House prices climb across Wairarapa

By Kim Fulton editorial@age.co.nz -
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Greytown's boutique accommodation venue 'Briarwood' sold for $1 million, the highest residential sale in 2015 for Wairarapa. PHOTO/FILE
Greytown's boutique accommodation venue 'Briarwood' sold for $1 million, the highest residential sale in 2015 for Wairarapa. PHOTO/FILE

House values are rising in suburbs across Wairarapa and Greytown is leading the way.

The QV quarterly analysis of North Island property values showed Greytown was the most expensive area to buy into with an estimated median value of $401,150 at the end of December. That value increased 1.5 per cent over the quarter and 4.3 per cent over the year.

The cheapest territorial authority district was Featherston with an average value of $197,800 up 1.7 per cent throughout the quarter.

Figures showed Lansdowne experienced the biggest increase in values over the final quarter of last year.

The median value of a property there increased 3.1 per cent to an estimated median value of $259,400 over the quarter.

Values rose in every Wairarapa suburb throughout the quarter.

Property Brokers regional manager Guy Mordaunt said Greytown was going from strength to strength and he thought the trend would continue.

There was, however, a lack of stock in the area, he said.

The company had three sales in the past month of properties off-market because a lot of people wanted to buy but there was no stock available.

"We're literally knocking on people's doors saying 'these guys want to buy your house, do you want to sell it?'"

There was a huge amount of buyer interest in Wairarapa and a lack of stock, which would continue to push prices up in the immediate future.

Featherston seemed to be gaining traction and prices would follow eventually, said Mr Mordaunt.

The quality of houses there wasn't as high as elsewhere in South Wairarapa. People had bought houses and done them up in Martinborough and Greytown over the last 20 years but that hadn't happened in Featherston.

Mr Mordaunt said a lot of development was going on in Carterton which would have a long term effect on the housing market in Wairarapa.

"It will be interesting to see if anything springs up to counter that in Masterton or the other places."

Developers in Carterton had been building houses before selling them rather than selling off plans.

"That's been incredibly successful over the last couple of years," he said.

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