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Unprecedented interest in Wellington home purchases – asking prices up 8.5%

Press Release – Trade Me Limited
Interest in property in the Wellington region is still at unprecedented levels, with the number of views on properties for sale on Trade Me up 24 per cent when compared to June 2019.

“The Wellington property market is running particularly hot at the moment, we’re hearing that open homes are busy and buyers are having to get in quick to secure the property they want,” said Aaron Clancy of Trade Me Property.

Along with Auckland, property prices in the capital continued to rise year-on-year as a result of strong buyer demand. “The average asking price in the Wellington region in June reached $697,600, an 8.5 per cent increase when compared to June last year.”

“In Wellington city, the average asking price was $814,850, a 7 per cent increase when compared to June 2019.”

Property prices increased in all districts within the Wellington region in June, with the exclusion of South Wairarapa. “Carterton, Kapiti Coast, Lower Hutt, and Masterton all saw double-digit growth in their average asking price year-on-year.

District Average Asking Price (June 2020) Year-on-year change
Wellington Central $814,850 Up 7.2%
Lower Hutt $664,500 Up 13.2%
Upper Hutt $642,200 Up 4.6%
Porirua $731,950 Up 6.6%
Kapiti Coast $680,200 Up 13.8%
Masterton $477,200 Up 19.7%
Carterton $542,600 Up 17.9%
South Wairarapa $564,300 Down 1.6%

“The number of properties for sale in the Wellington region was 13 per cent lower than in June last year.”

Aaron Clancy said listing views nationwide are up 21 per cent on the year prior. “We’re seeing much stronger demand for properties than we would’ve anticipated just after the lockdown and it seems, as life has started to get back to normal for many Kiwis, some have decided to continue with their plans to purchase a property.

“Time will tell if this is sustainable or a short lived sugar rush from pent up demand during lockdown.

“In June, we saw higher demand for property listings than we saw in June 2018 or 2019. This demand was up right across the country, with the biggest spikes seen in two central North Island regions – Manawatu/Whanganui (up 39%) and Hawke’s Bay (up 45%).

“Comparatively, the number of properties available for sale in June was down by 8 per cent when compared with the same month in 2019.”

Mr Clancy said increased demand was putting pressure on prices with the national average asking price rising 8 per cent on the year prior to $699,350 in June.“Every region in the country saw an annual increase in average asking price in June, with some regions reaching all-time highs.

“The provinces in particular had a strong June and we saw record-breaking average asking prices in Manawatu/Whanganui, Gisborne, Nelson/Tasman, Southland and Waikato.”

Demand from younger buyers up 52 per cent

Mr Clancy said demand from younger buyers aged 18-29 continued to surge in June, after the trend first emerged in April.

“We first saw demand spike in this group following the Reserve Bank’s announcement it was scrapping the 20 per cent home deposit requirement earlier this year and now we’re seeing a growing number of younger Kiwis browse for their first home. This, coupled with record low interest rates, means we’re seeing no signs of this trend slowing, with searches by 18-29 year olds up 52 per cent in June when compared to the same month last year.”

Auckland prices see year-on-year growth

Mr Clancy said Trade Me’s June data showed Auckland property prices are growing at a slightly slower rate than national prices. “The average asking price in the Auckland region was $934,850 in June, up 5.3 per cent year-on-year. This marks a small drop from May – when the average asking price was $957,350– but is a continuation of the strong price growth trend the region has seen over the past five years.

“In Auckland city, the average asking price was $1,078,400 in June, a 5.5 per cent increase when compared to the same month last year.”

Following the national trend, demand in the Auckland region was on the rise with listing views up 19 per cent year-on-year. Last month, the total number of properties available for sale in the Auckland region was down 13 per cent when compared to June last year, but up 10 per cent when compared to May 2020.”

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