Curra's land of optimism with improving property prices
SOMETHING refreshingly optimistic is happening in the Curra property market, but local experts caution against getting carried away by the latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland sales figures.
The figures, released on Monday, show an extraordinary leap in Curra's median house price of 35.5% in only three months to a December median of $298,000.
But the experts say such an exceptional gain is just that - exceptional.
Both Gympie valuer Blair Fuller and Curra property agent Robyn Nelmes agreed yesterday that the price surge would have to be based on average figures distorted by one or two unusually lucrative sales and not necessarily representative of the market.
But the Declan family, of Cliff Jones Rd, is among the realistically optimistic residents of an increasingly busy but still affordable area.
"I love it," Jeanette Todd said of the home she shares with partner Andrew and children Declan, 2, and Kymba, 4, after they moved from the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
"My parents moved here in '89 from the Gold Coast," Jeanette said.
"I moved away a couple of years ago, but we're back now.
"I thought it was a bargain when we bought it three years ago.
"People are optimistic and everyone's friendly; it's a great place to bring up kids."