Life­style, prices keep sales coast­ing along

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THENorth West was the only re­gion in Tas­ma­nia to record an in­crease in house sales for the March quar­ter, ac­cord­ing to the Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of Tas­ma­nia’s lat­est re­port.

Up19.6 per cent for the quar­ter and 12.6 per cent on the same time last year, the area was leaps and bounds ahead of Ho­bart and Launceston.

The fig­ures were no sur­prise to the real es­tate agen­cies in the re­gion.

‘‘The of­fices in Burnie and Wyn­yard have cer­tainly seen in­creases in sales, but also quite a good in­crease in in­vestor ac­tiv­ity too,’’ state man­ager for LJ Hooker Vic­to­ria and Tas­ma­nia Paul O’Re­gan said.

‘‘There are some pretty at­trac­tive prices go­ing on around there at the mo­ment and hav­ing in­ter­est rates so low is also help­ing,’’ he said.

Not only had the gross num­ber of sales risen but there was also an in­crease in lev­els of en­quiry.

Di­rec­tor of Har­courts Burnie David Rus­sell says his of­fice has ex­pe­ri­enced the same thing over the past six months and sug­gests the com­ing fed­eral elec­tion­maybe play­ing a role.

This has been the case in the leadup to pre­vi­ous elec­tions.

Yet neigh­bour­ing Launceston suf­fered a sub­stan­tial de­crease in house sales for the quar­ter, record­ing a 23.8 per cent drop.

‘‘They’ve seen zero pop­u­la­tion growth, with a lot of peo­ple leav­ing, which is im­pact­ing the ac­tiv­ity lev­els and sales,’’ MrO’Re­gan said.

‘‘I think you have to con­sider some of it from a life­style point of view. The North West of­fers a dif­fer­ent life­style of be­ing close to the coast and has af­ford­able prices. Peo­ple are pretty at­tracted to that, more so than the metropoli­tan life­style Launceston of­fers.’’

JUST me­tres from beau­ti­ful Nut­grove Beach, the 114sqm apart­ment at 3/556 Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay is auc­tion of the week.

One of just four units in the com­plex, it is sep­a­rated from the beach only by a grassy re­serve.

Watch all the ac­tiv­ity on the River Der­went from your pri­vate bal­cony, stock up on gourmet food from Lip­scombe Larder or spend the af­ter­noon re­lax­ing on the grass of Sandown Park.

Fea­tur­ing su­perbly pre­sented for­mal liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas, the home con­tains a more ca­sual din­ing area ad­join­ing the mod­ern, well-equipped kitchen.

The main bed­room has pic­turesque wa­ter vis­tas and plenty of wardrobe space.

Neu­tral tones and floor cov­er­ings through­out mean any style can be adapted to suit the space.

It goes un­der the ham­mer on Satur­day at noon, with an open home from 11.30am,

Con­tact Char­lotte Peter­swald’s Brian Watchorn on 0419 579 115 for more de­tails.

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