Reality check for Evans visitors

By BREE PRICE

FOR Brisbane couple Jim and Irene Sachs, real estate in Evans Head is attractive, but expensive.

Like many summer tourists to the area they stopped at the window of LJ Hooker while strolling along the town's main street.

"The prices here are comparable to Sydney," Mrs Sachs said.

"Brisbane prices are significantly below Sydney prices, so we can understand people from Sydney buying into here and thinking it's good value.

"But when you're from Brisbane the prices are considerably higher."

However, they said if they didn't already own a property at Tweed Heads they would consider buying in Evans Head.

"Evans Head is finite. Development won't go north and south because of the proximity of the national parks," Mr Sachs said.

Brian O'Farrell, director of Evans Head LJ Hooker, said sales inquiries had been strong, but high interest was common at this time of year.

"A lot of people come here for the first time and fall in love with the place," he said.

Mr O'Farrell said buyers were mostly searching for units, with vacant blocks becoming increasingly scarce.

"Evans Head is a family destination, and that's why people love it," he said.



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