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Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast Houses Selling at Record Speed According to New Data

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  • Post published:March 8, 2022
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Article originally published on ABC News.

For those looking to buy a house on the Gold Coast, 16 days may be all the time you have to close a deal.

New data from CoreLogic has revealed houses on the Gold Coast are among the fastest-selling in the country’s 25 largest regions.

Houses on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Toowoomba are typically on the market for just over two weeks.

It comes as “no surprise” to the managing director of Harcourts Coastal, Dane Atherton, who says “historically, it would be the lowest in Gold Coast history”.

But Mr Atherton thinks the market is about to level out.

Key points:

  • CoreLogic’s latest figures show houses on the Gold Coast are on the market for a median of 16 days, and 15 days on the Sunshine Coast
  • The coasts are the fastest-growing non-capital regions in the country
  • The head of Harcourts Coastal says the market is being fuelled by “lifestyle decisions”

Coast homes in hot demand

CoreLogic’s Head of Research Eliza Owen said houses on the Gold Coast and in Toowoomba were on the market for a median time of just 16 days.

For units, it was about 21 days.

On the Sunshine Coast, houses sell in about 15 days — the quickest selling of the regions.

Woman in dark blazer and white blouse stands in front of an office building.
CoreLogic’s Eliza Owen says she expects regional growth rates to start slowing this year.(ABC News: Simon Beardsell)

Ms Owen said the coasts’ booming popularity meant those areas were now leading the pack.

The quarterly Regional Market Update revealed house values on the Gold Coast jumped about 36 per cent in the past 12 months, and unit prices about 27 per cent.

“That takes the median house value across the Gold Coast to just over a million dollars,” Ms Owen said.

A man in a striped shirt stands cross-armed in an office in front of a Harcourts Coastal sign
Dane Atherton says he has never seen anything like it in his 21-year career.(Supplied: Dane Atherton)

Record by ‘a country mile’

Mr Atherton said some houses were selling in just 14 days at his Gold Coast agency.

He said houses sold between 60 to 90 days in a normal market.

“It shows you exactly the kind of hot market we are in when we’re as low as 14 to 21 days,” he said.

A sold sign on an Adelaide house.
Mr Atherton says the auction clearance rate on the Gold Coast is sitting around 90 per cent.(ABC News: Eric Tlozek)

Mr Atherton put the increase down to “lifestyle decisions” to move to the Gold Coast.

“We’ve had early uncertainty followed by a dramatic, unexpected increase in demand, which fuels huge price growth,” he said.

“Markets like Surfers Paradise have benefited from international lockdowns in travel … you’ve got these discretionary holiday markets that have become popular because buyers are effectively purchasing a second place of residence … as a holiday home.”

Median days on the market:

  • Sunshine Coast | Qld — 15 days
  • Toowoomba | Qld — 16 days
  • Gold Coast | Qld — 16 days
  • Launceston and North East | Tas — 16 days
  • Ballarat | Vic — 17 days
  • Newcastle and Lake Macquarie | NSW — 17 days
  • Geelong | Vic — 19 days
  • Illawarra | NSW — 20 days
  • Hunter Valley excluding Newcastle | NSW — 23 days
  • Wide Bay | Qld — 24 days
  • Hume | Vic — 25 days
  • Latrobe – Gippsland | Vic — 26 days
  • Bunbury | WA — 28 days 
  • Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven | NSW — 29 days
  • Cairns | Qld — 29 days
  • Mid North Coast | NSW — 30 days
  • Townsville | Qld — 31 days
  • Richmond – Tweed | NSW — 32 days
  • Mackay – Isaac – Whitsunday | Qld — 34 days
  • Central Queensland | Qld — 36 days
  • Central West | NSW — 37 days
  • Riverina | NSW — 38 days
  • Capital Region | NSW — 41 days
  • South East | SA — 45 days
  • New England and North West | NSW — 53 days

‘Unheard of’ auction records

Those looking to buy a house under the hammer are having a tougher time too, with auction clearance rates almost doubling in a year.

Mr Atherton said more properties were going to auction and selling on the day, rather than in the days that followed.

“Sellers want to capitalise on increased buyer demand and they don’t want to undersell,” he said.

Mr Atherton said, traditionally, auction clearance rates pre-COVID were sitting around 50 per cent in south-east Queensland. 

But Mr Atherton said there was a light at the end of the tunnel for buyers, and he believed the market was about to stabilise.

Ms Owen said it would be “very unlikely we’ll see another 36 per cent growth rate in 2022”.