Auckland house prices hit new high

Last updated 11:36 09/11/2012

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Auckland house prices have jumped to record levels with the median price reaching $530,000, figures reveal.

According to the Real Estate Institute city house prices increased 2.9 per cent in October - from September - and jumped 14 per cent compared to the same time last year. 

The most active areas for sales were near the city, the northern suburbs and the eastern beaches. 

Earlier this month the NZ Property Report said the average asking price for properties in Auckland was $611,864 - an almost 10 per cent jump on the same time last year. 

The Real Estate Institute said sales volumes nationally shot up 32.6 per cent to 6640 in October compared with the same time last year. On a seasonally adjusted basis they were up just under 25 per cent and up 5.7 per cent on the previous month.

However, while turnover was struggling to keep pace with demand price trends were mixed outside the major cities.

Nationally the median house price hit a new record of $380,000, up 2.4 per cent on the previous month and 5.8 per cent on a year ago.

REINZ's figures follow yesterday's data from Quotable Value whose index hit a new national peak last month of $420,048, up 5.7 per cent on a year ago. QV also noted that buyers were keen but were being held back by a lack of listings earlier in the spring.

REINZ chief executive Helen O'Sullivan said the market was split between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, where prices were rising, and the rest of the country.

The usual springtime lift in listings was not keeping up with demand, and had brought the average number of days taken to sell a property down a day to 32.

All regions recorded a rise in turnover compared with October last year. Leading the way was Central Otago Lakes, which recorded an increase of 54 per cent, followed by Northland, 52 per cent, and Hawkes Bay, 47 per cent.

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