REAL ESTATE UPDATE: Lifestyle Property Sales

Data released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) shows there were 183 less lifestyle property sales (-9.7%) for the three months ended August 2018 than for the three months ended July 2018, New Zealand-wide.

Overall, there were 1,700 lifestyle property sales in the three months ended August 2018, compared to 1,808 lifestyle property sales for the three months ended August 2017 (-6.0%), and 1,883 lifestyle property sales for the three months ended July 2018.

7,190 lifestyle properties were sold in the year to August 2018, 925 (-11.4%) fewer than were sold in the year to August 2017.

The median price for all lifestyle properties sold in the three months to August 2018 was $645,000 and was $55,000 higher compared to the three months ended August 2017 (+9.3%).

Brian Peacocke, Rural Spokesman, at REINZ says: “Sales data released for the 3-month period ending August 2018 is notable for the consistency in total sales across the country but equally notable for the inconsistency in numbers within the respective regions on month by month basis.

“Whilst the overall picture would appear healthy, it is worth noting the following: i Sales volumes for the most recent period are down 28% on the equivalent period in 2016 ii At $645,000, the current median price is $100,000 ahead of the same period in 2016, and $55,000 ahead of the median price in 2017 iii Given the above, it would appear there is a shortage of quality stock, with that shortage applying upward pressure on price, ” he concludes.

Points of Interest around New Zealand include:

  • Decreases in sales volumes in the Northland, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, as was the case in Nelson/Marlborough and the West Coast.
  • Increases in sales volumes in the mid to lower North Island, and the mid to lower South Island, particularly so for the Wellington and Canterbury regions where monthly volumes more than doubled in Wellington and increased by approximately 30% in Canterbury