4 December 2008
Reserve Bank move welcomed as Auckland's biggest real estate company releases November sales report
Barfoot & Thompson is welcoming news of a record cash rate cut, saying it will help stabilise the Auckland property market.
Barfoot & Thompson has today released its monthly sales report for November, showing that Auckland's largest real estate company
experienced a slight increase in sales volume during the month, in line with seasonal expectations.
While the average sale price declined 3.7% to $500,840, Managing Director Peter Thompson says, "The average sale price
has been moving around within a band between about $495,000 and $525,000 all year, so I wouldn't read too much into an
individual monthly result. The average price for the year to date is $514,000."
Our auction rooms have been full during November, but buyers are very cautious and holding back on committing
themselves. "Today's cash rate cut may be just the confidence booster buyers need to make a move." Mr Thompson says
Barfoot & Thompson's auction clearance rate during November was about 35% under the hammer and more than 50% by the end of the
week following auction day. "Buyers seem to be waiting to see what price is set in the auction room and are then willing
to negotiate post- auction."
"We sincerely hope the Reserve Bank Governor's move today will flow through into retail rate cuts. It may be the impetus
needed to generate fresh activity in both the urban residential and rural property markets."
Key points for November:
Average sale price
New listings signed up
Listings available at the close of the month
Average weekly rent
In the property management area, Barfoot & Thompson experienced a busy November with 660 fresh lettings compared to 628 last year. The average weekly rent for
November was $381, down from $385 in October.