Median house price falls 6pc
Christchurch's median house price has fallen from its December all-time high, the Real Estate Institute says.
January sales figures show the median (mid-point) house price for the city was $356,800, down 6 per cent from a record $379,000 in December but still well up on the $337,444 recorded a year ago.
Institute director Tony McPherson described the Christchurch market as ''very active, particularly in the northern and western suburbs''.
''Listings continue to be a problem in the city, with spillover demand continuing to drive activity in surrounding areas such as Rolleston and Rangiora,'' he said.
McPherson said properties zoned technical category 3 (the most damage-prone technical category) were starting to sell to first-home buyers and investors.
The median January house price for Canterbury-Westland was $344,000, down 2 per cent from $351,000 in December and up from $325,000 in January 2012.
There were 634 sales in the region, up from 549 a year ago, and homes sold in a median of 33 days.
State-owned valuer Quotable Value said yesterday that house values in Christchurch had risen by 7.1 per cent in the past year as buyers compete for properties.