Talk of spe­cial deals is hot air

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - KIERAN ROONEY

COWBOYS play­ers pur­chas­ing prop­erty at Bohle Plains do not ap­pear to have re­ceived spe­cial deals and they paid mar­ket value, prop­erty records show.

While less than $ 200,000 for a block may seem cheap to those in Syd­ney or Mel­bourne, de­vel­op­ments here of­ten pro­vide more value for money.

Prop­erty records show that in Bohle Plains, where at least seven play­ers have bought blocks, the me­dian price of a block was $ 146,500.

The me­dian price paid by the play­ers in the sub­urb was $ 165,250.

Most blocks were pur­chased for be­tween $ 129,000 and $ 176,000, with sizes rang­ing from 520sq m to 680sq m.

Ques­tions were also raised over Johnathan Thurston’s 2008 pur­chase of a high- end apart­ment in North Ward for $ 800,000.

But sim­i­lar- sized units in the same build­ing sold within the same price range, with one selling for $ 810,000 less than two months later. While some apart­ments in the same build­ing have sold for more than $ 1 mil­lion, they are much larger and are pent­houses.

Co- cap­tain Matt Scott and his wife bought a ware­house unit built by Lancini Con­struc­tions for $ 700,000. But re­ports the cou­ple tried to sell the prop­erty three weeks later are un­con­firmed, with lo­cal agents say­ing the prop­erty has not been for sale in years.

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