The main factor influencing potential NSW buyers in their house hunt is looking for the most bang for their buck, which is why this location is drawing so much attention.
It could be the bright lights of Surfers Paradise, or maybe the laid back lifestyle of Burleigh Heads, but let’s face it — the main reason potential buyers from NSW are househunting on the Gold Coast is “bang for buck”.
The various beachside suburbs in the greater Gold Coast area proved to be the most clicked on interstate locations for New South Welshmen in the year to January 31, according to data from realestate.com.au.
“When we look at property seekers outside of Queensland who are looking on the Gold Coast, more than half of them are coming from NSW,” said Nerida Conisbee, chief economist at REA Group.
“It is in direct contrast to Victorian property seekers who quite like the Gold Coast but have a much stronger preference for Tasmania.”
“I think a lot of it has to do with lifestyle. The Gold Coast is like Sydney, but warmer, easier to get around, more relaxed and certainly a lot cheaper,” she added.
A whopping 90,222 searches for Surfers Paradise originated from NSW according to the REA statistics.
The famous South Queensland spot is home to a host of high-rise apartments where the median price for a two-bedroom unit is $386,750 – a price tag unheard of in any Sydney beach suburb for the best part of two decades.
The second most popular spot for wannabe buyers from the Premier State with 69,801 searches was Coolangatta, right on the boarder of NSW and Queensland.
The location, which famously inspired Porpoise Spit in the 1994 film Muriel’s Wedding, has a two-bedroom unit median price of $503,000 – barely enough to snag a studio in Bondi Beach or Manly.
“In terms of who is searching, unfortunately we don’t know exactly. We do know that not only do we see a lot of people looking to buy on the Gold Coast from NSW, but we also see a lot of people looking to rent. This means we have a pretty good mix of people wanting to live there, as well as invest there,” Ms Conisbee said.
Tony Coughran of Gold Coast Property Advisors said value for money was definitely a driver.
“We’re often helping clients relocate from NSW, or more specifically Sydney. They see great value for the lifestyle they can achieve in this part of Queensland,” he said, adding that retirees and downsizers make up a large proportion of buyers he sees.
“You know, in this area you can even buy a mansion for $1 million if you really look around,” Mr Coughran said.
According to CoreLogic data the median house price in Sydney is $985,000.
The Sunshine State also has lower stamp duty rates than NSW.
When purchasing a home for $500,000 in NSW the tax is $17,990, while the same valued property in Queensland only attracts a duty of $8750.
While some savvy investors might be put off by the rocky past Queensland property has suffered over the past 10 to 20 years, Mr Coughran said those days are long gone.
“The Gold Coast is really moving away from the ‘boom and bust’ time of the 1980s and 1990s.
Those peaks and toughs have really started to level out. Back then it was all about tourism and not much else. While tourism will never go away, there is more industry here now,” he said.
Broadbeach, also on the Gold Coast, was next on the list of popular places with 66,990 searches followed by the nearby beachy Burleigh Heads with 62,648 hits.
Surprisingly, number five on the most searched list was Wodonga, 1400kms south of the Gold Coast on the Victorian side of the NSW border with 61,012 hits.
Overall, searches for Queensland property that originated in NSW totalled 8.788 million hits.
Top searched areas from NSW buyers looking interstate
Surfers Paradise – QLD90,222
Coolangatta – QLD 69,801
Broadbeach – QLD 66,990
Burleigh Heads – QLD 62,648
Wodonga – VIC 61,012
Southport – QLD 55,285
Palm Beach – QLD 53,433
Launceston – TAS 43,420
Hope Island – QLD 39,384
Wangaratta – VIC 38,898
Originally published as The place Sydneysiders want to buy
Hollywell, the often overlooked Central North Gold Coast suburb: HTW
Hollywell is often overlooked in property searches due to its size and the well known surrounding suburbs, according to a recent Herron Todd White (HTW) residential report.
It is a small suburb located just below Paradise Point and just above Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
It features canal front properties with bridge free broadwater access to a number of sites, as well as broadwater views.
“Whilst the suburb does lack quality shopping facilities, restaurants and cafes, it is within walking distance to suburbs that offer these,” the valuation firm said.
“Furthermore, public transport is readily accessible and runs straight through the middle of the suburb.”
Price points within the suburb do range as the property mix comprises units, dry block houses and canal front houses.
“Over the past six months we have seen entry level two-bedroom, two-bathroom units being acquired for just under $400,000, dry block houses selling upwards from $525,000 and canal front properties with bridge free broadwater access from $900,000,” the report said.
There was a recent $900,000 sale.
A circa 1980 five bedroom brick house at 361 Bay View Street, Hollywell was sold for $900,000 (pictured above).
The house features updated kitchen with timber floors, solar panels, concrete boat ramp, pontoon jetty and swimming pool.
Other highlights include north-east facing, 18 metre canal frontage with bridge free broadwater access, and 725 square metre land area.
The property is positioned on a local thoroughfare road that runs through Hollywell, which is a detracting factor.
The property was on the market for 64 days and original asking price was $1.15 million.
Gold Coast rainforest retreat sells in multimillion-dollar deal
A Gold Coast family will head to the hills after securing the keys to a picturesque property in a multimillion-dollar deal.
A rainforest retreat in Currumbin Valley has changed hands in a multimillion-dollar deal, selling to a large local family seeking a tree change.
The picturesque property sold for $2.4 million to the family from Sovereign Islands last week.
It was aptly named the Palasari Rainforest Estate and had a lush mountain backdrop and tropical rainforest surrounds.
Two residences were on the sprawling 10.52 ha property.
The main house was perched at the highest point and featured four bedrooms, a resort-style pool and an Asian-influenced design.
On the lower side of the block was an updated four-bedroom guesthouse.
Kollosche Broadbeach agent Rob Lamb, who sold the estate alongside Laura Delaney, said a Melbourne buyer also flew up and put in an offer but the local family had an unconditional cash contract.
“They are a large family with lots of kids who wanted to get out of the small confinements of urban living,” Mr Lamb said.
“There’s a bit more maintenance with a rural property but they can ride motorbikes and have a bit more freedom and privacy as the kids are growing up through their teens.”
Mr Lamb said the family plan to live in the guesthouse while renovating the main residence to better suit their needs.
A freestanding cellar door with a 1600-bottle, climate-controlled wine room, butler’s kitchen, powder room and outdoor patio was another impressive feature of the property.
The large block also had a thriving orchard with citrus, stone fruit, mangoes, avocadoes, apples, paw-paw, guava, banana, berries, macadamias, gapes, figs and vegetables.
The property was listed through Kollosche from late March, first with a $2.899 million price tag that was later reduced to $2.6 million, according CoreLogic.
Property records also showed it first hit the market with a different agency in January seeking more than $4 million.
The property last changed hands in 2015 for $2.3 million.
Currumbin Valley’s median house price has grown by 19.5 per cent in the past five years to $920,000. It is the Gold Coast 11th most expensive suburb.
Mr Lamb said he hadn’t seen any shift in the prestige property market in the lead up to the federal election and expected it to keep soldiering on. “For owner occupiers and particularly prestige properties, it shouldn’t affect anything too much,” he said.
“Interest rates look like they are heading down so it should suit the buyers looking to live in those prestige properties.”
The southeast Queensland suburbs where vendors are discounting their sale prices
The southeast Queensland suburbs where vendors are discounting their sale price by the largest percentages have been revealed.
New data analysis by Domain looked at the average rate of vendor discounting on properties in suburbs throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast over the six months to March this year and found some areas were discounting by as much as 12 per cent.
Houses at Carindale, Clontarf, Redcliffe and Rochedale South topped out the list of Greater Brisbane suburbs with the highest percentage of vendors discounting their asking price, while Chermside, New Farm, Redcliffe and South Brisbane had the highest rate of discounting for units.
On the Gold Coast, houses at Broadbeach Waters and Hope Island both recorded double-digit average vendor discounting, while units at Main Beach and Southport had the highest rate of discounting.
Maroochydore and Tewantin headed up the Sunshine Coast houses that were being the discounted by the highest percentage.
Domain economist Trent Wiltshire said the rate of discounting was another market indicator that could help assess conditions in certain suburbs.
The data was compiled using a minimum of 30 observations and did not include properties that sold via auction or without a listed price.
“This can be a bit more timely than price data,” he said. “But it is only an average figure and, while the average or median is the simplest way to look at a suburb, it doesn’t tell the full story.”
Will Torres of Torres Property said overall the housing market in Carindale was performing well but that the average discounting rate was likely brought down by a specific price point.
Carindale’s median house price is $879,750, a rise of 1.1 per cent over the year to March.
“I’d say the market that is being affected at the moment is that mid-$1 million price range,” he said.
“Rewind to six months ago I was selling houses in this price range in three weeks — now I’m struggling to get numbers in the door. That’s where the discounting will be, around that $1.5 million range and that’s why the Carindale percentage is that high.
“Anything under that price point is still performing really well and selling well. Days on market have stretched but the buyers and the demand is overall still there.”
Broadbeach Waters recorded the highest rate of vendor discounting, by up to 12 per cent. Jordan Williams of JW Prestige said that figure had likely been increased by houses in the $2 million to $3 million range, which were sometimes overpriced.
“If you’re 10 per cent over the odds you won’t get a result, you won’t get a deal — that’s why you’re seeing that average discount for Broadbeach Waters,” he said.
“So this figure doesn’t mean the market has dropped here, it means some properties were overpriced. I sold a house for $4.5 million where the owners originally were asking $4.7 million. That’s a massive discount.
“But it started out that high because the owners said they wanted to give it a go, test the waters. There’s a million different scenarios for why people discount their properties.”
At Hope Island, where the average vendor discount is 10.3 per cent, agent Warren Hickey is selling a four-bedroom, two-bathroom contemporary home on Virginia Avenue, which is listed for offers over $995,000 and advertised as a huge price reduction.
However, he said the listing was not representative of the local market.
“On average we’d sell a property a week in Hope Island. I would say if you look back at everything we’ve sold in the past few years, we’ve probably only advertised one as having a price reduction and this is it. It’s the exception,” he said.
On the Sunshine Coast, where Maroochydore recorded an average discount on houses of 7.5 per cent, local Century 21 agent Damien Said said a lot of the properties in higher demand were now auctioned.
“That needs to be noted — those properties are automatically excluded from the data,” he said.
“If anyone in Maroochydore is discounting, I’d say it’s more of a reflection of a few properties that came on the market with unrealistic expectations.
“Generally, we’re finding that when properties do come on the market, as long as the price is realistic, our days on market are reducing. The coast market is still quite active.”
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