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

Coromandel one of six regions nationally to hit an all-time high asking price in August

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Low levels of housing stock in some regions of New Zealand are continuing to benefit sellers, according to figures released today by

Real–time market statistics from the site, which has the largest number of residential for sale property listings in the country, show that with the exception of Auckland, there has been a gradual decline in housing stock over and above the typical midwinter seasonal lull.

“This has resulted in a lift in asking prices, most notably in the Coromandel, where the region had only 141 new listings and yet hit $636,297 for the average asking price. This is up 7.2 per cent from the previous month and is an all-time high,” says CEO Brendon Skipper.REA0158 PR Release September 2016 3

Coromandel is just one of six regions nationally that have hit an all-time high in August. The other five regions are Canterbury, Nelson & Bays, Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Auckland.

With inventory levels continuing to fall, the property market remains a sellers’ market.REA0158 PR Release September 2016 33

“Nationally, it means that if no new listings were to come to market, all the existing properties in New Zealand would be sold in 14 weeks.

“Auckland is the only region in the whole of New Zealand where housing stock is up compared to the same time last year. However, demand appears to be easing compared to the rest of the country,” says Brendon.

The number of new listings in Auckland dropped by 12.4 per cent compared to the previous year, however the total Auckland housing stock levels are up by four per cent for the same period.REA0158 PR Release September 2016 32

“This tells us that homes are taking slightly longer to sell, which could be as a result of LVR restrictions,” says Brendon.

Taking a snapshot in a moment of time on one day in late August, there were 21,462 houses for sale across New Zealand, which is down 24.8 per cent from the previous year.

“This number can be misleading as it doesn’t take into account the number of properties which have come onto the market during that month and subsequent sales, but it does tell us it is still very much a sellers’ market.

“The market data we draw from shows that the average Auckland asking price for all residential property types was $907,986 in August, which is yet another record, but still has some way to go before hitting the $1 million mark,” comments Brendon.


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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 are a record of all the new listings on 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.

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