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Median house prices in Auckland were the highest Auckland has seen for three months

The REINZ monthly property report has shown in Auckland, the number of properties sold in March fell by -18.2% year-on-year (from 2,451 to 2,006) – the lowest for the month of March since 2008.

Banks continue to remain competitive with their mortgage rates and there is a high chance of an OCR cut in the near future. However, the uncertainly surrounding the CGT (capital gains tax) legislation are having an impact on the housing market with many taking a 'wait and watch' approach.

Median house prices
Across New Zealand increased by 4.5% in March to a record $585,000, up from $560,000 in March 2018. Median house prices in Auckland were the highest Auckland has seen for three months although compared to the same time last year, this number fell by 2.7% to $856,000 – down from $880,000

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Note: Auckland’s 2.7% decrease in median price to $856,000 is partly a result in the number of properties sold for more than $2 million which fell from 8.1% of the market in March 2018 to 5.5% in March 2019. This median price has just continued to hover around the $850,000 mark – the same thing we’ve seen for nearly three years now suggesting that perhaps the Auckland market has found its ‘new normal’ for the time being.

Days to Sell drops significantly since February
Auckland saw the median number of days to sell a property increased by 5 days from 37 to 42 when compared to the same time last year, but this was a drop of 15 days when comparing to the previous month.

Price Bands
The number of homes sold for less than $500,000 across New Zealand fell from 41.8% of the market (3,328 properties) in March 2018 to 38.5% of the market (2,668 properties) in March 2019.

The number of properties sold in the $500,000 to $750,000 bracket increased from 29.0% in March 2018 (2,307 properties) to 30.5% in March 2019 (2,113 properties).

At the top end of the market, properties sold for $1 million or more decreased from 15.5% in March 2018 (1,232 houses) to 14.8% in March 2019 (1,029 houses). Source

Manukau features as one of the top 10 suburbs where the property market is about to boom. Read more here.

Manukau features as one of the top 10 suburbs where the property market is predicted to boom
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Manukau features as one of the suburbs that are among the 10 New Zealand suburbs and towns that have the most potential for growth in new residential dwellings, according to research from Colliers International.

Pete Evans, Colliers national director of residential project marketing, says the focus in 2019 has shifted to the supply of affordable homes and regeneration of traditionally less expensive suburbs.

“Investment in these suburbs through new development and infrastructure will invigorate these areas and create more desirable places to live with continued growth potential,” he says.

The "Golden Triangle" centres of Hamilton, Tauranga and Raglan – along with the Auckland suburbs of Onehunga and Westgate - remain among the pick of top growth areas for the second year in a row.

At the higher end of the market, Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter is expected to experience continued improvement in the lead up to Apec in 2020 and The America’s Cup in 2021.

SO WHY MANUKAU?

Manukau is one of three centres outside of CBD that Auckland Council has prioritised for growth through to 2050 and is expected to undergo significant change.

The Transform Manukau project involves major investment by council and central government and covers 600ha of land including the metropolitan centre and Wiri suburban area to the south.

This will regenerate the town centres at both Manukau and Wiri, support substantial residential and commercial development and focus on improving services such as healthcare and schooling, as well as increased tertiary education presence in the area.

Transportation improvements include a new integrated rail and bus station, upgrades to Great South Road, a mass transit route from the airport to Botany via central Manukau, and creation of a comprehensive cycle network. The Auckland suburbs of Onehunga, Northcote, Manukau, New Lynn and Panmure are primed to defy the city's housing market slowdown.

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Do I need to pay capital gains tax on the sale of my home?
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The bright line tax property rule says you’ll pay tax when you buy and sell a residential property unless the home you are selling, is your main home.

It's important to note that for need to have used a property as your main home for 50% or more of the time that you’ve owned it and used 50% of the area of the property as your main home. For example, if you use 40% of a property as your home and 60% as a rental property, you can’t use the main home exception.

Another important note to make is that you can't use the main home exception more than twice over any two-year period.

This includes if the property is located overseas.

If the home is held in a trust, the main home exception can still apply if the house sold was the main home of the principal settlor of the trust (the person who has made the biggest financial contribution to the trust), or the principal settlor didn’t have a main home, and it was the main home of a beneficiary of the trust.he bright-line rule does not apply if you sell a property you inherited.

The bright line tax rule does not apply if you inherit a home

So, if the residential home you're selling is not your main home and you bought it from the 1 October 2015 to 28 March 2018, inclusive: the two year bright-line rule applies.
If you bought the property on or after 29 March 2018: the five year bright-line rule applies.

But whenever you buy a property intending to resell it, you’ll need to pay tax on any profit you make when you sell that property.

Before you pay the income tax you owe on your property sale, you’ll need to complete an income tax return. You’ll generally include the amount of property income you’ve earned in the “other income” box on your return.

You’ll also complete an IR833 Property Sale Information form and submit this along with your income tax return.