Barfoot & Thompson’s apartments auction today raised more questions than bidders’ hands.
In a sparsely population city auctionroom, the 4 properties on offer were a cbd apartment, a cross-lease in Ellerslie, a unit in Papatoetoe where the unit title wasn’t yet issued, and a Glen Innes house on a section – like thousands around Auckland now – with subdivision potential following rezoning.
The Connaught apartment had a bidder, but the margin between them and the vendor was about $200,000, setting the vendor’s target about $20,000 above the price achieved for a larger unit last July, when the market was far more active.
Excluding parking & balcony, the vendor would have been seeking about $14,000/m² internal, compared to a bid set at about $9000/m².
New apartment developments’ prices have moved well above the $10,000/m² that was a benchmark 2 years ago – construction costs have helped push some about $15,000/m² – but for older buildings those sorts of returns raise a question of how much of the windfall arising from price rises over the last 4 years is acceptable or readily achievable.
The Ellerslie cross-lease sold under the hammer after the vendor edged down but the other 2 properties attracted no bid.
A unit where the unit paperwork hadn’t been completed presented a risk most wouldn’t take in a declining market.
And, while the far eastern Tamaki suburbs on the isthmus started to attract more interest late last year, the unitary plan has opened thousands of residential properties up for potential subdivision, negating windfall opportunities and (in theory at least) opening suburbia up to cheaper new housing.
The mindset of cheaper new suburban development hasn’t set in yet, and may need a council push in terms of infrastructure provision & pricing, but the number of sections starting to come to the market indicates enough willingness to sell, and for intensification to gradually get underway.
The Connaught, 14 Waterloo Quadrant, unit 5I:
Features: 50m² including balcony, one-bedroom apartment, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $4455/year
Income assessment: $400/week
Outcome: passed in at $450,000
Agent: Bernard Scahill
141 Celtic Crescent, unit 5:
Features: cross-lease, 1/5 share in 1760m², 3-bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, internal-access garage
Outcome: sold for $800,000
Agent: Paul Studman
16 Epping St:
Features: 688m² site in terrace housing & apartments zone under the unitary plan, 4 bedrooms
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Jack Hu
81A Huia Rd, unit 2:
Features: 69m² 3-bedroom unit, 25m² sleepout with own bathroom, double carport – unit title yet to issue and body corporate levy yet to be determined
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Neno Radinovich