Topics:  affordable housing, gladstone housing, hot spot, housing sales, reiq

Gladstone region a hot spot for housing sales

Aerial View of Gladstone.
Aerial View of Gladstone. Brenda Strong

AFFORDABLE housing is in hot demand across the Gladstone region, with properties being snapped up in West Gladstone, Kin Kora and Agnes Water.

The REIQ September Quarter Median House Price Report has found house sales under $350,000 across the state have increased by 24%.

This comes as 20 properties were sold in West Gladstone alone in the September quarter.

Clinton and New Auckland were considered the next most popular suburbs to buy a house in Gladstone with 19 and 18 houses sold respectively.

Ray White Gladstone principal Andrew Allen.
Ray White Gladstone principal Andrew Allen. Contributed

Ray White Real Estate director Andrew Allen said that although affordable properties were classified under $500,000, people were still keen to buy a house.

"There was a very strong trade in the Kin Kora and West Gladstone area last quarter," Mr Allen said.

"Obviously location is a priority for some buyers and those areas are located close to shops and schools."

The REIQ report also found that a number of suburbs saw a decrease in the median sale price for the September quarter, including Boyne Island, Kin Kora, South Gladstone and New Auckland.

In the past 12 months the Gladstone region has seen an overall increase in the median sale price by 13%.

South Gladstone has witnessed the largest increase in the median sale price of properties, rising 15% to $410,000.

Mr Allen said Gladstone's property market was at times contradictory.

REIQ CEO Anton Kardash said lower interest rates and growing confidence led to sales activity across the state.

Mr Allen agreed that lower interest rates influenced Gladstone home buyers.

Click here for a searchable list of median house prices across the state

Snapshot

West Gladstone

  • 32% own outright.
  • 30.6% people rent.
  • 34.6% purchaser.

Kin Kora

  • 46% own outright.
  • 25% people rent.
  • 26% purchaser.

-SOURCE: RP Data

Do you consider properties that cost under $500,000 to be affordable housing?

Rob Kidd: I agree in the current market situation it is affordable. The word is easier to say than "emotionally and financially crippling housing". It's come from the same people who gave us "great scenic ocean views" and "generous living space" and, the old classic, "needs a little TLC".

Harley Chopper Schonhardt: I'm no mortgage broker, but on a $500,000 mortgage the repayments would have to be up near $800 a week. Is that affordable is it?

Tamara Seiler: I'd love to able to afford a $400,000, let alone a $500,000, house!

Kerry McDougall Perrie: I would have said maybe $350,000 to $450,000 max was affordable housing to most people.

Have your say on affordable housing in the region by commenting below and voting in our poll.


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