BUYERS looking for a sea change are encouraged to look further afield than the traditional South-West market.
Real estate agent and auctioneer Rob Mason made his own sea change to the South Coast four years ago and would like more people to consider the region.
“We felt Albany was the pick of the regional centres in WA,” he said.
“We think it has the nicest weather, beaches and rivers, the most spectacular natural environment and a thriving cultural scene, with seemingly some type of event on almost every weekend.”
Mr Mason has opened his own Albany-based agency – Mason Realty – and aims to promote the South Coast to a broader audience and introduce discerning buyers to the exciting real estate opportunities that exist in that beautiful part of the world.
The agency will cover a large geographic area, radiating out from Albany.
“Exceptional value and variety would sum up what is on offer for buyers of South Coast property,” Mr Mason said.
“Such a diverse range of housing options are available, from small, low-maintenance, inner-city units and townhouses, to beachfront homes and acreage properties on the outskirts of town, through to farms further out.”
Mr Mason said the market would best be described as steady, with only minor fluctuations in price and turnover.
“The median price is currently $372,000, which is a light fall from a year ago and basically unchanged compared to five and 10 years ago,” he said.
Mr Mason said the South Coast’s distance from Perth meant it was viewed as a sea change destination, rather than a holiday home location, and the most ideal place to raise a family.
He said technology now allowed people to work remotely.
“We have a neighbour who runs his HR business, which is based in Sydney, from his small acreage property,” Mr Mason said.
“I know of another who runs a mining consulting firm based in Perth and the Pilbara from here and others who visit an office in Perth once a month and work remotely the rest of the time.” n