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Month: April 2015

March 2015 housing market update

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Time period Number of sales* Total value of sales
March 2015 1597 properties $1,240,437,467
March 2014 1392 properties $1,010,185,619
12 months to March 2015 12291 properties $9,015,344,616
12 months to March 2014 13088 properties $8,678,371,357

*Includes Barfoot & Thompson Auckland residential sales that have gone unconditional. Excludes Northland and commercial sales.

Unprecedented March housing activity sets string of records

Unprecedented sales activity in March has seen Auckland’s residential housing market establish new records for prices and sales numbers.

“March is always the most active month for property sales, but there has never been a month’s trading to compare with the past month,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson.

“It has set a string of new records.

“The average sales price increased by 3.9 percent on that for February, pushing the average sales price to an all-time high of $776,729. It is more than $17,000 higher than the previous record average price set in December last year.

“The median price at $711,000 increased by 1.1 percent over that for February, and is 9 percent higher than the median in March 2014.

“A quarter of all the homes sold in the month were for in excess of $1 million.

“And we sold 1597 homes in the month, the highest number ever in a calendar month.

“Buyers were not put off by the record prices, and for the last two weeks of the month we sold more than 400 homes each week, the highest two weeks trading in the company’s history.

“Buyers remain convinced that with a stable economy, low interest rates and restricted housing availability, that buying at current prices is manageable.

“In the first quarter of this year, the average sales price has risen 6.1 percent over 2014’s average price for the year of $716,588, and March’s average price was 7 percent higher than it was 12 months’ previously.

“During the month we sold 420 homes for in excess of $1 million, 167 more than the 253 homes we sold in March last year, which until now was the highest number of $1 million homes sold in a month.

“At the same time we sold 300 homes for under $500,000, which represented 18.8 percent of sales.

“Current high prices are encouraging more home owners to bring their property to market, and during March we listed 1997 new properties, the highest number in the past 17 months.

“At month’s end we had 3347 properties on our books for sale, the highest for 10 months.

“While sales activity in April is unlikely to match that for March, given the relatively good level of choice available trading can be expected to remain extremely active.”