Gladys Berejiklian sells North Willoughby townhouse

Gladys Berejiklian sells North Willoughby townhouse
Gladys Berejiklian sells North Willoughby townhouse

Gladys Berejiklian, the Treasurer of New South Wales, is doing her bit to prop up waning stamp duty revenues.

She's just spent a tad over $1.6 million in Northbridge after selling her two level, two bedroom 1970s North Willoughby townhouse.

Her recent acquisition last sold at $1.3 million in early 2014, so reflected 10 percent plus annual price growth for the three bedroom, circa 2000 townhouse with study which sold through Richardson & Wrench agent Tanya Barrett. It has (pictured) a big backyard.

Her redundant townhouse found its buyer after three weeks on the market, well ahead of its scheduled March auction. It was bought in 2008 for $626,000 and sold at an undisclosed price through Rawa Norman at Ray White.

She will still be in her electorate of Willougby, but closer to Macquarie Street.

Meanwhile stamp duty revenue from home sales have started off 2016 in decline reducing surplus funds available for the NSW State Government's infrastructure spending spree.

Property sale transactions in January and February were the quietest for three years.

March auction levels were less than last year suggesting the dip may extend further into 2016. 

The reduced activity could signal the end of the bonanza enabling the high spending on infrastructure by the state government in surplus.

After a confidence knocking slump in auction clearance rates in December to the low 50 percent, the wet mid-summer meant prospective vendors didn't get around to prepping their houses for 2016 listing.

An early Easter also contributing to the slowdown in activity.

Last year's strength in the Sydney property boom was being especially driven by properties valued over $1.2 million, the last NSW State Budget revealed, but the housing boom longevity was not being assumed by the NSW Treasury, when in her first budget, Gladys Berejiklian announced a surplus of $2.1 billion for 2014-15 largely to windfall stamp duty receipts.

Stamp duty receipts were predicted to rise from $7.8 billion in 2015-16 to $8.6 billion in 2018-19.

This article was first published in the Sunday Telegraph.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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