BNZ boss Anthony Healy says he can't see any short to medium-term shocks that are likely to correct Auckland house prices

BNZ boss Anthony Healy says he can't see any short to medium-term shocks that are likely to correct Auckland house prices
BNZ CEO Anthony Healy says although he's "very concerned" about housing affordability in Auckland, "we're not in bubble territory at all."

Healy told Auckland's housing affordability woes are driven by fundamental supply and demand issues.

"Supply being a historical one where we just weren't building enough houses so we've got a shortfall in the stock, plus we should be building about 15,000 houses a year in Auckland and I think we're building 7,000 or 8,000. So we're still not at the level we need to be," Healy said.
"So you've got your supply constrains, and obviously the Government is working with Auckland Council to try and address some of those, the RMA reforms, the consenting processes etc."
Then there's net migration at historical highs, adding tens of thousands of people to Auckland's population, driving the demand side.
"I don't see a lot of factors that are going to change those dynamics in the short to medium term. I don't think we're in bubble territory at all, but I do think we've got housing affordability challenges," said Healy.
The data flow continues to show the Auckland housing market running red hot and net migration, of which Auckland takes the lion's share, running at record highs. The Auckland median house sale price hit $720,000 in March, according to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, a new record high.
Prime Minister John Key also maintains there's no bubble in the Auckland housing market. But for a different viewpoint, see David Hargreaves' column here.
Debt servicing capability, LVRs, key risk measures for BNZ
BNZ announced in April it's resuming offering home loans through mortgage brokers for the first time in 12 years. And in BNZ's interim results press release Healy was quoted saying re-entering the mortgage broker market should boost BNZ's home loan performance, and position it strongly in the high-growth Auckland market.
According to figures in parent National Australia Bank's interim results material, 40% of BNZ's $31.4 billion home loan portfolio is sourced from Auckland, and 23.2% of the bank's total home loan book is paying interest only.
In terms of risk stemming from its Auckland housing exposure, Healy said BNZ looks at the debt servicing capability of its customers.

"The one area that you always worry about is high LVR (loan-to-value) lending, and of course the RBNZ (in 2013) put their macro-prudential tool on which limited the flow to 10% (of new residential mortgage lending). We were always the lowest in that category anyway, in terms of lending above 80%, but all of the banks have come down because of that flow restriction," said Healy.
"We focus on serviceability as well as LVR, and I can't see in the short to medium-term any shocks that are going to hit Auckland housing that are suddenly going to correct housing prices. Because you've still got a significant shortfall of supply, and you've still got strong migration," Healy added.
At 10.5%, BNZ has a lower percentage of its home loan book at LVRs above 80% than ANZ, ASB, Kiwibank and Westpac. In September 2013, on the eve of the introduction of the LVR restrictions, BNZ was at 15.2%.

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Nah, he's absolutely right!

Houses are selling for up to ten times or even more what they were only a few years ago, but incomes have barely moved in the same period, so how can anybody say there is a residential property bubble?

That's just plain ridiculous, no?

Of course its not ridiculous and you have to agree that the boss of one of the biggest banks in the country would know what he was talking about.
Well, either that or he's his pants that it is a bubble


BNZ boss Anthony Healy says he can't see any short to medium-term shocks that are likely to correct Auckland house prices



Only an appalling cynic could suspect these guys at the top are desperately riding it out, and praying it won't all fall apart before they've retired to their islands to count the money they've siphoned from the NZ economy.

Decent people know our leaders only want what's best for us.



More likely he's looking at the fat bonuses he's earned driving it up.

median incomes have shot up... the majority has not

Better not to jump onto a boat where the captain can't see the iceberg in front of the boat. BNZ will not have my money.

Don't fret - someone from foreign shores in receipt of cheap QE largesse will fund your withdrawal. The BNZ guy is just cheer leading his asset ledger, just as US corporate bosses engage with their share stakes - with other people's money.

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that's not a bubble, it's a tragedy.

That is insane.

It's astonishing that people can kid themselves this is somehow normal and acceptable. Property prices have been talked-up; there is no genuine reason for the increases. The houses aren't better than they were when they cost much less. There is no real shortage, despite the bullshit claims. Armies of foreigners aren't pouring into the country and snapping up every house on the market, even though property spruikers want to believe it. It's a mania driven by greed and wishful-thinking.

The good news is I'm leaving the country in five weeks. Good news for me because I won't be around to suffer once people finally wake up and realise the emperor is naked. The fallout from the end of this bubble is going to be utterly horrendous and I want no part of it.

The Mona Lisa is a painting.
It's problem less cool and less useful that a 20MP cell phone picture of your family.

Which retails for more?

The price of the property in that market is not from the service or the construction, it's the demand (and how it exceeds the price and availability of cheap supply)
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I wish they'd teach this principle in NZ primary schools.

I learnt it when I was about 6yrs old.

"Dad can I have an ice cream please?" ..." Sure but it'll be 20 cents".
"But I don't have 20cents and I'd really like an ice cream" ... "Then it will be 25cents, how do you want to earn it?"

The demand, like the prices, is artificial, in that it's the result of hysteria rather than a lack of supply. Look at the very large percentage of passed in properties at auctions. This erroneous belief being encouraged by spruikers that every house on the market is instantly snapped up by desperate buyers is a major driver of the NZ property obsession. Asking prices for rotten little boxes in demilitarized zone suburbs have already become absurdly excessive and only the most idiotic of wannabe slumlords are willing or able to pay them. Forget about buying the more desirable places.

Average Kiwi incomes are still as low now as they've always been, yet all house prices have been talked up to an insanely high level as if everyone in NZ is a successful Hollywood producer looking for another Malibu mansion. The number of people able to meet current mortgage obligations is low and diminishing even as prices are talked up even higher by frenzied ignoramouses convinced houses are magical.

demand for iPads, music concerts, and Windows 10 are all also artifical, doesn't make it less real.

Go list your old iPad 2 on Trademe. Think you'll sell it for more than the then-new retail price you originally paid? Yet people selling a crappy old Kiwi house believe it's worth many times more than they paid for it, and spruikers such as yourself agree with them. Is there a shortage of houses out there? Obviously not, as the list of passed in properties will attest. The majority of buyers want the "nice" houses in the "nice" areas but most would-be buyers are unwilling or unable to meet the ludicrous asking prices for those and often not even the rotten slum in Mangere. The sellers refuse to budge from their magical houses fantasy and lower the price to meet the market, preferring instead to wait until the Rich Chinese Investor turns up on their doorstep with suitcases filled with money... Thus most properties at auction being passed in, unsold.

Hmmm I paid more than the previous owner, and they paid more than the previous owner. And the value will hold while inflation drives everything else (including the iPad down). The price is low for my iPad now, so I will hold rather than sell. If it's still going and has apps in 50years, you'd be surprised at the collector value.
But that "crappy" kiwi house is still priced well under a "new" crappy kwi house - just like the iPad2 is less than a new one.

And the old "crappy" Kiwi house still provides fully functional services (accommodation, storage, location) unlike the iPad2 which has compatiability and low quality component (built in obsolescence) issues and is deliberately made slower by features on newer models (such as the bigger memory and processor required to just run the OS). If we made it so Kiwi houses had to be built purely with materials under 5yrs old or be compatible with recent models, then they too would be very low price (which is something I mentioned earlier: If you want low price house sales, insisted that the seller brings *everything* up to modern code (or gets an undertaking from the purchaser that the work be _completed_ within 9 months of sale). then it would be like the iPad2, suddenly there is no serviceable value in the old model, and it _must_ be maintained. this puts pressure to sell, as ownership costs too much.
Just like the iPad2.

However that's why "normal" people need to think whether or not they can actually afford such as house market. Do you really want to have to pay "Apple iHouse" prices for your current season house?

Without it, as long as it's serviceable, and the costs are low/recoverable, then the property is a long term investment; and long term investments are valuable. (whereas working for farmers supplying fonterra, is *not*)

he will be holding his breath on the 12th the date the greeks have to make a 750 mil payment. all hell will break loose if they default.

If Greece defaults (they won't) nothing of significance will happen. Only few clown retail traders will lose money.

its not retail or banks that hold the debt. the fall out will effect spain and Italy as well, credit will squeeze worldwide same as before and our banks will not be able to source money same as before, so then some risky loans will not be renewed same as before. you don't have to go back far or have a long memory to remember what happened in 2008

Really, the Greek banks are looking at runs that will empty them. Then we see how much is owed to EU banks in turn and their state. Then we see the entire financial system lock up as banks are afraid to lend to each other. So somewhere between these 2 will be reality when Greece defaults, ive not sen anyone with a convincing line on where that will be yet.

the greek banks are already, empty the well to do have moved their money to other countries

Well to do exited, sure. Not so much the Greek ppl themselves, though with those large outflows there must be a lot under beds. The thing is what about all the money owed to EU banks by the Greek banks? I think of it as the domino effect, as long a the first one never falls the rest stay up. Once one falls Im not sure that they will be quick enough to catch it especially if hamstrung by pollies.

if the population run on the banks, they'll just declare it a financial national emergency, lock down the financial system (freeing the banks from any responsibility) and start issue scrip and rations to the population until people calm down. "too big to fail".

Three words from Draghi "Whatever it takes". Add that to China's impending QE programme, and the likely resumption of QE in the USA next Feb. Forget about rate hikes its all downhill from here.

Indeed, he sees the danger, however when it comes down to it the Q is will be be able to do enough and will he be allowed to do it. Consider that the USA basically bailed out only 1 or 2 banks and had just Congress to deal with, the EU looks like quite a few more banks are involved to their eye balls and countries like Germany will probably fight it tooth and nail. Its certainly interesting watching this unfold.

465 banks failed in the USA after 2008, the fed only save the ones deemed to big to fail.
the british had to step and save theres
Not sure the EU can save many, the germans and French will step in to save there big ones
which brings us to NZ will our govt step in to save the aussie big 4 or just kiwibank?
not saving it will happen but one school of thought is QE has not saved the world from depression but delayed it to happen again somewhere else, due to the fact it allowed to many weak companies economies to survive and not fall by the wayside so new and stronger ones can come through.

I agree, Greece won't default....this time. But they have to eventually, only a clown would believe otherwise.

Maybe everyone is looking in the wrong place for a prick to burst the bubble.
Maybe a 10% rate rise will do it.

That's just to pay the interest on all the new debt.

That's 'Rich Prick'


Yep, everyone's queueing up to pay huge sums for the unfunded liabilities of the Auckland city council. I guess it's tax deductible.

its funded by the they are liable for council debt are they not?

yeah that's what I meant. When you buy an Auckland house you're forfeiting about 10% of the house's gross rental income to the city council. That percentage appears to be increasing as asset prices rise much faster than incomes or rents.

most young buyers are not aware of this, i chuckle when they tell me how much there house has gone up in a year, and i ask how much costs (rates, insurance) have gone up and how much their pay has.
the smile then disappears and they always come back with the same answer, but im richer,
and my answer
not much good if cant afford food cant eat a house

"Would-be purchasers sleep in cars so they get first dibs on 12 sections up for sale in Beachlands this morning."

Typical piece of Left Wing rubbish from Granny Herald. If you read the article you only needed a 5% deposit to secure the section. These "purchasers" are all speculators intent on securing land with a peanut deposit and then flogging off for a profit closer to the time when the titles come through.

That would have made a good article as well. Either way sheds some light on the mania engulfing Auckland.


after watching it on the news agree, not sure how many brought to build there house to live in and how many to sell later for the profit.

Let me guess. The property crash is just around the corner...just 6 more years...almost there...pfffft

it wont be property crash as such but a worldwide correction of asset prices when the extra credit stops getting pumped into economies. in short you cant print money for ever as in the end it leads to hyper inflation

Think about what you just said. Did the world have QE in the 70s,80s or 90s? Nope but inflation was high. Now the world has QE and what happened to inflation? It's gone, nowhere to be seen. So the exact opposite of what you said is true.

Actually you (both) should. In the 70s and some other periods we had inflation due to wage increases, ie pull inflation, quasi-keynesian economics. You dont get inflation while in the zero bound trap, plus we have expensive energy. QE certianly has caused inflation in many assets s8uch as housing and some countries like say India and Russia I think have quite high inflation rates.

There are records of US Federal Reserve annual accounts detailing Permanent Open Market Operations (POMOs) in the nineties. The SOMA account reflected this predecessor of QE. Another monetary expansion tool at the time was non-reservable sweep account growth. Read more and more

Don't waste your time, he is a troll and this stuff is way over his head.

a) Only if you are an Austrian.

b) It isnt printing but QEing. When you print the money is in ppls pockets effectively for ever and that excess money causes prices to rise. With QE you have to borrow and hence pay it back and that is only really to buy assets.

c) We past peak oil so we have 30~50 years of NET deflation ahead of us. Now sure we might have the odd spike of inflation but the trend will be down as less and less fossil energy is available.

You have 2 contradicting statements here; when the money stops being pumped in that will cause a recession and deflation, ergo "in short" what you say makes no sense.

INTERVIEWER: Tell me, what is the worst-case scenario? We have so many economists coming on our air saying ‘Oh, this is a bubble, and it’s going to burst, and this is going to be a real issue for the economy.’ Some say it could even cause a recession at some point. What is the worst-case scenario if in fact we were to see prices come down substantially across the country?

BERNANKE: Well, I guess I don’t buy your premise. It’s a pretty unlikely possibility. We’ve never had a decline in house prices on a nationwide basis. So, what I think what is more likely is that house prices will slow, maybe stabilize, might slow consumption spending a bit. I don’t think it’s gonna drive the economy too far from its full employment path, though.

Theory on making money, is full of wholes Mr non-work Bernanke.

Why bother working, when inflation will take care of everything?. Cannot have one without the other. Producing rabbits out of a hat, is magic. Money..just an illusion.

Last time they even attempted a minute interest rate increase, America tanked...Bernanke was not thanked...Short memories, short on theory. Plenty of debt.

and Sweden....despite the warnings.


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this was before the prime housing loans crash. as they say history repeats if we don't learn from our mistakes. They have become very watchful of the banks in the USA as they now realise greed corrupts common sense.

he ignores energy...IMHO.

Maybe the prick would not possible, if it were not for compulsory expansion of his domain, at the expense of the over extended and overseas interests.

Any fool can spend. Any fool can rip-off the system. Any fool can borrow at decreasing rates for some, but increasing the rates of others, to make some poor, at the wastrels expense.

Skimming off the top is the Councils way ahead. It always has been, it is even accelerating.

But actually making money to keep up with the idiot, is getting harder to do, unless we import it... in deflationary, deflowering and possibly DE-leveraging non-milking times.

Illusions are one thing, reality may sink in one day. If one can add up the true cost of Awklanders expansion zones, which I decline to join in with. Ugly is in the eye of the beholder, someone obviously needs glasses.

Ruining a city is not just monetary, any prick can have that effect. And they do.

Debt expansion is one thing. Paying for it twice is another. Getting screwed into the bargain..Classic Tui.

I salute you Awkland, for taking it lying down.

The bank experts and even the Prime minister agree there is no bubble. Yet most commenters on this site along with Gareth and Sham say there is a bubble. Who out of those two groups has the most at stake? Who to believe? Prices will be 30% lower in a year right lads?

no one is saying prices will be lower by that much, people wont sell unless they have too and a lot are quite happy to live in what they brought, what may happen is prices flatten for years until wages etc catch up.
if you go back over the fiqures for many decades you will see these cycles, generally houses over time only increase by a little bit over inflation.

People who use supply/demand equilibrium to explain why there is unlikely to be any price correction in the near future miss an important point. One of the key drivers of demand is projected capital gain. Once the market gets a whiff of evidence that the gain train has sailed and mean reversion has reared its head, that's a pretty solid demand factor completely removed and a potential boost for supply as sellers try to pick the top. It's this boot strapping arrangement between price-growth and demand that makes the whole thing so scary in my opinion - it tends to make movements more exponential (in both directions).

what is scary about that is unlike other investments when a downturn comes you can sell quickly and still realize profit or even a small loss. with housing it will be much harder

Absolutely - there are few things worse in the world of finance than illiquidity.

Bankers didn't foresee the global financial crisis which they themselves caused.

Tony Healey, you know nothing.

And winter is coming

Actually I'm not so sure he knows nothing. ie I dont understand/accept how someone supposedly at the top of the financial industry/banking in NZ isnt bright enough to read tea leaves well. So he's either so amoral, blinkered, self-centred and partisan that he is prepared to lie on record, or, he really is clueless.

I dont think he's clueless.

I'd suspect that he's patting himself on the back at getting the average dopey punter to confuse economic commentary with PR spin.

more likely he is already looking to move up the ladder in Australia before anything happens to tarnish his record here.

I just re-read the title of the article - a 'shock', by definition, is not something you can foresee. "Ooh, hold-up folks, there's a shock coming - careful now".

Even many diehard spruikers are beginning to concede the end is nigh. Not all of them of course, but it's still telling.