Average asking of homes remains high
Home sellers are still expecting near record prices for their homes. The national average asking price is $488,711, only 0.4% lower than the all-time record achieved in June. Three individual regions achieved new record high asking prices in July. On average, sellers in Waikato want $394,806 for their homes, marginally higher than the previous high achieved in March this year. In Canterbury the new average asking price of $461,032 is about 2.6% above the record from January. However, these figures pale against the high of $782,682 in Central Otago – a price that outstrips the record set in May 2013 by nearly 10%.
Not only the asking price, but the number of listings in Central Otago has grown significantly, with nearly 13% more properties on the market than July last year. While the total number of newly listed properties for sale around the country exceeds the total for June, it is still not as high as at the same time last year.
The number of listings should be seen as indicative of the usual seasonal cycle. Every year, we see a surge in the number of properties in the market when spring comes around, and there is every reason to expect that the same will happen in August and September this year.
The total number of homes for sale on www.realestate.co.nz this July was 39,906. This is about 3,500 more than in July 2013.
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Truncated mean The monthly asking price for new listings presented in this report utilises the measure of ‘truncated mean’. This measure is judged to be a more accurate measure of the market price than average price as it statistically removes the extremes that exist within any property market that can so easily introduce a skew to traditional average price figures. The truncated mean used in this report removes the upper 10% and the lower 10% of listings in each data set.
Methodology The realestate.co.nz data is compiled from new listings coming onto the market from the more than 1,000 licensed real estate offices across NZ, representing more than 96% of all offices. With an average monthly level of over 11,000 new listings, the realestate.co.nz data provides the largest monthly sample on the residential property market.
Seasonally adjustment The core data is seasonally adjusted to better represent the core underlying trend of the property market in NZ. In preparing this seasonally adjusted data Realestate.co.nz is grateful for the assistance of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) who use an X12 ARIMA methodology to calculate seasonally adjusted data.
Background to Realestate.co.nz Realestate.co.nz Ltd is the official online property listing company of the New Zealand real estate industry, currently hosting over 100,000 listings, covering this portfolio of residential property for sale and rent, commercial property for sale and lease, rural properties and farms, as well as businesses for sale. The raw property report data is accessible here as an Excel spreadsheet enabling anyone to analyse the raw data and establish any trends or observations. Usage rights are governed under attribution to the source of the data being Realestate.co.nz.
By Paul McKenzie, Marketing Manager, Realestate.co.nz