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NZ home values continue rise

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/06/2016 Tina Morrison
A real estate sold sign in Riverhead, Auckland © Getty Images/Hannah Peters A real estate sold sign in Riverhead, Auckland

New Zealand residential property values continued to push higher in May, as increased demand and limited supply underpinned the market.

The average value of a New Zealand home rose 12.4 per cent to $577,829 in May from the year earlier, in line with April's 12 per cent annual pace, according to state-owned valuer Quotable Value.

New Zealand's housing market is being bolstered by record migration as more people compete for available supply, while record low interest rates stoke investor demand.

The latest figures show annual house values grew faster than 20 per cent in Hamilton, Tauranga, Queenstown Lakes district and some areas of Auckland.

"Residential property values are rising rapidly across Auckland again and they also continue to accelerate in many other parts of the country, with much of the activity driven by strong demand from investors," said QV spokeswoman Andrea Rush.

"Migration is continuing at the highest levels seen in 100 years and this population growth coupled with growing demand from investors, means housing supply, particularly in Auckland and Queenstown, is not able to keep up with demand and this is driving values ever higher."

The government and the Reserve Bank last year introduced measures to try and cool Auckland's property market.

QV said home values across Auckland have begun accelerating again as it appears that new measures aimed at curbing investor activity in the market has not made much of a dent in demand from investors.

Growth in Auckland house values slowed to a 15.4 per cent annual pace in May, from a 16.5 per cent pace in April, taking the average value in the region to $955,793.

QV said the Auckland market was buoyant and real estate agents were reporting a shortage of listings, with some properties being sold before reaching the wider market and many properties transacting within short timeframes by property speculators.

Hamilton values increased at a 26.2 per cent annual pace, Tauranga gained 23.1 per cent, Queenstown Lakes rose 22 per cent, Wellington advanced 11.9 per cent, and Dunedin rose 10.3 per cent. Christchurch values edged up 3.3 per cent.

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