Not the fault of Chinese buyers

March 15th, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

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 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 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.

 

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27 Responses to “Not the fault of Chinese buyers”

  1. big bruv (13,452 comments) says:

    I wonder how these xenophobes would feel if they watched their own house soar past the expected price at auction only to find out that the couple who paid $83,000 more than they had dared dream their house was worth were Asian?

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  2. KiwiGreg (3,211 comments) says:

    The REINZ collects racial data?

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  3. Archer (183 comments) says:

    I’m wondering what percentage of house sales are from foreigners selling. If it’s in that 4-5.6% band you’ve identified DPF then it could be there is even no net increase in foreign ownership at all. If it’s higher then foreigners could be having downward pressure on house prices.

    Also relevant to this is how many new houses are built each year. If new houses make up more than 5.6% of house sales then new house supply would outstrip demand from foreign owners.

    Both of these aspects only go to reducing the impact of foreign investors, so 4-5.6% is effectively worst case scenario.

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  4. In Vino Veritas (138 comments) says:

    The whole “unaffordable housing” thing is becoming a bit tiresome. The sooks that you see reported in the paper all can’t seem to buy their three bed home with a big section for kids to come in the suburb they want. No shit Sherlock! Remuera, Epsom, Parnell, Ponsonby, even Mt Eden, Grey Lynn are out of their reach because (a) they don’t want to take on big debt and (b) they want to retain their lifestyles. Oh, thats right, they want to have their cake and eat it as well. Something for nothing as always. And its always someone elses fault, could never be theirs.

    If its not the Chinese, its the baby boomers. Look inwards you sooks, bite the bullet and get on with it, just like everyone since time immemorial has done, and stop whining like babies.

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  5. Lance (2,537 comments) says:

    God forbid they might have to look for a place in….. shock horror…. West Auckland!!!!

    Oh the humanity

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  6. Yoza (1,652 comments) says:

    “1.2%. Remember that number the next time the xenophobes try to blame them.”

    Stupid Xenovians should go back to Xenovia! I wonder how many of those Xenovians bother learning Te Reo before turning up here with their funny costumes, pagan gods and weird eating habits.

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  7. Monique Watson (1,062 comments) says:

    Another interesting read, this tome on CGT from Olly Newland:

    http://www.interest.co.nz/property/63578/opinion-olly-newland-says-any-form-tax-imposed-feeds-prices-and-reminds-regulators-re

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  8. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    David
    Calling people xenophobes in this day and age? I guess just too much time spent in Wellington. Calling people names and blanket labeling them when they attempt to have a legitimate discussion is classic socialism straight out of the 1930s. I thought you were a Nat ?

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  9. PTM (44 comments) says:

    Joanna
    Might be a good thing to look back at the evidence coming from the left + Winston that has resulted in the xenophobia retort. I have looked through the thesaurus and other tomes and can’t find a better description for this behaviour.
    Perhaps you can help me find a more appropriate descriptive word?

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  10. Redbaiter (7,845 comments) says:

    “Perhaps you can help me find a more appropriate descritive word?”

    For what exactly?

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  11. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    PTM
    Socialists use words as weapons. Can you please explain to me why certain topics must not be discussed.? Why certain opinions must not be expressed?

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  12. dave_c_ (216 comments) says:

    My goodness how statistics can be abused
    Indeed, it may be the 94-95% pecent of people who currently live in NZ or intend to live here, but those who may have migrated here in their hoards in the last 5 years ( and may not have actaully bought a house yet) who are buying up now ! In my view a good percentage of total buyups may well be attributed to these “Later arrivals” – without them, there may well be no shortage

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  13. PTM (44 comments) says:

    For the attribution of blame for the issues within the Auckland housing market specifically to the Asian community (home and abroad) without reference to reliable supporting evidence.

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  14. PTM (44 comments) says:

    Joanna
    We all use words as weapons.You seem to be ok at the dark art of words. They are slightly less damaging than swords and guns.
    As for the interpretation of my comments that I am suggesting that certain topics should not be discussed or expressed – not my intention.
    Express and discuss away – or not, as you desire

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  15. Redbaiter (7,845 comments) says:

    “For the attribution of blame for the issues within the Auckland housing market specifically to the Asian community (home and abroad) without reference to reliable supporting evidence.”

    So what criteria have you used to decide that “xenophobes” is “appropriate”.

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  16. dc (173 comments) says:

    It’s not a very good survey, based as it is on the voluntary responses of REINZ email list members:

    The BNZ-REINZ Market Survey is run (usually) on the first Tuesday of the month after the first Thursday. In the email sent to REINZ member email addresses respondents are asked to click on a URL which takes them to a survey site. Respondents are asked if they feel various measures of real estate market activity are increasing or decreasing and to identify various factors in play influencing buyer and vendor behaviour

    Basically it’s on the level of a Stuff poll, only with lower participation. Anyway if you’re a non-resident buyer, what are you going to say when asked if you’re planning to move to NZ? “Yes”, of course.

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  17. Redbaiter (7,845 comments) says:

    That long time residents of a country who become alarmed at a growing influx of foreigners who do not share their cultural values are described as suffering from a mental illness (and this description is considered “appropriate”) is a stark demonstration of just how damaging political correctness is to the concept of freedom of expression.

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  18. PTM (44 comments) says:

    Just the unbalanced focus on the Asian influence on housing availability and pricing, both in the way these housing issues are reported via the MSM and in the house. As identified by Tony Alexander.

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  19. Psycho Milt (2,337 comments) says:

    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%.

    Lies, damned lies and statistics. Shouldn’t you, of all people, be able to interpret high-grade bullshit like Tony Alexander’s? I realise the man is an expensive propagandist for an organisation that profits from increasing prices and is therefore very good at his job, but surely someone who does what you do for a living should be able to spot the scam.

    In this case, Tony provides us with a figure that’s a national average. He does that because it will be usefully low – after all, foreign investors aren’t rushing to snap up investment properties in Palmerston North, Wainuiomata or Invercargill. Having achieved a nice low figure, he can lower it even further by factoring in meaningless bullshit about whether the purchasers are planning to live here or not. Et voila, a paltry 4% of purchases to foreign investors!

    However, what people are actually interested in is what foreign purchasers are doing to Auckland house prices. There, the figure is above 10%, and anyone who thinks that has no effect on prices has shit for brains.

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  20. labrator (1,814 comments) says:

    The latest BNZ and Real Estate Institute residential market survey found 9 per cent of house sales were to people offshore.

    Without knowing the methodologies of the survey it’s pretty hard to take anything from it. If your aim was to show that a low percentage of foreigners/recent-immigrants were purchasing NZ property a great way to do this would be to send them a survey in a language they are not fluent in.

    You could also look to Realestate.co.nz who say that 1/4 of their traffic is from overseas and last year’s partnership to have their listings in Chinese to cast doubts on the survey.

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  21. In Vino Veritas (138 comments) says:

    @Psycho Milt – and here we go Milt. On one hand, we have Tony Alexander, a respected economist who has statistics and figures at his disposal that are fact. On the other hand we have you Milt. You with your just saying stuff and trying to pass it off as fact. “Auckland house prices. There, the figure is above 10%”. Of course it is Milt, because you say it is. Sort of like your leader, Shearer said there was a video of Key speaking to the Government Security people, sort of like your leader saying he can build affordable housing in Auckland.

    “1.2% of sales in Auckland are to Chinese people not intending to live here.” I think that spells it out for you Milt. Game set and match to Alexander. Who is spouting propaganda here?

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  22. Nick K (1,101 comments) says:

    And once again in this country we have silly people (Red Russell) demanding that certain things be banned because it’s “unaffordable” for Keewees.

    The obvious answer is to make people wealthier so we can compete with these “bloody Asians”. By demanding bans on foreign purchases, Red Russell is accepting we cannot compete. Well, under his economic “stewardship” we wouldn’t be able to. He wants purchasing power to reduce, and to make things more expensive through printing money. Then he wants bans on foreigners owning things that will be unaffordable under his “plan”.

    The guy is a complete moron.

    Where is the plan to make us wealthier? That’s what we need.

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  23. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    PTM
    Thanks for the compliment but I have to disagree with you. The pen is always mightier than the sword. Perhaps I am showing my age. Calling people names and labeling groups of people is school yard stuff. It is lazy and has no place in a proper debate. I have very little experience at debating..Many older people are highly skilled at debating because it was encouraged in their schools and they entered regular competitions. It is a fine art in itself.
    One concept I have learned on here is straight off the paddock , ”Play the ball not the man.” Labeling groups of people is playing the team not the ball. As I said , it is lazy, casual and convenient. No prize winning cups for people who do this.

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  24. Psycho Milt (2,337 comments) says:

    “Auckland house prices. There, the figure is above 10%”. Of course it is Milt, because you say it is.

    Er, no, it’s Stuff that says it. From the linked article:

    “In Auckland 11 per cent of sales were to overseas buyers…”

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  25. wreck1080 (3,784 comments) says:

    So, where do the buyers in the sub 100k budget look now ? They were certainly not looking at remuera .

    Also, dpf name calling a bit here. There have been quite a few articles in the newspapers where property experts have cited Asians as a reason for price increases.

    Although, I’d like to know where the obtain this information as I heard one commentator say that this information is not collected. I don’t recall declaring my citizenship last time I bought a house.

    It bugs me when people make false arguments that everyone is trying to buy in remuera.

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  26. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    Its anti slant eyed racsism ….typical from the low browed lefty bottom feeders. If they were white then its alright…

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  27. Redbaiter (7,845 comments) says:

    “….typical from the low browed lefty bottom feeders.”

    No, the one acting like a typical totalitarian leftist is you, with your need to demonise and or delegitimise anyone who challenges your pathetic progressive political/ social perspectives. Straight from the Joe Stalin handbook on suppression of dissent.

    There are rational arguments against European culture being used as a doormat by every other culture.

    If you don’t want to hear them, then its better to just put your fingers in your ears rather than smear those articulating those ideas.

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