Apartments in the Gold Coast suburbs of Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise have seen a massive rent decrease due to the coronavirus.
A survey found rent prices for one-bedroom units in Boulevard North Apartments were priced at $450 per week last year but have since dropped to between $350 and $390.
Two-bedroom flats in Circle on Cavill in Surfers Paradise were priced at $630 per week in early 2020, but have now fallen to $425.
The one-bedroom Boulevard North Apartments feature an ocean view with an open-plan living and dining area, a full kitchen, laundry facilities and a separate bedroom with a large queen-sized bed.
The two-bedroom apartments in Surfers Paradise also feature an ocean view and come with two bathrooms – including the master with a spa bath – a gourmet kitchen and a large dining area.
It also features a master bedroom with a queen-sized bed and a choice of two single beds or another queen in the second bedroom.
The rent for three and one-bedroom apartments in Bel Air on Broadbeach has been cut by nine and eight per cent to $525 and $360 per week.
A number of new vacancies have also appeared in areas close to employment hubs such as Pacific Fair and The Star complex.
REIQ Gold Coast zone chair, Andrew Henderson, said price cuts were a result of an adjusting market due to retail and hospitality workers losing their jobs.
‘They’ve gone back home or to friends because they weren’t able to afford to stay where they were,’ he said told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Mr Henderson said apartments in the price range of about $500 or less per week have received the largest discounts.
‘Take around the Pacific Fair, casino and Convention Centre. Obviously there have been a lot of jobs disappear from three big employers and hence anything within walking distance was a popular pocket that at the moment is showing a high number of vacancies because the jobs aren’t there.’
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