They monitored the auctions of 301 residential properties last week and sales were achieved on 104 of them (35%).
They were able to match selling prices with the rating valuations (RVs) on 87 of the properties that sold, and this showed 64 sold for more than their RV, 22 sold for less than their RV and one sold for the same as its RV.
Auckland continues to dominate the auction market. They monitored 222 auctions within the region with sales achieved on 67 of those properties, giving a sales clearance rate of 30% for Auckland, just below the national average.
They were able to match up selling prices with RVs on 50 of the Auckland sales and of those, 33 sold for more than their RV, 16 sold for less than their RV and one was equal to its RV.
Overall this suggests the housing market remains relatively steady, although with plenty of listings available buyers are being very picky.
That means auctioneers and sales people often have their work cut out for them getting properties across the line at auctions.
It also means auctions are tending to take longer, with auctioneers often delaying dropping the hammer while negotiations take place between the highest bidder and the vendor, to try and secure a sale under the hammer.
Often the difference between the price buyers are prepared to pay and the price vendors are prepared to accept is just a few thousand dollars, so it is not uncommon for properties to be passed in and then sold shortly afterwards as post sale negotiations get down to the nitty gritty.
However in the current market properties that are not up to scratch are likely to be quite strongly discounted by buyers.