I read with interest the latest REINZ property data for sales in December with a mix of surprise and disbelief this week - focused on this statement:
“A key development during 2012 has been the growth in sales by auction, with the number of properties sold by auction growing by more than two-thirds compared to 2011. The growth in auction sales has been particularly strong in Auckland where almost two of every five sales are now by auction. The trend in auctions is evidence of the continued tightness of some parts of the residential real estate market where demand is increasing, but supply remains constrained.”
Total sales by auction growing by more than 66% and in Auckland 40% of sales as auctions!
I found these numbers surprising and somewhat hard to believe. The REINZ has only recently been reporting sales by pricing type and I wondered if their data was inaccurate. The reason for my concern was prior data reported by Realestate.co.nz of earlier in 2012.
At the last period of reporting being March 2012, the number of new listings marketed as auctions was 13% nationally and 24% in Auckland. The data as presented below also showing the make up of auctions a year earlier in March 2011 by region of the country.
Could the representation of auctions in the marketing of property in Auckland have really risen from 24% in March to over 40% in December?
Unfortunately I do not have access to the data warehouse of Realestate.co.nz but the website does provide an easy way of counting listings by date and also by price type. Analysis of the numbers for just new listings coming onto the market over the first 17 days of January is quiet surprising in my mind.
Across the country in 17 days of the 3,621 new listings, just under 1 in 5 (673) were marketed as auctions, in the case of Auckland 424 properties were marketed as auctions out of 1,069 new listings - 40%.
I am amazed at the extent to which auctions have taken off in the past year in Auckland, going from 1 in 4 of new listings in March 2012 to 2 out of 5 just 10 months later. Clearly the market is far more dynamic and property is selling fast and as a consequence agents are recommending this method of sale - the REINZ data is bang on, auctions are a key development in the NZ property market.