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Looking less negative
Real Estate Institute of New Zealand data
for the Napier housing market for June
2011 showed 75 unconditional sales for the
month, almost the same as June 2010 (with 73
sales) but 20% below the May 2011 volume of
sales (94 sales). Some explain the decline as a
seasonal pattern, but a closer look at the data
indicates other explanations.
While many home owners continue to take
a conservative approach to the property market,
a bigger constraint at the moment appears to
be a shortage of properties for sale that meet
the exacting demands of many home buyers.
A two stream market has developed. Well-
presented homes in good localities, which are
fairly priced are selling quickly, and for good
prices. While properties that fall short in one
of these aspects (presentation, locality or price
expectations) remain unsold, sometimes for
This phenomena is also reflected in the
median days which remains at over 50 days.
The number of house sales may be stabilising,
however there are still 22% fewer homes being
sold now, than last year.
A recent development appears to be a growing
number of first time home buyers taking
advantage of Kiwi Saver First Home Buyer
subsidy and Housing Corporation's Welcome
Home Loan. This has increased the number of
lower priced homes sold, and helps explain why
the median house price fell from $287,500 in
May to $280,000 in June 2011 -- this is the
maximum amount buyers in Hawkes Bay can
borrow under the Welcome Home scheme.
Data from Quotable Value shows that prices
in Napier are currently 2.1% lower than last
year, which is an improvement from 3.5% below
reported last month. Significant changes in
prices are not expected during the coming year.
Broadly speaking the housing market is
looking less negative than in previous quarters.
Another surprisingly optimistic sign reported
last week was a 0.8% rise in NZ's economic activity
for the March 2011 quarter - a very strong result
given the disruption of the Christchurch
earthquakes. If you would like a more detailed
report about the Napier Real Estate Market go to
call Cox Partners Estate
Agents on 835-4321.
Malcolm Cox, 835-4321
Malcolm Cox on Property
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distinctive by design
I think it would be
good if they kept up
some sort of contact
with us. We are
talking about people's
homes here. This
means quite a lot to
-- Flanders Ave resident
Onekawa residents living above an old contami-
nated landfill are still waiting to hear when their
properties are to be tested to ensure they are safe.
The properties, near Onekawa Park, are on
Napier City Council's former landfill.
The landfill was closed in the late 1950s but
tests on the park in 2009 found the cap put on it
was almost non-existent in places and heavy
metals, including lead, exceeded residential
guidelines. One test found lead at a level of 7300
milligrams a kilogram -- nearly 10 times the
guideline for residential properties of 750mg a
kilogram. There are more than 125 properties
above the landfill.
To date it is only the park that has been tested.
When The Dominion
Post made the test
findings public in April,
residents were con-
cerned about health
risks and the effect on
property prices. They
called for further tests.
In May, consultants
Pattle Delamore recom-
mended further tests of
residents' properties to
determine the extent of
the old landfill and the
health risks from con-
taminants still in it.
Consultants suggested tests on about 35 proper-
ties in Menin, Kennedy, Taradale and Maadi
roads, Flanders Ave, Alamein Cres and Henderson
But two months on, tests have not started.
Council chief executive Neil Taylor said he had
spoken to consultants and was waiting for them to
respond with a testing plan.
Pattle Delamore are working on a plan of
where they want to do the testing. The focus is on
Once the plan was completed, residents would
be contacted, he said. Tests would definitely take
place this year''.
Flanders Ave resident Gina Whenuaroa said
residents had not heard from the council for
I think it would be good if they kept up some
sort of contact with us. We are talking about
people's homes here. This means quite a lot to us.
I really think they would have tested by now.
I'm not sure what we're waiting for.'' Fairfax
Rainbow smile: Jessica Bainbridge, Cameron
Henwood and Luke Huxtable enjoy their time at
Rainbow Umbrella Afcare.
Kids play as parents rest
For parents of children with physical
and intellectual disabilities, spend-
ing time with other family members
is very important, especially if
siblings have after-school activities.
The Rainbow Umbrella Charitable
Trust realised there was a gap in the
after-school care of disabled children
and young people, and for the past
two years has run the Rainbow
Umbrella after-school care pro-
gramme in Tamatea.
Children aged between five and 21
attend the programme, along with
some mainstream children and
siblings, and it has become truly a
place they can call their own.
The children choose what they
want to do,'' says programme man-
ager Jeannine Bainbridge.
Whether it's cooking, gardening,
arts and crafts or simply chilling out
in front of a DVD, Afcare is great for
these children, a real social time.
Some of the children have quite high
needs, so it's great to give parents a
For more information, phone
Jeannine on 844 7750.
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