Bal­divis bucks the trend with strong sales de­mand

Southern Telegraph - - News - Stu­art Hor­ton

Bal­divis was the metropoli­tan area’s top-sell­ing sub­urb for houses in Septem­ber, buck­ing per­cep­tions homes do not sell in the rapidly grow­ing post­code.

Ray White Rock­ing­ham Bal­divis agent Elsie Corby said the per­for­mance of the sub­urb did not come as a sur­prise to her and put the high sales num­bers down to a change in the weather.

“Septem­ber was cer­tainly quite a busy month, with lots of buy­ers and lots of of­fers,” she said.

“I think the bet­ter weather draws peo­ple out. Like they say, once spring has sprung, buy­ers are get­ting out and look­ing again and get­ting to home opens, and we’ve no­ticed that in­crease.”

As one of the coun­try’s fastest-grow­ing sub­urbs, per­cep­tions of the Bal­divis mar­ket can be skewed, with the re­lease of new es­tates and house and land pack­ages a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence, but Ms Corby said buy­ers were al­ways on the look­out for homes.

“We’re al­ways busy, es­pe­cially in the past cou­ple of months, but Bal­divis proves a popular sub­urb with buy­ers be­cause homes tend to be a lot newer and rep­re­sent greater value for money,” she said.

Real Es­tate In­sti­tute of WA pres­i­dent Damian Collins said the prop­erty mar­ket rep­re­sented an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for buy­ers and in­vestors to take ad­van­tage of con­di­tions.

“It’s a good time to buy, which is re­flected in the fact a higher pro­por­tion of houses are now be­ing sold,” he said.

“This shift in the com­po­si­tion of sales (houses, units and land) in­di­cates buy­ers are more in­clined to pur­chase a house than they might have oth­er­wise been.

“This can be at­trib­uted to hous­ing af­ford­abil­ity im­prov­ing, which has made buy­ing a house a more at­tain­able prop­erty pur­chase.”

Pic­ture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Bal­divis real es­tate agent Elsie Corby.

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