October 2021 Housing Market Update

Time period Number of sales* Total value of sales
October 2021 814 properties $967,802,755
October 2020 1,319 properties $1,378,492,479
12 months to Oct 2021 14,486 properties $16,154,511,644
12 months to Oct 2020 10,733 properties $10,535,798,890

*Includes Barfoot & Thompson Auckland residential sales that have gone unconditional. Excludes Northland and commercial sales.

Resilient Auckland Property Market Edges Back Towards Normality

Peter Thompson - Auckland House Price June 2021

During its second full month of restricted sales activity, the Auckland property market edged back towards normality in October with stronger sales numbers and firmer prices.

“In October, the market showed its resilience with an increased level of new listings, excellent sales numbers and rising prices,” said Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson.

“Given the restraints under which the market was operating, it was an outstanding month’s trading.

“New listings at 2012 were only 5 per cent down on last year’s level, which was unaffected by any lockdown, and more than double those for September.

“Vendors had to overcome many challenges to prepare their properties for sale and buyers were presented with the greatest level of choice they have had for seven months.

“Sales for the month at 814 were nearly a quarter higher than those in September, but more than a third down on where they are likely to have been without restrictions on sales activity.

“Both the average price at $1,188,946, up 5 per cent on September’s, and the median price at $1,150,000, up 4.5 per cent, re-established the gradual increase in sales prices being experienced in 2021.

“The average sales price increase in October, over last year’s price for the same month, is 13.8 per cent, and that for the median price is 18.9 per cent.

“Contributing to the increase in average and median prices was buyer focus returning to higher priced properties.

“In October, 85 per cent of sales were for properties that sold for more than $750,000. In September, the percentage was 77 per cent.

“The high level of new listings in October has contributed to available property at month end increasing to 3041. Although this is at the highest level in five months, it is still 19.1 per cent behind the monthly average level for 2020.

“In the lifestyle and rural markets of Northland and Auckland, buyer enquiry was strong but sales were limited by availability and activity did not have the same uplift in numbers and prices experienced in urban Auckland.

“The inability of Auckland buyers being able to inspect Northland property is continuing to impact on sales in the region.

“Also slowing sales activity is the growing practice of banks requiring their own valuers to view rural property prior to contract.”

Barfoot & Thompson knows Auckland best. It is the city’s leading real estate company, selling around one in three Auckland residential homes, significantly ahead of all other competitor brands. 

 For further information, contact Peter Thompson, Managing Director, Barfoot & Thompson, telephone 09 307 5523 or 027 453 593. www.barfoot.co.nz.  

Released on behalf of Barfoot & Thompson by Network Communication (Dennis Lynch)  telephone 021 963 733  Dennis.lynch@networkcommunication.co.nz 

October Previous Month  Previous 3 months Average October 2020
October 2021 Average Price $1,188,946 $1,132,552
$1,045,104 +13.8%    
Median Price  
$1,110,000               +3.6%      $967,400        +18.9%    
974                   -16.4%        1319      -38.3%     
New Listings     
Month-End Stock    
2652              +14.7%                   3925     -22.5%