The current Property Dashboard has proved to be of great value to buyers, sellers and agents alike as over the past 15 months it has grown to be one of the most accessed (and thereby hopefully valuable) parts of this site.
However I have felt that whilst its simplicity of design has been appealing, its measure of the market based purely on inventory was somewhat limiting. To really get a sense of "what's happening in the property market?" needs a view into two other key metrics to add to the available inventory of properties on the market. These are the pace of the market and the trend in prices.
I have therefore undertaken an upgrade to the Property Dashboard and extended it from a single gauge to 3 gauges.
I have in addition to adding these two new gauges for 'pace of the market' and 'price' adopted a consistent approach to the colour segments so a to ensure that each colour represents a consistent state of the market seen across the three measures of the market as detailed below:
I have at the same time undertaken more analysis of the 5 years of data from Realestate.co.nz from their monthly NZ Property Report and the REINZ data for the same 5 year period to ensure the segments of each gauge reflecting the Stable Market / Declining Market / Heated Market are reflective of the current state of the market.
An important differentiation of the new Property Dashboard is that the core data-set for price trend and pace of sales uses 12 months moving averages. By use of this measure, the dashboard will not present erratic swings month-by-month but will reflect a trend that can be seen month-on-month providing a better evaluation of the current state as well as the emerging trend of each market across the country.
The new Property Dashboard is published for each of the 16 regions of the country for where consistent data is available from REINZ and Realestate.co.nz. Unfortunately due to changes made to the monthly reporting by REINZ, regional data for dashboards of the Coromandel region, the Wairarapa and the Central North Island regions are no longer available.
The Property Dashboard will be updated monthly upon the release of the relevant data from REINZ and Realestate.co.nz which is likely to be around the middle of the month.