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More apartments? Not under this tightening scenario

The political call is for housing that’s more affordable, and more of it. Construction costs militate against the first hope, and a combination of central bank constraints & tightening of commercial bank asset quality ratios is likely to deal with the second.

Auckland specialist apartment agency City Sales, headed by Martin Dunn, has produced its own research – out today – which indicates an easing in supply over the next 3 years and a sharp drop in supply in 2021.

The graph shows a dead market post-global financial crisis, returning to life in 2015 and growing strongly for the last 2 years. This year Mr Dunn expects close to 1500 completions, falling to a range of 1000-1300 over the next 3 years, then dropping sharply to fewer than 500 as regulatory constraints have their impact.

Off-plan stock unsold after regulatory changes

City Sales owner Martin Dunn.

Mr Dunn said the agency’s research was based on fact, not hope. Already, the agency has had parcels of unsold off-the-plans stock in new developments to take to the market after investors failed to proceed with their purchase.

Some had borrowed for their deposit and were unable to produce the balance. Others had to walk away because of the 40% equity ratio now required of investors.

He expects more of that as new developments are completed, and said this week the impact would result in a marked slowdown in development.

“The banks call the shots on supply,” Mr Dunn said in his latest market report.

The big 4 New Zealand banks are Australian-owned, and the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority warned them at the end of July that it would require common equity tier 1 capital ratios of at least 10.5% to meet the authority’s “unquestionably strong” benchmark. That meant all had to tighten their lending and adjust the ratios for different market sectors.

Mr Dunn said City Sales had assessed proposed developments – many not yet unveiled – and determined the likelihood that they’d proceed.

One unknown at the moment is the amount of Chinese money available to China’s overseas developers. Already the screws have tightened on the availability of funds to individuals buying outside China for investment, but the position for developers has been varied.

There were some suggestions emanating from China this week that funding might be freed up, but I haven’t verified that yet.

Other market factors

Other market factors are the returns to investors – who have been integral to making any apartment development work, because they form about 80% of the market, but may have their domination reduced – and development costs.

According to City Sales’ market report – based on figures from its own transactions dating back to 2005, including sales of both new apartments & secondary stock, and from its property management business – average sale prices would continue upward: “Uber, electric cards, congestion & Boomer empty nesters are normalising Auckland central living and it’s an exciting moment. Have a look at K’ Rd these days.”

Mr Dunn said prices of the top secondary stock had eased recently, from $10,000/m² to about $8500/m² as sales volume dropped: “Uncertainty often ‘pumps the brakes’ on a largely investor-driven market, however City Sales sees activity returning to a familiar pace in the coming months.”

Finance, the investor as predator, contributing costs

The City Sales picture is accurate as the market stands. Politicians & bankers can change that overnight. They can also get things wrong, especially when they’re arguing for more supply but activating supply-reducing measures.

One of the ironies has been the clamour to lock investors out. Auckland would have no apartments in its city centre without investors, who were sought in presentations locally, in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong & London over the last 20 years.

Investors in suburban homes have always made up a proportion of the market – as low as 30%, currently about 40%. Their presence has ensured there’s a stock of upgraded homes, something the management of Housing NZ by political windchange has ensured has not been the case with the state-owned stock.

The biggest change has come with the advent of the international investor, seeking to pop money into whichever market offers the best speculative opportunity. Auckland, Australia’s eastern state capitals & some Canadian cities have been prime targets.

That investment is easily regulated. Outside the investment in both new & existing stock, the other 2 cost issues are land price & construction cost. In Auckland, the greater ability to build more intensively through a wide swathe of suburbia will gradually change land costs, more than removing urban boundaries on the perimeters, where major infrastructure installation is required first.

And construction cost? Fletcher Building Ltd took the smart step long ago to create a vertical supply chain, something which makes it hard for any newcomer to match at any supply point. That vertical integration plus the lack of competition generally make it hard to lower material costs, while the construction sector has been slow to adapt to new ways.

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APRA benchmarks release, 19 July 2017

Attribution: Discussion, City Sales report, APRA.

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Ivory & Station R apartments attract no bid

2 apartments in 2 new developments – Conrad’s Ivory and Ockham’s Station R – attracted no bid at City Sales’ auction yesterday. Both developments were sold off the plans.

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Epsom

Ivory, 10 Lion Place, unit 405:
Features: 52m², one bedroom, flexi-room, deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates & body corp levy to be confirmed
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Alister Nichol

Isthmus west

Mt Eden

Station R, 11 Fenton St, unit 502:
Features: 79m², 2 bedrooms, study, 2 bathrooms, deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates $2402/year including gst; body corp levy $4343/year
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Trisha Shanaghan

Attribution: Auction.

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Vincent St apartment sells

A pet-friendly apartment, in the former Beca building up Vincent St from Aotea Square, was sold under the hammer at City Sales’ auction today, while the other 2 units on offer were both passed in.

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Uptown

CityZone, 11 Liverpool St, unit 1111:
Features: 18m² furnished studio,
Outgoings: rates $1019/year including gst; body corp levy $2017/year
Outcome: passed in after sole bid from the vendor at $180,000
Agent: Iona Rodrigues

132 Vincent St, unit 2F:
Features: 62m², 2 bedrooms, 9m² deck, parking space, pet-friendly
Outgoings: rates $1773/year including gst; body corp levy $5655/year
Income assessment: $650-700/week
Outcome: sold for $658,000
Agent: Tanya Rotherham

North-west

New Lynn

Merchant Quarter, 20 McCrae Way, unit 507:
Features: 55m², one bedroom + flexi room, deck, parking space on separate title
Outgoings: rates $1477/year including gst; body corp levy $2727/year, parking levy $321/year
Outcome: passed in after sole bid from the vendor at $450,000
Agents: Trisha Shanaghan

Attribution: Auction.

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One out of 4 apartments sold, another now conditional

The first apartment auctioned at City Sales yesterday, in the Pulse in Grey Lynn, was sold under the hammer and the other 3 were passed in on light bidding. One of those has subsequently been sold conditionally.

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

The Mews, 8 Basque Rd, unit 1:
Features: 111m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 34m² covered deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates $966/year including gst; body corp levy $6064/year including water & gas
Outcome: passed in at $715,000
Agents: Tanya Rotherham

Grey Lynn

The Pulse, 80 Richmond Rd, unit 2B:
Features: 45m², one bedroom, deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates $789/year including gst; body corp levy $3664/year
Outcome: sold for $550,000
Agents: Anna Birkenhead & Tina Bartlett

Kingsland

29 Rossmay Terrace, unit 15:
Features: 120m², 2 bedrooms + flexi-room, deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1843/year including gst; body corp levy $3263/year
Outcome: passed in at $625,000, sold conditionally post-auction
Agents: Habeeb Urrahman & Steve Kirk

North-west

New Lynn

10 Crown Lynn Place, unit 5B:
Features: 65m², 2 bedrooms, deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1191/year including gst; body corp levy $4980/year
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Habeeb Urrahman & Steve Kirk

Attribution: Auction.

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2 leasehold apartments sell at auction

The owner of 2 leasehold apartments in the Quay Park precinct one at Hudson Brown and the other at The Landings, sold both under the hammer at City Sales’ auction yesterday.

The third property up for auction, a New Lynn studio, was passed in.

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Quay Park

Hudson Brown, 57 Mahuhu Crescent, unit 422:
Features: leasehold, 70m², 2 bedrooms, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1608/year including gst; body corp levy $10,004/year including ground rent
Income assessment: $580/week fixed until January
Outcome: sold for $220,000
Agents: Tony Kelly & Trisha Shanaghan

The Landings, 10 Ronayne St, unit 611:
Features: leasehold, 41m², 2 bedrooms
Outgoings: rates $873/year including gst; body corp levy $2799/year, ground rent $2297/year
Outcome: sold for $130,000
Agents: Tony Kelly & Trisha Shanaghan

North-west

New Lynn

10 Crown Lynn Place, unit 3E:
Features: 28m² studio, deck
Outgoings: rates $865/year including gst; body corp levy $2474/year
Outcome: no bid, back on the market at $230,000
Agent: Trisha Shanaghan

Attribution: Auction.

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One unit sells, 2 passed in well short of asking price

A vacant Quadrant apartment was sold under the hammer and 2 other city apartments were passed in at City Sales’ auction on Wednesday.

The pass-ins went back on the market at substantial premiums to the top bids. A 7th-floor Aura unit was passed in at 6939/m² internal, against $8673/m² sought subsequently. A CityZone unit was passed in at $7727/m² internal, against $9068 sought subsequently. Both had a deck, neither had parking.

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Learning Quarter

The Quadrant, 10 Waterloo Quadrant, unit 1710:
Features: 42m², 2 bedrooms, 15m² deck
Outgoings: rates $1427/year including gst; body corp levy $5105/year
Outcome: sold for $485,000
Agents: Steve Kirk, Habeeb Urrahman & Chris Cairns

Uptown

CityZone, 11 Liverpool St, unit 2005 (20B):
Features: 44m², 2 bedrooms, deck
Outgoings: rates $1240/year including gst; body corp levy $3936/year
Outcome: passed in at $340,000, back on market at $399,000
Agent: Tony Kelly

Victoria Quarter

Aura, 53 Cook St, unit 702:
Features: 49m², 2 bedrooms, deck
Outgoings: rates $1227/year including gst; body corp levy $4738/year
Outcome: passed in at $340,000, back on market at $425,000
Agent: Tony Kelly

Attribution: Auction documents.

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2 apartments sell at City Sales auction

An apartment in The Peaks on Victoria St (pictured) was sold under the hammer at City Sales today, and one in the Harvard on Hobson St was sold shortly after the auction. An Eden Terrace unit was passed in.

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Victoria Quarter

Harvard, 147 Hobson St, unit 3I:
Features: 37m², 2 bedrooms
Outgoings: rates $1101/year including gst; body corp levy $4003/year
Outcome: passed in at $342,500, sold shortly after auction for $345,000
Agents: Habeeb Urrahman & Steve Kirk

The Peaks, 117 Victoria St West, unit 5B:
Features: 145m², 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, wraparound deck, storage locker, parking space
Outgoings: rates $2292/year including gst; body corp levy $7153/year
Outcome: sold for $1.14 million
Agent: Iona Rodrigues

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

Virginia, 43 Virginia Avenue East, unit 203:
Features: 48m², 2 bedrooms, deck, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1232/year including gst; body corp levy $4458/year
Income assessment: $475-500/week
Outcome: passed in at $460,000
Agent: Trisha Shanaghan

Attribution: Auction.

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Heritage Grand & Citta units sell

A Heritage Grand Tower studio was sold under the hammer at City Sales’ auction yesterday, and a Citta studio (building pictured) with parking space was sold before the auction for $48,000 more than it went for in December.

A large unit in The Mews on Basque Rd, Eden Terrace,with remediation work almost complete, was passed in, and 2 leasehold units in Q Central, at the top of Queen St, were also passed in.

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Uptown

Q Central, 26 Liverpool St, unit 2B:
Features: leasehold, 65m², 2 bedrooms, deck, tandem lockup garage
Outgoings: rates $1341/year including gst; body corp levy $3642/year, ground rent $6893/year
Outcome: passed in at $135,000
Agents: Maryanne Wong

Q Central, 34 Liverpool St, unit 6B:
Features: leasehold, 70m², 2 bedrooms, deck, storage locker, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: rates $1341/year including gst; body corp levy $4907/year, ground rent $8808
Income assessment: $600-650/week
Outcome: passed in at $120,000
Agents: Kristine Snore

Victoria Quarter

Heritage Grand Tower, 22 Nelson St, unit 315:
Features: 37m² studio including deck
Outgoings: rates $1063/year including gst; body corp levy $3734/year
Outcome: sold for $268,000
Agents: Iona Rodrigues

Isthmus east

Grafton

Citta, 186 Symonds St, unit 302:
Features: 36m² studio, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1093/year including gst; body corp levy $3143/year
Outcome: sold in December for $320,000, sold prior for $368,000
Agents: Steve Kirk & Habeeb Urrahman

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

The Mews, 8 Basque Rd, unit 7/4C:
Features: 122m² including deck, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, tandem parking; remediation project almost completed, final repair costs not yet known, code compliance certificate still to be issued
Outgoings: rates $1030/year including gst; body corp levy $5126/year
Outcome: passed in at $790,000
Agents: Trisha Shanaghan

Attribution: Auction.

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Sales start to flow post-auction

City Sales had an unsuccessful hour in the auctionroom on Wednesday as all 6 apartments were passed in, but by the end of the afternoon had 2 sold conditionally and offers had been made on 2 more.

The 2 conditional sales were at the Zest on Nelson St and The Point on the Viaduct Basin.

The Point unit was taken to market by the receiver & manager of owner Glenys Treweek’s affairs, Tom Rodewald of Tauranga, appointed on 30 March. The apartment has 3 mortgages over it, 2 registered last year and the third registered on Monday to the owner of another unit in the building.

Ms Treweek was crowned Miss New Zealand in 1970, and in recent years was involved in property investment & the thoroughbred industry. Her partner, longtime property investor & stud owner Michael Tololi, was bankrupt from 2010-13 after creditors turned down his debt-compromise offer of $300,000 to have been paid over time on $40.3 million of debt. Ms Treweek was a director of Karaka companies Karaka Group Ltd, Stony Bridge Thoroughbreds Ltd & Twin Pines Thoroughbreds Ltd.

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Quay Park

Grand Central, 26 Te Taou Crescent, unit 109:
Features: leasehold, 34m², 2 bedrooms
Outgoings: rates $1101/year including gst; body corp levy $11,652/year including ground rent
Income assessment: $385/week current
Outcome: passed in at $49,000 (excluding gst)
Agents: Tom Faye

Uptown

Hereford Residences, 8-15 Hereford St, unit 11D:
Features: 84m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, parking available from developer at $80,000/space
Income assessment: $750-800/week
Outcome: passed in at $825,000
Agents: Tom Faye & Anna Birkenhead

Victoria Quarter

Zest, 72 Nelson St, unit 228:
Features: 32m², 2 bedrooms, deck
Outgoings: rates $1037/year including gst; body corp levy $3197/year
Income assessment: $450-500/week
Outcome: passed in at $307,000, sold conditionally post-auction, price confidential
Agents: Steve Kirk & Habeeb Urrahman

Waterfront

The Point, 121 Customs St, unit 415:
Features: leasehold, 92m², 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 24m² deck, 2 parking spaces
Outgoings: rates $3584/year including gst; body corp opex levy $9606/year, ground rent $14,079/year
Income assessment: $1100/week
Outcome: passed in at $910,000, sold post-auction conditional on vendor consent, price confidential
Agents: Gabrielle Hoffmann & Nicola Hunt

Isthmus west

Eden Terrace

Memphis, 11 Charlotte St, unit GI:
Features: 47m², one bedroom, deck, storage locker, parking space
Outgoings: rates $1169/year including gst; body corp levy $3153/year
Income assessment: $450-500/week
Outcome: passed in at $450,000
Agents: Steve Kirk & Habeeb Urrahman

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New Lynn

10 Crown Lynn Place, unit 3L:
Features: 28m² studio; unallocated parking is available on the property
Outgoings: rates $853/year including gst; body corp levy $2320/year
Income assessment: $280/week
Outcome: passed in at $90,000
Agents: Trish Shanaghan

Attribution: Auction.

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Nelson St studio passed in

The one apartment auctioned at City Sales today, a studio in the Heritage Grand Towers, was passed in.

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Victoria Quarter

Heritage Grand Tower, 22 Nelson St, unit 1016:
Features: 31m² studio, in hotel lease until 31 March 2018
Outgoings: rates $2252/year including gst; body corp levy $4629/year
Outcome: bid at $205,000, vendor bid at $215,000, passed in
Agents: Lucy Piatov & Chris Bell

Attribution: Auction.

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