30 June, 2020
There’s movement in the housing market in Gilgandra with new faces looking likely to turn up around town. M H Thomas & Gilgandra Real Estate have been seeing an increase in inquiries lately according to real estate agent Hayden Whiteman.
“We settled three properties in June which is very exciting. At the beginning of the pandemic we had a number of vacant rental properties and over the past week we’ve had five filled.”
Mr Whiteman said that COVID-19 Restrictions had made life quite difficult in the real estate world, with people barely leaving their homes, let alone looking to move to a new one. Even still the effects of the pandemic linger.
“At the height of the pandemic we had no inquiries, there was nothing in the emails and then all of sudden they started flowing in. We’ve got bookings to show places, which made it difficult because tenants were still wary about the pandemic and where these people are coming from and a lot of the time you don’t know.
“Morale was a bit low by afternoon during restrictions, there wouldn’t be a car in the street, 2 o’clock in the afternoon you wouldn’t see anyone. Now it’s busy, there are people walking, today there were lots of different couples about.”
Cheryl Batten of M and H Thomas said that people are coming into Gilgandra from the coast, which will help the town move out of the pandemic.
“These new tenants are new to town, they vary from Sydney to Coffs Harbour. It’s good for the town, because when the pandemic started, I think we were all worried and we didn’t know what it was going to lead to. I started to think the town could be dying, but I certainly don’t believe that now,” said Mrs Batten.
“The Gil opening across the road is going to create a lot of opportunities and the information centre going there while the CHC is renovated will bring more people into the main street.”