Sunday, July 19, 2009

Top End Not Looking Good

"Discounting by more than 20 per cent is commonplace for some top Gold Coast addresses and many houses and apartments are yet to sell. A property owned by the bankrupt entrepreneur Matthew Perrin sold on Albatross Avenue, in Mermaid Beach, in May for $2.75m after it was purchased for $4.375m in October 2005.

Former Sydney Swans footballer and founder of tourism group Breakfree, Tony Smith, sold his Hedges Avenue house at Mermaid Beach for $28m to IT entrepreneur Daniel Tzvetkoff - less than half the expected $60m. Now the half-finished mansion Mr Tzvetkoff purchased is to be sold after his company BT Projects was placed in administration.

Other prestige properties around the country are set to sell at sharp discounts, with many vendors shaving millions of dollars off the asking price."

See The Australian, photos and chart
The chart shows that people lost money in New Farm, Coronation Drive, Paddington, Hamilton, Hastings Street in Noosa and the Gold Coast.

"The sort of prices that were being paid were not sustainable and now we are back at 2001 and 2002 prices," Mr Fatouros said. He estimated prestige home prices have fallen about 25 per cent from their peak, with another a decrease of 10 per cent to go.

"I don't think we have seen the bottom yet," he said.

But one Gold Coast agent, who declined to be named, said there were more mortgagee sales to come. "The banks don't want to flood the market with pressured sales and are hoping for some recovery in prices," he said.

"They are drip-feeding properties on to the market."

The Australian

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