Fringes in Victoria's Mildura offer higher yields, but capital gains slower: HTW

Fringes in Victoria's Mildura offer higher yields, but capital gains slower: HTW
Fringes in Victoria's Mildura offer higher yields, but capital gains slower: HTW

Victoria's Mildura has remained at the start of the recovery period on valuation firm Herron Todd White's property clock for several months now.

The property clock is a simple broad brush means of indicating where property prices are and the direction they are headed. The April clock dealt with fringe suburbs across Australia and one of them was the regional Victorian city of Mildura.

Mildura is the centre of a large irrigated horticultural district and within 30 kilometres there are a number of smaller towns and communities which either pre-date Mildura or were developed to support the surrounding farming communities.

These small communities include Nichols Point, Irymple, Red Cliffs, Cardross, Koorlong, Merbein and the NSW towns of Buronga, Gol Gol, Dareton and Wentworth. All of these communities have primary schools and the larger towns have the usual shopping and recreational facilities.

Those communities within 10 kilometres of the centre of Mildura generally have real estate values which closely track those of Mildura, while the more remote towns are more affordable and generally have less capital growth. Examples of towns more than 10 kilometres from Mildura include Wentworth, Merbein and Red Cliffs. Purchasing a home in these towns is an option for buyers not able to afford a similar standard dwelling in Mildura, particularly those seeking larger lot sizes.

Typical values for a three-bedroom, one-bathroom older residence in Merbein are in the range of $120,000 to $160,000 and show rental levels of $200 to $250 per week giving a gross yield of around 8%. Yields are similar in Wentworth but a little lower in Red Cliffs.

Red Cliffs has enjoyed relatively strong population growth in the past 10 years, with several new subdivisions completed to capitalise on demand from people happy to live in a small town and often employed by businesses in the Iraak and Nangiloc irrigation districts further to the south. The recent decision by Treasury Estate Wines to close its bottling facility at Iraak has affected approximately 100 employees, many of whom lived in Red Cliffs. Demand for rental accommodation in Red Cliffs has consequently declined.

Our advice to investors is that buying a home in the fringe towns will often result in a higher yield, however, history has shown that capital gain has been low compared to Mildura or the towns closer in. 

Property Observer looked up some recent property sales in the $120,000 to $200,000 range in some of the fringes on www.realestate.com.au and came up with these:

Fringes in Victoria's Mildura offer higher yields, but capital gains slower: HTW

1. A three-bedroom house at 26 Sanders Street Merbein Vic 3505 sold for $165,000, according to RP Data.

Fringes in Victoria's Mildura offer higher yields, but capital gains slower: HTW

2. A three-bedroom cottage at 40 Goulburn Avenue Red Cliffs Vic 3496 fetched $118,000.

 

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