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Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel reach record average asking prices in November, bucking national trend

Posted on: December 1st, 2015 | Filed in Featured, NZ Property Report

Average asking price for Auckland apartments surges by 31.5%  in 12 months to new record high of $660,000


AUCKLAND, 1 December 2015 – The Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel regions reached record high average asking prices in November, according to data from, New Zealand’s largest website dedicated only to property. The national average asking price of homes for sale continues to plateau, remaining just below record highs achieved three months ago.

In Waikato, the average asking price in November was $413,067 (up from $403,640 in August). In Bay of Plenty, the new record is $487,025 (up from $481,730 in October) and in the Coromandel the new high is $554,303 (up from $539,597 in September). PAP_Nov15

“It is significant that the areas where asking prices are at record highs are all within striking distance of Auckland,” says Brendon Skipper, CEO of “There have been strong indications over recent months that Aucklanders are house hunting further afield, which is helping to raise the expectations of sellers in these neighbouring regions.”

The national average asking price in November was $547,515, which is 1.4% up from October, but still slightly down from the national record of $568,215 in August. In Auckland, the average asking price of $849,882 was marginally lower than the record of $851,531 in September. In both Wellington and Canterbury, the average asking prices for November were within $10,000 of the record highs achieved in August and September respectively.

Auckland apartment asking prices surge

The average asking price for Auckland apartments in November reached a new record high of $660,001. This represents an increase of 31.5% compared to November 2014, when the average asking price for apartments in Auckland breached $500,000 for the first time. The increase in the asking price for apartments (31.5%) is almost twice as much as the increase in asking price for Auckland houses (16.8%) over the same period,

“We’ve seen the asking price of apartments in Auckland increase strongly and steadily over the last 24 months,” says Brendon Skipper. “This has driven the national average, which has now breached the $600,000 mark for the first time, only eight months after the national average asking price for apartments first broke the $500,000 barrier in March.”

Auckland dominates the market for apartments nationally, accounting for 71.9% of all national apartment listings.

New listings down on November last year

New listings nationally show a 5.6% reduction from the same month last year. Auckland had 7.0% fewer listings this November compared to November 2014, Wellington had 16.7% fewer and Canterbury had 5.1% fewer. NPL_Nov15

Again, the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel are among the regions bucking this trend. All three of these regions had the most new listings for any November for at least five years.

“Nationally, we’ve seen fewer listings this year than we have since November 2009,” says Brendon Skipper. “This may further exacerbate the shortage of inventory, which still hovers near the all-time low of 16.1 weeks we reached last month.”

Inventory is a measure of the national supply of homes for sale, expressed as a number of weeks it would take for all currently listed properties to sell at average rates, should no new properties get listed. The inventory for November was 16.8 weeks, compared to a long-term average of 35 weeks.


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Glossary of terms 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 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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