggests that Melville could be an up and comer with a 217.59% per cent increase in online engagement.”

The average asking price in the Waikato is $467,717 compared to Auckland where it stands at $879,730.

Auckland is also suffering a fall in inventory levels, with listings down 9.2 per cent on the same time last year (May 2015).

“A fall of close to 10 per cent in listings in one year in a city the size of Auckland is very significant,” says Vanessa Taylor.

“At the same time Auckland asking prices have risen in the past month by 2.1 per cent (compared with April 2016) albeit off a high value base,” she says.

Auckland asking house prices have risen 10.9 per cent compared to the same time last year (May 2015).

 

Refer infographics –

  • New Property Listings for May 2016, compared to May 2015 (all regions)
  • Property asking price for May 2016, compared to prior month (all regions)
  • NZ Inventory of listings for May 2016 / long term average (all regions)

 NZ Inventory of Listings for May 2016

 

About Realestate.co.nz

Realestate.co.nz is dedicated to property and is the official website of the New Zealand real estate industry. As a property listing site the information it draws on for its property report is in real time.

Realestate.co.nz has the country’s most comprehensive selection of real estate listings online. The site presents more than 97% of all residential, commercial and rural properties currently marketed by real estate professionals. Focussed exclusively on people in need of property, Realestate.co.nz offers superior functionality, including accurate search, school zone data and a mobile app.

 

Glossary of terms

Realestate.co.nz provides valuable property market data not available from other sources.

  • Average asking price gives an indication of current market sentiment. Statistically, asking prices tend to correlate closely with the sales prices recorded in future months when those properties are sold. As it looks at different data, average asking prices may differ from recorded sales data released at the same time.
  • Inventory is a measure of how long it would take, theoretically, to sell the current stock at current average rates of sale if no new properties were to be listed for sale. It provides a measure of the rate of turnover in the market.
  • New listings are a record of all the new listings on Realestate.co.nz for the relevant calendar month. As we reflect 97% of all properties listed through registered estate agents in New Zealand, this gives a representative view of the market.
  • Seasonal adjustment is a method we use to better represent the core underlying trend of the property market in New Zealand. This is done using methodology from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
  • Truncated mean is the method we use to provide statistically relevant asking prices. The top and bottom 10% of listings in each area are removed before the average is calculated, to prevent exceptional listings from providing false impressions. Read more here.

 

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Wellington steals the limelight from Auckland property market

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 | Filed in Featured, NZ Property Report

Wellington inventory levels at record low, upward pressure on prices

 AUCKLAND, 3 May 2016 – Statistics released today by Realestate.co.nz for April 2016 show that strong demand means available inventory weeks of property for sale in Wellington is down a record 61% on the same time last year (April 2015).

A full copy of the report can be downloaded here.

“That’s an all-time low for any region and also the lowest level ever recorded for Wellington,” says Brendon Skipper, CEO of Realestate.co.nz.

Inventory of Listings, April 2016

“It means that theoretically if no new listings were to come onto the market, all available property for sale in Wellington would sell out in only 5.6 weeks,” he says.

Inventory measures the amount of property on the market at any one time. In the first quarter of 2016 it has dropped significantly in Wellington.

“With the lower level of stock on the market and buyers still out there, it’s certainly a sellers’ market,” says Brendon.

In terms of price, the April average asking price in Wellington has risen by two per cent from the previous month to $506,532, which is an all-time high for Wellington.

Across New Zealand, Realestate.co.nz statistics show it’s a strong sellers’ market, with the inventory of listings for April showing of the 19 regions measured, all favour sellers by market sentiment (refer graph: NZ inventory of listings for April 2016, compared with long term average).

 “While historic sales data is important, for buyers and sellers it’s equally important to know what’s happening right now in their own market, so they can make informed decisions,” says Brendon.

“As always, it’s the properties that are priced appropriately within the context of the market that will sell quickly,” he says.

In Auckland, weeks to sell fell by 2.78% in April 2016, compared with the same time last year.

Nationally, the inventory of listings is at the lowest level ever recorded by Realestate.co.nz since January 2007 when statistics were collected via the site (refer graph – NZ Property Market Inventory). The inventory of listings for all regions in April 2016 was 14 weeks compared to the Long Term Average of 34 weeks.

 

NEW PROPERTY LISTINGS VARY AMONG MAJOR CENTRES

 Refer infographic – New property listings for April 2016, compared to April 2015 for all regions

New Property Listings, April 2016

While Auckland and Wellington recorded a decrease in the number of new listings during the month of April (compared to April 2015), sellers in Waikato, Canterbury and Otago are more active and the number of new listings in those regions are up by a double digit percentage increase compared with the same time last year.

 

REGIONS ON THE UP

 Refer infographics –

  • New Property Listings for April 2016, compared to April 2015 (all regions)
  • Property asking price for April 2016, compared to prior month (all regions)
  • NZ Inventory of listings for April 2016 / long term average (all regions)

Property Asking Price, April 2016

The majority of the regions are also in a sellers’ market phase.  Star performers include Northland, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Southland.

Northland, Bay of Plenty and Southland recorded significant increases in new listings (compared with April 2015).

Northland, Coromandel and Southland recorded a healthy increase in average asking prices (more than a five per cent increase compared to the prior month of March 2016).

Nearly all the regional centres saw a downward trend in the Inventory of Listings for April 2016 compared to the Long Term Average.

 

About Realestate.co.nz

Realestate.co.nz offers buyers the shortest path to the perfect property. As the official website of the New Zealand real estate industry, Realestate.co.nz is dedicated to property and has the country’s most comprehensive selection of real estate listings online. The site presents more than 97% of all residential, commercial and rural properties currently marketed by real estate professionals. Focussed exclusively on people in need of property, Realestate.co.nz offers superior functionality, including accurate search, school zone data and a mobile app.

 

Glossary of terms

Realestate.co.nz provides valuable property market data not available from other sources.

  • Average asking price gives an indication of current market sentiment. Statistically, asking prices tend to correlate closely with the sales prices recorded in future months when those properties are sold. As it looks at different data, average asking prices may differ from recorded sales data released at the same time.
  • Inventory is a measure of how long it would take, theoretically, to sell the current stock at current average rates of sale if no new properties were to be listed for sale. It provides a measure of the rate of turnover in the market.
  • New listings is a record of all the new listings on Realestate.co.nz for the relevant calendar month. As we reflect 97% of all properties listed through registered estate agents in New Zealand, this gives a representative view of the market.
  • Seasonal adjustment is a method we use to better represent the core underlying trend of the property market in New Zealand. This is done using methodology from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
  • Truncated mean is the method we use to provide statistically relevant asking prices. The top and bottom 10% of listings in each area are removed before the average is calculated, to prevent exceptional listings from providing false impressions. Read more here.

 

For media enquiries, please contact:

Kate Carter, PPR                                                         Brendon Skipper, Realestate.co.nz

T: +64 21 514 004                                                       T: +64 21 542 607

E: kate.carter@ppr.co.nz                                              E: brendon@realestate.co.nz

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Auckland reaches new record high average asking price of $866,080 in February – up $101,656 in 12 months

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016 | Filed in NZ Property Report

Otago, Hawke’s Bay & Coromandel also reach new record highs

papfeb2016Auckland reached a new record high in average asking price in February of $866,080, an increase of $101,656 or 13.3% in 12 months, according to data from Realestate.co.nz, New Zealand’s largest website dedicated to property. The average asking price in Auckland in February last year was $764,424, while the previous record of $851,531 was set five months ago in September 2015.

Brendon Skipper, Chief Executive of Realestate.co.nz, says “The national average returned to near record high levels in February, with three other regions in addition to Auckland also experiencing record highs: Otago, Hawke’s Bay and Coromandel.

“The national average asking price in February was $565,861, only marginally below the previous record of $568,215 set in August last year. While these average asking prices reflect continuing vendor confidence, they do need to be seen against a background of relatively low inventory.”

The national inventory of available housing stock sits at 16.4 weeks, easing only slightly from the record low set in January of 14.7 weeks.

ltafeb2016New listings for February across the country totalled 11,989, a return to expected levels for this time of year following a shortage of supply in December and January. Auckland had 4,202 new listings, up 1.4% from February 2015, and its highest number for February since 2013.

Wellington’s average asking price in February of $483,212 was down slightly from the record high set in January of $489,029, while new listings were also down 2.9% on February 2015.

The average asking price in Canterbury in February was $457,358, a 5.4% decrease on January’s record high of $483,233, while new listings were at similar levels to the same month in 2015.

Otago reached a new all-time high in average asking price of $323,367 in February, up slightly on the previous high of $321,188 set in October 2015, while new listings were up 5.2% on the same month last year. Hawke’s Bay experienced a new record of $389,654, up from the previous record of $387,504 set in August last year, with new listings down 8.3% on February 2015.

Coromandel’s new record high in average asking price was $579,676, up marginally from the previous high set last month of $574,271, though it saw a 7.7% decline in new listings compared with February 2015.

Inventory is a measure of the national supply of homes for sale, expressed as the nplfeb2016number of weeks it would take for all currently listed properties to sell at average rates, should no new properties get listed. The long-term national average is 34 weeks.

 

About Realestate.co.nz

Realestate.co.nz offers buyers the shortest path to the perfect property. As the official website of the New Zealand real estate industry, Realestate.co.nz is dedicated to property and has the country’s most comprehensive selection of real estate listings online. The site presents more than 97% of all residential, commercial and rural properties currently marketed by real estate professionals. Focussed exclusively on people in need of property, Realestate.co.nz offers superior functionality, including accurate search, school zone data and a mobile app.

 

Glossary of terms

Realestate.co.nz provides valuable property market data not available from other sources.

  • Average asking price gives an indication of current market sentiment. Statistically, asking prices tend to correlate closely with the sales prices recorded in future months when those properties are sold. As it looks at different data, average asking prices may differ from recorded sales data released at the same time.
  • Inventory is a measure of how long it would take, theoretically, to sell the current stock at current average rates of sale if no new properties were to be listed for sale. It provides a measure of the rate of turnover in the market.
  • New listings is a record of all the new listings on Realestate.co.nz for the relevant calendar month. As we reflect 97% of all properties listed through registered estate agents in New Zealand, this gives a representative view of the market.
  • Seasonal adjustment is a method we use to better represent the core underlying trend of the property market in New Zealand. This is done using methodology from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
  • Truncated mean is the method we use to provide statistically relevant asking prices. The top and bottom 10% of listings in each area are removed before the average is calculated, to prevent exceptional listings from providing false impressions. Read more here.

 

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Nicholas O’Flaherty, Camino public relations              Vanessa Taylor, Realestate.co.nz

T: +64 21 303 181                                                       T: +64 275 760 260

E: nicholaso@camino.co.nz                                       E: vanessa@realestate.co.nz

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Gisborne offers highest returns for rental property investment in New Zealand*

Posted on: February 10th, 2016 | Filed in Featured, Property Investing, Property Pulse - Regional Market Report

(* excludes Coromandel – skewed by short-term holiday rentals)

Table: ROI for rental properties by region – January 2016

rental_roi_jan16

Gisborne, followed by Otago and Manawatu/Wanganui were the best performing regions for residential rental property investment in January, according to an analysis of data by Realestate.co.nz, New Zealand’s largest website dedicated to property. The analysis looked at every region in the country to identify which offered the highest returns for would-be landlord investors.

Gisborne returned an impressive average of 5.78% on residential rental property investment in January, based on an average asking price of $258,515. Otago returned 5.54%, and Manawatu/Wanganui returned 5.12%. The national average for rental property returns for the month was 4.10%.

Brendon Skipper, CEO, Realestate.co.nz says “The results will surprise some people. There are clearly some very attractive rental property investment opportunities in some parts of New Zealand that don’t ordinarily attract intense national media interest when it comes to property – based on our calculation of average asking price vs weekly rental price, excluding all external costs.”

“While data shows the best performing region for rental property is Coromandel, we believe its unusually high average return of 9.88% is skewed by short-term holiday rental properties. Of greater interest for potential investors are the significant rental opportunities that exist in quite diverse parts of the country, in particular Gisborne, Otago, and Manawatu/Wanganui,” says Skipper.

The rental property ROI data was calculated by comparing the average asking price of properties for sale by region across New Zealand in January 2016 with the average annualised rent in each location. The data assumes 100% rental occupancy, and does not account for inflation, mortgage interest payments, property management or maintenance upkeep fees.

 

About Realestate.co.nz

Realestate.co.nz offers buyers the shortest path to the perfect property. As the official website of the New Zealand real estate industry, Realestate.co.nz is dedicated to property and has the country’s most comprehensive selection of real estate listings online. The site presents more than 97% of all residential, commercial and rural properties currently marketed by real estate professionals. Focussed exclusively on people in need of property, Realestate.co.nz offers superior functionality, including accurate search, school zone data and a mobile app.

 

 

For media enquiries, please contact:

Rob Fitzgerald, Camino public relations                                 Brendon Skipper, Realestate.co.nz

M: 027 501 7800                                                                     M: 021 542 607

E: robf@camino.co.nz                                                             E: brendon@realestate.co.nz

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Record high average asking prices in many regions, though new listings fall and inventory hits record low

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 | Filed in NZ Property Report

Bay of Plenty breaks $500,000 ceiling in average asking price, with Waikato, Wellington, Canterbury and Central Otago also reaching new record highs

 

AUCKLAND, 3 February 2016 – A number of regions across the country experienced new record highs in average asking price in January, though this was off the back of a record low in inventory and a decline in new listings, according to data from Realestate.co.nz, New Zealand’s largest website dedicated to property.

New_Listings_MAP_JAN2016Brendon Skipper, Chief Executive of Realestate.co.nz, says “National inventory in January hit a new all time low of 14.7 weeks. The previous all-time low was 16.1 weeks set in October 2015. In addition, the total number of new listings across the country in January was 8,144, down 14.6% compared to the same month a year ago. The record highs in average asking price in a number of regions need to be seen in the context of fewer listings and tightening inventory.”

The national average asking price in January was $542,514, up 3.7% from December and ending a four month consecutive decline, though still short of the all time high of $568,215 set in August 2015. The average asking price in Auckland fell 2.3% to $828,629 in January from $848,195 in December, though Auckland also experienced a decline in listings of 18.4% from the same month last year.

Property_Asking_Price_Map_JAN2016Eight regions of New Zealand experienced new record highs in average asking price in January. In particular, Central Otago reached $861,723, the highest average asking price of any region, and an increase of 4.5% from the previous high of $824,394 set in December, though new listings were down 35% from January last year.

Bay of Plenty reached a new high of $501,961, up 3% from the previous high of $487,052 set in November, and only the fourth region in the country to break the $500,000 ceiling. New listings for the region in January were down 7.6% from a year ago.

Other parts of the country to experience new record highs in average asking price include Wellington, Canterbury, Waikato, Taranaki, Coromandel and Southland, most however also experienced a decline in new listings from the same time last year.

Wellington reached a new all time high in average asking price of $489,029 in January, up 2% from the previous high of $479,399 set in August last year, while new listings were down 16.9%. Canterbury experienced a new record of $483,233, up 1.3% from the previous high set in September, with new listings down 13.6% from the same month last year.

Waikato’s new record high in average asking price was $440,784, up 6.3% from the previous high set last month of $414,596. The new record in Taranaki was $373,668, up 1% from the previous high of $369,791 set in February 2015, while Southland ‘s new high was $276,924, up 3.9% from the previous high of $266,398 set in January last year. New listings in January for all three regions were down from the same month last year.

Coromandel reached a new high of $574, 271, an increase of 3.6% from the previous high of $554,303 set in November. It was one of the few regions to experience a small increase in the number of new listings of 1.1% from January last year.

LTA_MAP_JAN2016Inventory is a measure of the national supply of homes for sale, expressed as the number of weeks it would take for all currently listed properties to sell at average rates, should no new properties get listed. The long-term national average is 34 weeks.

About Realestate.co.nz

Realestate.co.nz offers buyers the shortest path to the perfect property. As the official website of the New Zealand real estate industry, Realestate.co.nz is dedicated to property and has the country’s most comprehensive selection of real estate listings online. The site presents more than 97% of all residential, commercial and rural properties currently marketed by real estate professionals. Focussed exclusively on people in need of property, Realestate.co.nz offers superior functionality, including accurate search, school zone data and a mobile app.

 

Glossary of terms

Realestate.co.nz provides valuable property market data not available from other sources.

  • Average asking price gives an indication of current market sentiment. Statistically, asking prices tend to correlate closely with the sales prices recorded in future months when those properties are sold. As it looks at different data, average asking prices may differ from recorded sales data released at the same time.
  • Inventory is a measure of how long it would take, theoretically, to sell the current stock at current average rates of sale if no new properties were to be listed for sale. It provides a measure of the rate of turnover in the market.
  • New listings is a record of all the new listings on Realestate.co.nz for the relevant calendar month. As we reflect 97% of all properties listed through registered estate agents in New Zealand, this gives a representative view of the market.
  • Seasonal adjustment is a method we use to better represent the core underlying trend of the property market in New Zealand. This is done using methodology from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
  • Truncated mean is the method we use to provide statistically relevant asking prices. The top and bottom 10% of listings in each area are removed before the average is calculated, to prevent exceptional listings from providing false impressions. Read more here.

 

For media enquiries, please contact:

Nicholas O’Flaherty, Camino public relations              Brendon Skipper, Realestate.co.nz

T: +64 21 303 181                                                       T: +64 21 542 607

E: nicholaso@camino.co.nz                                       E: brendon@realestate.co.nz

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5 Pro Tips for Home Buyers

Posted on: January 11th, 2016 | Filed in Buying / Selling a home, Featured

Whether you are a first-time buyer or an old hand, Stephen Hart of Hometopia.co.nz has some tips that will stand you in good stead during your house hunt.

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  • Don’t even think you are in the market until you have a pre-approved home loan in place
  • This is a highly competitive market. When you see the right opportunity you need to be able to act fast.

2 Become a local expert

  • Don’t search too wide, pick three or four neighbouring suburbs and make it your mission to become expert in the local property market
  • Go to LOTS of open homes. Get to know the local agents and follow up on what various homes sold for
  • You will soon be able to walk into an open home and make a surprisingly accurate assessment of its likely value.

3 How easy will it be to sell?

  • Even as you are walking into an open home you should be thinking about selling it, because one day you will be
  • Is there anything special about it? A view, a cul-de-sac, close to a kindergarten, great local schools, access to beaches, etc?
  • If a home is just like all the others it becomes a commodity and the only way you will sell it quickly is by selling it cheaper than the others.

4. Think like an investor

  • Your priority may be on lifestyle issues and on finding the perfect place for your family, but your home is a critical investment
  • You should be doing everything possible to buy it at the best possible price and achieve the best possible capital appreciation
  • Negotiate hard and be ambitious about future capital gains.

6 Be philosophical

  • Try not to fall hopelessly in love with a home before it becomes yours, it just makes the disappointments harder to take
  • You may bid at multiple auctions, only to lose out to higher bidders paying well above the market price – don’t beat yourself up
  • Remember, there is always another home around the corner.

 

Stephen Hart runs Hometopia.co.nz – the free online resource centre for home buyers and sellers, and Auckland HomeFinders.

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Central Otago becomes second region to break $800,000 barrier in average asking price

Posted on: December 31st, 2015 | Filed in Featured, NZ Property Report

National average asking price falls in December, Auckland and Wellington level off

 

AUCKLAND, 1 January 2016 – Central Otago joins Auckland as one of only two regions in the country where average asking prices of homes for sale now exceed $800,000, according to data from Realestate.co.nz, New Zealand’s largest website dedicated only to property. pap_dec2015

Vanessa Taylor, Spokesperson for Realestate.co.nz, says “in Central Otago, the average asking price in December broke the $800,000 mark for the first time, setting a new record of $824,394. The previous record in Central Otago was $782,684, set in July 2014.”

The Waikato also experienced a new record high in average asking price in December of $414,596, up slightly on November’s high of $413,067.

“However Central Otago and Waikato were the only regions that bucked the national trend,” says Vanessa Taylor.

The national average asking price in December was $522,930, continuing a downward trend from the record high set four months ago in August 2015 of $568,215.

Average asking prices in Auckland and Wellington levelled off, but continued to remain near record-high levels. In Auckland, the average asking price was $848,195, marginally below the record set in September of $851,531. The average asking price in Wellington was $475,422, just below the August 2015 record of $479,399.

Meanwhile in Canterbury, the average asking price in December fell slightly to $450,740, a 5.5% drop on the record of $476,818 set in September 2015.

npl_dec2015The total number of new listings across the country in December was 8,011, down 3.3% compared to the same month a year ago. Auckland and Canterbury both had 6.6% fewer listings in December 2015 compared to December 2014, while Wellington experienced a more significant drop of 24.5%.

“National inventory continues to remain near record low levels. For December, National inventory was 16.4 weeks, close to the all-time low of 16.1 weeks set in October 2015,” says Vanessa Taylor.

iol_dec2015Inventory is a measure of the national supply of homes for sale, expressed as the number of weeks it would take for all currently listed properties to sell at average rates, should no new properties get listed. The long-term national average is 34 weeks.

About Realestate.co.nz

Realestate.co.nz offers buyers the shortest path to the perfect property. As the official website of the New Zealand real estate industry, Realestate.co.nz is dedicated to property and has the country’s most comprehensive selection of real estate listings online. The site presents more than 97% of all residential, commercial and rural properties currently marketed by real estate professionals. Focussed exclusively on people in need of property, Realestate.co.nz offers superior functionality, including accurate search, school zone data and a mobile app.

 

Glossary of terms

Realestate.co.nz provides valuable property market data not available from other sources.

  • Average asking price gives an indication of current market sentiment. Statistically, asking prices tend to correlate closely with the sales prices recorded in future months when those properties are sold. As it looks at different data, average asking prices may differ from recorded sales data released at the same time.
  • Inventory is a measure of how long it would take, theoretically, to sell the current stock at current average rates of sale if no new properties were to be listed for sale. It provides a measure of the rate of turnover in the market.
  • New listings is a record of all the new listings on Realestate.co.nz for the relevant calendar month. As we reflect 97% of all properties listed through registered estate agents in New Zealand, this gives a representative view of the market.
  • Seasonal adjustment is a method we use to better represent the core underlying trend of the property market in New Zealand. This is done using methodology from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research.
  • Truncated mean is the method we use to provide statistically relevant asking prices. The top and bottom 10% of listings in each area are removed before the average is calculated, to prevent exceptional listings from providing false impressions. Read more here.

For media enquiries, please contact:

Nicholas O’Flaherty, Camino public relations              Vanessa Taylor, Realestate.co.nz

T: +64 21 303 181                                                       T: +64 27 576 0260

E: nicholaso@camino.co.nz                                       E: vanessa@realestate.co.nz

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Buying Old or Buying New – 5 Key Considerations

Posted on: December 17th, 2015 | Filed in Buying / Selling a home, Featured, Home features

Love the idea of an original weatherboard character home, or maybe you prefer something brand spanking new. Well, before you plump for that ultra-modern pad, or start hunting for antique chandeliers for your ornate villa, Stephen Hart from Hometopia.co.nz considers some facts.

  1. Layout 

New homes are built with today’s lifestyles in mind and are generally easier to live in. They are built with more bathrooms and kitchens are often integrated into living areas. Don’t expect an older house to be set up to effortlessly accommodate your media room. And yes, your 90-inch flat-screen television will look ridiculous hanging in the oak-panelled library. Flow was something else far from the minds of most Victorian architects, so celebrate the idea of corridors and cubby-holes, or rule out character homes.

  1. Location 

Historic or older houses will often be located in the more established city suburbs while most newer properties will be in recently developed areas further from the CBD. There are two plus points for the old home buyer. First, you know exactly what you are buying into when you move to an Epsom Fendalton or Eastbourne. Who knows what some of the new developer-created suburbs will eventually turn out like? Second, commuting to the city is easier from the old money suburbs. This is good for your sanity and will be good for your bank balance when you sell.

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  1. Charm and personality 

Older homes often have a character and individuality that simply cannot be found in new homes. If an older home looks good now it will look good in another 20 years. That stainless steel and black glass exterior may look spectacular now but what will it age like? Is the design merely fashionable, or will it stand the test of time?

  1. Gardens and landscaping 

Mature trees and established lawns add to the appeal of older homes. With new homes on a subdivision the buyer needs to have imagination to visualise how that scrappy vegetation between the bulldozers might one day develop into a lush tropical landscape. Or will it? Landscaping is expensive and some developers may be tempted to skimp on the orchid count.

  1. Maintenance 

It’s funny how the charm and personality of your original villa can quickly evaporate when you are presented with cost of replacing the rotten floorboards that have just given way under your Victorian claw-foot bathtub. Get used to the fact that old homes require maintenance – some of it suddenly and in a big way – and if you are no handyman, that means expense. Make sure you factor maintenance and renovation costs into your purchase price budget when buying an older property. At least with a new home you get a warranty to cover any major problems while the house settles into its foundations.

Stephen Hart runs Hometopia.co.nz – the free online resource centre for home buyers and sellers, and Auckland HomeFinders.

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