Happy ending for Tasmanian house sales

HOUSE sales in the state ended on a positive last year, reveals the Real Estate Institute of Tasmania's December Quarter Property report.

Released today, the report shows a 10.7 per cent increase in house sales for December and a 21.1 per cent increase for the year.

Ravenswood, Beaconsfield and George Town remain the state's most affordable towns.

The three most expensive were Sandy Bay, Acton Park and Glebe.

Real Estate Institute of Tasmania president Adrian Kelly said he hoped the positive news continued through 2014.

``House sales in Hobart, Launceston and the North-West Centres increased not only for the December quarter, but for the entire year,'' he said.

``Launceston house sales ... showed positive growth, up 23.2 per cent after a 7.3 per cent decline in the September quarter, recording an overall increase of 17.1 per cent in house sales from the same time last year.''

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