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When location counts ROI 11.8%
This brand new 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home is located smack bang in the heart of Newman.
It is finished in the highest quality, being tiled throughout and featuring a living area that flows into an outdoor entertaining area. The master bedroom includes an ensuite, while split air conditioning systems, quality fitting and appliances and easy care construction are spread throughout the house. Outside it features a double carport with extra parking for private and low maintenance living close to parks and the shopping centre. Currently leased to a large corporate client, this property gives the investor strong rental returns with the potential to increase the rent and secure a long term contract.
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Featured Property Ready To Occupy This Year! Potential 13% ROI 4 1 4 $979,000 13 Carney Street, Newman
• 4 bedrooms with built in robes • Tastefully decorated throughout, with large family bathroom and laundry • Fully fenced, with 2 covered paito areas • Tandem garage with drive through option
Properties for Lease Tom Price Lot 903 Pilkena St Tom Price
$2,500 / wk AVAILABLE NOVEMBER
Brand new 4 Bed, 2 Bathrooms plus ofﬁce. Two lounges, close to LIA and shopping centre.
Great Starter Investment: 11% ROI
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29B Nimingarra Dve, Newman
30 Mindarra Dve, Newman
• 2x1 recently renovated inside
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• Open plan lounge/dining • New kitchen with stainless appliances
location, situated close to
Brand New ROI 12% Two Year Lease
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When Location Counts ROI 11.8%
12 Yanboomah Close, Newman
Unit 35/4 Newman Dve, Newman
20A Ethel Creek St, Newman
• Rock Solid Investment : 11.5% ROI Currently
• 4 Bedrooms with built in robes
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20 Jabbarup Crescent, Newman
Will lease at up to $1300/ week!
• Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
Immaculate Property - Long Lease
• Quality Fittings
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• Spacious kitchen with family room opening to rear patio
• Near new with two year lease
• Quality ﬁttings and appliances
• Covered patio at front and rear
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15 Mindarra Dve Newman
$1,300 / wk AVAILABLE NOVEMBER
This unique 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom development is situated in a prime location, only a short distance from the shopping centre, major banks and Post Office.
6 Arika Place Newman
$1,800 / wk AVAILABLE 16/11
Short Term lease. 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, double garage, single carport, larg back yard.
30 Marloo Way Newman
$2,100 / wk AVAILABLE NOW
Short Term Lease. 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, single carport, furnished.
3 Brumby Mews Newman
$3,100 / wk AVAILABLE NOW
This executive rental is offered for Lease NOW! Great location, great for kids with in ground pool, double garage and plenty of off street parking. Great opportunity. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and many more great features!
29 Knox Way Newman
$2,230 / wk AVAILABLE DECEMBER
This home includes four large bedrooms, one bathroom, is fully furnished and fenced with an undercover carport. Perfect company accommodation.
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area. A big master bedroom which would easily accommodate a 4 piece bedroom suite is situated on the left of the entry. Walk-in robe and private ensuite are a plus. Follow the ceramic hallway floor tiles through to an expansive open plan living area. Each of the minor bedrooms are offset to the left. Centre place is the modern chef’s kitchen which features overhead cupboards, breakfast bar, dishwasher and gas
Brilliantly designed to create family flexibility, this brick Mees Constructed 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home is large and modern. Leased until September 2013 at $1750 p/w = 9.8% returns and don’t forget the depreciation benefits on this young home. Built in 2006 this home is located in a nice suburban Baynton street with many other quality neighbouring properties. Step inside the front door to the separate formal living
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Value for money Move straight in to this absolute stunning oneof-a-kind home that is the answer to all your accommodation needs. Comprising of 3 individual dwellings all under 1 roof, all with their own separate access. Downstairs is a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home with stone flooring throughout and a large galley style kitchen with open plan dining and living areas.
afternoon breezes and the views. At the rear of the premises is a 2-bedroom, 1 bathroom unit with a grassed area and an outdoor kitchen. Inside features stone flooring throughout and a galley style kitchen.
There is also an outdoor entertainment area.
This property is extremely good value for money for any company seeking to make their dollar go further.
Upstairs is a unique 3 bedroom, 3-bathroom home with a large gourmet kitchen, open plan kitchen, dining and living areas.
When compared to 3 individual properties of this high standard in Pretty Pool you would be paying in excess of $7000 per week.
All the bedrooms have built in robes and there is a large balcony to enjoy the
60 Dowding is the best value for money rental in all of Port Hedland.
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❚ With three individual properties all under one roof, this property represents extremely good value for money for investors.
❚ The renovated kitchen features all the mod cons
Potential like no other, at this price This 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom brick built property includes a below ground pool with built-in spa, offering vacant possession or secure a company lease for $1900 per week offering the smart investor up to 12% returns. This property has fantastic potential, situated on huge R20 901sqm block giving both fantastic instant capital growth and future development potential, plus instant cash positive returns of $98,000 per annum. Brick built properties of this calibre on this size block have sold in recent months for in excess of $950,000, this property is priced to sell, and at this pricing level it will sell fast. Further, the property features three greatsized bedrooms all with built-in robes and air conditioning, a fully functional bathroom with bath, separate shower and vanity unit and a modern renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, dishwasher not included. The open plan living and family meals area includes air conditioning and celling fans and the large laundry has tiled floors and separate toilet. Do all the research and all the sums on this property and you will come to the same
conclusion the many other buyers will arrive at, this is a fantastic purchase opportunity not to be missed. Don’t delay in securing this fantastic investment opportunity; the market is flying with properties selling very quickly! For further information contact your Pilbara Property expert Calum on 0411 518 889 or email email@example.com.
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Super investment This delightfully styled 4X2 home is classy and sophisticated with so many more hidden touches than meets the eye. Being just short distance ❚ Low maintenance, modern investor’s delight
Brand new This new BGC constructed three bedroom two bathroom home has all the features you would expect from one of the State’s best builders. Its cosy study – suitable either as a home offi ce or reading retreat – fl ows into an enormous kitchen, dining and living area. The kitchen is fi tted out with all the latest the market has to offer and has direct access to the alfresco, entertaining and BBQ areas. The rear access has a spacious double carport and large storage shed workshop. K 28
Indoors, the bedrooms have nice layouts, built in robes, air-conditioning and room for a queen-size bed.
The master bedroom, in particular, has plenty of floor space and a roomy ensuite. Situated on an easy care block with little maintenance needed, it is an investor’s delight.
spots, this property is a must for your wish list. It also features four good-sized bedrooms with built-in robes, two bathrooms and a kitchen complete
Outside there is a lockup storage shed and double carport at the back of the property.
This is a low maintenance home
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Properties for Lease
Port & South Hedland Unit Returns $80,600 PA
• Brick and iron property with a parkside location • Open plan lounge/dining area with kitchen & laundry • Good bathroom with vanity & bath • Outdoor alfresco area with a small yard • Great tenant demand & future growth opportunities
Renovated Owner Occupier
25 Stanley Street, South Hedland
9 Haines Road, South Hedland
• Separate lounge / dining area • Excellent gable rear entertaining area • Drive around access to double powered workshop • Full security front fencing with two gates either side of property • Ideal for company with great access and parking
Opportunity Not To Be Missed 2, 3 & 4 Sutherland Street, Port Hedland
• Location location location! • Current achievable rental income of $275,600 p/a • 2,269sqm R80 zoned development site • Site consists of 3 properties, one 3x1, one 3x1.5 and one 4x1 • Ideally located and in walking distance from town amenities
• Secure a lease at $2,300 per/week with potential for $2,900 • Excellent security with electric shutters on all windows • Open plan lounge, dining and kitchen • Large undercover entertaining area
• South Hedland living at its ﬁnest!
7 Pundul Ave, South Hedland
• Executive 4x2 modern house in great location • Vacant possession or rent out at settlement • Large modern kitchen – huge lounge and dining • Below ground pool and stylish tropical gardens
Hunting for Value – You’ve found it!
20 Traine Crescent, South Hedland
12 Trumpet Way, South Hedland • 4 x 1 brick veneer property on 685m2 block • Lease for $2000p/w with 11.62% return • Large living area with dining / Ducted air con • Modern new kitchen w/ new quality appliances • Owner occupy, house employees, or invest!
• 3 x 1 Fibro & iron property • Spacious lounge area with ﬂoating wooden ﬂoorboards • Kitchen with plenty of bench space both sides • Excellent undercover outdoor patio area • Large 877m2 block with plenty of space to landscape
9 Janice Way, South Hedland • Currently receiving $1650 p/w with 11.91% ROI • 3 spacious bedrooms upstairs with BIRs • Bright white spacious home – air con throughout • Huge living area – separate dining – neat kitchen • Freshly painted newly carpeted – low maintenance
12 John Way, South Hedland
Potential Development Site
Great Value Investment
112/15 Welsh Street, South Hedland • Spacious lounge area with breakfast bar • Modern kitchen with plenty of bench space • Partially renovated brick unit in exclusive complex • Quality bathroom and designated car parking • Private balcony & complex amenities in great location
Expressions of interest
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Fantastic Entry Point – Achieve 11.32%
Invest Today 14A Snook Way, Pegs Creek • 2 Bedroom, 1 bathroom unit in complex of three • Spacious open plan kitchen, dining and lounge • Renovate • Side access with two car parking and private courtyard • Affordable entry point into the market for investor or owner/ occupier
• Parks 4 vehicles with ease • Handy to beach and boat ramp
Vacant Possesion – Achieve 10.04%
1 Radley Drive, Baynton
• Neatly presented 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home on corner lot • Large powered shed with insulation, air conditioning and with street access • Beautiful undercover outdoor area overlooking pool and tropical gardens • Close to schools and amenities, five minutes from town centre
• Great kitchen with separate meals area • Large formal lounge/dining • Timber flooring throughout
Quality Built – Achieve 10.45%
$1,100 / wk AVAILABLE NOW
Renovated 1x1 unit. Open plan dining, kitchen, lounge room. Bedroom has BIR & at rear is tiny courtyard.
2/31 Spoonbill Crescent $1,250 / wk South Hedland AVAILABLE 2/11 1x1 unit with fully renovated kitchen and laundry. 1 carport & artiﬁcial lawn.
16/2 Scadden Road South Hedland
$1,500 / wk AVAILABLE 21/11
This 3x1 unit is fully furnished and located in a secure complex. The bedrooms have BIR’s and there is a combined kitchen, dining, living area. The outside features a shared bbq area.
8/7 Grant Place Port Hedland
$1,500 / wk AVAILABLE 5/11
2 bedroom 1 bathroom unit with small easy care gardens located close to the local shopping centre & beaches.
21 Corbet Place South Hedland
$1,900 / wk AVAILABLE NOW
3x1 home newly renovated with fresh ﬂooring throughout and internal and external paint. 2 showers and a large yard with dual access.
9/11 Rutherford Road South Hedland
$2,200 / wk AVAILABLE 5/11
3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa in a quiet complex. Open plan dining/ kitchen/living . All bedrooms have BIR’s and are carpeted and split air- cons are throughout the home.
60 Dowding Way Port Hedland
From $5,600 /wk AVAILABLE 16/10
Unique 3 dwellings under 1 roof. 3x1 downstairs, 3x3 with entertaining balcony upstairs & a 2x1 unit at the rear. Company accommodation solution.
• A investment with great rental return
• Superb presentation throughout • Beautiful below ground pool patio and shaded lawns for entertaining • Five large bedrooms with 3 spacious bathrooms • Theatre room and separate study utilities room
10.45% Modern Stylish Decor Stunning below ground pool A fully enclosed rear yard just the place for kids and pets Walking distance to schools and parks
Karratha 5/163 Withnell Way South Hedland
$1,000 / wk AVAILABLE NOW
This 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom unique two storey villa is just a short stroll to the Centro Shopping Centre. Offering separate downstairs living area, master bedroom retreat upstairs and large private courtyards with built in barbecues you wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to live here.
6/163 Withnell Way Bulgarra
$1,200 / wk AVAILABLE NOW
Situated Close to Karratha’s CBD this lovely 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom two storey villa is the perfect place to come home and relax. With separate living area and own courtyard you will not want to miss the opportunity to live here. Fully Furnished villa.
30 McCamey Loop Baynton
$1,250 / wk AVAILABLE NOW
Located in sought after Baynton this 3x1 property has everything you need to enjoy spending your time at home. With good bedrooms, lovely kitchen and large secure yard with beautiful in ground pool you cant go past this lovely Baynton Home.
142 Withnell Way Bulgarra
26 Raynor Road, Baynton
5 Stingray Street, Baynton
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• 3 large bedrooms plus a study
• This property is an investors dream, well located in a cul-de-sac. • Situated on a large block allowing plenty of room for the above ground pool and alfresco area • A home with a great location and access. • All bedrooms are queen sized and ducted air-conditioning fans and built in robes
• Private front court yard
10 Hyde Road, Pegs Creek
458 McKenzie Way, Bulgarra
Priced to Sell – Achieve 12%
• Fully furnished with corporate lease to April, 2013 • 4 good sized bedrooms with built in robes, ducted air conditioning and fans • Functional kitchen with abundant cupboard space • Laundry features a second shower • Low maintenance gardens
• Full length patio and garage/ shed
• Major national corporate tenant • Secure 5 year lease with another potential 5 years • 3 good size bedrooms all with built ins • Large reticulated block with storage • Ideally located near shops and arterial roads
13 DiCarlo Way, Nickol
• Solid investment at an affordable • 3 bedrooms with built in robes
547 Emma Street, Bulgarra
831 Clarkson Way, Bulgarra
Secure National Tenant – Achieve 11%
33c Edkins Place South Hedland
Properties for Lease
Port & South Hedland
$1,300 / wk AVAILABLE NOW
How would you like to come home and just enjoy living? With 3 good size bedrooms, separate lounge and amazing yard space not to mention the glorious below ground pool you’ll want to spend more time at home than anywhere else!
276 Stuart Crescent Dampier
$1,350 / wk AVAILABLE NOW
3x1 with pool, huge undercover entertainment area, new kitchen, b-in robes, ducted air, ceiling fans, undercover parking for 3 cars plus high-roof boat port, large secure private block with rear access. Owners have reduced the rent to get the right tenants.
Karratha: (08) 9143 1599
ORESOME (WA) P/L T/as Crawford Realty RA 58282 • ABN: 31 131 733 876
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Hedland: (08) 9172 5300
30 NOVEMBER 10 2012
Port Hedland’s property market needs to wean itself off the resource sector By Ben Leahy
stock because we had to demolish our old properties to put our new ones in, but it meant that rather than spending $1,500 for a dump, families will spend $2,600 for a nice property.”
Port Hedland rental prices have eased slightly after hitting record highs last quarter, according to Jan Ford, the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia’s Pilbara spokesperson.
“So that is why the number of rentals available is not that much higher but the average cost goes up – because we have lifted the standard of our rentals.
Last month, the Pilbara Development Commission released its latest land snapshot in which it found that the average rental price in Port Hedland hit $2,544 in the September quarter, up nearly 20 per cent on the June quarter.
However, Ms Ford expects prices will ease as more houses come back into the market, including 30 properties currently occupied by employees of a harbour dredging company soon to finish its project. She also added that the Hedland market annually slows over summer as the cyclone season halts a number of construction projects.
South Hedland rental prices at an average of $1,920 were up almost 10 per cent on the earlier quarter. But Ms Ford, who also owns her own real estate business in Port Hedland, said the town’s rental prices have since eased off by about 20 per cent for older properties and 10 per cent for modern homes.
But she also said that this is likely to just be a lull before the storm. She sees housing prices climbing strongly in the medium term to match increased iron ore output from Hedland’s port.
“That is why I think [investors] should buy right now,” Ms Ford said.
Since 2005, the amount of cargo passing through the port has grown from approximately 110 million tonnes to 250 million tonnes.
“We’ve now got a slowing down while we get ready to ramp up for the next onslaught.”
target, we are going to need more people and houses to do it.”
ten-years of growth to invest, Ms Ford said.
“So we are not busy because we are pumping out iron ore, we are busy because we are constructing berths and rails and ports to put out the iron ore.
“That is why we need more industries to make the North strong,” she added.
“If all that infrastructure is to be built, then, of course, prices will go up. But if the market looks good for medium-term investors, the picture is not as rosy in the longer term. While there is a steady line of resource sector projects in the pipeline, many future projects have been put on hold after the recent slide in commodity prices. And that has raised the question of what happens to Port Hedland’s property market when the mining construction boom finishes? Ms Ford said: “At the moment we only have one industry here in Port Hedland, and if no other industry takes up the demand [for housing], then developers will not build.” Developers need to see five-to-
But high rental prices are hampering efforts to diversify local industry because they are pricing lower income workers and small businesses out of the market. Ms Ford said prices can only be controlled if there is an overarching plan to match housing, education and health needs to the number of major resource projects in the area. “We kept approving all this major industry expansion but we forgot to plan our towns at the same time,” Ms Ford said. “If you don’t plan your schools, your towns, your demographics, the services and all the support industries for the construction and mining projects then the outcome is high rent and unaffordable living standards. One of the side affects is that real estate agents are not always popular, according to Ms Ford.
“It is like running a shop and you get a carton of Coca-Cola, yet you’ve got 500 people wanting a cold can,” she said. “Then your gas goes in your fridge. “Now if I could have a whole truckload of Coca-Cola and gas piped to my fridge so that everyone could get a can, I would be a much happier person. “In other words, I would much rather sell a thousand houses at $200,000 each than 100 houses at $2 million each. “If houses were cheaper, we would all buy more. “Then we could have strong businesses and build our population. That might even attract East Coast residents and city dwellers, who ring Ms Ford regularly with hopes of moving to the Pilbara. “[Except] when they find out what the cost of a house is, they think we have added an extra zero to the price … and that changes their minds quite quickly.”
Over the same period, average rental prices in Port Hedland have increased five-fold.
Ms Ford said the record rental prices had been driven by an infl ux of workers employed at a number of new short-term construction projects. “We also had newer houses for rent,” Ms Ford said.
With Port Hedland hoping to process close to 500 million tonnes of cargo in the coming years, prices can only go up, according to Ms Ford.
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