Toowoomba ranked third-strongest performing regional housing market in Queensland

Toowoomba ranked third-strongest performing regional housing market in Queensland
Toowoomba ranked third-strongest performing regional housing market in Queensland

Toowoomba’s property market continues to perform strongly, according to REIQ's latest Queensland Market Monitor’s quarterly report.

Over the medium term, Toowoomba has been a strong regional performer with the annual median sale price growing 21.1% for houses and 25.7% for units.

This ranks Toowoomba as the third-strongest performing regional market for housing and the best performing regional market for units in the state.

In a climate where regional residential markets have been severely challenged, this is a noteworthy result.

The March quarter delivered positive results with the median house price growing 1.3% to $355,000 and the median unit price grew a solid 2% to $309,500.

Toowoomba is one of the few regions in Queensland favoured with large infrastructure investment.

The $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, the Gore Highway Interchange construction, the Murphys Creek Road and Postmans Ridge Road realignment, commencing this year.

Toowoomba is a steady market for both houses and units with a solid pipeline of projects in the region.

However, there is an increase in the supply of houses and units to this market which could affect the equilibrium of the market and its positive outlook over the coming months.

Toowoomba’s house market slipped of 0.8% over the past 12 months, to an annual median house price of $350,000 for March.

Over the medium term (five years), the housing market increased 21.1% or the equivalent of 3.9% per annum, from the annual median of $289,000 in March 2012.

There are some signs that demand is slowing.

The number of quarterly sales fell 2.4% from 551 in September to 538 in December.

Preliminary data shows a reduction to 426 transactions for the March quarter.

The most-active sale price for houses sits in transactions below $350,000.

Toowoomba is the second-most affordable local government area in the southeast corner, following Ipswich.

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Toowoomba ranked third-strongest performing regional housing market in Queensland

The median days on market increased 10 days from 44 days in February 2016 to 54 days in February 2017.

The median vendor discounting, on the other hand, remained steady at 4.8%.

The number of listings increased significantly by 31.9% from 3906 listings in February 2016 to 5151 in February 2017.

This increase is just a reflect on of the growing supply of housing in the region.

The impact of the increasing supply on the market dynamics and median sale price will be monitored.

The unit market performed well this quarter reaching a quarterly growth of 2% to a median price of $309,500.

This growth partially compensated previous quarterly losses and helped control the dip on the annual median sale price of 0.6% with the annual median sale price falling to $308,000 for March 2017 from $310,000 for March 2016.

Over the medium term, Toowoomba remains the star performer for the unit market with the annual median sale price increasing from $245,000 in March 2012 to $308,000 in March 2017.

The size of the Toowoomba unit market is small, only about 500-600 sales per year. A comparison between the volume of sales in September and December 2016 demonstrates that demand remains steady with quarterly sales.

The most active price range for units is for transactions between $250,000 and $350,000, which aligns with the median sale price range.

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Toowoomba ranked third-strongest performing regional housing market in Queensland

Market trend indicators for the 12 months to February 2017 show a slower market for units with the median days on market increasing to 80 days and the median vendor discounting reaching 5.1% for February 2017.

The number of listings reported a significant increase of 36.5% from 619 listings for February 2016 to 845 listings for February 2017.

The impact on the market equilibrium and pricing is still unknown and will be assessed when data for the June quarter is available.

A three bedroom house at 147 Ramsay Street, Centenary Heights (above) has been listed for over $349,000.

It was last sold in 2006 for $235,000 and the land was sold in 1984 for $22,000.

Similarly a two bedroom unit at 6/77 Bouganvillea Drive, Middle Ridge (below) has been listed for over $299,000.

It last sold in 2012 for $316,500.

Toowoomba ranked third-strongest performing regional housing market in Queensland

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