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Clare Valley real estate on fire

Justin and Rosalie Lodge with their kids, Matthew, Isaac and Hugo outdoors their Clare dwelling. Image by Matt Turner.


BOOMING tourism and wine industries, and the latest coronavirus lockdowns, are driving the Clare Valley actual property market, with native brokers reporting a rise in inquiries within the picturesque area.

Nutrien Harcourts actual property specialist Geoff Knappstein mentioned many consumers had skilled a shift in mindset about how they needed to reside, and have been now contemplating dwelling additional out from the town and dealing remotely.

“We’ve had an enormous improve in inquiry from individuals outdoors of Clare seeking to purchase in our area,” Mr Knappstein mentioned.

“It’s a really fixed market up right here. We’re not removed from Adelaide and also you’ve acquired all the things up right here – loads of wineries and eating places. It’s only a good place to be.

“There are some individuals who reside in Clare that make a day by day commute to the town for work, as a result of in case you’re coming from Sydney, a two-hour journey is nothing.”

Mr Knappstein mentioned the area’s agricultural market was significantly sturdy.

“We’ve acquired extra consumers than properties and these properties go in a short time,” Mr Knappstein mentioned.

Realestate.com.au knowledge exhibits the Clare and Gilbert valleys have traditionally demonstrated gradual and regular worth progress, with homes up by a average 2.8 per cent over the previous 12 months, 4.4 per cent over the previous three years, and three.9 per cent over the previous 5 years.

Of the 150 gross sales within the area over the previous 12 months, the median sale worth was $277,500. Homes commanded a median weekly hire of $280 and delivered a rental yield of 5.43 per cent.

Clare Valley real estate on fire

Glad householders Justin and Rosalie Lodge with their kids, Matthew, Isaac and Hugo outdoors their Clare dwelling. Image by Matt Turner.


Ray White Clare Valley principal Mark O’Meagher mentioned, in mild of latest lockdowns, many consumers have been eager to get out of the suburbs and right into a rural group.

“We’ve seen a rise based mostly purely, I feel, on individuals feeling safer in a regional space,” he mentioned.

“Inquiries have elevated dramatically since April and Might, and we’re additionally seeing an enormous improve in land gross sales on the again of the latest authorities grants.

“We’ve additionally seen numerous city-dwellers and interstaters shopping for sight unseen as a result of they’re impressed by the greenback worth.

“For a few of them, it was a transfer they have been going to do years down the observe, however then with the latest COVID influence, it’s introduced that decision-making course of ahead.”

Highschool trainer Justin Lodge and his household purchased a house in Clare 5 years in the past and mentioned they beloved the area. “We have been in a position to purchase a four-bedroom dwelling in a spot for us that was just about excellent, and our mortgage repayments are literally lower than what we have been paying in hire previous to that – and that was even with us being in subsidised trainer housing,” Mr Lodge mentioned.

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“That reality alone was most likely sufficient to provide us the impetus to purchase.

“We have been from the Adelaide Hills and to get what we now have right here again there would have price us greater than $100,000 extra.

“Plus Clare is a pleasant city to reside in, with numerous younger households.”

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