House sales plummet 12.9 per cent

Capital gain tax talk, banks, Government blamed
12 Apr, 2019 9:05am
NZ Herald online
Banks, the Government and the prospect of a capital gains tax are responsible for causing "uncertainty" in the housing market due to law changes and tighter lending, as sales volumes drop 12.9 per cent in the last month.Real Estate Institute data out this morning cited "uncertainty around legislation and difficulty accessing finance" which it said continued to hit sales volumes throughout the country.Bindi Norwell, REINZ chief executive, said: "At a time when sales volumes are normally very strong and total sales figures for the country are typically well over the 7000 mark, with 6938 sales this was the lowest number of properties sold for the month of March since March 2011."
Mortgage interest rates had never been cheaper but "the legislative changes on the horizon and the difficulty accessing finance are now really starting to impact the housing market in terms of sales volumes," Norwell said.The law changes she referred to were not just the possibility of a capital gains tax but also Residential Tenancies Act reforms demanding landlords to improve properties, the foreign buyer ban, abolishing letting fees and anti-money laundering moves.

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REINZ data suggests "buyers' market" in Auckland

Auckland property is becoming increasingly attractive to buyers, according to ASB, after latest REINZ data revealed flattening prices continued into July.The latest Real Estate Institute of New Zealand data reveals New Zealand house prices rose by 6.2 percent in the July year — but Auckland suffered a 0.1 percent fall.ASB said Auckland "continues to look more like a buyers’ market every month", The lender said: "We see a risk that annual house price growth in Auckland slips into negative territory as uncertainty and affordability constraints continue to crimp activity." The bank said it expected the overall market to remain "subdued".Auckland prices slumped by 0.1% in the July year, due to the impact of LVR restrictions and curbs on property investors.The median price fell by $1000 however, compared to the previous year, holding steady at $835,000.REINZ chief executive Bindi Norwell said: “The stability of Auckland’s median price will be welcome news for first-time buyers struggling with Auckland’s house prices, but time will tell whether the low to mid $800,000 mark is a longer-term trend.”The regions continue to drive house price increases.

800 new south Auckland residences planned in Classic and Universal projects

A consortium led by one of New Zealand's biggest residential construction companies, Classic Builders, is planning up to 800 new residences in South Auckland's Ramarama and Drury area, where more than half will be in the affordable price range.Peter Cooney who owns Classic said his Classic Developments and fellow house builder Universal Homes would build the places of which 60 percent would be in the affordable $550,000 to $650,000 range.Plans for some of the new homes by Classic."The 50ha site is zoned residential.Earthworks have started and we're just about to lodge for resource consent application," he said of the land beside the offramp from the Southern Motorway or State Highway 1 at the Ramarama turnoff.Classic bought the site from the Stevenson family, Cooney said.The lot had been farmland."The land almost runs adjacent to the motorway," Cooney said of the site, 37km from Auckland's CBD.