Houses in Newcastle, NSW Central Coast and Coffs Harbour still at market peak: HTW

Houses in Newcastle, NSW Central Coast and Coffs Harbour still at market peak: HTW
Houses in Newcastle, NSW Central Coast and Coffs Harbour still at market peak: HTW

Houses in Newcastle, the New South Wales Central Coast and Coffs Harbour are still at the peak of market, according to valuation firm Herron Todd White’s July property clock.

Houses in those three regions were at the top of HTW's property clock last month.

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Houses in Newcastle, NSW Central Coast and Coffs Harbour still at market peak: HTW

Herron Todd White said finding a property with a lazy $500,000 is becoming increasingly difficult in the NSW Central Coast region as a result of market value increases over the past two years. The analyst firm said There are still some areas where the owner- occupiers and investors are looking to buy at this level and can be accommodated, however the pool of stock is shrinking.

"We think most buys in the housing market will be found in the older suburbs at the northern end of the region," HTW said.

"Some parts of Blue Haven, San Remo, Gorokan, Toukley, Budgewoi and Charmhaven are still offering properties at or below the $500,000 mark.

"These properties are mostly single level, 2- or 3-bedroom bro or brick and tile homes, mostly with garaging on average size blocks of land. If villas or townhouses are being considered, then reasonably priced stock is available within Mardi and Watanobbi.

"The middle of the region includes suburbs like Bateau Bay, Killarney Vale, the entrance and Long Jetty. While still available, properties with a $500,000 price tag are becoming rare and will mostly be limited to villas, townhouses and units.

"There are a few dwellings seen at this level, however these properties will be older style and most likely in need of renovations or repairs.

"Killarney Vale and Berkeley Vale are good, solid suburbs with equally good facilities.

"There is a good vibe in these locations for younger buyers and families.

"Buys at the $500,000 mark are becoming limited, yet they are still around and it’s our recommendation to look here.

"Expect an older dwelling with 3-bedrooms and room to improve. 

"With the Newcastle market running hot for a lengthy period of time, first home buyers and growing families are looking at alternative and cheaper options in outer suburbs and nearby towns. Medowie and Raymond Terrace are two of these areas both around 35 minutes drive from the Newcastle CBD.

"Half a million dollars will get you quite a bit more house and land compared to the inner suburbs of Newcastle and for growing families it is just not practical to live in a 2-bedroom unit when you can get a modern 4-bedroom house on 1000 square metres for the same price.

"Medowie’s two major economy drivers and employers are the nearby airport and RAAF base.

"A current expansion of the RAAF base and the proposed upgrade to an international airport have created more job opportunities and a subsequent high demand for property. The Bower Medowie subdivision which recently opened stage one sold out all 31 lots in 48 hours with some buyers camping out to ensure purchase. "

 

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