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New builds in Melton push up market

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Melton in Melbourne’s west is experiencing a surge in residential development which is likely to boost values in the area, a major real estate agency has said.

A research report from PRDnationwide shows sales of vacant land are up by 80 per cent in the suburb.

PRDnationwide research analyst Augustine Conteh said residential development was driving demand.

“Since 2010, over $15 billion has been allocated to residential development to meet the ever-increasing demands of a growing population,” he said.

He predicted new housing construction would attract buyers to the region due to the favourable price point.

“It's now mid-2014 and the Melton area appears set to sustain gains made in the property market with buyer sentiment consistently attracting sellers and land affordability driving further growth in the market," Mr Conteh said.

In his view, Melton is even outperforming the capital city.

“While Melbourne's market was a little sluggish at the start of this year, Melton's residential sector is seen to be in good health,” he said.

Local PRDnationwide principal Russell Parker said the market is already on the move.

“There have been some promising signs over the past six months in Melton's property market,” he said.

“We have seen increasing enquiries for the established market and that confidence is starting to filter through to new builds and commercial developments.”

Melton is a satellite city around 35 kilometres west of the Melbourne CBD.

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