The economy is turning blue as it holds its breath waiting for the election result

Election uncertainty continues to weigh on the property market with spring sales weaker than previous years.

The latest report from property market analysts CoreLogic said buyers were probably waiting for more certainty over housing policies following the election.

Head of research Nick Goodall said growth in property prices was the lowest it had been in five years, at just under 5 percent.

In Auckland, it was just under 3 percent.

Annual rent growth also dipped last month after a strong increase the previous month.

Mr Goodall said net migration slowed slightly over August, which had some influence, but the market was still under pressure from an increasing population.

Reports that farm sales have just about come to a complete stop have also come in.  Nobody wants to take on a new farm to have Labour come in and take the business straight to bankruptcy.

The retail sector is also noticing a slow-down on the big ticket items.

If National wins, everyone will breathe out again.  If Labour wins… there may be some keeling over… and it will be just the start.

Inflation, lower investment, unemployment will go up…   it will snowball, and not in a fun way.



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