The Smartline Report – July Edition

The month in review: Cairns

By Herron Todd White
July 2016

A $500,000 property investment in Cairns will secure a well located modern executive style suburban dwelling or alternatively an above average quality apartment in the Cairns CBD, located on the mid to upper levels of a near new high rise unit development. Indeed the purchaser or investor at this price level would find a large range of sectors, styles and locations available to choose from. However it remains impossible to spend $500,000 on a new apartment due to the absence of new unit construction at that level.

The $500,000 mark in the Cairns market is relative to the current (April 2016) median price levels of approximately $385,000 for houses and $220,000 for apartments. Over the past twelve months, 75% of houses and 95% of apartments sold in Cairns transacted for $500,000 or under.

The Cairns market sits at the rising market stage of the cycle but is currently experiencing a pause due to factors such as tighter investment lending criteria and the uncertainty over negative gearing. This is indicated by sales volumes progressively softening over the past six to nine months while prices have reverted to minimal to no growth. Nevertheless our prognosis is for the market to return to slow growth as the region’s tourism based economy continues to improve.

Please note that information in this publication is subject to change without notice. Smartline assumes no responsibility for any errors, omissions or mistakes in this document. © Smartline Home Loans P/L 1999 – 2016. Australian Credit Licence Number 385325

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