When a Chief Economist from one of the leading banks states that it is impossible to tell what is really going on with house prices, then we should be worried.

However there is a solution - ensure the right data is available to analyse - and that responsibility rests entirely with the Real Estate Institute - they could assist the economists of this country to help us all better understand property price trends

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Is there really a shortage of properties for sale?

The constant theme of comments from within the real estate industry as well as respected economists is we are facing a serious shortage of properties for sale, which is driving this sellers' market.

I am always keen to see if suppositions can be backed up by the data and my analysis says the opposite. We don't have a shortage of listings and the market has already turned a corner - a significant corner in terms of the clearance rate of properties being sold

 

Choosing the right Property app for the iPad - a review of the NZ options

The iPad fulfils a very different role in my opinion from the iPhone or other smartphone as such I believe that applying the same underlying user experience is a wasted opportunity - with this in mind I have reviewed what I see as the 3 top contenders in NZ. As you will see the review is extensive and enlightening and the result not surprising and sadly not that valuable for users!

 

Trade Me Property vs. Realestate.co.nz - the debate continues

Following the recent analysis of the strides made by industry owned website Realestate.co.nz, the Head of Commercial for Trade Me offered his very detailed response. This allowed me to provide my response and in so doing highlight some more highlights, insights and analysis

 

Realestate.co.nz making serious moves on Trade Me Property

Whilst I don't think the statement I made a few months ago that all you needed to focus on for property marketing in NZ was Trade Me, I have to say I am interested to see what is happening with Realestate.co.nz. They have published some impressive new stats that having delved a little deeper shows the comparative advantage in online property advertising may be shifting

 

NZ's aspiration for new McMansions wanes

It seemed to be the trend that property sizes were growing in proportion to the girth of the population, however examining the data from building consents we seem to be getting slimmer. The US on the other hand seems to be letting out their belts!

 

Better data could assist our collective understanding of the property market

Good decisions can be made based upon complete, accurate data. Vested interest groups and politically minded people love to hijack incomplete data.
Property is intrinsically a rich data set - however incomplete data leads to the current discussion about overseas buyers impacting the property market and driving prices out of the reach of ordinary kiwis - FACT or SUPPOSITION? 
If we had better data then we could have facts upon which we could really debate the issue - here is my view of what’s wrong and what should be done by whom to fix the issue

 

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