Lack of listings pushing prices up according to

Low housing stock around the country is driving prices up, according to

The total number of homes available for sale in July was down 11 per cent on the same month last year, the real estate listings website’s spokeswoman, Vanessa Taylor, said.

The national average asking price increased by 3.9 per cent to $756,250.

“Despite speculation around prices dropping post-Covid-19, the market seems to be performing well,” she said.

In April, the Reserve Bank removed the loan-to value ratio restriction which restricted the amount of lending done to low-deposit buyers.

The central bank said the change to the LVR was a response to the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

But Taylor said the housing shortage remained an issue and that it was probably exacerbated by Kiwis returning home from overseas.

While there had been a 20 per cent increase in the number new listings coming on to the market in July compared with the same time last year, the listings had failed to keep up with demand, Taylor said.

Asking prices were up in nearly all regions last month with 13-year all-time high asking price in Northland, Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Coromandel, and Manawatu/Whanganui.

“Omitting the data from the lockdown in April, where prices were skewed upwards as a result of Kiwis being unable to list their properties, we would have also seen a national all-time asking price high last month,” Taylor said.

With fewer than 3000 new listings coming on to the market in April compared to almost 9000 in July, prices in April were inflated by a lack of supply, she said.

“Taking out April’s national asking price spike of $858,432, the national average asking price has been trending upwards since the end of last year and this hasn’t slowed down post-lockdown,” Taylor said.


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