The latest BNZ and Real Estate Institute residential market survey found 9 per cent of house sales were to people offshore.
Of those offshore buyers, 18 per cent were from Britain, 15 per cent from China and 14 per cent from Australia.
Will we hear the parties of the left going on about banning Brits from buying property in New Zealand?
BNZ’s chief economist Tony Alexander said real estate agents reported that at least 69 per cent of British buyers planned to move to New Zealand, while 37 per cent of Chinese buyers and 51 per cent of Australian buyers intended to.
“Taken all up that means at most 5.6 per cent (but perhaps as low as 4 per cent) of all dwelling sales are to people offshore not planning to shift to New Zealand.”
So between 94% and 96% of sales are to people residing in NZ or intending to reside here. How disgraceful that some politicians have tried to blame house prices on the 4%.
“The sprawling anecdotes regarding Auckland properties being snapped up by Chinese buyers are not supported by the evidence,” Alexander said.
While most overseas buyers in Auckland came from China (19 per cent – compared with 18 per cent from Britain), sales of property in our biggest city to Chinese buyers comprised just 2.1 per cent of total sales there.
And just 1.2 per cent of house sales in Auckland were to Chinese buyers not intending to move here.
1.2%. Remember that number the next time the xenophobes try to blame them.