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NZ property values extend gains in February, again led by Auckland, Canterbury

Friday 8th March 2013

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New Zealand property values continued to rise in February, with most of the increase still coming from Auckland and Canterbury.

National property values rose 3.2 percent in the three months ended Feb. 28 to $428,692 and have gained 6.3 percent over the past year, according to state valuer Quotable Value.

Property values are now 3.2 percent above the last peak in late 2007.

In Auckland, values are up 10.4 percent over the past year while in Christchurch the gain was 7.5 percent. Among other centres, Hamilton is up 4.6 percent, Wellington up 1.7 percent and Dunedin up 3.7 percent.

"As has been the case for several months, there are a low number of properties for sale and low numbers of new listings coming to the market," QV research director Jonno Ingerson said in a statement. "This continues to constrain choice for buyers, many of who are keen to buy but cannot find a suitable property."

Heat in the housing market has been cited by Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler as an area of concern and is partly why the central bank is considering the use of macro-prudential tools, such as limits on loan-to-value ratios, to more specifically target parts of the economy.

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