Market Update

  • Harcourts MarketWatch National MarketWatch for April 2015The latest residential housing figures from New Zealand’s largest real estate group, Harcourts shows that sales volumes in March were up in all parts of the country except Christchurch where buyers continue to benefit from more choice in the market.Harcourts Northern Region, which covers Auckland and Northland, experienced its strongest sales month on record in March and at the same time average sale price hit a new high of $830,186. The supply shortage in Auckland continues to benefit Waikato and Bay of Plenty with the increased level of out-of-town investment helping to lift sales volume in the Central Region 45.1% compared to the same month last year. There is also evidence of out-of-town investment lifting the property markets in parts of the South Island as investors look for better value outside Christchurch.Harcourts CEO Hayden Duncan says that the supply shortage in Auckland is at breaking point, and home buyers and investors are now looking to neighbouring regions.

    We are now starting to see the evidence of Auckland home buyers and investors looking outside Auckland to places like Bay of Plenty, Waikato and the Hauraki District. While the volume of sales in Auckland remains strong, first home buyers are now largely priced out of the Auckland market and investors are looking elsewhere to enhance their yields,” says Duncan.

    Hayden Duncan

    Chief Executive Officer

    Harcourts New Zealand

    Ph: 021 222 6414

    @Harcourts NZ


    Northern Mar 2015 Mar 2014 % Change
    Total New Listings 921 940 -2.0%
    New Auction / Tender Listings 370 341 8.7%
    Property on Hand 1716 1968 -12.8%
    Written Sales 823 614 34.0%
    Average Price $830,186 $697,520 19.0%
    Average sale price in the Northern Region was up 19% on last year to $830,000 as the supply and demand imbalance continues to put upward pressure on prices. Despite rising prices, Harcourts Northern Region experienced its strongest sales month on record in March with written sales up 34% to 823. With the current market conditions we are expecting an increased level of buyer activity through autumn this year.


    Central Mar 2015 Mar 2014 % Change
    Total New Listings 492 490 0.4%
    New Auction/Tender Listings 86 80 7.5%
    Property on Hand 1923 2331 -17.5%
    Written Sales 473 326 45.1%
    Average Price $356,203 $360,883 -1.0%
    The increased level of out-of-town investment in Bay of Plenty/Waikato is evident in the residential property figures for March. Written sales in the region are up 45.1% on last year to 473, which is the strongest sales month for Central since May 2007. The strong demand has resulted in a decline in inventory but there is still plenty of stock on the market. We expect the supply shortage in Auckland to continue to drive strong sales volumes in the Central Region throughout 2015.


    Wellington Mar 2015 Mar 2014 % Change
    Total New Listings 466 466 0.0%
    New Auction/Tender Listings 59 40 47.5%
    Property on Hand 1513 1745 -13.3%
    Written Sales 362 327 10.7%
    Average Price $372,794 $395,779 -6.0%
    Written sales were up strongly in Wellington with 10.7% more properties sold in March this year compared to last year. The increased sales volume and steady volume of new listings has resulted in a drop in inventory compared to last year, however, there is still plenty of choice in the market in Wellington. Average house price was down 6.0% on the same month last year but overall the average house price was up 2.0% from $366,281 in the 2014 financial year to $374,937 this financial year.


    Christchurch Metro Mar 2015 Mar 2014 % Change
    Total New Listings 535 521 2.7%
    New Auction/Tender Listings 166 189 -12.2%
    Property on Hand 2085 1613 29.3%
    Written Sales 466 476 -2.1%
    Average Price $523,247 $507,680 3.0%
    After a flat few months, the average sale price in Christchurch has rebounded and is up 3.0% on last year to $523,247. Sales volume in March was down slightly on last year, but up strongly on last month as more buyers look to settle ahead of the cooler weather. There is a good selection of property on the market, however, buyers are prepared to pay a premium for quality properties. There are opportunities in Christchurch for property investors prepared to think medium to long term, particularly around the CBD.


    South Island Provincial Mar 2015 Mar 2015 % Change
    Total New Listings 368 341 7.9%
    New Auction/Tender Listings 35 29 20.7%
    Property on Hand 1563 1766 -11.5%
    Written Sales 296 245 20.8%
    Average Price $351,513 $317,857 11.0%
    The South Island had a strong sales month in March with written volume up 20.8% compared to last year. Much of this activity is driven by investors looking for better value outside Christchurch in places like Dunedin and South Canterbury. Queenstown also had a strong month as the market there returns to form. Average sale price was up 11.0% driven by the sale of quality properties from the wide selection available on the market.

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    Disclaimer: All Harcourts MarketWatch figures are current to the end of the reported month and are compared to the same month ended for the previous year. ‘Written Sales’ is defined by all sales brought to contract status, where ‘Settled Sales’ are the results of contracts completed at the close of the reported month. Written Sales are a snapshot of the markets temperature while Settled Sales show what has happened in the previous month. While every effort has been made to ensure that the information in the publication is accurate we recommend that, before relying on this information, you seek independent specialist advice. If you wish to no longer receive this newsletter, please notify the sales consultant from whom you received it.

    Kind Regards,

    Pauline Lancaster

    Pauline Lancaster


    Charlton Realty Ltd MREINZ

    Mobile: 027 458 7245

    Office: 09 632 1280


    Charlton Realty Ltd – Licensed Agent REAA 2008
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