The average Auckland house price held firm in January, breaking from the traditional dip at the start of a new year, lifted by more sales of higher value properties, according to realtor Barfoot & Thompson.

The average sale price in January of $913,938 edged up slightly from $913,709 in Decemberr, and was 13 per cent ahead of January last year, Barfoot said. The median price of $846,500 advanced 0.8 per cent from December and was 11 per cent higher than January last year. The Auckland…