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A 221.4 hectare Patoka property has sold on Friday 2nd November at auction for $1,730,000. The property is located at 824 Huiarangi Road and was more recently utilised for bull finishing and specialised calf rearing. Improvements include a four bedroom dwelling, three stand woolshed and eight aside herringbone milking shed utilised as part of the calf rearing operation. Land comprises a balance of easy through to steeper hill with a number of gullies bisecting the easier areas. The sale equates to an average gross sale price per hectare of $7,814.

November 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Hawkes Bay Rural Property Market Report Spring 2012

Download a detailed synopsis of the current rural property market with trend graphs showing historical property values here.
Key highlights

  • Farm sales in the Hastings and Central Hawke’s Bay Districts have been slow for the 2012 calendar year to date. Earlier signs this spring show a lift in the number of listings.
  • Farm sales in the Gisborne and Wairoa District are back to normal levels after the exceptional year in 2011 driven by the forestry sector.
  • Three sales of dairy properties in 2012.  Reduction in industry confidence after the latest forecast payout downgrade.
  • An increase in the Heretaunga Plains orchard sales after a prolonged period of limited activity and flat market. There now appears to be interest from investor type purchasers committing to long term lease agreements.
  • Cropping market has had modest sales volume with values of premium land holding well and being the most desirable.
  • Two tier viticulture market occurring with two recent Gimblett Gravels sales indicating some market optimism with values outside the Gimblett Gravels generally showing a decrease.
  • Land acquired for carbon farming has all but ceased due to the price of NZU’s reaching an all time low of $2.80 during September. Sales of pre-1990 land continue to be limited. 

October 11, 2012 at 9:16 am

Greg comments in a Hawkes Bay Today Rural Property Market Article

The Hawke’s Bay rural real estate market was one of only two regional markets to experience a fall in volume according to REINZ figures.

REINZ rural market spokesman Brian Peacocke said despite the highest number of farm sales nationally in the three months since August 2008, there was a trend towards declining volumes – a sign the market could be cooling.

The median price per hectare for all farms sold in the three months to April 2012 was $18,61, a 7.2 per cent decrease on the $20,056 recorded for the three months ended March 2012 and up $679 per hectare (+3.8 per cent) on the $17,938 recorded for the three months to April 2011.

The Hawke’s Bay market is “very mixed” says valuer Greg Morice of Morice Ltd.

“There is strength being shown in the pastoral sector but weakness in the horticulture, viticulture, arable and lifestyle sector,” he said.

“The scenario is of low interest rates, high product prices, a favourable summer for growing grass, and the expectation is that the land market should be buoyant. In an odd way it is, but not as reflected in the latest REINZ market report.”

There were 27 farm sales in Hawke’s Bay in the three months to April, compared with 20 for the same time last year. Hawke’s Bay and Otago were the only regions to experience a fall in the number of sales.

Nationally, the total number of sales was 443 compared with 290.

“Currently with sheep and cattle farms it costs approximately the same to purchase and stock a farm now, as it did in the peak of the market in 2007/2008, with the price of stock increasing and the price of land and buildings decreasing. Therefore the borrowing requirements of a new farm purchase are as high as during the peak of the market,” Mr Morice said.

“The drop in the number of transactions is a twofold issue with a lack of good quality property currently for sale, and a preference by farm owners to address their risk exposure to debt. After a series of droughts, and the current recession, many farmers identify they require larger buffers in their systems, so a reduction to exposure of debt is considered important.

“With the regard to land values on the Heretaunga Plains, this is of the most concern for Hawke’s Bay as virtually all industries, with perhaps the exception of the kiwifruit industry, have had, at best, a mediocre year.

“Returns from exports have been hampered by a high dollar and a cool spring and wet summer has delayed maturity and caused some quality problems in most crops grown this year. This has caused the land market on the Heretaunga Plains to virtually stagnate with little demand from prospective purchasers, and a number of prospective vendors not wishing to test the market.

“There has been a trickle of viticulture sales, predominantly out of necessity to sell, and these sale prices are back considerably on vineyard values three-to-four years ago. There has been very little activity in cropping or pipfruit land sales and there is an expectation that if there are a significant number of forced properties placed on the market in the near future, those values will further decline. May to July are the main selling months for orchards, yet this year there have been very few properties coming to the market.”

May 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Hawkes Bay Rural Property Market Report Autumn 2012

Download a detailed analysis of the current rural property market with trend graphs showing historical property values here.

Key highlights

  • Farm sales over 200 ha in the Hastings/Central Hawkes Bay District  significantly increased from just 7 in 2010 to 16 in 2011. 2012 has however been very slow to date.
  • High farm sales volume in Gisborne with 18 in 2011, with land values increasing on average 14.6% from 2010.
  • A static orchard market with just 4 sales in the last 12 months.
  • Cropping sales volume increased in 2011 with a total of 12 transactions compared to 6 in 2009 & 2010. 2 sales have occurred in 2012 to date
  • 9 viticulture sales occurred in 2011 after a slow 2010 which saw just 3 sales. 1 sale has occurred in 2012 to date.
  • Limited if any post 89 forestry sales in 2012

May 30, 2012 at 10:11 am

Dairy Farm Sale Hawkes Bay

A significant dairy farm recently sold located on Snee Road, Takapau.  Comprises 370ha with target production for this season of 370,000MS from 1025 cows.  The sale includes the lease of a further 31ha of which 20ha is utilised as milking platform.  Improvements include 60 bail rotary shed constructed in 2006 with automatic in-shed feeding system, three-bedroom manager’s dwelling, two-bedroom milker’s cottage plus a number of calf sheds, implement sheds, workshop and haybarns.  Land comprises predominantly flat to easy contour with milking platform of near 340ha, balance land being medium to steeper areas.  This sale equates to a land value per hectare of $19,200.  Sale price per MS is assessed at $24.85 based on 350,000MS, being a slight reduction from this year’s target of 370,000MS allowing for the leasehold land.  Sale price per MS excludes shares.  This sale received good levels of interest with multiple tenders received.  The sale price is considered consistent with current land values in this locality.

May 30, 2012 at 10:09 am

Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year 2012

Winning Farm Field Day – Thursday 3 May 2012  9:30am start

Mangatarata Station, 415 Mangatarata Road, Waipukurau.  Travel east out of Waipukurau on Mount Herbert Road for 2km, turn right onto Mangatarata Road.  Rapid no.415 – will be sign posted.

April 30, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Central HB Dairy Farm Sale

A dairy farm located on SH 2 near Norsewood recently sold at auction. This is the first Central Hawkes’ Bay dairy sale which was not of a forced nature since March 2010. A 175ha property with target production for this season of 185,000 Milk solids from 600 cows. The sale includes an option to lease a further 75ha of adjoining land, and share milk contract with 2 years to run.  Improvements include a four bedroom dwelling, 40 aside Herringbone milking shed plus a number of calf, implement and hay sheds. Land comprises predominantly near flat pastures of which 160ha is milked off.  This sale equated to a Land Value per hectare of $21,300 and Sale price per Milk Solid of $25, based on a target production of 185,000MS (excluding shares).  This sale is considered consistent with current land values in this locality and market conditions.

April 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

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