Property asking prices continue to drop in Taranaki. The downturn of their primary industries (oil, gas and diary) has made home buyers wary. The rest of the country has enjoyed months of capital gains except for Taranaki which has continued on a steady decline since August 2015 according to Trade Me Sales Price Index.
Banks have been given an extra month to process their back log of Pre-approvals therefore from 1 October all loans new and pre-approvals will need to adhere to the 60% LVR restriction rules. Yesterday the OCR moved to it’s lowest rate of two percent and the dollar rose more than a cent against the greenback. It could have gone lower too due to weak global conditions.
The property investment Webinar series is kicking off on Thursday with Steve Goodey of PropertyTutors hosting a webinar titled: 60% LVR Funding Tactics From CEO’s. Executive level speakers from near Bank lenders will be on the webinar to answer questions on the new LVR restriction rules.
Sentiment on PropertyTalk is investors will carry on despite their initial shock at the sudden announcement that come 1st September they’ll need a 40 percent deposit to purchase an investment property nationwide. A discussion commenced online a few minutes after the RBNZ announcement with replies from property investors showing many of the signs of grief.
Into the lion’s den of PropertyTalk goes a prospective first home buyer. You may be thinking – it’s quite a brave move given PropertyTalk is mostly frequented by property investors and landlords. However this first home buyer has already learned a lot from the investors whom have replied and offered him various points of view and suggestions on how to secure a first home.
Measures to dampen property demand are on the table and in the media it’s the upping the current LVR restriction on property investors that is most favoured as the most likely action taken by the RBNZ. However it may not be the only measure as the RBNZ Deputy Governor is reportedly saying DTI (debt to income) ratios may also have a role.
Enough already. It’s easy to just blame property investors for all that is wrong in the property market but it’s a cop-out at best. Property investors are not the cause of everything that’s wrong with the Auckland property market so why are they being unjustifiably targeted?
A discussion on PropertyTalk on whether Landlords should own just a couple of rentals each has created some lively debate over the past few days. Property investment is deemed one of the causes of the Auckland housing crisis and last year the bright line test rule, and 70% LVR on Auckland rental properties came into effect to target investor activity.
The measures imposed last year by the RBNZ and the Government worked albeit for just a couple of months. Property prices dropped and we all took a breather from October through to February this year. The property data for March presented a rebound in both property sales and prices in Auckland and many other regions and this month is also buoyant. Therefore it’s likely more restrictions aimed at limiting demand for Auckland property will come into play soon.
The RBNZ wants to see the sales data for February and March before assessing the effectiveness of their new measures that included the 70% LVR restriction for Auckland investment properties. New lending was at an all time high at $1.679 Billion for the week ending 4 March and the average size of loan set a new record. February property sales were up on the previous three months.
AucklandAuckland Central is leading the way in property price increases. In the past 18 months the area of Auckland Central, which is mostly apartments, has seen the highest price percentage increase at 106.6%. The next best performing area was Sandringham with a medium property price increase of 69.4%.
Continuing low interest rates are probably contributing to the home buyer frenzy in the regions. Auckland investors keen to secure more investment properties are competing for rentals in surrounding areas including: Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Northland. However there are signs in the Wellington area that it’s on their radar as well.