Farm sales dip a little but prices down by a third
From a high of $4,650,000 in August 2008 the threemonth median price for dairying properties is down by a third to $3,100,000 in the latest REINZ Rural Market Report statistics.
Only 17 dairy farms were sold in the three months to August, one fewer than in the same period last year and significantly below the 67 transactions in the three months to August 2008.
Just three dairy farms sold in August at an average price of $2,543,333 and the average price per hectare decreased to $31,598 from $36,435 in July.
The average price per kilogram of milk solids has fallen further to $33 from $37 in July, $40 in June and $45 in May.
From a peak of $90,125 in August 2009, the average price per hectare of all types of farms has fallen to $29,739.
The 192 farms sold in the three months to the end of August is an increase on the 183 in the same period last year but fewer than the 516 transactions in the three months to August 2008.
The national median farm sale price eased from $ 1,118,500 for the three months to July to $ 1,127,754 for the three months to August 2010.
Well down on the median of $ 1,742,500 for the equivalent period in 2008, the latest August figure is fractionally above the median for all farms of $ 1,000,000 for the same three months in 2009.
However, with the low number of sales occurring, price fluctuations, both upwards and downwards, can be impacted by the range of prices of the mix of properties being sold.
On a regional basis the largest number of farm sales during the three months to August was 31 in Canterbury, 24 of them grazing properties and 27 in Southland, 11 of them grazing properties.
During the past year median prices for farms have declined in eight out of the 14 districts.
In the three months to August 2010 compared with the corresponding period in 2009, farm sale prices were down in Waikato from $ 1,663,655 to $ 1,187,500 and in Bay of Plenty from $1,000,000 to $920,000.
There was another decrease in the number of sales of lifestyle properties from 1088 at the end of July to 1066 in the three months to t he end of August and t he national median selling price eased from $447,500 at the end of July to $ 436,750 l ast month.
While the August 2010 median is stil l up on $430,000 for the same three month period in 2009 it is below t he August 2008 median of $450,000.