Barfoot and Thompsons December sales figures are out confirming anecdotal evidence of a slow down. December 2015 sales were 796 down from December 2014 sales of 1050. A 24% fall. Some of the froth is coming out of the Auckland market.
Leading the market, and taking the opportunity to increase their margin, ASB has raised their 3,4, and 5 year fixed rates. For the under 80%’ers the 3 year is raised 0.26% to 4.75% and the 5 year up 0.16% to 5.25%.
Data out from Harcourts today shows a fall in Northern region sales of 14% when comparing November 2014 with November 2015.
Total new listing were down 17% and new auction / tender listings were down 26%.
Reversing the last of the 4 OCR raises in 2014 the Reserve Bank has cut the Official Cash Rate to 2.50% this morning.
Citing low inflation and a hope that the new Tax and LVR measures on property are easing Auckland house price increases the Bank remains ready to cut again if the data warrants it.
ANZ was the first to pass on the 0.25% in full on its Revolving Credit and Floating interest rates.
Courtesy of SBS a 1 year fixed interest rate is available at 3.99%.
What a change from May 2008 when the 1 year was around 9.75%.
The Reserve Bank kicked for touch today and left the Official Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged at 2.75 percent.
Talking to a couple of Real Estate Agents this week the numbers through open homes have fallen significantly this month. Perhaps we are all taking afternoon naps on account of the early starts watching the Rugby. An IRD Number and a NZ Bank Account may have something to do with it also………
GO THE AB’s
New Reserve Bank lending requirements are being implemented at the end of the month for the Auckland investment property market. A standalone investment property in Auckland will now be limited to 70% lending. Those who want a greater level of lending can still use existing equity in another property such as the home that they are living in to obtain the other 30% if so desired.
The BNZ has introduced a 2 year fixed home loan rate of 4.39%.
Making it 3 in a row the Reserve Bank cut the Official Cash Rate (OCR) today by 25 basis points to 2.75 percent.
Auckland houses prices got their regular mention with “”House prices in Auckland continue to increase rapidly and are becoming more unsustainable””.
Despite that statement a strong bias towards further cuts was provided. “At this stage, some further easing in the OCR seems likely. This will depend on the emerging flow of economic data.””
Fixed interest rates continue to tumble with ASB out earlier in the week with 6 months fixed thru to 4 years fixed all under 5%.
A 2 year fixed interest rate of 4.69% is out from Westpac today in line with the BNZ’s offering. (for the under 80%’ers)
The Reserve Bank today reduced the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25 basis points to 3.0 percent.
Variable interest rates should reduce over the next few days.
A further cut is on the horizon judging from todays statement.
“”A reduction in the OCR is warranted by the softening in the economic outlook and low inflation. At this point, some further easing seems likely.””