THE NZ ECONOMY
As predicted the housing Markets in Auckland and Christchurch have resulted in an intervention by the Reserve Bank, this has not been seen since 2007. First National Real Estate raised these concerns last month within the media across the country in their Press Release.
Median prices only show where the market is performing- First National Press Release
'Reported record median price rises do not always indicate what is happening in the market. Median prices only show where the market is performing. If the median price is high, then this shows activity at the upper level, if the median is lower it shows activity in the lower range of the market. Some people are influenced by the hype of the Auckland and Christchurch market and the median price can also put people off purchasing, whereas this not always a realistic indicator. In summary, the regulatory decisions relating to property increase as well as a potential early increase in the OCR means a cautious approach should be taken, if using either median house prices or Auckland and Christchurch as the indicators'.
Reserve Bank Intervene- First time since 2007 (National Business Review) “The Reserve Bank have intervened in the financial markets in an attempt to stabilise the currency which was "significantly overvalued, while warning the strength in the property market was threatening the country's financial system,” were the comments made after Mr Wheelers briefing. “The housing market has become a growing headache for the central bank, as Auckland sale prices hit new record highs in a rapidly heating market, while at the same time a strong currency has limited the bank's ability to stoke lending growth with lower rates.”
OFFICIAL CASH RATE & INTEREST RATE
No prediction for an increased OCR; Tony Alexander BNZ Economist reports that household debt grew only 0.4% in March and that has been the rate of growth for almost all of the months since July last year. We also get a benign inflation outlook which suggests no change upward in the official cash rate until well into next year - or 2015. The Reserve back adjustment will have more effect for the exporting sector than on the OCR.
PROPERTY MARKET REPORT- NOTHING NEW
The property market continues to show signs of confidence and heightened activity as compared to the past few years. The confidence amongst sellers bringing their properties onto the market has pushed up the (seasonally adjusted) truncated mean asking price to a new high of $447,275 - the highest level since the collection of data began in 2007.
This rise in asking price was noticeable in around half of New Zealand, with Auckland reaching a new record high of $612,167, and Central Lakes Otago reaching a new high of $679,987. A record low of $353,474 was seen in Marlborough (down 9% on March figures). (Realestate.co.nz)
IF I WERE A BORROWER WHAT WOULD I DO?
TONY ALEXANDER: BNZ
“Nothing new. Float, look for fix half 3 -5 years when lenders offer heavily discounted rates, and place some of the floating portion out to 18 months.
NEW LISTING REPORT -APRIL
The number of new listings fell to 10,023, down 21.5% on March and down 1.5% year on year. In the main centres, both Auckland and Canterbury experienced an increase in listings when compared to April last year of 9.3% and 0.8% respectively and Wellingtons figure fell by just 1.9%.
The next 3 months are traditionally a quieter time for the market, with lower listings ahead of the spring pick up in August. If property sales continue strongly it is likely that asking prices will continue to creep up as demand for property continues to remain high.
The recent survey undertaken by the BNZ reveals that there is no evidence of upward pressure on rents, while house prices are increasing; rental upward pressure is not that great. This latter dimension reflects the inability of landlords to raise rents in our medium income in a country where people can afford only so much. In addition with investors purchasing more properties largely for the capital gains they expect to accrue, rent is not always the primary consideration.
WHY USE A LICENCED REAL ESTATE AGENT AT FIRST NATIONAL ?
When selling your largest, most valuable asset, a seller should be seeking to gain the most value and best sale price. In this current market it is very difficult to determine the value of your property, as QV and GV do not always provide the most recent sales within your street or neighbourhood.
Our agents have in depth, up to date knowledge on what is happening in the market. They can price your home competitively to gain maximum price. Our agents can provide advice on improvements you can make to better present your home to the market.
Selling a home is a very stressful period in our lives, however there is legislation and protection you receive through working with a Licenced Real Estate agent, who complies with the Real Estate Agency Act 2008. This provides you remedies in the event of grievances as a buyer or seller.
Finally, your agent is an experienced negotiator who will always work in your best interest.