Capital price gains

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Looking for capital gains? Best look to Wellington as the latest Trade Me Property data reveals ongoing strong price growth.

By The Landlord

The Wellington region’s average asking price climbed 12.3% on last year to reach a record $593,250 in September, according to the latest Trade Me Property Price Index.

While Wellington City’s average asking price rose by 8.5% year-on-year to hit $700,400, it was other areas of the region which saw the biggest annual price growth.

Masterton saw a 20% jump in average asking price to $408,850, Upper Hutt climbed 15.5% to $538,500 and Lower Hutt was up 10.4 by to $559,300 in September.

Head of Trade Me Property Nigel Jeffries says the Wellington property market isn’t showing any sign of slowing down.

“In September 2016, the average asking price was $479,650 which means property prices in the capital have increased almost $115,000 (or 24%) in 24 months.

“If this rate of growth continues, the Wellington property market could be discussed in similar terms to Auckland - though we’re some way away from seeing the massive numbers we’ve seen in our largest city.”

Although the Wellington region was leader of the price growth pack, average asking prices were up in many markets around the country.

The national average asking price was up by a modest 2.3% on August to $645,250 and every region saw a year-on-year increase with the arrival of spring.

Jeffries says the average asking price in the South Island took off in September with Nelson/Tasman (up 12% to $593,300), Otago (up 11% to $533,050) and Southland (up 11% to $283,900) all seeing strong double-digit growth.”

Waikato also reached a record average asking price in September - after climbing 4.7% year-on-year - to $553,650.

Even Auckland saw movement in its average asking price. It was up by 2.6% on last year to $917,150.

Auckland City saw the largest annual increase with the average asking price climbing 7% to $1,022,000, while Waitakere City saw record high asking prices, up 1% on the year prior to $826,500

Jeffries says that Auckland buyers will be pleased to see more stock on the market in the region, with 18% more listings onsite than last year

Prices weren’t the only thing to spring into action around the country, with a 9% in listings onsite in September, he adds.

Meanwhile, there was strong growth in urban properties (apartments, townhouses and units) across New Zealand, with the average asking price jumping 4.9% year-on-year to $548,000.

Jefferies says they are continuing to see more Kiwis downsize their home and first home buyers move into these urban properties, attracted by smaller mortgage repayments and less maintenance costs.

“But apartments are still the hot favourite with a 7.2% increase in average asking price nationwide.”

Comments from our readers

On 18 October 2018 at 10:15 am lukehil said:
As far as property investment advice goes, buying at or near the top of the market is very risky. The best capital gains are to be had buying at the bottom and, as the old saying goes, fortune favours the brave. Anyone wanting to follow this article's advice can insure themselves by making sure they are buying with solid positive gearing, in case the capital gains have peaked.

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