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Queenstown tops house price growth expectations for ninth quarter

Toru Apartments, Remarkable Park, Queenstown

Survey finds a net positive 23 per cent of respondents expect overall national median prices to rise over the next 12 months

Queenstown has maintained its two-year reign at the top of New Zealand for house price growth expectations, beating all other centres for the ninth consecutive quarter.

Colliers International’s latest Residential Property Market Outlook Survey found a net positive 23 per cent of respondents expect overall national median prices to rise over the next 12 months.

While this outweighs those who expect a decline, expectations in the December 2018 quarter have softened overall from a net positive 26 per cent in September 2018 and a net positive 36 per cent in June 2018.

Queenstown took out first place this quarter with a net positive 49.8 per cent of respondents expecting house price growth, followed by Tauranga/Mt Maunganui (46.8 per cent) and Wellington (36.6 per cent).

The top three remains unchanged from the previous quarter.

Queenstown has held onto the top spot since December 2016, when price growth expectations were at a net positive 75.8 per cent.

It claimed the crown from Hamilton, which recorded a net positive 75.8 per cent at September 2016. Before that, Tauranga/Mt Maunganui held the top spot, with 85.7 per cent at June 2016.

Fred Bramwell, Residential Sales Director at Colliers International Otago, says sales prices in Queenstown remain strong.

“We have seen a significant increase in listing activity over the past two months which is heartening for the purchaser market, but buyer enquiry leading into the end of the year has shown signs of softening.

“Sales prices have remained strong across all market sectors, and forecasts for burgeoning visitor and resident numbers are confidence boosting to those entering the market.”

Chris Dibble, Research and Communications Director at Colliers International, says the latest national result is up from a net positive 15 per cent at the December 2017 quarter.

However, the timing of that survey coincided with the November general election.

The region-by-region trend this quarter was of a modest dip in positivity, says Dibble.

“Queenstown was among eight of 12 regions to record a decline in the proportion of respondents expecting median prices to increase when compared to the previous quarter,” he says.

“While sentiment in Queenstown is still overwhelmingly positive, it is down 10.4 per cent from a net positive 60.2 per cent in the September.

“Bucking the regional trend were respondents’ expectations for Tauranga/Mt Maunganui, Wellington, Hamilton and Palmerston North, which were the only locations to record an increase in median price growth expectations this quarter relative to the previous quarter.”

Dibble says the survey also asked respondents about the likely impact of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s recently announced loan-to-value relaxations.

“When asked if the LVR move would have an influence on investor decisions for 2019, 26 per cent of respondents indicated they would invest more, 62 per cent the same and 12 per cent less.”

The quarterly research survey drew on a total of 5,962 responses.

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Fred Bramwell

Director | Residential Sales


Decades spent managing Queenstown businesses have positioned Fred Bramwell as an industry leader. Clear vision and strong decision-making are the bywords of Fred’s leadership style, allowing him to develop and execute company strategy whilst always keeping the big picture in mind. 

An understanding of the skills needed at every level of the business mean Fred has an appreciation for every team member in every department. Compliance with real estate law and codes of conduct are all part of the job, and an area in which Fred thrives with his uncanny ability to see every side and implement ideas and concepts to identify issues before they arise, and negotiate smart solutions when necessary. 

A Queenstown local for more than 28 years, Fred’s business acumen in the early days led him to start a successful white-water rafting business, a company that made him a major player on the region's booming tourism stage. A move into real estate was the obvious progression for performance-driven Fred. Fred’s business acumen and drive to succeed helped his former real estate agency, hoamz, go from rank outsiders to Queenstown’s leading real estate agency in just a few short years. Alongside residential and commercial sales, Fred specialised in the burgeoning apartment market, correctly identifying the niche as the ‘next big thing’ in real estate. 

A lifelong interest in the property market, has seen Fred involved in residential, rural and commercial investing. "It's a fascinating business and Queenstown is unique in its investment opportunities. It has been for years, it still is, and I don't see anything changing that for some time to come," says Fred.

A family man with a love for the great outdoors, Fred’s always on hand and takes the time to make a personal connection with property sellers.

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Chris Dibble

National Director | Colliers Partnerships, Research & Communications


Chris Dibble oversees three key business units at Colliers New Zealand - Colliers Partnerships, Research and Communications.

Colliers Partnership priorities focus on support initiatives that drive collaboration, best practice learning, cost efficiencies, and growth opportunities across the wider Colliers franchise network.

As the head of research for Colliers, Chris oversees the collaboration and delivery of award-winning research reports. He is a regular presenter and market commentator, often discussing the latest insights on current and future property trends.

Chris also leads  PR and communications for Colliers. He works with in-house and external writers to curate an audience-focused content delivery strategy. 

With over 15 years of experience and university qualifications in economics, geography, marketing and property, Chris provides a multi-disciplinary approach that assists a broad range of clients and internal stakeholders.

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