High rental yields on offer in regional NSW towns Tamworth, Orange and Dubbo: PRDnationwide

Property investors looking for good income streams should consider investing in regional NSW towns like Tamworth, Dubbo and Orange, according to research by PRDnationwide. 

“Our research reveals high yields for residential property in regional areas. While it has been common knowledge that higher yields can be achieved in regional cities, the fall in house and unit prices in some areas have pushed yields even higher,” says Oded Reuveni-Etzioni, research analyst at PRDnationwide. 

The property group has selected the three regional towns that are defying the overall subdued conditions in regional NSW due to their diverse economies and strong investment by the mining sector. 

Reuveni-Etzioni says these conditions are providing strong yields in the short term, with a potential for capital growth in the medium and long term. 

He provides the following guide with examples for investors. 

Tamworth 

This large and stable economy led by retail, healthcare, manufacturing and  education is also complemented by robust tourism and equine industries. The city experienced one the strongest growth in population in NSW, equating to an average increase of 1.5% per annum in the five years to June 2011. 

The indicative median rental yield in March 2012 was 6.3% for a three-bedroom house and 6.3% for a two-bedroom unit. 

Examples for some properties achieving higher yields include: 

  • Campbell Street, South
    Tamworth (three-bedroom house) –  Sold for $210,000 and rented out for $270/week = 6.7% return.

  • Cohen Lane, North
    Tamworth (two-bedroom house) – Sold $169,000 and previously rented out for $225/week = 6.9% return.

  • South Melbourne, East
    Tamworth (three-bedroom house) – Sold for $260,000 and rented out for $345/week = 6.9% return.

Dubbo 

The Dubbo area is known for its rare earth resources, with several mining companies currently moving into the production stage, while others are investing in infrastructure to support their operations. The mining activity supports strong retail and agricultural sectors, creating a diverse economy that in turn maintains pressure on the retail, industrial and residential property markets. According to the local council the largest employers in the town are retail trade, healthcare and education. Manufacturing is also an important employment sector. 

The indicative median rental yield in March 2012 was 5.8% for a three-bedroom house (low unit activity made the yield for this type of dwelling not reliable). Examples for some properties achieving higher yields include:

  • Sheraton Road
    , Dubbo (three-bedroom house) – Sold in March for $290,000 and rents for $350/week = 6.3% return.

  • Opal Street, Dubbo (three-bedroom house) – Sold in March for $230,000 and rents for $320/week = 7.2% return.

  • Wheelers Lane, Dubbo (four-bedroom house) – Sold in March for $181,000 and advertised for rent at $300/week = 8.6% return.

Orange 

A low unemployment rate of 4.5% is an indication for the strength of the local economy. Information obtained from the Orange City Council identified government health services and Newcrest Mining as the largest employers in the region. The city experienced the strongest growth in population in the state, equating to 2% in the 12 months to June 2011 and an average of 1.5% per annum in the five years to June 2011. 

The indicative median rental yield in March 2012 was 6.3% for a three-bedroom house and 6.1% for a two-bedroom unit. Examples for some properties achieving high yields include:

  • Anson Street, Orange
    (three-bedroom house) – Sold in February 2012 for $290,000 and rents for $340/week = 6.1% return.

  • Courallie Drive, Orange
    (three-bedroom house) – Sold in February 2012 for $290,000 and rents for $350/week = 6.3% return.

  • Spring Street, Orange (two-bedroom unit) – Sold in February 2012 for $240,000 and rents for $320/week = 6.9% return.

  • Burrendong Way, Orange
    (two-bedroom unit) – Sold in February 2012 for $213,000 and advertised for rent at $285/week = 7% return.

 

 

 

 

    Larry Schlesinger

    Larry Schlesinger

    Larry Schlesinger was a property writer at Property Observer

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