Research by Valocity shows the housing market was more restrained in the lead up to the last election but bounced back immediately afterwards

There’s year’s general election could have a dampening effect on the housing market with many people likely to adopt a wait and see approach and delay making sale or purchase decisions until the election is over.

Property valuation and market analysis company Valocity has analysed property sales trends around the 2014 general election and compared them with trends in 2013 and 2014 to see if the last election had a noticeable impact on the market.

It found sales volumes nationwide were down an average 8% per month between the time when the date of the election was announced in March 2014 and it taking place in September that year, when compared to the same periods of 2013 and 2015.

The effect was even more pronounced in Auckland, with monthly sales down and average of 23% between the date when the election was announced and it being held (see graph below).

Valocity Valuation Manager James Wilson said the drop in sales was clearly uncharacteristic when compared to sales patterns from the previous and following years and was likely caused by the market adopting a wait and see approach.

“It’s common for many local market participants to put purchase decisions on hold given there is a degree of uncertainty in the market due to the range of economic policies on offer during an election year.

“International investors will also adopt the same cautious approach, given their primary concern is market stability,” he said.

However the figures also showed that there was a sharp uplift in sales once the election was over and the outcome was known, and the upturn continued into the following year.

That suggested that a stable government had a direct bearing on market confidence, Wilson said.

However Valocity also noted that other factors such as the introduction of loan-to-valuation ratio restrictions in 2013 and increased demand side pressures could also have affected the market prior to and immediately after the last election.

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