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New Zealand homes turn less affordable than Australia, survey says

By Juwai, 21 January 2013
Bloomberg News

Due to a limited supply of land and various government fees, purchasing New Zealand homes has become less affordable than homes in Australia.

How much does the average home cost around the world? Median home price is expressed in terms relative to median household income:

  • Hong Kong, China: 13.5 times income
  • Vancouver, Canada: 9.5 times income
  • Sydney, Australia: 8.3 times income (vs. 6.5 for Australia overall)
  • Auckland, New Zealand: 6.7 times income

New Zealand has faced a scarcity of land with a new policy that sets aside land for development, as well as an increase in prices for materials, this combination plus the newly implemented New Zealand taxes on property devlopment, prices of property has raise making them even more unaffordable.

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