Gladstone residential market has been tracking upwards: HTW

Gladstone residential market has been tracking upwards: HTW
Gladstone residential market has been tracking upwards: HTW

The turbulent Gladstone residential market has been tracking upwards, according to the June report from valuation firm Herron Todd White.

At the beginning of 2018, many positive statements were made about what was happening in the Gladstone market; statements such as increased sales volumes; declining vacancy rates; reduced days on the market; multiple offers being made; and an increasing trend in new dwelling construction.

"Now at the midpoint of the year, there is some solid evidence that these statements were not just speculation with some recent transactions have shown the slight increase in capital values that the market is showing", the report suggests.

A 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom townhouse in Telina sold in April 2017 for $176,000. It resold in March 2018 for $185,000 representing an approximate 5% increase in value.

1990s 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom brick dwelling in Telina sold in January 2017 for $226,500. It resold in May 2018 for $259,000 representing an approximate 14% increase.

"Not to suggest the entire market has magically risen 5% to 15% over the past six months however be aware that times are changing and market sentiment is definitely trending upwards", the report noted.

"There has been a minor shift in values with many price points now pushing the boundaries of the value levels of six to 12 months ago."

Other indicators include the vacancy rate which currently sits at 3.7%, which has been slowly trending downward from 4.7% in January 2018.

The latest quarterly data shows that the median rent for a 4-bedroom house ($260 per week) has increased by 8% from the same period 12 months ago.

"2-bedroom units have also tracked upward by $10 to a median of $150 per week over the same time period."

"After an upward trend in new construction activity throughout the first half of 2018, new construction now appears to be slowing, but positively so as there is a general lack of land available in Gladstone but seemingly good demand", this report suggests.

The HTW valuers forecast that the value of land will trend upwards and some larger developers will start to release lots in estates that have typically been in a holding pattern over the past several years.

There has been a sharp decline in the number of mortgagee in possession transactions and it is the expectation that the market will continue to improve throughout 2018 on the back of continued affordability in the region.

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