Housing hot in Casino

By ALEX EASTON

SCOTT PEART will be having a great Christmas this year.

While real estate remains sluggish in parts along the coastal strip, the Casino LJ Hooker agent has sold four properties this week, and may sell his fifth for the week today.

Mr Peart said the real estate market in areas such as Casino and Kyogle was bubbling as people continued to move west in search of bargains.

And they were finding them.

Casino's top buy at the moment is a twoyear-old four-bedroom house with ensuite on a quarter-acre block, selling for only $279,000.

Mr Peart said the house was in a cul-de-sac at the popular Gays Hill estate, five minutes west of Casino, an area favoured by the town's professionals and an area where the average home sells for about $300,000.

It also has a double lock-up garage and a rural outlook.

"This is the cheapest house in that estate," he said.

So, why so cheap?

Well, Mr Peart said, the owners wanted to find a place with more land for their six huskies to run around on and they wanted a quick sale.

And?

Well, six big dogs that like to dig spending two years in a traditionallysized back yard.

"It needs a bit of work. The dogs have ripped up the backyard," he said.

The damage can't be too bad. Mr Peart said he had taken four groups of people through for inspections of the house since it was listed on Wednesday.

"We've told the owner not to accept the first offer. I think it will sell very close to the asking price," he said.



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