Lismore first home buyers feel optimistic: HTW Residential

Lismore first home buyers feel optimistic: HTW Residential
Lismore first home buyers feel optimistic: HTW Residential

Many first home buyers feel a sense of optimism about commencing their journey into the property market, according to the latest Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report. 

The report notes that obtaining real value for money, affordability (repayments) and wariness of making a mistake are their key concerns.

Many first home buyers can be categorised into two groups:

1. Those who are over the rental roller coaster and the high costs of renting even a modest property in their preferred location

2. Those who want the perceived stability of owning their own home and are intent on building a nest for their existing or imminent family.

"Within the Lismore locality, the affordable end of the market that provides an entry into the property market for let’s say less than $350,000 offers a wider range of choice not available in the beach side or coastal areas," the valuation firm said. 

A three bedroom home at 103 Nielson Street, East Lismore (pictured above) sold for $335,000 earlier this year.

The property is flood free according to Lismore City Council records, is within 50 metres of sporting fields, three kilometres by road from the Lismore CBD and within one kilometre of the Southern Cross University.

Built in the 1950s and recently internally renovated, this three-bedroom, one-bathroom dwelling is set on a 506 square metre, near-level lot with a single garage and room for a shed at the rear or a carport in front of the single garage.

Lismore first home buyers feel optimistic: HTW Residential

3/25 Cambridge Drive, Goonellabah (pictured above) sold for $320,000 in April this year.

The property is flood free according to Lismore City Council records, backs on to a bushland reserve and is within one kilometre of schools, parks and Goonellabah shopping centre and aquatic centre.

Built in 1994 and recently internally renovated, this three-bedroom, one-bathroom unit has a single garage and has been well maintained.

A paved outdoor area at the rear overlooks bushland. There is scope to further improve this unit and add value by adding a rear pergola and updating the kitchen to suit.

Upgrader home buyers

"Upgraders feel the need to expand their living to cater for growing families, create more comfort and move on up the property ladder.

"Within the Lismore locality, upgraders from the entry level end of the property market with a budget between $350,000 and $600,000 have a wide range of choice that again is not available in the beach side or coastal areas," the valuation firm noted. 

Lismore first home buyers feel optimistic: HTW Residential

A renovated three bedroom home at 45 Barham Street, East Lismore (pictured above) sold for $450,000 in May this year.

The property is well elevated with district views and is within 2.5 kilometres of schools, Lismore golf course, sporting parks and Lismore Square shopping centre.

Built in 1985, it’s a two storey, three-bedroom, one-bathroom, renovated, detached modern dwelling with a two-car detached garage and two-car attached carport.

The dwelling has room to remodel the lower level rumpus room into more bedrooms or a home theatre room.

Rendering the external brick skin, expanding the rear pergola to a large deck and adding an infinity edge pool could take this property to the next level and add significant value, but watch the budget!

Prestige-end buyers

"Prestige property in the Lismore area is to be taken in context. This is property that offers features, dwelling size or views that are not available to the upgrade market or first home buyer price levels.

"Whether it be from a win, windfall or just plain hard work, people in this market expect that their property is a cut above the rest and they deserve to be there," the valuation firm said. 

At a price point above $600,000, local prestige property is available but sells less frequently and sometimes the best properties sell by word of mouth or by an unsolicited approach.

Lismore first home buyers feel optimistic: HTW Residential

A 2004-built home at 11 Sophie Street, Goonellabah (pictured above) sold for $618,000 in May this year.

The property is well elevated in a modern estate with local views and is within three kilometres of schools, sporting parks and Goonellabah shopping centre.

Built in 2004, this two storey, four-bedroom, two- bathroom, detached two-level modern dwelling has 213 square metres of living area, large rear deck, a double lock up garage, extensive landscaping and a below ground pool all on a 788 square metre allotment.

Features include:

  • Stone bench tops and gas cooking
  • Raised ceilings in the lounge
  • Air conditioning
  • Polished hardwood timber flooring in the living areas

Additional storage area under the dwelling could be used to further expand the living area, but all that really needs doing to this property is just to keep it well maintained and tidy.

Lismore first home buyers feel optimistic: HTW Residential

A four bedroom home at 4 Quail Place, Richmond Hill (pictured above) sold for $840,000 in April this year.

The property is well elevated with good rural and distant hinterland views, and is within a ten minute drive of schools and Goonellabah shopping centre.

Built in the 1980s and renovated in 2012, this part two level, four-bedroom, three-bathroom, detached semi-modern dwelling has 278 square metres of living, outdoor areas of 94 square metres and is on a 1.54 hectare allotment.

The property has room to be improved with a shed, pool, stable or tennis court.

 

 

 

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