Gold Coast hits $615,000 median house price

Gold Coast hits $615,000 median house price
Gold Coast hits $615,000 median house price

The Gold Coast housing market is the juggernaut of the southeast, reaching a new high median house price of $615,000 for the March quarter, according to REIQ's latest Queensland Market Monitor quarterly report.

The unit market, on the other hand, slipped 1.2 percent to a March quarter median of $410,000 compared to $415,000 for December 2016.

Looking at annual data, (which is less volatile than quarterly data) the Gold Coast has been one of the state’s best performers for the house and unit markets, reaching an annual growth of 6.4 percent for houses and 5.2 percent for units to March 2017.

The Commonwealth Games $160 million Roads package fully funded by the State Government has been one of the key drivers of economic development in the region.

This investment is still in progress and will deliver a significant road upgrade to Southport – Burleigh Roads, Labrador – Carrara Roads, Olsen Avenue and Nerang – Broadbeach Road.

In addition to the numerous Commonwealth Games projects, the $70 million Gold Coast cruise ship terminal proposal is getting closer to become a reality.

Environmental approval from the Federal Government, potentially the biggest hurdle for the project, was granted in mid-May 2017.

The economic fundamentals supporting the property market in the region are solid and driven by a large infrastructure investment program.

Local agents are very positive about the future of the residential property market.

However, in the post-Games period, the Gold Coast economy may require concerted efforts from all levels of government to ensure a jobs program is in place to shore up employment in the region.

The housing market performed strongly over the March quarter, with the quarterly price growing 4.2 percent to a new high of $615,000.

The annual median house price increased 6.4 percent to $585,000 for the 12 months to March.

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Gold Coast hits 5,000 median house price

This increase positioned the region as the second-best annual performer for the house market to March 2017 (following Noosa).

Over the medium term (five years), the Gold Coast median house price grew 26.5 percent, which equates to 4.8 percent per annum (from a median price of $462,500 in March 2012).

This makes the Gold Coast the strongest performing house market in the state over five years.

The Gold Coast has five suburbs with an annual median house price above $1 million, compared to only three suburbs for the March quarter 2016.

Paradise Point has entered the million-dollar club in this March quarter with an annual median sale price of $1.09 million.

Affordable houses in the region are still available primarily in the suburbs of Lower Beechmont, Jacobs Well, Neerang, Ormeau and Upper Coomera; which reported annual median sale price in the range of $385,000 to $468,000.

The volume of activity reduced 5.6 percent from 1892 in September 2016 to 1786 in December 2016.

Preliminary data for March indicates a reduction of about 23.1 percent to 1373 sales.

This data will have to be reassessed in the June 2017 Queensland Market Monitor to confirm whether the number of sales in the region is experiencing a downward trend or just quarterly volatility.

The most active price point for the house market has been the $500,000 to $750,000.

For the 12 months to February 2017, the median days on market and median vendor discounting reported minor changes.

A house in the Gold Coast takes approximately 35 days to sell and requires a discount of about 4.2 percent.

Housing supply increased 16.3 per cent to 11,514 listings for the 12 months to February, triggering an increase in the stock on market from 7.6 percent in February 2016 to 8.8 percent in February 2017.

A three bedroom house at 74 Easthill Drive, Robina (above) has been listed for $629,000.

Similarly a four bedroom house at 36 Pago Terrace, Pacific Pines (below) has been listed for over $600,000.

Gold Coast hits 5,000 median house price

The land was last sold in 2001 for $68,000 with the property built the following year.

The Gold Coast unit market slipped 1.2 percent to a March quarter median of $410,000, but it was still the busiest apartment market in Queensland, with preliminary sales of 1859 compared to Brisbane LGA of 1578 for the March quarter.

The annual median unit price increased 5.2 percent to $405,000 for March.

Similar to the house market, the Gold Coast is one of the best annual performer for the 12 months to March 2017.

Over a five-year period, the unit market increased by 12.5 percent, from an annual median sale price of $360,000 in March 2012 to $405,000 in March 2017, which is equivalent to moderate annual growth of 2.4 percent.

Based on annualised data to February 2017, units sell in about 50 days with a discount of 4.4 percent.

The annual number of listings to February 2017 increased 27.2 percent to 14,112.

This triggered a lift on the stock on market from 9.3 percent in February 2016 to 11.8 percent in February 2017.

The Gold Coast’s rental market has operated within the tight to healthy range for the past 19 quarters.

Vacancy rates returned to the tight range, reaching 1.7 percent over the March quarter.

Local real estate agents operating in the region indicated that generally properties remained vacant between 1 to 2 weeks and the market has performed well and reasonably steady over the past two to three years.

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Gold Coast hits 5,000 median house price

The Gold Coast’s rental market is the most expensive in Queensland with the median rent for a three-bedroom house at $470 per week, which is $30 a week more expensive than the same house in Brisbane LGA.

The median rent for a two-bedroom unit, at $420 per week, increased by $20 or about 5 percent over the March quarter.

This increase has positioned the Gold Coast two- bedroom unit rental market as one of the most expensive in Queensland, along with Brisbane LGA.

The weekly median rent of three-bedroom townhouses held steady at $420 for March.

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Gold Coast hits 5,000 median house price

The indicative gross rental yields for houses weakened by 0.2 percentage points to 4 percent for March due to the upward trend of the median sale price.

In contrast, the gross rental yields for units increased 0.2 percentage points to 5.3 percent due to the reduction on the quarterly median unit price.

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