For Casino/Kyogle local buyers, price point is most important: HTW residential

For Casino/Kyogle local buyers, price point is most important: HTW residential
For Casino/Kyogle local buyers, price point is most important: HTW residential

For the rural service towns of Casino (Richmond Valley Council area) and Kyogle (Kyogle Shire Council), the primary concern of most local buyers is the price point rather than location, location, location, according to the latest Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report. 

"Sure, there are well renovated older style or modern properties with all the bells and whistles within close proximity of the town centre, however the reality is that within both Casino and Kyogle, the radius from the town centre to the fringe of the Urban Development is well under three kilometres, so most town services available within a small country town are generally nearby," the HTW report said. 

"First home buyers, those looking to dip their toe into the property market, are really price conscious, particularly if they have a limited budget and are at the mercy of tighter lender criteria (hmmmm, but that might be changing in the near future methinks...)."

Fortunately, both Casino and Kyogle are, in comparison to other rural towns and villages of the Far North Coast or Northern Rivers region, are somewhat more affordable with opportunities still available within the sub $250,000 price bracket.

"Yes, they need a bit of work, but provide an opportunity for the industrious first home buyer to put their stamp on the renovation project," the valuation firm added. 

"The majority of properties within Casino and Kyogle linger within the $250,000 to $400,000 price range and are dotted throughout the townships, with the price point primarily affected by condition, presentation, degree of or lack of renovation and functionality (such as number of bedrooms, bathrooms and car accommodation).

"Properties in the upper market category can be generally found in the well-established estates which, interestingly, are further away from the town centre."

For Casino, this would include Gays Hill being approximately four kilometres south-west of Casino CBD.

"Here we find a mixture of recent, modern residential development and well established residential houses from the later 1980s to early 1990s with one feature in common... a larger than average size residential allotment (1,100 square metres).

"It’s a popular spot for up-graders, where sale prices have breached the $500,000 mark in recent years," the valuation firm said. 

The same can be said for the Mayfield Estate (approximately two kilometres north-east by road from Kyogle CBD) and the Geneva (a slightly further 2.5 kilometres west of Kyogle CBD) where some well-heeled properties have quietly punched through the $400,000 price bracket in a relatively tightly held area.

Most of these properties are generally well modernised or new build development with added features of pools, tidy landscaping or having the benefit of views.

There are a handful of residential properties close to town centres that have all the features and generally, for Casino and Kyogle, have been subject to extensive renovation work and include a pool, three-plus bedrooms and have a heritage character element.

"In summary, for rural towns such as Casino and Kyogle, the radius from the town centre is relatively small, so the key factor that tends to dictate all other things is the almighty dollar, so if you are looking to sell, pitch your promotion on a primary price point that persuades the particular people to ponder!" 

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