Matamata Racing Club
Congratulations to the connections of Race 5 Jakki Sparrow including trainer Maxim Van Lierde and Jockey Craig Thornton. (See link below)
Good to be involved in the first day back of racing under Level 3 restrictions.
Cambridge Jockey Club
Congratulations to the connections of Pampas in Race 5 today. Peter Vela, Trainer Seven Ramsay (Rambo) and Jo Kamaraddun (Smiling Jo).
I hope you all got through the Level 4 restrictions OK.
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First Home Buyers
First home buyers are the most active in the Kiwi market with a continuing slide in new mortgage registrations for investors, according to the latest Property Institute/Valocity Regional Insights Report.
According to the figures, the national median sale price has remained very stable over the past year, currently sitting at $535,000.
First home buyers are the most active, with new mortgage registrations up 4.5% year on year, now reflecting 28.4% of the market. Meanwhile, the number of new mortgage registrations for investors has continued its negative trend, now down 2.5% annually, currently 16.9% of the market.
More people have been taking advantage of the low interest rates, with refinancers up 16%, now 23.6% of mortgage registrations.
Over half of New Zealand’s housing stock is currently valued at more than $600,000, while sales volumes remain down when compared to the same period last year.
- – Represents one of the strongest movers of NZ’s main centres, with an annual change of 9.2% of the median sale price, currently $638,750.
- – The only mortgage type with a positive annual movement is refinancers, up 3.5%, occupying a 24% share.
- – First home buyers remain the strongest when it comes to new mortgage registrations, representing 33.1%
- – Sales volume are down, as are the number of buyers, however with the annual change occurring it indicates Wellington is currently a very competitive market.
- – Continues to experience soft market conditions, with the median sale price currently $830,000, down 4.6% annually.
- – 60% of sales in Auckland currently fall between $600,000 and $1,000,000
- – First home buyers remain a strong contender in the market, with mortgage registrations up 7.9% annually, occupying a 27.1% share.
- – A median sale price of $540,000 with an annual change of -0.3%.
- – Refinancers continue to have the strongest movement with new mortgage registrations, up 37.7% year on year, occupying a 27.2% share.
- – First home buyers maintain a similar share of new mortgage registrations, currently at 27.3%.
- – The area maintains its relative affordability with over 50% of the housing stock valued below $600,000.
- – Continues to remain stable, with a median sale price of $450,000 up 2.3% when compared to the same time last year.
- – More than 50% of the housing stock is valued below $500,000 therefore is considered a relatively affordable region to buy in.
- – Continues to appeal to first home buyers, currently representing 31.6% of new mortgage registrations.
- – Also represents one of the stronger cities with the median sale price annual growth of 10.4%, currently $415,000.
- – The affordability of the region seems to appeal to first home buyers and investors, with new mortgage registration up over 12% for both buyer types.
- – More than 60% of the housing stock is valued at less than $500,000
Regions Home Prices Hit Record High
The average asking price for a home in the regions climbed 6.8 per cent on last year to hit $502,950, the websites Property Price Index has found.
“While the dip in the Auckland housing market has been making headlines, our property market is still very strong outside the overheated market in the Super City,” Trade Me head of property Nigel Jeffries said on Wednesday.
Strong double-digit growth in Hawke’s Bay, Whanganui and Marlborough had driven the increase in average prices, he said.
When the main cities of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch were included, average house prices rose 1.7 per cent in March comparted to a month earlier to hit $636,650.
In Auckland, the average asking price stalled for a second consecutive month in March, falling 0.7 per cent on last year to $912,500.
Property prices in Wellington climbed another 1.7 per higher than in February and 5.8 per higher than last year to reach a new record of $571,850.
However, “while prices in the provinces have been running hot, buyer demand across New Zealand appears to be cooling off”, Mr Jeffries said.
“The average number of views on property listings was down 1.6 per cent on March 2017, and this drop in demand may be an indication that buyers are retreating as growing prices push them out of the market.”
Bank Caution Vexes Prospective Home Buyers
Mr Barnett reckons there’s a pretty simple explanation: amid stagnating or even falling prices in part of Auckland, banks are tightening up their lending.
“Somebody that’s got a $120,000 deposit gets pre-approved for a $500,000 mortage; they go out and find a property to buy around the $600,000 mark; they go back to their lender, who’s pre-approved them, and then they get turned down.
“They get told, ‘well, actually we don’t value it to where you do. We think that we’ll loan you $480,000’.”
Loan Market director Bruce Patten, a mortgage broker, said he too had seen many deals fall through.
He said part of the problem was prospective home-buyers thinking pre-approved finance meant they could borrow up to that limit.
“People have to be really careful that they’re actually getting a pre-approval which has verified their documentation to the point of giving them finance.
“Some people don’t do that, and have this misunderstanding that they’re able to go ahead and buy without knowing that it’s 100 percent approval [that’s needed].”
With banks also carefully scrutinising the ability of a borrower to repay the loan, Mr Patten said this could seriously affect people with variable incomes.
Massey University banking studies centre head Claire Matthews said borrowers should get used to banks adopting a conservative line on lending.
“There is some evidence that the housing market in Auckland has started to cool, so the banks are going to say, hang on, we’re a little nervous here.
“We’re not expecting much growth, so let’s just take a little more cautious approach and not be so eager to lend as we might’ve been six or 12 months ago.”
Renting a typical kiwi house now costs $500 a week
February 2017 Renting a typical kiwi house now costs $500 a week
The median weekly rent for a typical New Zealand house hit $500 for the first time ever in February, meaning the annual cost for tenants is now $26,000 a year, according to the latest Trade Me Property Rental Price Index.
A typical rental property has 3-4 bedrooms, with these properties comprising nearly half of all those listed for rent on Trade Me Property.
Head of Trade Me Property Nigel Jeffries said these rents have lifted by over 30 per cent in the past five years. “Back in 2012, tenants were forking out $380 a week or just under $20,000 per annum for a place with three or four bedrooms. Fast-forward to today’s rental market and tenants are staring down the barrel at an additional $6,000 on their yearly bill,” he said.
The largest five-year increase in median weekly rent for 3-4 bedroom properties was in the Bay of Plenty, where it rose from $340 to $465 – adding $6,500 to the annual cost of renting. Auckland was not far behind, with a rise of $5,460 over five years.
The annual change for median weekly rent across all property types stayed largely unchanged in February.
“Tenants are paying $450 a week across the country for a rental property, and that figure has remained steady for the past three months. Even so, it’s a five per cent rise on a year ago, and they can expect to be paying an extra $20 a week,” Mr Jeffries said.
Thank you to all of our wonderful clients for their support over the past year.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and urge you to drive safely over the holiday period.
Our last day is Friday the 23rd of December and the Cambridge Office will re open on January 20th 2017.
Last but not least we would like top pay our respects to Mark Thomas from M.L Thomas & Associates. Mark passed away last week and is survived by his wife Faith and his children Nic, Frances and their partners. Mark was always helpful, pleasant to deal with, had a great sense of humour and was a proud family man. He was a very experienced valuer that was well respected by his peers and clients. Since I started in Cambridge in 2004 he has been a mentor to myself and a good friend. R.I P Mark.
Matamata Racing Club
|5||2:50 pm||Rating 65 Benchmark* 2000m – $7,000||2.20.27||Open /Close|
($4,375, $1,400, $700, $350, $175)
|5||Mr Ink||Emily Farr (A)||Karen Nicholson||$7.10||$2.60|
|Owners: B R Levings Breeder: B R Levings Sire: ISTIDAAD (USA) 1992 Dam: SHARPIN (NZ) 2001|
|10||Martini Lass||Darren Danis (A)||Wayne Hillis||$2.90||1.5L|
|Owners: G & Mrs S Bluett & J F Marks Breeder: G & Mrs S Bluett & J F Marks Sire: LIBRETTIST (USA) 2002 Dam: ARTEMESIA (NZ) 2000|
|2||Cruiseo||Sam Weatherley (A)||Ernie Griffiths||$3.10||3.3L|
|Owners: R & E Griffiths, T, K & K Flooks Breeder: Miss T Flooks Sire: ZED (NZ) 2002 Dam: IT’S ALL ABOUT HER (AUS) 2001|
|Other: 3-Jem Runner(3.8L), 1-So Keep Em(5.1L), 6-Rocket Queen(10.1L), 4-Kilmac(17.1L), 11-Miss Serendipity(17.2L), 9-Running Scared(22.3L), 8-Cabaret(53.0L) Scratched: Secretary Of State (IRE)|
Housing Going Nuts
“The housing market is going nuts, the last thing it needs now is more stimulus,” said Stephen Toplis, head of research at Bank of New Zealand in Wellington. “This is nightmare country for the RBNZ – a soaring currency accompanied by soaring house prices and soaring household debt. The bank is damned if it does, damned if it doesn’t.”
Consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier – the sixth straight quarter inflation was less than 1 percent. Further damping prices, New Zealand’s trade-weighted currency index this week rose to a five-month high as investors reduced bets that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise rates before September.
Wheeler lowered the cash rate in March and signaled that one further reduction would likely be needed to ensure future average inflation settled near 2 percent, a view he repeated in April. In May, he said the central bank was “seriously looking” at additional lending restrictions to help curb the housing boom.
“For the RBNZ to be noting financial stability concerns from housing at the same time as cutting would be contradictory to say the least,” said Cameron Bagrie, chief economist at ANZ Bank New Zealand in Wellington, who expects no change tomorrow. “We don’t believe the economy needs additional stimulus right here.”