Threat of estate housing oversupply around Toowoomba: HTW

Threat of estate housing oversupply around Toowoomba: HTW
Threat of estate housing oversupply around Toowoomba: HTW

In Toowoomba, 2016 saw a slowing level of sales activity and some value stabilisation following the boom period from 2014 into mid 2015, according to a recent update from HTW.

The valuation firm says 2017 looms as an interesting year for the market.

It is currently a hub for major infrastructure projects including the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing road construction, potential expansion of stage two of the Acland Coal Project and the imminent completion of QIC’s Grand Central Shopping Centre extension.

In terms of the residential housing market, HTW expects that values may remain relatively stable throughout 2017 despite these projects.

“The rental market is in a balanced situation with vacancy rates of around 3% keeping investors interested in the region, albeit at a lower level than in 2013 to 2015,” HTW says.

Key development areas include the suburbs of Glenvale, Cotswold Hills, Torrington, Kleinton, Highfields and Westbrook with a mix of owner occupier and investor orientated estates under development or planned.

“Smaller lots than the traditional 600 square metre to 1,000 square metre parcels are being developed with limited sales evidence to date available to provide an indication of market acceptance for these smaller lots,” the report says.

“There is a concentration of small lots, units and duplex buildings in Glenvale which could result in an oversupply of product in the short to medium term.”

Further west of Toowoomba, the towns of Chinchilla, Miles and Roma which all went through a significant growth phase during the coal seam gas infrastructure boom between 2011 and 2014 have suffered from the withdrawal of workers.

“The flow on effect has resulted in the oversupply of units, duplexes and four-bedroom houses and limited associated rental demand," HTW says.

“Increased mortgagee in possession sales activity has been noted with value regressions in excess of 50% over the past three to four years in some instances.

“On a positive note, values in these towns are returning to more sustainable levels that are reflective of their rural based economies.”

A three bedroom house at 10 Raff Street, North Toowoomba (above) has been listed for over $319,000.

Similarly a three bedroom unit at 2/19 Abbey Street, Toowoomba City (below) has been listed for $319,000.

Threat of estate housing oversupply around Toowoomba: HTW

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