The Park Residences at 35 Albert St.

Quiet times at 3 auction sessions – but one sale close to $15,000/m²

The generally quiet time in residential auctionrooms was emphasised in 3 sessions at Barfoot & Thompson’s city office on Wednesday & Thursday.

Those performances answer the question I’m asked most these days:

The everything question: What’s happening in the market? At auctions, bidders have become a rare species, which puts pressure on vendors. Even where there are bidders, there’s a common reluctance to offer anything near yesterday’s reserve.

Chinese buyers (local or visiting) have been notable for their absence for over a year, courtesy of restrictions in China and now here.

On Wednesday I watched a mate bid on the last property listed for the day. He & his wife were the only potential customers left in the room. After some nudging, they lifted their offer a little, but not enough to excite the auctioneer and nowhere near the vendor’s expectation.

A small unit well up the new Conrad tower on the corner of Albert & Swanson Sts, Park Residences, achieved a sale price close to $15,000/m² ($14,885), which is in the realm of pricing for new product in the central city.

The pricing of new product over the last 3 years or so had also lifted values for secondary stock, but I see secondary prices dropping back under $10,000/m² unless the apartment is distinctive, and below $8000/m² for older units.

On Thursday, the auction of the one property scheduled for Barfoot’s apartments & commercial morning session, a unit on Princes Wharf, was deferred a fortnight.

In the afternoon session, an Onehunga house was sold and the other 9 homes listed were passed in, 6 of them without a bid placed. The afternoon offering included a Remuera cross-lease, a Stonefields terrace and an Ascent penthouse on Nelson St (details of them below).

Wednesday afternoon was a more productive session for the auctioneer – 5 sales under the hammer, another sold shortly after and one sold prior out of 20 homes listed. From that session, you can check details below of 10 apartments, suburban units & cross-leases.

The properties are listed below geographically, not according to auction session.

Barfoot’s also issued its residential market calculations for April today. You can click through to that at the foot of this item.

The auctions:

CBD

Albert St

Park Residences, 35 Albert St, unit 1602:
Features: 35m², studio + study, 5m² balcony, in new Conrad development opened last month
Outgoings: body corp levy $2346/year
Outcome: sold for $521,000
Agents: Tom Jiang & Tim Lee

Federal St

The Federal, 18 Federal St, unit 2B:
Features: 51m², one-bedroom apartment, balcony
Outgoings: body corp levy $3274/year
Outcome: passed in at $418,000
Agents: John Zhang & Richard Tan

Uptown

Pembridge, 38 Symonds St, unit 16:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $3378/year
Outcome: passed in at $375,000
Agents: Jo Pickering

Victoria Quarter

Ascent, 149 Nelson St, unit 803:
Features: 2-storey penthouse, one bedroom, 2 balconies, parking space
Outgoings: body corp levy $3766/year; the unit’s $9647 defects levy last year hasn’t been paid in full; the buyer will not have to pay, and won’t benefit from any proceeds from, a $4000 litigation levy this year; a $41,300 levy has been forecast for this unit for stage 2 remediation works; a High Court claim has been lodged regarding construction defects but the vendor of this unit is not a party
Outcome: no bid
Agent: Stephen Chang

Waterfront

Princes Wharf, Shed 22, unit 1:
Features: leasehold, 63m², one bedroom on western side, balcony, parking space
Outgoings: ground rent increase capped at 3%/year or CPI, whichever is greater
Outcome: auction postponed to Thursday 17 May
Agents: Stephen Shin & David Lee

Isthmus east

Ellerslie

90F Ballarat St:
Features: cross-lease, 1/6 share in 2241m², 3-bedroom house, double internal-access garage
Outcome: passed in at $850,000
Agents: George Fong & Laura McAuley

Parnell

25 Cheshire St, unit B5:
Features: one-bedroom apartment, deck, parking space
Outcome: sold prior
Agents: Matt O’Brien & Cristina Casares

Remuera

123C Ngapuhi Rd:
Features: cross-lease, quarter share in 910m², 2-bedroom unit, courtyard, carport
Outcome: passed in at $780,000
Agent: Susan Palmer

Stonefields

136 Stonefields Avenue:
Features: 1/14 share in 964m² + 200m² fee simple, 2-storey 4-bedroom terrace, 2 bathrooms, double garage
Outcome: no bid
Agents: Wendy Sadd & Helen Lam

Isthmus west

Herne Bay

29 Hamilton Rd, unit 5:
Features: cross-lease, 1/8 share in 2086m², 2-bedroom unit, balcony, parking space
Outcome: sold for $1.3 million
Agents: Felicity Scott

Mt Albert

65 Woodward Rd, unit 1:
Features: 2-bedroom townhouse, courtyard, parking space
Outcome: withdrawn from auction
Agents: Jacqui Freeman & James Ju

Mt Eden

1A Taupata St, unit 4:
Features: cross-lease, quarter share in 1472m², 2-bedroom 1980s townhouse, courtyard, carport
Outcome: no bid, back on market at $1.195 million
Agents: Ketiesha Elliott & Frank Excell

Sandringham

30 Arabi St, unit 2:
Features: cross-lease, quarter share in 1936m², 2 bedrooms
Outcome: sold for $668,000
Agents: Bella Stefano & Sherry Shao

45 Fowlds Avenue, unit 3:
Features: 2-bedroom unit, garage
Outgoings: on strata title but no body corporate levy
Outcome: sold for $831,000
Agent: Dee Brennan

Related story today: Barfoots chief sees housing market lift approaching

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