Marlborough Region Quarterly economic monitor - March 2020

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Highlights for Marlborough Region

  • House sales in Marlborough Region in the year to March 2020 decreased by 1.2% compared with the previous year. Growth underperformed relative to New Zealand, where sales increased by 2.0%.
  • A total of 1,019 houses were sold in Marlborough Region in the 12 months ended March 2020. This compares with the ten year average of 961.

National overview

House sales across New Zealand fell by 12% in the year to March 2020. Sales picked up through the latter half of 2019 in response to cuts in interest rates, however this growth was unpicked by a soft month of March as the Level 4 lockdown began to bite.

We expect house sales to drop over the coming year, with limited numbers of buyers in the market due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the forecast declines in house prices might entice some buyers into the market in the second half of 2021.