Mackay to see price growth throughout 2020 across all property market sectors: HTW residential

Mackay to see price growth throughout 2020 across all property market sectors: HTW residential
Mackay to see price growth throughout 2020 across all property market sectors: HTW residential

2019 was a positive year not only for the Mackay residential market but for the general Mackay economy, according to a recent Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report.

The report notes a buoyant resource sector coupled with large infrastructure projects, particularly the Mackay Ring Road, saw increased employment opportunities and population growth throughout the year.

The residential market saw increased demand and slight capital growth. The rental market really gathered momentum in 2019, with vacancies below two percent and rental values increasing significantly.

"In 2019, Mackay’s economy was strong, we had record low interest rates and there were excellent employment prospects across most industries, but we only saw minor property value growth. There are a number of factors that contributed to this," the valuation firm said. 

Firstly, the median house price for Mackay fell from $438,000 to around $340,000 at the bottom of the market, a drop of around $100,000. This equity reduction eroded the purchasing power of a number of people who purchased property, particularly if they purchased at the height of the market.

Also, the strict lending policies of banks meant that a far greater deposit was required to purchase property.

"As we head into 2020, there appears to be no slowdown in the resource sector with significant employment opportunities available," the valuation firm said.

Also, the Mackay Ring Road project is well underway, with the government approving Stage 2 and the Walkerston Bypass being recently listed on the National Infrastructure Priority list.

Add the smaller local projects, including The Resource Centre of Excellence, retail expansion including Coles at Andergrove and the Northern Beaches Emporium development plus other council projects including the Mackay CBD to Harbour link, Queens Park revitalisation project and the Rotary lookout in North Mackay and all of these projects and opportunities should keep the economic recovery of Mackay continuing into 2020.

The report notes interest rates are expected to continue at record low levels for the short term and there appears to be a softening of some of the strict criteria of the banks.

"So what do we think will happen to residential property in 2020? We think the momentum gained in Mackay over the past two years will continue into 2020.

"We anticipate modest price growth throughout the year across all market sectors, with rentals to remain tight. With continuing record low interest rates, good employment opportunities and a general feeling of optimism across Mackay, we think 2020 will be a good year for the residential real estate market." 

A fully finished self contained apartment in Mackay has been listed for rent with a price of $340 per week.

Located at 4/24 East Gordon Street (pictured below), the apartment comes with master bedroom, open plan living area, and well-equipped kitchen.

It is located within walking distance to the Town Beach and only a short drive to CBD.

Mackay to see price growth throughout 2020 across all property market sectors: HTW residential

A three bedroom Queenslander situated close to Mackay CBD has been sold for $280,000.

Located at 26 Juliet Street (pictured below), the house comes with renovated kitchen, open plan lounge and dining, and functional bathroom.

It's situated close to restaurants, schools, sporting grounds and parklands. 

Mackay to see price growth throughout 2020 across all property market sectors: HTW residential

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