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08-12-2011

QV December 2011 - the regions

Landlords.co.nz

 

QV's regional focus sees investors and first time buyers active and driving prices up in Auckland, though it's a mixed picture of ups and downs across the rest of the county.

Auckland

QV's Residential Price Index for November shows that property values in the Auckland region are 3.4% higher than the same time last year. Values are continuing to increase.
 
Glenda Whitehead of QV Valuation said; "First home buyers are tending to be a sizable proportion of those active in the market. This is driving demand and value levels in the lower to middle value end of the market. Late spring listings have added more option for buyers but this means they need more time to look at the wider range available to them. This trend is evident on the North Shore, where the first home buyers market was buoyant before the election and has since slowed.
 
"In the south east most entry level priced proprieties have been picked up by first home buyers rather than investors. In the past couple of weeks, there has also been a noticeable increase in listings which may help the supply and demand levels to balance out, and prices level off.
 
"Demand continues to remain strong for well presented properties in good locations. They tend to sell within days or weeks of being listed. The fringe areas or those with challenging features such as being close to motorways, or in poorly presented streets, have shown more limited value movements.
 
"Investors are starting to come back to the market, but they have very definite demands. Some are looking to buy, upgrade and on-sell at a healthy profit (the traders), often taking advantage of continued levels of mortgagee sales. Others require a definite positive cash flow return. The latter is often achieved by creating additional revenue from properties such as converting existing garages to sleep-outs or a further self-contained unit.
 
"In the West, there has been a noticeable increase in activity in recent weeks. Properties in the $280,000 to $420,000 range are now in demand. There also appears to be an increase in the level of subdivisions activity, with developers seeking Titles to individual sites to either sell now or build upon prior to selling."
 
QV's Residential Price Index is calculated using sales data from the three months leading up to the month being reported. It is not the same as the average sales price, which fluctuates in line with the mix of properties selling in upper or lower price brackets. The average sales price for the Auckland region in November was $513,792.

Wellington

QV's Residential Price Index for November shows that property values in the Wellington region are 0.4% lower than the same time last year. After falling for the first half of 2011, values in Wellington have picked up slightly in the last few months.
 
Kerry Buckeridge of QV Valuations said; "The residential property market in the Wellington region is continuing to show some positivity.
 
"There has been a noticeable upsurge in property listings over the last few weeks. This may be due to people getting back in the market now that both the Rugby World Cup and elections are over. However, the result is a severely shortened ‘spring selling season' leading up to Christmas.
 
"We are continuing to notice positive levels of activity in the first home buyer end of the market and also some good results at the top end. Those in the middle segment of the market continue to be cautious, however there are a number of examples where multiple offers are being made on good properties.
 
"The apartment and unit titled property market is facing challenges at the moment after the Unit Titles Act 2010 and the Unit Titles Regulations 2011 came into force on 20 June 2011. The requirements of Body Corporates' are now far greater, resulting in greater administration costs. As well, there have been substantial increases in the cost of insurance premiums for most apartment complexes. Combined these factors have resulted in large increases to Body Corporate Levies, to the extent sales volumes are beginning to be affected."
 
QV's Residential Price Index is calculated using sales data from the three months leading up to the month being reported. It is not the same as the average sales price, which fluctuates in line with the mix of properties selling in upper or lower price brackets. The average sales price for Wellington in November was $421,778.

Hamilton

QV's Residential Price Index for November shows that property values in Hamilton are 0.3% lower than the same time last year. Values have increased slightly in the last three months.
 
Richard Allen of QV Valuations said "In comparison to last month all areas within Hamilton City, except the Hamilton South East region, moved in a positive direction. The Central City/North West and the South West areas have seen the biggest increases.
 
"Although the residential property market in Hamilton may be improving, there is still nothing to suggest that this is a long term trend. Anecdotal evidence suggests in fact that it is still a buyer's market as listings outweigh demand."
 
QV's Residential Price Index is calculated using sales data from the three months leading up to the month being reported. It is not the same as the average sales price, which fluctuates in line with the mix of properties selling in upper or lower price brackets. The average sales price for Hamilton in November was $340,726.

Tauranga

QV's Residential Price Index for November shows that property values in Tauranga are 0.4% higher than the same time last year. Values have been flat for most of 2011 but are showing signs of gradually increasing in recent months.
 
Shayne Donovan-Grammer of QV Valuations said; "The Tauranga property market is steady with values overall holding. However, there is minimal traction in the market.
 
"As is natural for this time of year, there appears to be an increase in listings.
 
"With interest rates easing this should alleviate some pressure off homeowners and give them more composure to make property decisions. Low medium term interest rates and competitive bank offers are likely to lure first home owners into the market as well as the odd investor."
 
QV's Residential Price Index is calculated using sales data from the three months leading up to the month being reported. It is not the same as the average sales price, which fluctuates in line with the mix of properties selling in upper or lower price brackets. The average sales price for Tauranga in November was $383,699.

Christchurch

QV's Residential Price Index for November shows that property values in Christchurch are 3.6% higher than the same time last year. Values continue to increase, driven by activity in unaffected areas.
 
Brendon Bodger of QV Valuations said; "Christchurch house prices continue to show a positive trend. The house price index for November is now only 1.7% below the peak of the market in 2007.
 
"Demand and activity continues for property throughout the wider Christchurch area. As expected, it is stronger in the relatively undamaged suburbs, particularly in the South West to North West. Towards the end of spring we saw the number of property listings increase. Anecdotal evidence is that more people are attending open homes and there are multi offer situations, particularly at the entry level end of the market.
 
"Strong demand continues for property in the wider Canterbury area, particularly for vacant sections and small lifestyle blocks. Values in the Selwyn District have risen 5.3% over the past year, and Waimakariri has seen a 6.9% annual increase."
 
QV's Residential Price Index is calculated using sales data from the three months leading up to the month being reported. It is not the same as the average sales price, which fluctuates in line with the mix of properties selling in upper or lower price brackets. The average sales price for Christchurch in November was $372,040.

Dunedin

QV's Residential Price Index for November shows that property values in Dunedin are 0.2% lower than the same time last year. While values have been volatile throughout the year they appear to have risen over the past three months.
 
Tim Gibson of QV Valuations said; "The Dunedin residential property market is starting to pick up traction. This follows the positive trends that Auckland has shown recently. In comparison to the property peak values are currently on average 6.1% below the level of July 2007.
 
"Sales volumes and property values are both increasing. There has been a noticeable increase in demand for lower priced properties in the Dunedin City and South Dunedin areas. For the third consecutive month values have increased slightly in Dunedin City.
 
"However, in the top end of the market there still appears to be some hesitancy. There were only twelve recorded sales in the past three months with a sale price over six hundred thousand dollars.
 
"With good attendances being reported at recently held open homes it indicates that positive sales activity may be sustained as we head into the New Year."
 
QV's Residential Price Index is calculated using sales data from the three months leading up to the month being reported. It is not the same as the average sales price, which fluctuates in line with the mix of properties selling in upper or lower price brackets. The average sales price for Dunedin in November was $263,356.

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Source: Landlords.co.nz

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