NZ assumes leading position in worldwide decline of housing prices

The housing market in New Zealand witnesses a significant fall

NZ assumes leading position in worldwide decline of housing prices

New Zealand is leading the global house price bust, with values down 17.6% from their November 2021 peak, according to Goldman Sachs.

Auckland and Wellington are among the hardest-hit cities, with declines of 22.8% and 25.6%, respectively.

In contrast, home values in other developed nations, such as Australia, Canada, the US, Germany, and the UK, are seeing stabilization or even a rise in prices as the initial shock of interest rate hikes wears off.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand had projected a 23% decline in house prices from their peak in 2021 to their trough in mid-2024, before recovering as interest rates decline towards their neutral setting.

However, in its latest Monetary Policy Statement, the Reserve Bank forecasted a "less negative outlook for house prices" and expects them to rebound in 2024.

"The rapid return of net immigration, an increase in the number of residents due to the one-off 2021 resident visa, strong nominal wage growth, stable mortgage interest rates, and a relatively low number of houses available for sale have contributed to a smaller decline in house prices than expected in recent months", the Reserve Bank said.

Despite this, New Zealand's house prices are still falling at a solid clip, making them an outlier compared to other developed countries.

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