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Listings Shortage In Auckland Property Market

Media Release

7 September 2005


Listings Shortage In Auckland Property Market

The Auckland property market was characterised by a severe shortage of listings during August, according to the latest figures from the city’s real estate leader Barfoot & Thompson.

The company closed the month with 3,991 available listings on its books. Company records show this is the first time in almost ten years that listing numbers have been so low. Listings have not dipped below 4,000 since April 1996.

Director Peter Thompson says, “Naturally the listings shortage is feeding through into prices because vendors are finding there is a reduced level of competition in the market place and buyers have to pay good prices to secure the property they want.”

The average sale price for August was $451,807 which was down slightly on July but is ahead of the average for the year to date and 5.4 percent higher than the same month last year.

Mr Thompson says, “Clearly buyer demand is continuing and smart vendors will recognise that this is a good time to consider listing their properties for sale to achieve a good price.”

On the rental front, August was Barfoot & Thompson’s busiest month since January with more than 700 fresh lettings. The average weekly rent was up slightly to $338 from $332 last month.

ENDS

Barfoot & Thompson knows Auckland best. It is the city’s leading real estate company, selling around one in three Auckland residential homes, significantly ahead of all other competitor brands.

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