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Buyer demand gathers pace

Staff Reporter 1 minute read

By: Jessica Darnbrough

Despite four rate hikes in six months, and the possibility of more on the horizon, buyer demand is not showing any signs of waning.

RP Data’s national research director, Tim Lawless, told The Adviser that early indicators suggest house prices will continue to rise thanks to increasing buyer demand.

“The RP Data – Rismark Hedonic Home Value Index was up 1.8 per cent in January this year, clearance rates are over 70 per cent, new property listings are being absorbed very quickly and rental markets are showing some improvement after a soft second half of 2009,” Mr Lawless said.

“With population growth and thus demand for housing remaining strong, the new housing sector should see ongoing improvements. Dwelling approvals for detached housing have been trending upwards, albeit from a very low base, which is a positive sign that confidence is returning to the building industry.”

According to Mr Lawless, the housing market is expected to continue its strong run for some time to come.

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