Housing Confidence: Thump

  • The public’s house price expectations have crashed back down to earth, although a small majority still expect prices to rise over the coming 12 months
  • The silver lining is a small bounce in buyer sentiment, but most still reckon it’s a bad time to buy
  • There’s a bow-wave of mortgage rate re-fixing approaching, but households can at least see it coming. A net 81% of respondents expect interest rates to keep rising over the coming 12-months – a 26-year high

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Nick Tuffley

ASB Chief Economist

Since starting out in 1997 as an economist, it's fair to say Nick has seen a few hair-raising moments over the years, including the Asian Financial Crisis and the Global Financial Crisis.

One of Nick's strengths is his ability to communicate complex ideas in a readily understandable and entertaining way.  He thrives on helping people understand the economic environment to help enrich the quality of their business or personal life. He’s proud to lead a team that has won two Forecast Accuracy Awards from Consensus Economics, and has a strong track record with their Official Cash Rate and dairy price forecasts. 

Nick grew up in Christchurch and graduated with a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Canterbury.  He learned his economic ropes at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand before a long stint as a Senior Economist at Westpac, and joined ASB as Chief Economist in 2007.

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