Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Price expectations remain firm in a challenging market

Price expectations remain firm in a challenging market

• Tight supply continues to drive expectations of increasing house prices

• Expectations of interest rate rises remain high

• The challenging conditions drove sentiment about buying a house to its lowest point since 2007

Buyers becoming increasingly negative while house price expectations remain resilient
The mood of prospective homebuyers has hit its lowest point since 2007 according to the latest ASB Housing Confidence Survey.

ASB Chief Economist Nick Tuffley says a net 11% of all respondents are seeing now as a bad time to buy.

“Recent interest rate rises, the steady increase in house prices and lending restrictions have all combined to create a growing mood of pessimism amongst prospective buyers.”

Tuffley notes that sentiment has most notably declined in Auckland with a net 21% seeing now as a bad time to buy, compared to a net 10% in April’s survey.

“Auckland continues to record stronger house price gains than anywhere else in the country while a lack of housing supply is likely causing frustration for buyers in both Auckland and Canterbury.”

The view that house prices will continue rising remains prevalent nationwide with a net 49% of respondents expecting house prices to increase.

“Despite the OCR rises earlier in the year and subsequent flow on effect to mortgage rates, New Zealanders remain confident that house prices will continue to increase.”

“Again, this is evident in Auckland and Canterbury, where demand is the hottest and where other housing pressure points such as increased migration come into play. However, outside of these two centres, house price expectations are elevated when compared to the relatively modest gain in actual prices.”

Housing supply provides challenge for buyers
Housing supply remains a factor impacting both house price expectations and housing market sentiment.

“There are a low number of houses for sale nationwide. Supply will lift gradually as construction picks up, but this process will take time. Throw into the mix the good performance of the economy, and we see no immediate driver for house prices to fall or interest rates to come down in the near future.”

“Consequently, we feel that affordability issues are likely to impact housing market sentiment for the next year or two.”

Interest rates
Expectations that interest rates will continue to rise remain high with a net 69% expecting interest rate hikes.

“We agree with the majority of respondents who expect interest rates to continue to rise, however we are expecting the RBNZ to hold off raising the OCR again until early 2015. We anticipate the RBNZ will lift the OCR to 4.5% over 2015, a further 1% above current levels, which would result in further mortgage rate increase for borrowers.”

Results at a glance

• A net 49% of respondents expect house prices to increase in the next twelve months;

• A net 69% of respondents expect interest rates to rise in the next twelve months; and

• A net 11% of respondents believe now is a bad time to buy.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Balance Of Trade: NZ Posts Trade Deficit In October On Falling Dairy Exports

New Zealand’s posted its largest monthly trade deficit for October in six years, while narrowing the shortfall from September, led by a fall in dairy exports to China while all main imports into the country rose. More>>

ALSO:

Gigatown Winner: Plenty Of Positives For Dunedin

Although the city has taken the Gigatown title, along with new ultrafast 1Gbps broadband and funding for $700,000 worth of UFB-related initiatives across the community, Mr Cull says Dunedin has gained so much more through its involvement. More>>

ALSO:

R18: The Warehouse Group Praised For Removing Games

The decision by New Zealand’s largest retailer The Warehouse Group (TW Group), to withdraw stocks of the latest version of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) and other R18 games, has been praised by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation. More>>

ALSO:

Air NZ Wine Awards: Victory For Villa Maria As Pinot Noir Thrills

It was a night to remember as Villa Maria Estate picked up one of the highest accolades of the evening, the O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show Trophy, at the 28th Air New Zealand Wine Awards. The Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Marlborough ... More>>

ALSO:

Future Brighter Money: RBNZ Releases New Bank Note Designs

New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news