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Demand strong for Canterbury lifestyle blocks – buyers moving south and back from overseas

Demand strong for Canterbury lifestyle blocks  buyers moving south and back from overseas

Canterbury lifestyle property is in strong demand, driven by buyers from outside the region and overseas.

Interest in the properties is high, according to Alex Cooney, a lifestyle property specialist with Colliers.

“There’s definitely been a big increase since Covid. People are seeing the appeal of living in the country yet close to such great amenities. Aucklanders who’ve battled traffic for years can’t believe it. We’ve noticed that many prospective buyers of lifestyle blocks here don’t even have any particular previous history with Canterbury.

“Word is getting out.”

For instance, Cooney recently marketed six four-hectare bare land blocks in West Melton, a small town west of Christchurch. They all went under offer in the first week post release, with some of the blocks fetching up to $145,000 above the current Rating Valuation.

Out of the 20 plus offers received, several came from outside the region with three of the six buyers from Tauranga, Sydney and Dunedin – most of them making the move to Canterbury for the first time.

Fellow Colliers lifestyle specialist Richard Innes says there’s now a shortage of suitable properties such is the demand.

“One of my recent marketing campaigns of a substantial lifestyle property unearthed another 50 potential buyers looking for a similar quality property who are willing to pay up to $2.5 million.

“Post Covid people seem to be far more prepared to commute and work from home some of the time so location is of less importance – especially for international buyers and others in the North Island.”

Data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) shows there were 2,471 New Zealand lifestyle property sales in the three months ended February 2021, compared to 1,769 lifestyle property sales for the comparable 2020 period (+39.7%). In the year to February 2021, 9,244 lifestyle properties were sold, 27.5% more than the same period in 2020. The median price for all lifestyle properties sold in the three months to February 2021 was $845,000.

Eleven of the fourteen regions recorded an increase in sales with Canterbury observing one of the biggest increases, with 137 more sales in February 2021 than in February 2020.

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Alex Cooney

Rural Sales Broker

Christchurch (Rural)

Alex has a strong rural background having built a career servicing the rural sector. A graduate of Lincoln College with a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture & Management), Alex worked for a National rural supplies company in the Waikato before taking up a position as a rural manager with ANZ Bank in South Canterbury. In these roles Alex has developed a wide range of skills across finance and farming operations as well as environmental and operational knowledge.

Alex added to these skills when travelling abroad taking up a role as a Credit Analyst for Credit 4 in London and travelling for 18 months before returning to join Colliers International.

Alex believes in building strong relationships with his clients that allows him to understand what is required to consistently achieve the best results. His experience in the rural field sees Alex well positioned to add value to the sales process. His collaborative, friendly nature and ability to relate to a large cross section of people from farmers to rural professionals will ensure  the very best outcomes are achieved every time.

Alex has lived in Canterbury for over 6 years, the people and the relationships he has formed in that time is what drives him and he will utilise his growing knowledge of the area, rural expertise and sales skills to assist others in achieving their goals. If you would like to speak to a Central Canterbury expert, contact Alex Cooney today 


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Richard Innes

Lifestyle Property Broker

Christchurch (Rural)

Richard has a genuine easy going nature with a customer focused approach that drives him to go the extra mile to achieve the best outcome for his clients. He aims to deliver a seamless experience and achieve a premium price for every property he sells. With a wealth of experience gained from being in the industry for over 15 years has provided him a wide range of skills due to having the honour marketing and selling a wide range of amazing property from beautiful country homesteads, lifestyle property, residential homes and bare land sections. Richard’s experience combined with the service and support of the Colliers networks both nationally and internationally, has proved invaluable for his success in Real Estate.

Modern real estate sales requires a very extensive set of skills, it is impossible for one person to be the best at all of these skills , hence our team approach, Jeremy and I both work as lead agents in our team so you can take comfort your property is always in good hands for every step of the sales process. We guarantee our service and tailor make marketing strategies to suit each and every property so the best result is achieved every time. We know it is through competition we achieve the greatest result and we achieve this by superior marketing and a well-planned sales approach that are proven to get the highest sale prices. We take the time to understand our clients’ needs so the transaction can be made as smooth and seamless as possible. Every property and client can present its own set of unique challenges and with our vast experience, we believe we are the best people to market, negotiate and sell your property in an ever changing market. 

I look forward to assisting you with any of your real estate needs, whether you are looking to buy or sell, or you are keen to know what your property is worth in today’s market, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

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