Manukau Market Wrap
Nationally, the stock availability continues to decline as expected in Winter. The volume of sales in June was not surprising and fell in June by -3.8% from the same time last year to 5,978 according to the latest data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. In Auckland, the number of properties sold in June fell by -3.2% year-on-year .
There's less competition
With the lowest number of new listings for the month of June since listings records began, Auckland saw the lowest number of properties sold for two months continuing the trend we’ve seen for a few months now. Sale prices seem to have stabilised and all in all, with the lack of new listings, open homes and buyer activity is actually pretty good. The pool of buyers is still the same, there is just less to look at.
Manukau's median sale price compared to Auckland's
The median sale price for Manukau is $680,000 last month and take a 12 month average, this figure sits at $675,000 - down 2% last month however if we look at a 5 year average, this median increased to 8%. Across the country prices are still climbing, but the rate has slowed. The median sale price in Auckland remains steady with an 0.1% increase last month and over a 5 year average, has risen 7.2%.
Manukau's median days on market compared to Auckland's
For Manukau, this number is 45 days and take a 12 month average, this drops to 39 days. The median number of days to sell a property in Auckland increased in June by 5 days from 40 to 45 - compared to the same time last year.
When do we expect to see the market come back? That’s a prediction well out of my pay grade but all the underlying factors are still in play, housing shortage, low interest rates, immigration etc. And to be fair - we are 3 years into the flattening, here in Auckland anyway. Volume started dropping in 2015, prices started to, or arguably did plateau in 2016, we’ve had a wee fall and they appear to have plateaued again now in 2019. They say on average a 4 year turnaround.Residential property sales activity looks set to tick along at the same controlled pace in the second half of the year as it has in the first, with average values growing in a restrained fashion. Other key factors to watch over the rest of 2019 include policy decisions from the Reserve Bank (e.g. LVR and bank capital rules), the landscape for investors’ returns, the potential flattening off of residential building consents, and how buildings insurance premiums might change due to risk based pricing.