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14 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Monday, January 28, 2013 www.times.co.nz 120055 You can be in to win any of these fabulous prizes plus loads more, simply by going to www.garden-nz.co.nz and clicking on the com- petitions link to enter. ■ Win! A copy ofFindItEatIt– Sometimes the ﬁn- est edibles grow beyond the garden gate and, thanks to this book, food grown by the care- ful hand of Mother Nature alone can be focal to a forag- ing feast! In Find it Eat it, author and housetruck travel- ler, Michael Daly, shows how wild-growing plants can be crafted into sumptuous recipes. Garden-NZ has a copy of this book to give away to one lucky reader. ■ Win! Complimentary registration – Monarch Butterﬂy NZ Trust Conference – Held at Unitec in Mount Albert, Auckland, the Monarch Butterﬂy NZ Trust Conference 2013 promises to offer gardeners practical ideas to assist with butterﬂy garden design and habitat plant- ing for New Zealand’s butterﬂies and moths. Registration is now open and available for $140 per person (until February 28). Garden-NZ has complimentary registration to give away to one lucky reader. ■ Win! A box of Crabbie’s Ginger Beer – Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer is a spicy, refreshing drink made using a traditional process and the same exotic recipe ﬁrst crafted by John Crabbie & Co in Edinburgh, back in 1801. Dubbed the ‘new cider’ it’s the perfect refresher for both nostalgic drinkers who remember the traditional ginger beer of yes- teryear and the curious younger set looking for the next big thing. Garden-NZ has a gift pack of 12 bottles of Crabbie’s to give away to one lucky reader! BEINTOWIN garden-nz.co.nz House listings at A TIGHT supply and demand position in the residential housing market is continuing to be reﬂected in the lower time it is taking to sell properties. The median days to sell ﬁgure for Eastern Beaches dropped to 29 days in December compared with a peak of 39 days in 2004, according to Real Estate Institute of New Zealand ﬁgures. Overall, the Auckland region remains the strongest housing market in the country, says Helen O’Sullivan, REINZ chief executive. The Eastern Beaches dwelling median price is up 10 per cent in December to $620,000 compared with $565,000 the same time last year, and numbers of dwellings sold were up eight per cent to 180 from 167 in December 2011. One of the deﬁning features of 2012 was the low number of properties on the market, says Jonno Ingerson, QV research director. “Many willing buyers found it hard to ﬁnd suitable properties and this to some extent constrained sales volumes. As has been the case for the past several years, quality properties in desirable areas tended to sell quickly for good prices, while properties with perceived ﬂaws either sat on the market or needed to be discounted.” The 2013 year has begun, he says, with supply still constrained because of a low number of new listings. In Auckland people are in a vicious cycle where they won’t put their properties on the market until they ﬁnd a new house, but they can’t ﬁnd a new house as there are few on the market. “With supply low and strong competition for quality properties, many would-be buyers are missing out so their houses are not yet on the market. This dynamic would need to change in order for the number of sales to pick up.” With Auckland likely to get more internal and external migration than other parts of the country, the demand for housing is not likely to ease in the short-term. Peter Thompson, Barfoot & Thompson’s managing director says the company’s December’s listings, at 697, were “exceptionally modest” and the lowest recorded in a month for a decade. “It was also the ﬁrst time in the past decade when we listed fewer homes in a month (697) than the number of houses sold (920)”. At the end of December, he says, the company had only 3410 properties on its books, the lowest number since records had been kept and 10.6 per cent lower than at the end of November. Our Homes TODAY Eastern Beaches Dwelling median price 2003 $410,000 2009 $574,350 2011 $565,000 2012 $620,000 Percentage change 2011 to 2012 +10% Dwelling numbers sold 2003 242 2008 120 2011 167 2012 180 Percentage change 2011 to 2012 +8% Median days to sell 2003 24 2004 39 2011 30 2012 29 Percentage change 2011 to 2012 -3% Auckland Region Dwelling median price 2003 $325,000 2011 $484,375 2012 $535,000 Percentage change 2011 to 2012 +10% Regional housing market THE past 10 years’ Auckland regional housing market at a glance, as at December’s ﬁgures.
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