More properties are coming to the housing market, according to the latest data from RealEstate.co.nz.
The property website revealed that the total homes available for sale nationwide increased by 6.9% from December 2019 to January 2020, following a record national low in December.
Vanessa Taylor, spokesperson for RealEstate.co.nz, said increased activity in the middle of North Island could be signalling a market shift – as seen in the increase in the number of new listings in Central North Island, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu/Whanganui, and Waikato last month.
“When we see new listings increase, it tells us that there is more activity in those areas than there was a year ago – this could be a clue that the tides might turn on the current seller’s market,” Taylor said, as reported by Landlords.co.nz. “Although it is too early to say whether this is a trend, we haven’t seen a lift in these regions for quite some time, so this is definitely something to watch over the next few months.”
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Taylor said it would be interesting to see what happens to the national average asking price this year. Otago, Southland, Marlborough, and Central North Island hit all-time asking prices in January 2020 while Auckland’s asking price increased by 1.3% in December 2019.
“We often see the national average fluctuating quite a bit in response to what is happening around the country, so we will be waiting to see if the price holds above $700,000 or drops back down to the mid to high $600,000s that we saw throughout 2019,” she said.