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There's evidence Auckland is starting to become a buyer's market as a jump in listings and cooling asking prices begin to emerge. Realestate.co.nz data out today shows new January listings in Auckland are up 5.5 per cent from the same time last year. At the same time demand from buyers has dropped by 25.39 per cent. Average asking prices have remained relatively static at $943,002 compared with $949,898 in December.
Chief executive Brendon Skipper said that meant buyers can approach the market with more choice. He warned it was however, too early to say whether asking prices have been affected by the traditional seasonality. "We've got to get out of this holiday hangover and sort of look at February to get a sure reflection."
The data shows nine out of 19 regions around the country achieved record-high spikes last month; most notably in Central Otago/Lakes where a 17.6 per cent increase raised the average asking price to $888,567. "I think in the regions, we're seeing what we saw in Auckland last year. Things are happening a little bit earlier. "There's still a little bit of a seller's market happening in those regions - especially when you look at the likes of Wellington and some of those outlying areas, which are starting to pick up like Auckland [did]. "You're seeing a really interesting dynamic here. Again, I don't think I would rest...and say this is how things will continue, because we're still in that January market - people are still on holiday,'' Skipper said. "At the end of the day, there may be more choice out there, but the prices will still be relatively high.''
Meanwhile, the latest QV House Price Index out today showed that nationally average residential values rose 1.4 per cent in three months to January 31. But many areas of Auckland including parts of Manukau and the North Shore, are now in negative territory. Average house values in Auckland rose 12.8 per cent year on year but flat lined over the last three months with just 0.2 per cent growth.
Andrea Rush, QV national spokesperson, blamed bank lending restrictions but expects value drops to reverse soon and noted similar drops at this time last year. "We've seen that trend with the introduction of the LVRs each time and then values have risen again. With the 20 per cent LVR, across-the-board growth slowed but then rose again at higher levels over time than previously "However, since the 30 per cent LVR was introduced in late 2015, Auckland's annual rate of value growth has slowed from in the late teens and 20 percentile range back down to under 15 per cent," she said, with further cuts lately.
Values in parts of Hamilton and Christchurch also fell lately while values are rising in Tauranga, Wellington and Dunedin and other areas near main centres.
"We are now seeing a strong trend of value growth in regional centres around the country, particularly those situated within two to three hours' drive of the main centres that have seen very strong value growth recently such as Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown," Rush said.
"These include the Kaipara District just north of Auckland where values accelerated 6.4 per cent over the past three months and 25.9 per cent since January last year led by strong growth in places like Mangawhai, now a favourite for those who are selling up and moving out of Auckland," she said.
"Similarly the Hauraki District south of Auckland and also commuting distance to Hamilton and Tauranga accelerated 10.8 per cent over the past three months and 30.3 per cent year on year with towns like Paeroa and Ngatea in high demand from movers and investors alike," she said.
Written by Anne Gibson, Property Editor of the NZ Herald.
There are so many things to take into account when moving from one home to another that residential moves often turn out to be overwhelming when considering to move yourself. Being organised will give you a much greater chance of success as it is considered to be the backbone of smooth relocation.
Without a doubt, the easiest way to move house is to leave all the move related work to people who you can trust with your personal items. Or at least the tasks that either will eat up huge chunks of your time (packing up your entire home is one good example) or jobs that you can’t possible finish on your own even if you tried (disassembly or re-assembly of large furniture, carrying large items out of the house, or loading the moving vehicle). You may also have special items in your home that will require even more special handling than your ordinary belongings – like pianos, antique furniture, huge and heavy furniture pieces, pool tables, spa pools, heavy safes, kitchen appliances, and so on.
When using a professional house removal specialist, you pay for peace of mind. Your belongings should arrive in your new home in the same condition they left your previous house. And for extra free time – you can use the scheduled break for doing other important things that you wouldn’t have the chance to do if you were moving on your own.
Give us a call on 0800 266 839 when you're ready to move and we can offer you that peace of mind, to have your relocation done by trained and experienced movers in a professional, friendly and careful manor.
It's early July and the coldness of Winter has only just hit, but that didn't hinder the rain in any way last month. Although Winter is our quietest season of the year for families relocating, it is also a time where the stress of moving house in the rain brings about many last minute relocation bookings. What is planned to be an easy morning shift using a few trailers, followed by a few beers by lunchtime is no longer feasible. If you find that you are falling into this category, don't hesitate to give us a call on the day to see if we are available to help, whether it be the full houselot or just the heavy items that can't be moved in the rain like lounge suits or beds.
Also, here are a few moving tips for our Winter shifters...
With Auckland house prices as crazy as they are - first time home buyers and investors are moving their searches to our smaller Waikato towns and we have noticed a large surge of inquiries coming from families moving to Te Awamutu.
"Ken Hagan director of LJ Hooker in Te Awamutu, said there was no doubt the Auckland buyers were coming to Te Awamutu and estimated 60 per cent of open day attendees hailed from outside the Waipa rose town."
Te Awamutu is a beautiful town situated a 2h 15m drive South of Auckland and an easy 30m drive to Hamilton and between November and April the town lives up to it's name with over 2000 rose bushes blossoming across the road from the Visitor's Center.
The area has great walking tracks, hiking opportunities, a great range of shops, good schools and plenty of parks for the young ones. Visit www.newzealand.com for more information.
If you are moving in or out of the Te Awamutu area, give us a call for a free relocation quote. We can also quote to pack your belongings and unpack them for you - so you can start to enjoy this beautiful town as soon as you arrive.
*Quote refrences from www.stuff.co.nz - Auckland housing heat spreads to rural Waikato towns.
Well, that came around fast. One minute we are celebrating the New Year then (what feels like) moments later it's that appropriately named 'silly season' again! A month where every minute of your day becomes booked with Birthday Parties (we have three in our wee family, Chris is on the 18th if you are lucky enough to book that day!), Christmas parties, School and Kindy events, parades, catch up with friends and family, shopping; then just to add to the chaos, trying to move house.
We are very close to being fully booked but we are still managing to find a solution for those who are a wee bit stressed with trying to get some help during this silly season. Even if it means a very early start for some!
To help with those moving this month, we have created a Moving Checklist that you are welcome to download and stick on your fridge. It has those handy check boxes for all the people you should probably notify and all those things you should probably not forget to do. I did start to create a week by week checklist, but that won't really help our December customers so much. I will create this document for use next year though. When things aren't so 'silly'.
We hope you all have an enjoyable December, a great Christmas and a fantastic holiday! We will be closed from the 24th of December until the 18th of January but we will still be answering the phone and emails during this time for 2016 bookings.
P.S Any feedback is welcomed on the check list to make it even better for future customers!
For many farmers June 1 means one thing - time to move. As the new season starts around the country, thousands of families move to new farms. For us that means bookings start coming in from February onwards and what we have noticed is that there is a shortage of trucks for this one week of the year and it is creating stress for those that really require help and can't move themselves.
A few things we have learnt from phone calls from our clients this season is to be prepared and check what time you need to be out and what time you are allowed in. If you need to be out on the morning of June 1st and moving into the new property the same afternoon, chances are you are one of many who are in need of the same booking. Unfortunately we can only help a small number of families on this one day so here are a few ideas to try:
June 1 will always be with us, good planning leading up to this date and effective communication surrounding the move is crucial to minimising stress and disruption to you and your family.
Planning a move, no matter the distance, can be a stressful undertaking. However, the moving process can be simple and quick when done right. By preparing ahead you will ensure your whole move is smooth and successful. When dealing with a furniture moving company there are some things you can do to make their process and interaction with you easier.
Preparing for the move
This is the time to purge and simplify. Before you pack up everything, go through and sort into four categories; trash, garage sale, donate, and keep. If it is broken or torn, trash it. Have a garage sale for items you don't want or need. Donate items that you cannot sell. Then you are ready to pack your belongings.
Think about the space you are moving into. Imagine the best way to arrange your furniture in it. Also, take note of what room items will go in and what items are not needed right away. This way you can direct the unloading process.
When scheduling your moving date, choose and hire your furniture moving company as far in advanced as possible to have a a greater chance of availability. Although moving companies are ready for last minute moves as well.
Packing and preparing items being taken by the furniture moving company
The more you have prepared the smoother the process will go when your furniture moving company shows up. This also reduces confusion and gets the pick-up going faster.
Preparing for the furniture moving company
When the furniture moving company shows up the day of the move they will be able to move quickly and efficiently if you are ready for them. Think about the process and what obstacles they may run into. If you work out a few of these items, they will be able to move faster.
You can make this, and all your other tasks into a check list to keep track of everything during the entire process. This will make the moving and the preparation beforehand a little less stressful.
When it comes to moving, the task can be both exciting and stressful. Packing and preparing your belongings takes careful preparation. You also have to decide if you will be moving your items, especially the furniture, by yourself or if you will hire a moving company.
Furniture moving companies can help make the transition easier for you. But finding the right furniture moving company may take a little time and research. You will need to check and compare companies. There are five things that you should check when comparing furniture moving companies.
Rates and prices
A company’s rates and price should not be the only deciding factor when you pick through furniture moving companies. But it is a good place to start. Keep in mind that you tend to get what you pay for. You may not always want to go for the lowest rate or price.
If a company charges a much higher price for their services ask them why. It may be that a company offers more services in their standard rates. Check with each company and see what is included in their pricing. Keep an eye on competitive rates, reviews can help sort through the best offers and pricing.
A great way to know about furniture moving companies is by comparing their customer reviews. The best way to know about any company and their reliability is through previous experiences. You can easily go online and check customer reviews for most furniture moving companies. Or you can also ask a company for recent references.
The services offered by a company will vary and the best thing to do is choose one that best fits the services you are in need of. Not all furniture moving companies are created equal. Each company will have some form of list for the services they offer. Check them all and compare.
Some services may include:
Quotes and extra charges
A binding quote and the extra charges could easily knock off some furniture moving companies from the list. Some companies will offer to come to your home and give you a binding quote. This is a guaranteed estimate that is based on your inventory. In many cases, your quote may be based on an hourly rate. Usually, this is for local moving jobs. In these cases the quotes can be given over the phone.
There may be extra moving charges depending on the company and the difficulty of your move. You want to pick a moving company that won’t have any of these extra charges. Most moving companies that charge hourly factor, these fees into the time. Check and compare each companies fee rates and exactly what fees they add.
Some fees that may arise include:
You should always check whether or not a company carries insurance. Some companies may not offer insurance. Another option may be an outside insurance provider. Check these out with each company. Look for policies and procedures in case of damages. You want a company that is easy to work with if something happens.