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Confidence in Hamilton property market remains strong

Confidence in Hamilton property market remains strong

Auckland, March 24, 2017

Confidence in Hamilton’s commercial and residential property markets remains high, with the city retaining its top four ranking in the latest Colliers International quarterly survey results.

The Commercial Property Investor Confidence Survey and Residential Property Market Outlook Survey were conducted by the Colliers International Research and Consultancy team this month.

The results show net confidence in Hamilton’s residential property market is the second highest in the country at 59 per cent. The city ranks behind only Queenstown at 74 per cent.

Confidence in the Hamilton commercial property market is the fourth highest in the country, at 41 per cent. While the result is down from 45 per cent in the last quarter, the city has maintained its fourth place ranking for the third quarter in a row.

Colliers International Hamilton Commercial Sales and Leasing Director Mark Brunton says the commercial result reflects what brokers had observed in the market since the start of the year.

“We’ve noticed the pace has eased marginally from the record levels we experienced in 2016. Our feeling is that bank-imposed lending restrictions are behind a large portion of this easing.

“However, prime investment properties remain unaffected by this slight easing. We’re also particularly confident about land and development orientated projects.”

The Colliers International surveys found overall net confidence in the New Zealand commercial property market remains positive at 24 per cent, down from 32 per cent in Q4 2016, while confidence in the national residential market remains steady at 41 per cent.

Colliers International Research and Consulting National Director Alan McMahon says while there has been a dip in commercial investor confidence, the 24 per cent net positive result means a significant majority of those who think the market will change are optimistic.

“New Zealand market fundamentals are sound, with demand for offices, shops, and industrial property steady to strong across the country,” he says.

“Centres with good growth in resident or visitor numbers, which boosts demand for all property types, tend to have higher confidence.”

The top commercial market for investor confidence is Queenstown, which at 67 per cent has held the top spot for the last seven quarters. The top four is rounded out by Tauranga/Mt Maunganui (56 per cent), Auckland (47 per cent) and Hamilton for the third quarter in a row.

The top residential markets after Queenstown and Hamilton are Tauranga/Mt Maunganui (56 per cent) and Auckland and Nelson (43 per cent).

McMahon says the overall positivity in the residential sector is a strong result.

“It is no surprise that where population growth is strongest, upward price pressure is more evident than in centres with slow-growing or static populations,” he says.

“The exception is Wellington, which is showing huge confidence despite a relatively slow-growing population. Our view is that Wellington has been too cheap for too long and is now playing catch up.

“At the other end of the scale Christchurch confidence is neutral, suggesting equilibrium between demand and supply.”

The surveys were based on 2,299 responses from the commercial sector and 14,781 responses from the residential sector.


Full results are available in the accompanying Commercial Property Investor Confidence Survey and Residential Property Market Outlook Survey.



About Colliers International:

Colliers International Group Inc. is a global leader in commercial real estate services with 15,000 professionals operating from 396 offices in 68 countries. With an enterprising culture and significant insider ownership, Colliers professionals provide a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide. Services include brokerage, global corporate solutions, investment sales and capital markets, project management and workplace solutions, property and asset management, consulting, valuation and appraisal services, and customized research and thought leadership. Colliers International has been ranked among the top 100 outsourcing firms by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals’ Global Outsourcing for 10 consecutive years, more than any other real estate services firm.

Founded in Australia in 1976, Colliers International is the largest locally formed real estate services firm with professionals worldwide. Find out more at www.colliers.co.nz

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