Home Inspection News – Issue 30

Congratulations to Duane Turner on achieving the prestigious Diamond Elite international award for inspections!


The story of September was one of rising house prices across New Zealand. The median NZ house price rose to $597,000 up 6.6% compared to 12 months ago.

New record median prices were recorded in:
Waikato $550,000 up 5.6% from September 2018

Hawkes Bay $500,000 up 13.4% from September 2018

Taranaki $400,000 up 15.9% from September 2018

Southland $315,000 up 22.1% from September 2018

Manawatu / Whanganui $397,000 up 24.1% from September 2018

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Home Inspection News – Issue 29

August Real Estate Activity 

Lower sales across New Zealand, 6.1% lower than August last year. The lowest number of sales for 7 months were:

Southland –33.2% 62 less sales
Hawkes Bay –18.4% 42 less sales
Taranaki –16.6% 31 less sales

Sales were up in the following areas:
Tasman +12.3%
Bay of Plenty +7.7%
Nelson +2.9%

The main reason for the fall is the lowest number of new listings for the last 3 consecutive months since 2007.

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Home Inspection News – Issue 28

Latest Property Market Update

Early signs of growth in the housing market seems to be appearing according to the July real estate data. Prices nationally are still showing some growth. The median price increased by 1.7% nationally and by 2.4% in Auckland over the past month. The volume of sales also shows upward movement.

Nationally sales increased by 3.7% and Auckland by 6.6% year on year. The numbers were 6,118, up from 5,897 and for Auckland 1,894, up from 1,777. The average days to sell was 3 days longer
nationally now at 40 days. For Auckland also 3 days longer at 44 days. Both are compared to July last year.

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Home Inspection News – Issue 27

June 2019 Property Update

The June residential property sales data was released on 12/07/19. The heading for the data released was – Number of Properties Sold Nationally falls in June, but Prices Keep Rising!

Behind this statement lies a message. The message seems to be that many buyers are holding off hoping prices will fall. The probability however is that prices will keep rising. Why?

Firstly there is a housing shortage especially in major centres like Auckland. Secondly the population is growing due to both internal growth and by net migration.

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Home Inspection News – Issue 26

The May Housing Market

During May across all of New Zealand house prices increased by 3.2% to $578,000 from $560,000 in May 2018. Median prices in Auckland increased by 1.2% from May 2018 and now sits at $860,000.

This is the highest Auckland median price in 2019. At the other end of the scale Gisborne property owners enjoyed a massive 54.4% median increase from May 2018 – May 2019!

Prices in Gisborne increased as a result from a median of $285,000 to $440,000. That was $2,645 a day for every day between the 1st of May 2018 and the 1st of May 2019.

Other strong growth areas were Southland (16.7%), Manawatu / Wanganui (14.4%), Hawkes Bay (9.3%) and Otago (8.2%). The number of properties sold in May was down 7.8% across New Zealand with Auckland the worst down 21.8%.

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The Importance of LIM Reports

What is a LIM report?

A Land Information Memorandum (LIM) report is a summary report of some of the information held by the local council. The report covers one particular property only – land or house and land.

What is in a LIM report?

A LIM report contains information about such things as slippage and potential flooding risk by way of flooding plains. The presence of possible hazardous substances such as Asbestos or soil contamination by pesticides and insecticides.

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Home Inspection News – Issue 25

The Housing Market April 2019

Over the whole of New Zealand house prices in April increased in 13 of the 16 regions compared to prices in March. The areas not seeing increases were Auckland, Nelson and Otago. Days to sell increased slightly from 36 days to 37 nationally.

Auckland increased by 4 days to 41 days to sell. What was noticeably down was the number of sales which year on year were down 11.5% nationally and 16.3% in Auckland. The recent fall in the official cash rate to a record low of 1.5% and the scrapping of the proposed capital gains tax should however give confidence to buyers.

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Home Inspection News – Issue 24

Prices in January 2019

14 out of 16 regions of New Zealand had annual price increases in January. The only ones that did not were Auckland and Canterbury. The number of residential property sales were down year on year both in Auckland and Nationally. The warm sunny weather possibly meant would be buyers were at the beach instead.

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Home Inspection News – Issue 23

House prices were up nationally in December 2018 by 1.5% compared to December 2017

The new median price is $560,000. Auckland also saw an increase but only 0.2% to a new median of $862,000. The Bay of Plenty was the star achiever for December with a new record median price of $610,000 which was a 2.0% increase.

Every region in New Zealand had a price increase in December which was the first time this has happened since June 2017 – 18 months ago. Auckland recorded the highest price for 9 months. For all those that think house prices are going to fall, take a look at this:

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Home Inspection News – Issue 22

October 2018 House Prices

After the lowest level of sales for 8 months in September sales numbers rebounded in October and were around 15% higher than October 2017. This is what was predicted following the serge in listings that has come onto the market.

October was the month when the ban on foreign buyers came into effect. The median house price nationally was up 0.5% compared to September and in Auckland it was up 1.5% compared to September.

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