Foreigners snapping up NZ homes before curbs kick in
  • venynxvenynx June 11

    Foreign investors are racing to buy New Zealand homes before rules that limit overseas sales are enshrined in law.To get more house buying news,
    you can visit shine news official website. In the South Island resort
    town of Queenstown, about 10 per cent of home transfers in the first
    quarter were to people without New Zealand citizenship or a resident
    visa, Statistics New Zealand said yesterday. That's almost double the
    share of the previous three months.

    In Auckland, the proportion
    rose for a second straight quarter, climbing as high as 19 per cent in
    some suburbs of the nation's biggest city. The government came to power
    late last year pledging to tackle a housing affordability crisis with a
    raft of measures, including a ban on foreign speculators buying
    residential property. Its proposals are passing through Parliament and
    are yet to become law.

    "Consultation about amendments to the
    Overseas Investment Act may have been a factor in recent increases in
    the proportion of transfers to non-New Zealand citizens and residents,"
    Ms Melissa McKenzie, property statistics manager at Statistics New
    Zealand, said in a statement. Demand for property and a supply shortage
    have seen values soar over the past six years, although central bank
    rules on lending have slowed house-price inflation from a double-digit
    pace.

    Prices nationally rose 6.9 per cent last month from a year
    earlier, according to Quotable Value data. Still, average prices in
    Queenstown rose 9.6 per cent to NZ$1.15 million (S$1.1 million), making
    it the most expensive place to buy a home outside several Auckland
    suburbs. Nationally, just over 3 per cent of the home transfers recorded
    in the first quarter were to non-citizens. As well as purchases,
    transfers include homes of deceased family members, marriage settlements
    and other administrative changes. The statistics agency produced the
    data for the first time.

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