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Buyers and sellers will win in 2018 real estate game



Buyers and sellers will win in 2018 real estate game

IF 2017 was a year of consolidation for Sunshine Coast real estate, 2018 will be one of advancement, according to Brett Graham.

But while the director of six Ray White busnesses on the Sunshine Coast is confident the property market is on an upward trend, the one word he won’t use is “boom”.

Rather, it’s all about building on gains made in 2017 which, he says, was pretty much a perfect year in real estate.

“It was a good year for buyers and for sellers,” Mr Graham said.

“The amount of real estate that comes on the market year after year is generally the same – the only thing that changes is the number of buyers.

“And we had a good depth of buyers this year.”

If you already own property on the Sunshine Coast, Mr Graham predicts you can expect it to grow in value in 2018.

But if you don’t own any, it hasn’t yet reached the point where people are priced out of the market – as long as you are realistic about where you want to buy.

“My gut feeling is there will be a definite increase in real esate across the board in 2018,” Mr Graham said.

“That’s good news for people who already own property as they will likely see an equity increase.

“But for people who don’t own property yet, we are going through a period where people feel they have job security, which is a huge thing.

“Job security was really highlighted on the Sunshine Coast in 2017 and I believe that will flow into 2018.

“When people know they will have a job next year, they will be happy to buy, especially with interest rates low.

“My advice to people is that if you are looking to buy real estate and can afford it and are comfortable in your employment, now is the time to buy.

“But buy at a level you can afford and be realistic – maybe buy a little way away from the beach rather than over-stretching yourself financially.

“The reality is that within five years areas off the beach will have equity growth.”

Mr Graham doesn’t like to predict areas where real estate prices will increase most in 2018, saying 30-plus years in real estate have taught him not to try predicting the unpredictable.

But he can see one trend which he believes will capture the imagination of people – inner-city living.

Sun Central will be a game-changer for the region, Brett Graham predicts.

Sun Central will be a game-changer for the region, Brett Graham predicts.SunCentral

The new Maroochydore CBD, Sun Central, will provide an area where people can “work, live and play”, in the same style as Sydney’s Darling Harbour or Melbourne’s Southbank and Mr Graham believes people on the Sunshine Coast will quickly see the benefits.

“Personally, I prefer a focus on allowing higher density living in and around a CBD, rather than going and knocking down big swathes of native bush to put in more subvdivisions,” he said.

“The infrastructure is there and I think Sunshine Coast people will react fantastically once they set it (Sun Central) become a reality.

“It’s been proven around the world and we have to trust the town planners and the brains behind it because it will work here as well.”

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Sydney Baby Boomers drive real estate boom in Brisbane



Sydney Baby Boomers drive real estate boom in Brisbane

Brisbane’s bayside suburb of Wynnum is an attractive option for southern buyers.Source:Supplied

A MIGRATION of cashed-up Baby Boomers from Sydney will lead to a real estate boom in Brisbane, according to property investment experts.

A Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) members’ survey revealed that Brisbane was regarded as the best capital city for property investment.

Of the members who participated in the survey, 46.15 per cent rated Brisbane as the best capital for investment prospects in 2018.

PIPA chairman Peter Koulizos said the Queensland capital was expected to boom as a side effect of the Sydney property boom happening when Baby Boomers were looking at retiring.

“People that have a lot of equity in their home can retire or semi-retire by selling up and buying a home in southeast Queensland,” Mr Koulizos said.

And with the median house price in Sydney more than $1 million, he said this would give them a sizeable pile of cash left over after buying a home further north.

“That is because there is such a big price difference between Brisbane and Sydney,” he said.

A PIPA survey from last year also rated Brisbane as the best capital city in which to invest, but in the past 12 months the average house price has increased by just 2.9 per cent.

Mr Koulizos said a boom would come eventually, but picking the exact point was tricky.

“Property booms take a long time to gather momentum, I doubt you will see double digit growth in Brisbane this year but it may be different next year,” he said.

Melbourne was the next best investment option according to the survey, with 19.23 per cent believing it was a good place to invest, followed by Perth at 15.38 per cent.

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Property price growth on Gold and Sunshine coasts outperforming Brisbane, REIQ report finds



Property price growth on Gold and Sunshine coasts outperforming Brisbane, REIQ report finds
PHOTO: Highgate Hill, Milton, Kelvin Grove and West End suffered the biggest sales price declines in the inner-city ring. (ABC News: Isobel Roe)

Several of Brisbane’s more expensive suburbs are among the biggest losers in the property stakes, a Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) report rating performance in 2017 has found.

The Queensland market monitor showed Highgate Hill, Milton, Kelvin Grove and West End suffered the biggest sales price declines in the inner-city ring, followed by Wilston, New Farm and Taringa.

Highgate Hill in Brisbane’s inner-south suffered a median price plunge of 17.9 per cent year-on-year to $937,500.

Milton’s median price fell 11.4 per cent to $855,000, compared to 2016.

In Kelvin Grove, the median sale price was down 7.9 per cent to $764,750 and West End dropped 6.3 per cent to $1,030,500.

But some Brisbane suburbs enjoyed strong growth.

Teneriffe in the city’s inner-north became Brisbane’s first $2 million suburb in 2017 with a median sale price of $2.4 million — up 30 per cent on 2016.

At the same time, Kangaroo Point and Kalinga joined the $1 million club, with median sale prices soaring 28.4 per cent and 22.5 per cent respectively.

REIQ media manager Felicity Moore said inconsistences in price growth throughout the city could be attributed to “supply issues”.

“When you see a price soften significantly, it could be that there’s an additional level of stock developed, such as house and land packages that meets the level of demand,” Ms Moore said.

Gold Coast skyline
PHOTO: The Gold Coast recorded an overall increase in median sale price of 7.7 per cent. (Supplied: Tourism and Events Queensland)

Beach lifestyle proving attractive

Both the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast outperformed Brisbane in terms of house price growth.

The REIQ report showed the Gold Coast recorded an overall increase in median sale price of 7.7 per cent and the Sunshine Coast achieved 5.9 per cent, while Brisbane only managed an average of 2.6 per cent.

Ms Moore said the rediscovery of the beach “lifestyle markets” was somewhat overdue.

“When you look at what those markets have to offer, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are just world class coastal beachfront living at its best,” she said.

“They’re not densely populated, they’ve both got world class beaches, great shopping and good schools and the amenities that go into those communities are of a very high standard.”

She said 2017 results positioned the Gold Coast as the strongest market in Queensland and among the top 10 nationally.

“It’s a similar story with the Sunshine Coast, although for years the level of supply going into that market has been a bit constrained,” she said.

“It’s struggled from a long-time lack of construction of new dwellings and when there’s demand building up it puts pressure on prices.”

Mining downturn impact

The report indicated the mining downturn continued to impact parts of central Queensland.

In Blackwater, the median sale price nosedived 70 per cent to just $36,000 last year, down from $120,000 in 2016.

Five years ago, the average sale price was $450,000.

“It’s a very sad situation but there is good news on the horizon,” Ms Moore said.

“The global body that monitors coal demand is forecasting that from 2022 there’s going to be a global uptick in demand, so in anticipation of that we’re seeing some coal miners pull some smaller mines out of mothballs.

“There’s a level of confidence coming back into the coal sector.”

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The property clock strikes big for hot spot areas



The property clock strikes big for hot spot areas

9 Lion St, Ipswich. Picture:

DESPITE last month’s previous lacklustre values, analyst Michael Matusik has identified the areas on the upswing.

While property values remained fairly stagnant during February, property analyst Michael Matusik has revealed where the housing market is on the upswing.

Mr Matusik’s latest property clock for houses, has Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Redlands, Sunshine Coast and Gympie all in upswing.

He said a market’s position on the property clock was based on the strength and direction of key indicators including sales numbers, price and rent, demand and how much new supply there was.

His latest Matusik Missive also listed Ipswich, the Fraser Coast and Noosa markets as heading into upswing territory.

Ipswich has many beautiful homes, often at prices well below what something similar would cost in Brisbane’s suburbs. A four-bedroom home at 9 Lion St,Ipswich is listed for $879,000.

The land the home sits on was bought in 1904 from the family of the then Ipswich Mayor Mr Pettigrew. A home was built on it in 1907.

The period home has 3.5m high ceilings, VJ walls, period window, and timber floorboards which have all been restored.

REAL ESTATE: 9 Lion St, Ipswich. Picture:

REAL ESTATE: 9 Lion St, Ipswich. Picture:

The home has two new bathrooms, a large separate dining area and study. It is listed through Steve Athanates of NGU Real Estate Ipswich.

On the Gold Coast at Robina, 196 Easthill Drive is listed for more than $850,000.

The three-bedroom home is within the Glades Golf Community.

It has formal and informal living and dining areas, and an outdoor entertainment area with a swimming pool nearby.

196 Easthill Drive, Robina. Picture:

196 Easthill Drive, Robina. Picture:

It is listed through Ian and Linda Mills of McGrath – Palm Beach.

On the Sunshine Coast at Noosaville a home at 15 Bluebell Court is listed for offers of more than $740,000.

The three-bedroom home is in a cul-de-sac in a residential pocket bordered by the Lake Doonella Reserve.

The single-level home has open plan living and dining areas. An outdoor area overlooks the pool and reserve at the rear of the property.

15 Bluebell Court, Noosaville. Picture:

15 Bluebell Court, Noosaville. Picture:

The property has a double lockup garage, plus on-site side parking for a boat or caravan, on the 975sq m block.

It is listed through Tansy Grant and Justin Sykes of Ray White – Noosa.

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