Local Market Report - April

By Fiona Berkman on Apr 03 2017

Market Overview

Activity in the local property market has been strong. Listing numbers are lower with 680 listings compared to 826 for this time last year. There have been 882 sales this year compared to 1,028 sales last year. Median house price changes ranging from 4.3% in Bilgola Plateau to 41% in Clareville have been observed, while median unit price changes have ranged from 7.6% in Newport to 10.3% in Mona Vale.

In houses, the best performing suburb currently is Clareville with median prices growing 41% over the past 12 months. The median price of a home in Clareville is now $2.45m. Church Point has grown 16.7% with median prices at $2.1m and Bayview is growing 15.9% with a median of $2m. The most traded suburb for houses in our area has been Avalon Beach with 177 homes sold while Mona Vale had the most unit sales at 100 units sold over the past 12 months. Over the past month, about $2.74m in units and $14.36m in houses has been sold in Avalon Beach with $43.84m and $14.36m respectively sold across the year. 

Mona Vale has demonstrated the strongest price growth for units with prices rising 10.3% over the past 12 months. The median price for units in Mona Vale is now $876,500 and with a median asking rent of $620 a week, they offer a reasonable rental yield of 3.9%.

The highest median housing rents in our area are $1,000 per week in Clareville. Housing rental yields in Bilgola Plateau are currently 3.3% which might be suitable for investors. The time it takes to sell a house in our region ranges from 23 days in Bilgola Plateau to 84 days in Clareville and the shortest median time to sell a unit is 18 days in Newport.

Our thoughts on investing

For housing investors, the best buying in our area can be found in Bilgola Plateau where houses are returning a 3.3% yield, while units in Avalon Beach are returning a 4.3% yield - making it a good place for savvy investors to look for inflation-beating returns.

The median price of a house in Bilgola Plateau currently is $1.43m and average rents are $895 per week whereas median unit prices are $715,000 in Avalon Beach with rents of $590 per week.
Unit prices in Avalon Beach have jumped by 9.9% over the past year, meaning investors who bought a year ago have seen good gains and good rental returns. Newport is the second best yielding unit suburb in our area with units that cost around the median price of $758,500 returning 4.1% with median asking rents of $570 per week, while Mona Vale also is worth watching with returns of 3.9% based on a median price of $876,500 and rents of $620 per week.

For those interested in investing in houses, also consider Clareville where prices have moved strongly by 41% while yields are 3.2% - although this would most likely require a negative gearing investment strategy.

This month's suburb profile: Clareville

Clareville is one of the Pittwater area's more expensive suburbs that is currently experiencing good price growth and falling buyer demand for houses. The median price of houses in Clareville is $2.45m showing growth of 41% over the year. There have been 20 houses sold over the past year in Clareville equalling $49.8m in transactions and there are currently 15 house listings on the market.

Rents in Clareville for houses are currently $1,000 per week, which offers a yield of 3.2%. This means there are opportunities for negative gearing investments.

This Local Market Update is produced each month to provide you with the most up to date information on real estate in your immediate area.

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