Capital market cooling as winter, loan restrictions and election uncertainty bed in

  • Wellington’s housing bubble has deflated as lending restrictions and election jitters combine with the traditional winter sales slump to trigger a drop in buyer demand.

The figures come a week after investment bank Goldman Sachs said in a report there was a 40 per cent chance New Zealand would suffer a housing market “bust” in the next two years.

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Buyer demand in Wellington city’s market has sagged to pre-property boom levels as winter and the general election looms.