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The Real Estate Institute (REINZ) house price index rose 24 per cent year on year to 3756 in March, with a national median house price of $826,300, compared with $665,000 last year.
Twelve of the 16 regions hit record median prices, as well as 32 districts.
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Auckland’s median house price increased by 18.5 per cent to more than $1.1 million, with Northland leading the pack with a near 27 per cent increase to $710,000.
The number of residential properties sold last month rose to a 14-year high of 9721, which was 31 per cent up on the same time last year and driven by a scramble for Auckland properties, which rose 50 per cent.
Institute acting chief executive Wendy Alexander said March’s result was much higher than many commentators would have expected, given the first tranche of fresh loan to value bank lending restrictions (LVRs) were back in effect, with investors requiring a 30 per cent deposit and owner-occupiers requiring a 20 per cent deposit.
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