Short commentary on Eastern Suburbs' real estate market statistics for May 2019
Let’s dive right in.
Auckland’s property market seems to be suffering from winter chills. Admittedly, this winter has been mild. And the same can be characterised of the Auckland’s and Eastern Bay/Remuera’s property markets. The rejection of any capital gains tax and record-low mortgage interest rates are providing much-needed support to the housing market, and first-home buyers are especially active. Immigration continues to run at historically high levels.
If you are impatient (!), you can skip to the relevant sections:
– Eastern Suburbs’ (Orakei, Mission Bay, Remuera, St Heliers, Glendowie, Kohimarama, Meadowbank, Glen Innes St Johns, Stonefields) market statistics and general observations
Auckland's property market statistics for May 2019
Compared to April 2019
Compared to May 2018
- Median price up 1.2%
- Sales count up 13.0%
- Days to sell increased by 4 days
- Median price up 1.2%
- Sales count down 21.8%
- Days to sell increased by 5 days
Let’s have a look at headline numbers for Auckland.
Auckland’s median price has gone up by 1.2% year-on-year and month-on-month. Sales volume has performed better than last month but compared to same time last year, the volume has decreased quite significantly. This shows that while the media talks about property prices crashing, in actual fact property prices are remaining stable.
There are less transactions simply because 1) homeowners are choosing not to come on to the market (stock levels have been falling) and 2) those that do go on the market can afford to hold out if they do not achieve the price they want.
As such, property prices have not decreased drastically and sale volume has gone down. What we are looking at is a lengthening of the median days to sell to 45 days.
Eastern Suburbs' market statistics and general observations
Covering the real estate market of Orakei, Mission Bay, Kohimarama, St Heliers, Glendowie, Remuera, Meadowbank, Glen Innes, St Johns, Stonefields and Wai O Taiki Bay
Note 1: Suburbs with less than 5 sales will not have the median property price displayed for statistical and privacy reasons. Also, note that the median property price for each suburb may see large fluctuations given the relatively low number of sales on a monthly basis.
Note 2: The REINZ uses unconditional sales data (when the price is agreed) rather than at settlement, which can often be weeks later. It is therefore more accurate and timely.
Trends in Orakei, Mission Bay, Kohimarama, St Heliers, Glendowie, Remuera, Meadowbank, Glen Innes, St Johns, Stonefields and Wai O Taiki Bay real estate markets
In our neck of the woods, we are seeing less listings coming onto the market. Buyers are lamenting a lack of stock, especially for family homes. On the other hand, there have been more off the plan townhouses and apartments coming to the market, making the Eastern Suburbs a more affordable area for many first home buyers.
What else is in buyers' favour when buying houses in Kohimarama, St Heliers, Orakei, Mission Bay, Glendowie or Remuera?
- Record low mortgage rates (and looking to go lower in the foreseeable future)
- Increasing levels of stock in the market as houses take a longer time to sell
- Speculation around easing of loan-to-value ratios by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand – this translates into lower deposit requirements
- Speculation around the easing of credit assessment (i.e. serviceability ratios) like our Australian counterparts
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