This is the third article in our weekly series on real estate advertisements in the Townsville market. In this post, we look at the Methods Of Sale being used in real estate advertisements in 2023W04.

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Townsville Real Estate Advertising – Method of Sale Report

Our latest weekly Summary Report came out yesterday, you can see past editions by clicking here. A quick recap of this week’s main real estate advertising statistics is below.

Overall number of listings this week

Townsville had 11,650 real estate advertisements published in 2023W04.

Comparison to number of listings last week

Advertisements are tracked every day of every week. This means variations to previous periods can be calculated, following are some of these variations.

Advertisements compared to last week : [‘-49’, ‘-0.4%’]

Advertisements compared to all time average : [‘+11,508.59’, ‘+8,138.2%’]

We will look more closely at the specific Methods Of Sale being deployed below.

The “Price Or No Price” Question

One of the big questions facing sellers is whether to set a price for their property, or let the market dictate terms. This is a situation relatively unheard of in other industries, and one that adds considerable time to the sale process. If the market dictates a price for the property that is higher than expectations, this extra time on market may be very lucrative.

Buyers typically prefer transparency. There are many tasks to be completed in buying a property (financing for example) and adding the task of a price appraisal to the list can turn many away. Also, the oft-used phrase “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it” can preclude buyers from investigating a property with a concealed or unclear price.

Below we look at real estate advertising data and how the Townsville market is addressing the question of pricing real estate.

Sale Price Listed Trends

Over the past quarter ending 2023W04, the proportion of real estate advertisements with a list price has varied between 28.5% and 30.4%.

Sale Price Listed by Suburb

We looked at where list prices appear the most often, and the least often.

Five suburbs with list price shown most often :

totaladverts priceslisted proportion
BARRINGHA 14 14 100.0%
HORSESHOE BAY 182 140 76.9%
ARCADIA 29 22 75.9%
JENSEN 485 343 70.7%
BROOKHILL 21 14 66.7%

Five suburbs with list price shown least often :

totaladverts priceslisted proportion
PINNACLES 7 0 0.0%
CALCIUM 7 0 0.0%
MUTARNEE 7 0 0.0%
GUMLOW 7 0 0.0%
RANGEWOOD 21 0 0.0%

Sale Price Listed by Property Type

Suburbs with slow moving markets, or high numbers of specialised or unique properties, often advertise listings without list prices.

totaladverts priceslisted proportion
newhomedesigns 14 14 100.0%
terrace 14 14 100.0%
newland 126 105 83.3%
rural 109 60 55.0%
rurallifestyle 14 7 50.0%
acreagesemirural 168 76 45.2%
vacantland 1910 726 38.0%
newhouseland 498 147 29.5%
apartmentunitflat 1972 545 27.6%
house 6328 1688 26.7%
semidetached 28 7 25.0%
blockofunits 140 35 25.0%
townhouse 158 39 24.7%
duplex 87 14 16.1%
studio 7 0 0.0%
farm 14 0 0.0%
newapartments 7 0 0.0%
villa 14 0 0.0%
developmentsite 28 0 0.0%
specialistfarm 14 0 0.0%

Advertising Collateral

Our purpose is to analyse trends in real estate advertising. The format and supporting information provided in a real estate advertisement indicates how expensive the advertisement costs to produce. It gives an indication of how effective vendors believe advertising collateral will be in influencing the sale of the property.

Proportion of Advertising Collateral

If the cost to produce advertisements is droppping, it indicates vendors are not seeing a return on their advertising production cost. The market is looking through quality collateral for value in the underlying deal. The following chart shows the volume of advertising collateral used over the last quarter.

Over the last quarter 37.9% of real estate advertisements in Townsville have a floor plan and 14.2% of real estate advertisements have a video

Media Count per Advertisement

Another indicator of advertising production cost, and therefore a gauge of market sentiment, is the volume of image media attached to an advertisement. A large volume of media attachments indicates a more bullish market as buyers are more open to influence.

Over the past quarter real estate advertisements have 4.66 images attached to the real estate advertisement.

This week, real estate advertisements have 4.64 images attached to the real estate advertisement.

When comparing this week’s average real estate advertisement media to the previous quarter, media counts are down 0.38%.

Agencies & Brokers

Different real estate agencies and individual brokers tend to use the same method of sale in selling real estate. However, different properties generally need different methods of sale. We analyse methods of sale that each agency and broker tends to utilise in their real estate advertisements.

Agency Focus

Over the past week, Townsville real estate agencies tend to use the following methods of sale in their real estate advertising.

  • The agency with the highest proportion of Auction advertisements in 2023W04 is : SGA Sales had 32 adverts, 14 auctions (43.75% rate)
  • The agency with the highest proportion of Open For Inspections advertisements in 2023W04 is : First National Townsville had 84 adverts, 44 open for inspections (52.38% rate)
  • The agency with the highest proportion of List Price advertisements in 2023W04 is : Next Level Land Marketing had 28 adverts, 28 prices listed (100.00% rate)

Broker Focus

Over the past week, individual Townsville real estate brokers have tended to use the following methods of sale in their real estate advertising.

  • The individual broker with the highest proportion of Auction advertisements in 2023W04 is: Ricardo Baggio had 9 adverts, 7 auctions (77.78% rate)
  • The individual broker with the highest proportion of Open For Inspections advertisements in 2023W04 is : Terry Godde had 7 adverts, 7 open for inspections (100.00% rate)
  • The individual broker with the highest proportion of List Price advertisements in 2023W04 is : Andrew Forster had 56 adverts, 56 prices listed (100.00% rate)

Other Real Estate Advertising Reports

This Method Of Sale Report isn’t the only real estate advertising report that we produce. You can also see our:

Weekly Summary Reports

Weekly Suburb Reports

Weekly Property Details Reports

Weekly Agent & Broker Reports

For more details of the specifics of this report, take a look at this article on Real Estate Advertising Reports

About the Publisher

Apcree is a start-up property technology firm based in Townsville, Queensland. Our real estate statistics are managed by one of North Queensland’s most qualified and experienced property economists. The algorithms used to generate our statistics ensure they remain independent and unbiased.


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