Grazing properties have accounted for 49.1% of all sales
over the past three months. Photo by ODT files.
The rural property market has seen a strong finish to the
spring selling season with a 10% lift in sales volume over
October and prices up 12% compared with November last year.
Data released by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand
showed there were 281 farm sales in the three months to the
end of November, down 34 from the corresponding period last
year, while 1417 farms were sold in the year to November, up
23.4% on the year to November 2011.
The median price per hectare for all farms sold in the three
months to November was $22,885, a 15.2% increase on the
$19,872 for the three months ended October.
There was a strong increase in activity in the Far North,
increased horticulture sales in Gisborne, and strong demand
for viticulture properties in Marlborough, REINZ rural market
spokesman Brian Peacocke said.
After a noticeable period of absence, first-farm buyers,
particularly sharemilkers, were actively pursuing properties
in Waikato and Taranaki. Much of that activity was being
stimulated by vendors being realistic about pricing and low
interest rates on borrowing, he said.
Grazing properties accounted for the largest number of sales,
at 49.1% of all sales over the three months. Finishing
properties accounted for 15.7%, horticulture 11% and dairy
In Otago, there were 29 sales for the three months ended
November, up three from the corresponding period in 2011 and
up 17 from 2010.
The lifestyle property market saw a 24.1% increase in sales
volume in the three months to November compared with the
corresponding period last year, and sales in the month of
November were the strongest since November 2007.
Southland recorded the shortest number of days to sell in
October at 46 days, followed by Otago at 48 days.
The lifestyle market had seen a healthy increase in sales
volume in November, with strong activity in Auckland and
increasing activity in Waikato, driven partially by buyer
inquiry from Auckland and Australia, Mr Peacocke said.
The Nelson and Marlborough regions had also seen a healthy
increase in listings and the Canterbury market remained
strong. The overall tone for the market appeared solid and
''reasonably optimistic'', Mr Peacocke said.