NEW ZEALAND: A report by The Dominion Post on the housing market in New Zealand has revealed that prices for homes sold in the country are now at a “record high” as new immigrants and retirees flock into the country.
The report also reveals that Auckland house prices rose by a record-high of 1,100 per cent in the first six months of the year.
The figure for houses sold in Dunedin rose by 1,300 per cent.
While the new arrivals have driven up house prices, Auckland’s average house price has remained stagnant at $1.4 million, while Dunedin’s average price increased by just 1 per cent year-on-year.
The article said: “House prices are up by more than 2,500 per cent, and the median price is now just $800,000.
This is the fastest increase in the Auckland market in nearly 20 years.
The median house price in Dunby has increased by more as much as 6,000 per cent.”
The report found that the average price of a home in Auckland had increased by nearly $1,600, while the median had increased an astonishing $1 million.
The house price growth in Auckland has been driven by the new influx of foreign investors, the report said.
The average price for a home sold in Auckland in January was $834,200, a 10 per cent increase over the same month last year.
In Dunedin, the average house cost was $850,000, a 12 per cent jump over January.
The average house in Dunamasa increased by 2,000 over the past year.
The Dunedin house price increases were driven by new arrivals, the article said, and “foreign investors”.
However, in Dungann, prices had risen by only a tenth of a per cent over the previous year.
“There are more than 3,200 new arrivals in Dunbridge and Dunedin each year, and new home prices are going up by an average of 8 per cent each year,” it said.
However, the house price inflation in Dunford has slowed, as the number of people moving to the region has slowed.
“The increase in house prices in Dungate and Dunbridge is also due to a decrease in foreign investment,” the article added.
In addition, “foreign investment” in the region had “reduced” in Dunhambok, the latest figures showed.
The Dominion Post article noted that while Dunganan house prices were higher than Auckland house price, Dunedin was still “the cheapest place to live in New South Wales”.
The article also noted that Dunedin had a population of just over 6,400 people, with a median household income of just $55,000 a year.
It said that this was a “pretty healthy number” but it was “well below” the national median income.