A tale of two markets: It's time to buy in Gladstone
The Sirait family and Faith Hutchinson don't know each other but they are new home buyers in Gladstone and they both agree that now is the right time to buy.
The Sirait family has bought a home at Kirkwood while Ms Hutchinson has bought an investment property at Barney Point.
"It's the best time to buy because you get true value for your money," Ms Hutchinson said.
"We're realistic. "There are highs and lows in the market but we're not greedy. We wanted something that was affordable for local people to rent."
Ms Hutchinson, whose property settles today, said three potential tenants had shown interest in renting her house.
Meanwhile, the Sirait family is settling in Gladstone after moving from Blackwater.
Ryan, a husband and dad respectively to Marleen and Aileen, said he found Gladstone appealing because he did not like big cities.
"I can see myself staying in Gladstone for the long term," he said.
"My family is really happy and my daughter loves the marina and East Shores.
"It was really strange, though.
"Before we moved here I contacted two agents and then all these other agents started calling to offer me houses."
The Siraits received the keys to their new home on Wednesday.