If you compare the increase in value of investment property in Roxby Downs, 5725 to the rest of Australia, it performed poorly. The median increase in value, or capital gain property investors experienced for this SA suburb was -28.41%.
Comparing Roxby Downs,5725 ‘s 5year and quarterly average capital gain offered to property investors, it performed better across the longer period
State is the 5th most discounted Australian state or territory in this month’s figures with an average Vendor Discount of -6.56% offered to property buyers. Sellers in Roxby Downs itself are offering an average vendor discount of -11.58% to real estate investors.
At number 3092 in a list of fastest selling suburbs, Roxby Downs is in the bottom 20% of suburbs in Australia with an average of days on market 117.46 for properties listed there.
Situated 509.48km from the CBD, Roxby Downs is one of Roxby Downs localities in the postcode 5725.
There’s one reason and one reason only why Roxby Downs is one of South Australia's best long-term performers for capital growth – and it’s called Olympic Dam.Full summary
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There’s one reason and one reason only why Roxby Downs is one of South Australia's best long-term performers for capital growth – and it’s called Olympic Dam.
Roxby Downs was purpose-built during 1987 and 1988 to service BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine, which produces copper, uranium, silver and gold. The town’s population is around 4,500, with an average age of 29 years, plus a further 1,000 fly-in, fly-out shift workers.
The unique nature of the town is its blessing – and its curse. Its location effectively means there’s a captive audience for property, and a very healthy rental market with 5%-plus yields (according to RP Data) and a practically non-existent vacancy rate.
However, it also means that its fate is tied squarely to the fate of the mine. As an example, when demand for commodities from the mine fell during the GFC, median property values plummeted by over $20,000 – and have only recently stabilised following resolution of the controversial mining tax issues. Vacancy rates during that time also rocketed to well over 10%.
Expansion is what’s on the cards, too. BHP Billiton is proposing to turn Olympic Dam – already the world’s largest copper and uranium mine – into the world’s largest open-cut mine. Assuming this takes place, the future outlook of the town is very rosy indeed.
Investors, therefore, would be well advised to keep a weather eye on progress with the Olympic Dam expansion – as Roxby Downs could well revive its goldmine reputation if and when further development gets the green light.