The number of new dwellings consented in Auckland in December was up 30.7% on the same month of 2018

The number of new dwellings consented in Auckland in December was up 30.7% on the same month of 2018

There is no sign of any slowdown in the residential construction industry, with 2910 new residential dwellings consented in December, up 22.2% on December 2018.

Growth was particularly strong in Auckland where 1226 new dwellings were consented in December, up 30.7% on December 2018, according to Statistics NZ.

Over the whole of 2019 there were 37,538 new dwellings consented nationally, up 13.8% on 2018.

In Auckland 15,154 new dwellings were consented in 2019, up 17.8% on 2018.

That was a new annual record for Auckland, significantly higher than the record of around 13,000 new dwellings a year consented in the mid-1970s.

Other regions recording double digit annual growth in new dwellings consented compared to a year earlier were Waikato +13.6%, Gisborne +21.7%, Hawke's Bay +15.0%, Taranaki +20.9%, Wellington +16.2%, Tasman +26.9%, West Coast +10.3%, Canterbury +11.3%, Otago +14.2% and Southland +14.2%.

Across the entire country stand alone houses are still the predominant type of new home, with 22,194 consented last year up 5.1% on 2018, followed by 8202 townhouses and units (+26.4%), 4761 apartments (+34.1%) and 2381 retirement village units (+30.2%).

The total value of all new dwellings consented last year was $13.863 billion (excluding the cost of land) which was up 13.8% on 2018.

On top of that another $2.008 billion of structural residential alteration work was consented, taking the total value of all residential building work consented last year to $15.872 billion.

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All these consents and Auckland sales in 2019 were LOWER than in 2018.
Over-stocking anyone?

If so, where are the price reductions?

My cursory examinations of Auckland section prices had them in decline for the first 6-9 months of 2019 and then stabilise.

how come this sort of delivery wasn't happening under the previous government? Aren't they supposed to be pro development?

To be fair, the Nats were instrumental in the Unitary Plan, which is enabling so much development.

Yes, dragged Auckland Council kicking and screaming to the negotiations table.

I mean they really weren't. As the Auckland housing crisis was biting, the Unitary Plan was Auckland Council's plan to deal with it - this was under mayor Len Brown in 2012. It was at this time the Nats were saying there wasn't a housing crisis and continued saying so until the 2014 election. Some of the biggest critics of the plan were Citizen's & Ratepayers (Now Communities & Residents) who are National-backed. The to-ing and fro-ing was largely because of National's unacceptance of the housing crisis, and C&R nimbys.

National: There's no housing shortage.

Labour: There is a housing shortage! We're going to fix it! Hold on, any time now. Wait, wait, they're coming. Just vote us in again, we'll do it, promise...

The DGM said (on many occasions) that house prices would fall dramatically by 2020.

Pity those that believed them. Anyway, interesting that the great majority of DGM have disappeared from this blog over the last few months....... Good riddance to them.

TTP

Good riddance alright, but always great to hear different perspectives

To be fair the slide was only averted by OCR intervention.

Governments pulling out all the stops to keep the ponzi going, One imagines it cant go on too much longer as the Camel's back cant take infinite weight.

A couple of articles for you to refer

https://www.ft.com/content/e4964f08-f196-11e9-ad1e-4367d8281195
https://www.ccn.com/dow-rips-500-points-higher-as-94-billion-fed-repo-ju...

Also 2020 has a lot of Corp debt coming due of which a lot could be rerated to junk

Add coronavirus into the mix, it looks like very interesting times.

Can the powers that be keep things floating???? lets wait an see.

'Can the powers that be keep things floating???? lets wait an see.'

What is certain is they will do everything in in their powers to do so. OCR 0% or lower, and freeing up LVRs.

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