Property Dashboard - Waikato

October 2014

The Waikato region continues to see a highly active property market that is favouring sellers more than buyers. Two of the three metrics are in the amber zone indicating a tight market in availability of property for sale with strong price growth.

The pace of the market as measured in the clearance rate continues strong with only a small easing in September from 12.6% in August to 12.2% . As the market maintains this strong pace the impact on inventory is felt although there was a modest easing in September to 35.5 weeks from 34.4 weeks in August based on equivalent stock based on rate of sale. With this tightness of inventory matched to the pace of the market the growth in property prices continues to maintain a level of between 6% and 7% with the September rate of 6.7% barely changed from the August level of 6.8%.


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 Notes on Dials and Data:

The Inventory indicates the level of available properties for sale at the end of the prior month, relative to the rate of sale of properties in the month. Thereby indicating that based on this rate of sale, how long it would take to sell all the stock of houses.

It is expressed in terms of weeks of available inventory. The number of properties on the market is the actual at the end of the prior month. The sales are the seasonally adjusted sales in the prior month

For example if there are 900 properties on the market and the sales in the month total 150 then the inventory will be 26 weeks - meaning if that rate of sale continued it would take 26 weeks (6 months) to sell all the properties.

The Pace indicates the rate of sale, in other words how active the market is.

This is measured as a clearance rate. It is the proportion of properties on the market that are sold in the month. The measure of sales is the 12 month moving average. The properties on the market is the actual number at the end of the prior month.

The source data is the REINZ property sales data and the monthly Property Report

For example with 900 properties for sale on the market and sales on a 12 month moving average of 150 the clearance rate is 16.7%

The Price movement is the variance expressed as a % of the current month's price vs. the same month a year earlier.

The source data is the REINZ median sales price for provincial regions with the Stratified Median Price Index for the 3 main cities. The variance is based on a 12 month moving average price.

The range is set to reflect the 2% Policy Target of the Reserve Bank being the vertical position of the dial.

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