Mackay residential market remains strong: HTW residential

Mackay residential market remains strong: HTW residential
Mackay residential market remains strong: HTW residential

The momentum generated in Mackay throughout 2018 has continued in 2019, with most agents reporting good demand, shorter selling periods and increasing sale volumes, according to the latest Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report.  

The report suggests that this trend has been evident across almost all market sectors except for units, which are continuing to struggle.

According to the report, there is a general optimism in the Mackay economy and the resource sector.

Large infrastructure projects (such as the Mackay Ring Road) are well underway, increased employment opportunities in the resource sector and servicing industries in Mackay, as well as a building industry that is slowly bouncing back, are some of the factors underpinning this momentum.

The vacancy rate has fallen to lows not seen in half a decade and sit well below 2%, which has resulted in some significant increases in rental values, between $20 and $50 per week for standard dwellings.

A fully furnished two bedroom unit within walking distance to Mackay CBD is currently on the market with a price guide of $350 per week.

The two-level renovated unit at 1/20 Byron Street (pictured above) comes with two bedrooms on the upper level, open plan living room, and renovated kitchen and bathroom.

The water usage is included in weekly rent. 

This tightening of the rental market and increased rental value pressure has had a flow on effect in the owner-occupier and investment housing sale market and contributed to increased demand.

"However, on the back of this momentum, we have not seen any significant rises in median house prices yet, with small gains of around 3% to 5% only in some areas," the valuation firm said.

Mackay residential market remains strong: HTW residential

A current listing is a three bedroom house within walking distance to the Mackay CBD priced $345,000.

Set on a 425 square metre block, the air-conditioned home at 36 Griffin Street (pictured above) comprises three bedrooms, open plan living/dining/kitchen area, undercover patio and small garden.

"One issue reported by local agents is the effect of the uncertainty prior to the election and possible changes to taxation around property," the HTW report said. 

"They report that there has definitely been a wait and see attitude, especially from investors, which resulted in a drop in enquiry and sales volumes over the past month."

Htw Mackay


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