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Home ownership by households

Trend of lower home ownership continues

The data on home ownership by households shows that 64.8 percent of households owned their home or held it in a family trust in 2013, down from 66.9 percent in 2006. This includes households who made mortgage payments and households who did not.

The percentage of households who owned their home, excluding those whose home was in a family trust, was 49.9 percent in 2013, down from 54.5 percent in 2006.

Of those households who owned their home and specified whether they made mortgage payments, 56.4 percent (398,373 households) made mortgage payments in 2013. This was very similar to 2006 (56.5 percent or 405,267 households).

The percentage of households who reported that their dwelling was in a family trust increased, at 14.8 percent (215,280 households) in 2013, compared with 12.3 percent (167,922 households) in 2006.

Graph, Home ownership by households, 2006 and 2013 Censuses.

Home ownership highest in Tasman region

The region with the highest level of home ownership was Tasman. In 2013, 75.0 percent of households in this region owned their home or held it in a family trust, which was a small decrease from 75.8 percent in 2006.

The region with the lowest level of home ownership was Gisborne. In 2013, 59.2 percent of households in this region owned their home or held it in a family trust, down from 61.8 percent in 2006.

Graph, Households who owned their home or had it in a family trust, by regional council area, 2006 and 2013 Censuses.

Of the territorial authority areas (cities and districts), the percentage of households who owned their home or held it in a family trust was highest in the Waimakariri district (80.3 percent) and lowest in the Ruapehu district (55.0 percent).

Between 2006 and 2013, home ownership dropped in all regions, and for most cities and districts. The district with the largest decrease in the percentage of households who owned their home or held it in a family trust was Ashburton, at 66.7 percent in 2013, down from 71.9 percent in 2006.

Of the Auckland local board areas, the percentage of households who owned their home or held it in a family trust was highest in the Hibiscus and Bays area, at 74.1 percent, and lowest in Waitemata, at 39.1 percent.

Over 1 in 3 households do not own their home

In 2013, 35.2 percent of households did not own their home, up from 33.1 percent in 2006. Most of these households were renting (453,135 households). There were 53,889 households living rent-free, and a small number of households who did not indicate whether they were paying rent.

The regions with the highest percentages of households who did not own their home were:

  • Gisborne – 40.8 percent
  • Auckland – 38.5 percent.
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