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New Zealand: Apartment buildings with remediation and seismic strength issues didn't deter investors who were prepared to take a punt at the latest apartment auctions.

25/09/2019 17:03:11

Residential property auctions are continuing to slowly build in Auckland as the market heads towards March, which is usually the busiest month of the year for property sales.

Early indications are that the number of properties going to auction could be a bit down on last year although the sales rate appears to be about the same. In the week from February 3 to February 9 Auckland's largest agency, Barfoot & Thompson, marketed 60 properties for auction and achieved sales on 19 of them, giving a 32% clearance rate.

The rest were mostly passed in for sale by negotiation, while a few had their auctions cancelled or postponed.

And there was some interesting bidding at the latest Auckland apartment auctions.

At the City Sales auction on February 13, three apartments were offered, two of which were facing remediation issues and the third was an apartment in a new development that's yet to be finished.

First up was a two bedroom unit in the City Gardens building on Albert Street, which is facing remediation work, which was followed by a three bedroom unit in the Imperial Gardens complex on Hobson St, which also has remediation issues.

Buildings that have remediation issues can be a minefield for inexperienced players, but there can be surprisingly good interest in them from experienced investors prepared to take a punt that the value of the building once remediation is completed will be more than they were willing to pay plus the costs of the repairs.

It's not usually such a happy story for the vendors though.

Both of these units attracted multiple bids with the City Gardens apartment selling under the hammer for $282,000.

According to it had been purchased for $230,000 in 2006 and had a current (2017) rating valuation of $330,000.