Latest REINZ figures show lifestyle block sales slumped 19.2% in 12 months to July and prices are below where they were 12 months ago in Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury

Lifestyle blocks appear to be following the residential property market down, with a sharp decline in the number of lifestyle blocks being sold and falling prices in many areas.

Latest figures from the REINZ show there were 1984 lifestyle properties sold in the three months to the end of July, compared to 2455 in the same three months of last year, a decline of 19.2%.

On an annual basis, sales were down 8.7%, in the 12 months to July compared to the previous 12 months.

The median price of all lifestyle blocks sold throughout the country was $580,000, down from $601,250 in the three months to June but still up by $10,000 on the median of $570,000 in the three months to July last year.

Around the country, median selling prices for the three months to July were below where they were for the same period of last year in six regions: Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago,  while they were up in eight regions: Northland,  Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Manawatu/Whanganui, Nelson, West Coast and Southland.

In Auckland the median selling price for the three months to July was $1,180,000 compared to $1,260,000 in the three months to July last year, while in Wellington it dropped to $490,000 from $538,500 over the same period, in Canterbury it dropped to $611,000 from $645,000 and in Otago it fell from $462,089 to $424,500.

However several regions also posted substantial annual price gains, with the median price increasing from $399,500 to $450,000 in Northland, from $560,000 to $636,000 in Waikato, from $580,000 to $745,000 in Bay of Plenty, from $555,250 to $732,500 in Nelson (setting a new price record for the region) and from $320,944 to $367,500 in Manawatu/Whanganui.

“The general easing in sales volumes for the latest three month period mirrors the situation in the residential market throughout New Zealand, whereby the mix of LVRs imposed by the Reserve Bank, security of employment and uncertainty surrounding the forthcoming election are contributing factors,” REINZ rural spokesman Brian Peacocke said.

Lifestyle blocks sold - REINZ

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5 Comments

I like the long term prospect of lifestyle property in *reasonably* close to all cities (anywhere with over 50,000 people). I remember when Flat Bush in Auckland was nothing more than a bunch of farms and a handful of owners who simply wanted more land space. Today, its an urban sprawl of high density housing and more are on the way.

On another note, I've noticed that Nelson has been one of the strongest performing regions in the last 12 months, if not the strongest. Interested to know if anyone knows why that may be the case? Baby boomers buying property for retirement, economic growth in that region or just a general trend to move to areas with nice weather & lifestyle options?

Getting rezoned res from rural is development nirvana for sure.

I remember some dude in Kumeu forced into mortgagee sale a few years back complaining about being duped on rezoning potential. If only he had been able to hold on a bit longer!

As I am currently selling a lifestyle property just minutes from Richmond I was interested
to see that Nelson lifestyle properties remain desirable. I suspect that lifestyle, weather and economic growth may all be contributing factors ?

I remember a orchardist in Albany Auckland who after decades finally sold out. 12 months later the land was sold again to I think Neil homes ( the Asian version of Neil ) anyway it was sold to Neil for many times more than the orchadist sold for. Timing is everything but the poor old orchadist just wanted to retire a year too early.