Gladstone still down 32 percent, but buyer demand moves off the floor in mining regions: Cameron Kusher

Gladstone still down 32 percent, but buyer demand moves off the floor in mining regions: Cameron Kusher
Gladstone still down 32 percent, but buyer demand moves off the floor in mining regions: Cameron Kusher

The flow-on effect of a commodity price slump a few years back saw property prices crash in most of Australia’s mining towns, according to CoreLogic’s latest Property Pulse.

Cameron Kusher, CoreLogic head of research, said prices and rents slumped by as much as 60 percent in certain markets, adding there’s some good news on the horizon, with many of mining towns seeing sales volumes lift where there are signs that the rate of decline in house prices are starting to slow.

“History shows that mining booms don’t last forever and it would be difficult to find anyone that could suggest the house prices in many of these towns were sustainable during the boom," he said.

"At the time, prices were being driven higher by a temporary influx of residents on high incomes and therefore, creating greater housing demand at a time in which supply which was largely irresponsive which drove prices to record high levels.

"As the demand subsided supply was beginning to increase which led to substantial falls in both prices and sales.”

Gladstone – 578 sales over the past year at a median price of $323,875. Sales volumes are 68 percent lower than their July 2007 peak and median prices are 32 percent lower than their September 2012 peak.

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Gladstone still down 32 percent, but buyer demand moves off the floor in mining regions: Cameron Kusher

Mackay – 1,216 sales over the past year at a median price of $335,000. Sales volumes are 63 eprcent lower than their April 2004 peak and median prices are 23 percent lower than their June 2013 peak.

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Gladstone still down 32 percent, but buyer demand moves off the floor in mining regions: Cameron Kusher

Isaac - 198 sales over the past year at a median price of $140,000. Sales volumes are 70 percent lower than their March 2012 peak and median prices are 77 percent lower than their November 2012 peak.

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Gladstone still down 32 percent, but buyer demand moves off the floor in mining regions: Cameron Kusher

Port Hedland - 204 sales over the past year at a median price of $300,000. Sales volumes are 49 percent lower than their July 2006 peak and median prices are 67 percent lower than their June 2013 peak.

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Gladstone still down 32 percent, but buyer demand moves off the floor in mining regions: Cameron Kusher

Karratha - 289 sales over the past year at a median price of $285,000. Sales volumes are 44 percent lower than their March 2005 peak and median prices are 65 percent lower than their October 2010 peak.

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Gladstone still down 32 percent, but buyer demand moves off the floor in mining regions: Cameron Kusher

Roxby Downs - 31 sales over the past year at a median price of $225,000. Sales volumes are 83 percent lower than their December 2003 peak and median prices are 55 percent lower than their October 2013 peak.

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Gladstone still down 32 percent, but buyer demand moves off the floor in mining regions: Cameron Kusher

Cameron Kusher said while each of these markets has recorded a significant fall in sales and selling prices over recent years, more recently each market has started to see sales rise.

“While this result is unlikely to represent demand substantial enough to drive prices higher, it may be enough to slow or stop the declines in prices in the short to longer term.

"It’s also important to remember that it’s not as if there is no demand for housing in these towns, it’s just substantially lower than it was during the mining boom.

"Anyone looking to purchase now is securing a property at a substantial discount from previous highs however, these towns also continue to achieve some of the best rental returns based on current pricing and rents.”

"While I expect very little prospects for capital growth over the coming years, investors looking for a passive income may be becoming more attracted to these markets which could explain the recent uptick in sales."

Cameron Kusher

Cameron Kusher

Cameron Kusher is senior research analyst at CoreLogic RP Data.

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