We’re into the next round of monthly house sales data with Barfoot and Thompson, earlier this week, releasing stats on sales in Auckland. Today QV has given
its take on the market (details here)
The story seems to have a recurring theme to it. Prices good but volumes low.
I’ve been looking at the big question about where house prices maybe heading and was sent a set of slides from a presentation ANZ did recently. It has lots of regular themes in it, but also a couple of graphs which grabbed my attention.
The first is one we used a year ago which show house prices through their peaks. (Click on image below to see it).
At the time this graph was put together the falls had run for 12 quarters yet prices were down only 11%.
What’s fascinating is after they came off their peak they bounced again.
The message is that it seems that the housing market just want crash.
The ANZ economist Khoon Goh, behind these slides has also written about the affordability issue in the latest issue of the
NZ Property Magazine. It’s worth reading, but in summary says although homes are becoming more affordable they are still on the expensive side. The way this is going to close up is that incomes will rise rather than prices come down.
The second graph is the one at the end of the presentation where two housing cycles were compared. The results are uncanny at how closely correlated they are. Click on the image to the left and see a bigger version of the graph.
I’ve put a red circle in to show the current time point. Assuming the trend continues we are likely to see house prices come back some more then rally and do so quite strongly.
The question is will this really happen?