The insights shared in this blog post are drawn from Trade Me’s July 2023 Rental Price Index report. According to Trade Me, the New Zealand rental market experienced a cooling trend in July, characterized by stagnant rents, reduced demand, and declining supply. The national median weekly rent held steady at $620 for the second consecutive month, as reported by Trade Me’s Director of Property Sales, Gavin Lloyd.
Within the context of the national rental market trends, the Wellington region stands out as a hub of urban living and consistent rent patterns. Despite the overall stability in rents, seasonal factors and regional variations have influenced the dynamics of the Wellington rental market.
Trade Me’s report highlights that the winter months often lead to a slower pace in the rental market, attributed to colder weather and less favorable moving conditions. This trend has been particularly pronounced this winter, with fewer rentals listed and lower levels of tenant enquiries in comparison to the previous month.
In line with broader trends in urban living, Wellington’s city center properties, including apartments, townhouses, and units, continue to drive demand. Apartments and units in Auckland city, as well as townhouses in Christchurch, have experienced record-high rental prices. This shift toward central living is speculated to be a response to post-pandemic preferences for proximity to city centers.
However, Wellington’s rental market is not immune to regional variations. While Canterbury experienced an increase in listings and enquiries alongside stable prices, regions impacted by weather events, such as Cyclone Gabrielle, have seen declines in both supply and demand.
Notably, Trade Me’s report also highlights popular rental listings in the Wellington region, such as a two-bedroom Pipitea home priced at $600 per week. This property generated significant interest, with 3,500 views and 128 enquiries within its first week on the market.
It’s crucial to acknowledge that the information and insights presented in this blog post are derived from Trade Me’s July 2023 Rental Price Index report. As the property market landscape can evolve, staying informed about the latest reports and trends is essential for both tenants and landlords to make well-informed decisions within the dynamic rental market.