As buyers prepare to make a real estate move in the new year, a number of families are already easing in to 2019 with new homes.
Eager house hunters took advantage of the festive season by inspecting properties and making price offers while others kicked back – a move that paid off.
One western Sydney agent has had four properties cool off this week, with another due to settle on Monday.
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Matt Barham from Elders Real Estate Toongabbie said they were all snapped up in the week leading up to Christmas.
“Given the softening market I was really surprised by that, especially since those properties had been on the market for a month or two,” Mr Barham said.
“I would say it was a case of eager buyers but also sellers being more reasonable when it came to price, as they hoped to round out the year with a sale,” he said.
A four-bedroom house in Seven Hills sold to an excited family for $850,000. They had been looking for a few months when they made an offer on the two-storey house at 17 Lawrence St.
On more than 550sqm, the home features timber floors, open-plan living areas and a rear entertainment area and retreat.
Just streets away in Toongabbie, a family from Ashfield with a limited budget secured the three-bedroom house at 37 Valeria St for $610,000.
A single-storey residence on 572sqm in Greenmeadows Cres sold for $750,000 to buyers who had been searching for a year while a nearby three-bedroom villa went to owner occupiers for $617,500.
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The sales have cooled off this week and residents will be able to move in this month.
On the border of the Blacktown and Parramatta regions, these suburbs are seeing a steady start to the year, according to Mr Barham, who is currently negotiating another sale.