The Edinburgh Realty eNewsletter

Issue #56 | November 2017


New Zealand median residential property price up 1.2%

Median residential property prices across New Zealand increased by 1.2% year-on-year to $525,000, according to the latest Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) data.

REINZ Chief Executive Bindi Norwell: “Prices across the country increased in all but three regions, evidence that the market continues to grow despite some challenging conditions – including the LVR restrictions and banks continuing to tighten lending conditions. Much of the increase has been driven by the buoyancy in the regions.”

REINZ HPI reaches new high

The REINZ House Price Index for New Zealand increased 0.7% month-on-month to reach an all-time high of 2,699 during September, indicating that the ratio of sale prices compared to CVs is at its highest point since the index was launched earlier this year.

Dunedin city

Dunedin city’s median price for September 2017 was $370,000 – up 16% on September 2016. Sale volumes were down 9% over the same period, to 173 transactions.

Commentators report plenty of first home buyers in the market – as well as second and third home buyers – but, in all cases, there is insufficient stock to satisfy demand. This situation is having a positive effect on prices.

Central Otago

September’s median price in Central was $435,000 – down a smidge compared to September 2016, when it was $443,700. The number of sales across the two months was identical, at 35.

Photo caption: The REINZ House Price Index (HPI) measures the changing value of property in the market. This graph shows the steady increase in value of Dunedin dwellings over the past five years.

Data courtesy of REINZ