Repost: 19th June – The Urban Developer
Continued strong population growth coupled with an ongoing shortfall of new land being released continues to drive up prices for Gold Coast new land buyers.
The median price of a new block increased 6.25% over the last 12 months to the end of the March quarter, according to research by Oliver Hume.
Oliver Hume’s research examined Gold Coast vacant land sales from 140 square metres to 1,000 square metres with the median price for lots sitting at $255,000 at the end of March, up 6.3% from the same period last year, while the average block fell slightly from 415 square metres in March 2016 to 411 square metres in March 2017.
Over the last 10 years, from March 2007 to March 2017, median prices have grown 22%, however, average lot size has decreased 38.5% during this period while the price paid per square metre has increased from $312 per square metres in 2007 to $620 per square metre in 2017.
The average price per square metres has increased at a significantly higher rate of 98.7% over the last 10 years.
Oliver Hume Queensland Managing Director Brinton Keath said there had been four consecutive years of increases in land sales prices on the Gold Coast, while land lot sizes had been decreasing for two consecutive years.
“Several unique factors are combining to spark strong activity in the South East Queensland residential land market, particularly in the Gold Coast region,” Mr Keath said.
“Demand from offshore buyers, strong population growth, and a strong construction sector all contribute to the demand for new house and land.
“These factors combined with a lack of land stock are generating strong buyer activity from both ‘warm’ and ‘hot’ buyers who have identified infrastructure activity as a hallmark of growth, and are rushing to capitalise on the potential growth.”
Mr Keath said the pace of growth over the last 12 months reflected continued low levels of supply, with limited new land stock coming on to the market.
“The research shows that prices have and will continue to rise while there is such a shortage of new land coming on to the market.”
Mr Keath said master planned communities were experiencing a surge in demand due to buyers seeking new, affordable homes close to services and facilities.