Hamilton Property Market

7 key points you need to consider if buying or investing in the Hamilton property market

Capital Growth of Hamilton Suburbs

Which Hamilton Suburb's House Price Grew the Fastest?

Gross Yields of Hamilton Suburbs

Which Hamilton Suburb's Have the Highest Yields?

Hamilton City house prices skyrocketed over the last 20 years. What are the reasons for its success? And how will this impact future prices? Here are 7 crucial insights into the Hamilton property market.



1) Setting the Scene – Hamilton City Has Had Enormous House Price Growth

House prices have increased enormously since the turn of the century. The median house price in the average Hamilton suburb increased at 6.14% per year (Jan 2000-Aug 2018). Even the worst performing suburb, Whitiora increased at 5.28% – above the 5% Opes Partners makes its forecasts on.


Hamilton Suburbs That Have Performed the Best in the Hamilton Property Market




2) Waikato House Prices Have Also Increased Significantly

In January 1992, the median house price in the Waikato Region was $100,000. In December 2019, this grew to $577,500. Or about 6.46% per year. While the Hamilton property market is only one part of this, it is a driving force.



3) Waikato’s Iwi Has The 2nd Highest Level of Assets Under Management – And They Are Backing Property


Waikato-Tainui has almost $1.45 billion assets under management, 52% of which are invested in property. Their active management style has brought new long term infrastructure to the region, including the Te Rapa shopping centre, multiple hotels, and the upcoming Ruakura Inland Port.



4) Waikato Expects To Receive The 3rd Highest Population Growth In The Country Over The Next 20 Years


The Waikato’s population is expected to increase from 467,200 to 548,500 between 2018 and 2038. That’s a 17.40% increase, and only lags behind the Auckland and Canterbury regions. This is one core reason the Waikato ranked so highly in our analysis of NZ property markets.


Projected Regional Population Increases and impact on Hamilton Property Market



5) The New Ruakura Inland Port Is Expected to contribute an additional $5 billion to the economy.

It Is Massive. 480 Hectares Massive.
The Ruakura inland port will be a major contributor to Hamilton City’s economy. It will connect to both the Port of Tauranga (NZ’s largest port) and Ports of Auckland by rail. The port is actively pitching to businesses to move operations to Hamilton, which will attract jobs, spending and housing demand.



6) The Major Benefits of the Waikato Expressway Are Still To Come


The Waikato Expressway is expected to be completed in 2021, shaving 35 minutes off the journey from Tirau to Auckland. This will allow more people to live in the Waikato and commute to Auckland. While seven of the 11 sections of the expressway are already completed, two of the four sections under construction will provide some of the largest benefits. This includes a new motorway running down the east of the city, connecting to the new inland port.


Waikato Expressway and Effect on Hamilton Property Market




7) Waikato is the Most Affordable of the Four Major North Island Regions


The median house price in the Waikato is $538,000, $61,000 cheaper than the Bay of Plenty, almost $100,000 cheaper than Wellington, and over $280,000 cheaper than Auckland. This makes investing in the Waikato an affordable option for investors to get into the market.





My Key Takeaway and Recommendation:


In the past, Hamilton’s story has been one of agriculture. Today it’s a story about infrastructure. Hamilton is uniquely positioned to be the hub of the North Island. The inland port will provide businesses access to 2 million New Zealanders, not just in Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty, but Taranaki, Manawatu-Whanganui, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne. No longer just the centre of the rural heartland – we’re seeing Hamilton transform to the beating heart of the North Island. Great news for the long term property market in Hamilton City.


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If you found this article useful, then you might also like our analyses on the other property markets in New Zealand. You can read all about the Auckland property market, the Wellington property market and the Christchurch property market by clicking any of the links mentioned here.