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The ratio between New Zealand house prices and rents | the Rent Ratio

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Rent ratio

The data on this page relates the median house price to the annual house rent. It is a benchmark that is used internationally in the reviews of housing affordability, and is just one of a number of measures that can monitor this. For comparisons to US housing markets, see this NY Times review. The market peak referred in the following table differs for each city/district reviewed, and is specific for that city.

 

Updated 16 Apr 2014
 
Median

Median 3-br

--------------Rent ratio--------------
(see Notes below)
Population
House price
Yearly rent
Mar-14
Feb-14
Mar-13
Peak
% fall
 
Mar-14
Mar-14
Mar-14
 
       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
NZ total         4,508,000
$440,000
$18,200
24.18
22.2
22.6
24.2
0%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Whangarei District
80,500
$302,000
$15,860
19.04
18.1
17.8
23.0
-17%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Auckland metro
1,486,000
$637,000
$22,272
28.60
25.2
25.0
28.6
0%
- North Shore City  
$744,400
$25,844
28.80
27.4
25.9
28.8
0%
- Waitakere City  
$550,088
$20,800
26.45
24.7
21.8
26.4
0%
- Auckland City  
$743,096
$27,040
27.48
25.2
25.0
27.5
0%
- Manukau City  
$567,364
$21,840
25.98
24.4
23.2
26.0
0%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hamilton City
145,600
$375,000
$17,160
21.85
21.2
19.9
23.6
-8%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tauranga City
115,700
$388,000
$18,200
21.32
19.9
19.9
26.0
-18%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotorua District
68,900
$225,000
$14,300
15.73
20.5
17.6
21.9
-28%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gisborne District
46,600
$217,500
$14,040
15.49
15.7
16.8
26.4
-41%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Napier City
57,800
$321,000
$16,640
19.29
20.1
18.5
21.7
-11%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hastings District
75,500
$290,000
$15,600
18.59
18.3
19.3
21.5
-14%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Plymouth District
73,800
$345,000
$16,640
20.73
18.9
19.1
23.6
-12%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wanganui District
43,500
$184,150
$11,440
16.10
15.9
12.3
20.2
-20%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Palmerston North City
82,100
$306,250
$15,080
20.31
18.6
18.5
24.2
-16%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wellington metro
487,700
$400,000
$20,109
19.89
19.7
19.1
23.5
-15%
- Kapiti Coast District
48,900
$382,000
$17,940
21.29
17.7
19.3
25.1
-15%
- Porirua City
52,700
$413,500
$18,200
22.72
21.2
23.2
28.2
-19%
- Upper Hutt City
41,500
$312,000
$18,200
17.14
17.7
17.0
22.8
-25%
- Lower Hutt City
103,000
$371,250
$18,200
20.40
18.5
20.6
22.9
-11%
- Wellington City
200,100
$510,252
$24,440
20.88
21.5
20.2
24.6
-15%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nelson City
46,200
$365,000
$18,304
19.94
18.4
19.2
24.1
-17%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Christchurch City
367,700
$434,324
$21,840
19.89
18.5
19.1
22.7
-13%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Timaru District
44,700
$285,000
$14,560
19.57
18.8
19.0
22.1
-11%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dunedin City
126,000
$280,000
$15,600
17.95
16.7
17.5
20.0
-10%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Queenstown-Lakes District
28,700
$663,500
$21,840
30.38
28.2
23.9
35.2
-14%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Invercargill City
53,000
$175,000
$12,480
14.02
16.5
16.4
22.3
-37%
                 

Median house price:

Median house prices are as reported by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand. Although the REINZ series is more volatile than the QV equivalent, there is a highly positive correlation between the two series. The REINZ series is more current and offers an earlier indication of market trends.

Rent: 

The median rent is as sourced from the Department of Housing and Building (DBH) and their Tenancy Bond database.

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