What’s Happening to Property in the Mining Towns? Louis Christopher

To help you get a handle on what’s going on in our regional property markets I thought I would publish some property data on the nation’s resources based towns by way of listings and vacancy rates.

As can be seen from the table below, there is a wide variety of results.

That suggests to me a universal truth –

Housing markets are very dependent upon the underlying economic base of the locality.

Other macro influences such as interest rates, aggregate GDP, etc are secondary influences.

So for agricultural based towns, the respective housing markets appear to be stable and almost boring!

Consider Cloncurry, Esperence and Grafton. Some mining related towns are also holding up O.K. based on SQM’s property data. Consider Ballarat, Beaconsfield and Katherine as examples.

However, there are plenty and plenty of towns which appear to be in trouble.

Consider this, 71% of the mining/gas related towns surveyed had a vacancy rate over 3%. 66% of all the towns surveyed recorded a rise in vacancy rates year-on-year.  While just 24% of agricultural/livestock related towns had a vacancy rate of greater than 3%.

I’ll let you speculate what this all means.

And please, if you are interested, click here for to find the implied gross rental yield for your postcode and here to find the current asking price for both houses and units in your postcode.



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Louis Christopher


Louis is recognised as one of Australia’s most respected and impartial research property analyst. He has extensive knowledge and experience of property and is regularly quoted in the media on his insights and is director of SQM Research.
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