PHOTO: Bindi Norwell, Chief Executive at REINZ

New data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) has revealed that the number of one million dollar plus properties being sold across the country has dropped by 11.2% compared to the first half of 2018.

The Million Dollar Price Report released today shows that in the first half of 2019 some 628 fewer houses over the million-dollar-mark were sold when compared to the same time last year –decreasing from 5,591 to 4,963.  Auckland was at the forefront of this decline, with 722 fewer high-end houses being sold.

However, when looking at New Zealand excluding Auckland, the number of million dollar plus properties sold increased by 6.7% which was led by Gisborne (+166.7%), Manawatu/Wanganui (+114.3%), Hawke’s Bay (47.4%) and Tasman (+16.7%).

Bindi Norwell, Chief Executive at REINZ says: “We typically expect to see Auckland performing relatively well in our Million Dollar Price Report, so it’s interesting to see a -17.3% drop in sales of million dollar plus homes so far this year. However, when you look at the bigger picture, it aligns with the shift we’ve been seeing over the past few months as Aucklanders continue to search for more affordable properties and lifestyles in various regions and median prices in the region have stabilised.

“It’s always promising to see an increase in sales across other parts of the country where real estate continues to go from strength-to-strength. With some renewed confidence entering the market including in Auckland in the last few months, it will be interesting to see what happens in the second half of the year,” adds Norwell.

Regional Breakdown

Outside Auckland, the Bay of Plenty region was a strong performer, recording an 11% increase in the number of houses sold over one million dollars yet the region saw a 166.7% rise in the sale of 3 million dollar plus properties, with 5 additional sales in the first half of 2019.

However, despite steady growth across the board for many of the regions, a handful suffered decreases in the number of 3 million dollar plus properties sold. This included:

  • Canterbury – 71.4% decline (5 fewer houses sold)
  • Otago – 41.7% decline (5 fewer houses sold)
  • Wellington – 40% decline (2 fewer houses sold)

Overall, 4,963 houses within the one million plus category were sold, down 628 on 1H 2018. 174 houses were sold in the three-million-dollar plus category – a decrease of 62 compared to 1H 2018 and 29 houses over the five-million-dollar mark, which was down 19 compared to 1H 2018.



Table 1: Number of million-dollar plus properties sold in NZ


Region$1m+ sales 1H 18$1m+ sales 1H 19Difference% change$3m+ sales 1H 18$3m+ sales 1H 19Difference% change$5m+ sales 1H 18$5m+ sales 1H 19Difference
Bay of Plenty2182422411.0%385166.7%10-1
Hawke’s Bay38561847.4%000000
NZ ex Akl1,4061,500946.7%3124-7-22.6%51-4