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3rd Quarter Sale Flat – Rental Market Heats Up

By Andrew Allen
A change of season appears to have coincided with a change in market conditions. As the weather heated up in September, so too did the Gladstone rental market. Local real estate agents reported a record number of lettings during the 3rd Quarter of 2014 – a trend that appears to be continuing toward Christmas. Vacancy rates across the Gladstone region have fallen to under 5%, with New Home Vacancies approaching less than 1%.
Sales volumes remained week from July to October, with the suburb of Toolooa recording no sales whatsoever. Barney Point also appeared slow, recording one transaction over the three months. Despite the reduced number of sales, prices in the Housing sector seem to have stabilised.
The Gladstone sales market is closely linked the the rental market. As rental vacancy tightens,upward pressure on rents is bound to occur. This flows thought to house prices. As the cost of rent increases, many tenants take the option to purchase, this in turn creates competition in the housing market, leading to growth in house prices. From our experience, this process usually takes approximately 12 months to take effect.
Andrew Allen
Ray White Gladstone
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