Property value increases in Gagebrook have tracked higher than the TAS average of 6.96% over the last 12 months.
Data for the last quarter indicates that, in the short term at least, the capital value growth rate for property investors in Gagebrook has increased when compared to the 5 year average annual rate.
Using the current median advertised rental of $330 and the average annual increase in value of a median property of 8.05%, investors should hope to achieve an overall return of 8.17%
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Gagebrook’s astonishingly low median house price hints at an opportunity to secure strong rental returns for investors willing to take on a reasonable amount of risk.
Despite being one of Hobart’s northern most suburbs, Gagebrook in the town of Brighton, is just 15.8km away from the city centre. Its low median house price is all the more remarkable because of its position between two suburbs with considerably higher price averages. Gagebrook’s nearest neighbours are Bridgewater and increasingly exclusive Old Beach.
“Gagebrook might not be for every investor, but there are opportunities to secure very strong rental yields,” says My Property Hunter principal agent Rob Zubin. “Yield of 7.5 to 8% is achievable there and it might balance out a portfolio where an investor has high capital growth properties and is now looking at getting something with good rental returns.”
One of Gagebrook’s more attractive features is its position on the eastern shore of the picturesque Derwent River. The area is well serviced by both bus and rail via the Brighton town centre and the nearby Midland Highway. The Derwent Highway also dissects the Gagebrook suburb.
Zubin points out that the area is not without its problems. Anyone looking to pick up a Gagebrook investment property would need to recognise the impact of high unemployment in the suburb. However, with this risk might come reward.
“If you look at yield in the suburb – it will be very hard to get that in major centres anywhere on the mainland.”
Renting is a popular option in Gagebrook. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 40% of Gagebrook homes are rented, set against a state average of 25%.