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Caloundra, Queensland: Where you can buy a beach holiday unit under $200,000




For those who’ve ever dreamed of owning their own beach holiday escape, it can still be done for less than $200,000 – and on the Sunshine Coast no less.

Caloundra, the southernmost community on the Sunshine Coast and only an hour and 15-minute drive from Brisbane, is a laid-back town with excellent cafes, bars, restaurants and playgrounds.

Units within walking distance of some of Caloundra’s most beautiful beaches are being snapped up by savvy buyers keen to snare their own slice of the Sunshine Coast, such as this beachfront bargain that sold in May for $184,000, or this poolside apartment for $175,000 in January.


Remax First agent Lachlan Anderson is marketing Caloundra’s most affordable property, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom contemporary apartment with ocean views.

Listed at offers over $199,000, it’s set in a prime position close to shops, cafes and boutiques and is a short walk from the beachfront.

“Understandably, properties in this price bracket are extremely popular,” Mr Adams says.


Most popular are the two-bedroom units in older complexes without lifts or pools and, moreover, low body corporates. They generally start in the $300,000s and sell within the first week, Mr Adams says.

“Buyers can see the value here. Where else in Australia can you buy this close to the beach, with these views, at this price?”

Traditionally considered the quieter and more family-orientated cousin of neighbouring towns such as Noosa and Mooloolaba, Caloundra has all the warmth of a country town wrapped up in a spectacular package of picturesque coastline and beautiful beaches.


A considered development approach has ensured beaches such as Moffatt, Shelly and Dicky Beach have remained residentially protected zones and, as such, these beaches are dotted with stunning ocean front properties that can never be built out.

So it comes as no surprise that Caloundra’s prestige properties come highly sought after.

Ray White Caloundra director Tom Garland is marketing the exclusive Shelly Beach home belonging to local solicitor Geoff Lyons – a stunning Trevor Reitsma-designed masterpiece that offers breathtaking ocean views from almost every room – and says the appetite for properties like this is at record levels.

“This market is so strong. We’ve recently auctioned a number of properties and they’ve all sold somewhere within the range of $3.5 million to $4.2 million,” he says.

Mr Garland says the past 12 to 18 months have seen record prices paid for luxury beachfront homes.

“Every auction we’ve got five to 12 registered bidders – that many people with that capacity to pay those prices are here wanting to buy. The buyers that were missing five years ago have now come back.”

Domain Group figures show prices for units in Caloundra have grown by a whopping 9.2 per cent over the past six months alone. In the past 12 months, units rose 4.9 per cent and houses 19 per cent.

Mr Garland says despite the buoyancy of the market, prices are still markedly off where they were pre-GFC.

“A lot of that growth can be attributed to those units under $400,000 – that’s where we’re seeing the greatest number of sales,” he says.

“In other price ranges, some properties are lagging as far behind as a few hundred thousand dollars. But we are seeing a change – those buyers that were nowhere to be seen when the GFC hit have now returned.

“I think the point is that there is still a lot of value in the Caloundra market. Whether you’ve got $200,000 or $5 million to spend, there’s something for everyone here.”


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Home in blue-chip street sells for $4.1 million



Home in blue-chip street sells for $4.1 million

Home in blue-chip street sells for $4.1 million
Home in blue-chip street sells for $4.1 million
Home in blue-chip street sells for $4.1 million
Home in blue-chip street sells for $4.1 million

Home in blue-chip street sells for $4.1 million


The canal-front home at 59 Witta Circle, Noosa Heads, sold on April 30 for $4.1 million through Tom Offerman Real Estate.


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Queensland’s population hits 5 million people today



Queensland's population hits 5 million people today
PHOTO: Is this Queensland’s 5 millionth person? Cordy Kerr-Kennedy was born yesterday in Townsville. (ABC News: Mark Jeffery)

Queensland’s population has tipped the 5 million mark today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has told State Parliament.

Ms Palaszczuk said several expectant families were on standby to welcome the state’s five-millionth resident.

“Somewhere today a brand new mum and dad will be eager to meet their new arrival,” she told the house.

“The whole family will want to know: is it a boy or is it a girl? And the doctor will say, ‘congratulations, it’s a Queenslander’.”

Ms Palaszczuk said the two main drivers of the increase were migration growth, particularly from New South Wales, and from 60,000 babies being born in the past year.

Queensland's population hits 5 million people today
 The state’s five-millionth resident was born today.(ABC North Queensland: Nathalie Fernbach)

“Overseas and interstate migration is up by 50,000 people in the past year, 19,000 came from interstate … more than 12,000, or 230 a week, move from New South Wales to Queensland,” she said.

ABS data also revealed the fastest and largest-growing area in Queensland in 2016-17 was Pimpama on the Gold Coast, which grew by 3,000 people.

Large growth also occurred in Jimboomba on Brisbane’s south side and in North Lakes — a suburb north of the city — which both increased by 2,100 people.

Coomera on the Gold Coast and Springfield Lakes in Ipswich also experienced large growth up 1,400 people.

The State Government’s population counter gives a “synthetic estimate” of the number of current Queenslanders, assuming a total population increase of one person every 6 minutes and 22 seconds.

Earlier this year the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said Queensland’s population was growing at 1.7 per cent and was projected to tick over to 5 million in May.

ABS data released in March also revealed Brisbane was one of the country’s fastest-growing cities and had increased by 48,000 in 2017, hitting 2.4 million people.

 Queensland's population hits 5 million people today
PHOTO: The ABS estimated Queensland’s population was growing 1.7 per cent a year. (AAP: Dan Peled)

ABS demography director Anthony Grubb said the state’s population had “come a long way” in the last century.

“In 1901 the population was half a million; a tenth of what it is today… it took 37 years to hit the 1 million milestone in 1938 and another 36 years to reach 2 million in 1974,” he said.

But Mr Grubb said population growth “picked up the pace” after that, taking just 18 years to reach 3 million then only another 14 years to hit 4 million in 2006.

Queensland could be leading growth state in future

Population demographer Dr Elin Charles-Edwards said although Queensland is not currently the fastest growing state, it is possible it could top the leader board later down the track.

‘Not in the short-term, but Queensland is coming up off a relatively subdued growth so perhaps we might be entering an era of more rapid growth,” she said.

Dr Charles-Edwards said the challenges that generally come with increased population could be managed in Queensland.

“As long as we keep up and don’t take our eye off the ball we can continue to absorb quite high levels of growth… but really it’s keeping up with the infrastructure that’s the key challenge,” she said.

Dr Charles-Edwards said it was important to note some parts of the state, particularly in western Queensland, were experiencing population decline.

“While the south-east corner is growing and also many Indigenous communities are growing, other parts of the state are shrinking,” she said.

“Perhaps we could do more to encourage people to move outside the south-east corner.

“If we were able to work out some way to decentralise our population, growth a little bit further up into the northern regional centres, I think that would benefit the growth of south-east Queensland.”


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APRA to end cap on property investor loan growth



APRA to end cap on property investor loan growth

APRA is removing the 10 per cent ‘speed limit’ on investor loan growth.
Photo: Louise Kennerley

The banking regulator is axing a 10 per cent speed limit on bank lending to property investors, saying the cap has served its purpose and improved credit standards.

With Sydney house prices falling and credit growth slowing, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority on Thursday said it would remove the cap for bank boards that could prove they had been following its guidelines on prudent lending.

In late 2014, amid a surge in borrowing by property investors and rapid house price growth, APRA took the rare step of setting a 10 per cent limit on the annual growth in banks’ housing investor loan portfolios.

The measure has rocked the mortgage market in recent years, prompting banks to jack up interest rates for housing investors, and demand borrowers stump up bigger deposits.

But on Thursday, APRA chairman Wayne Byres said it was prepared to remove the measure because there had been an improvement in lending standards and a slowdown in credit growth.

“The temporary benchmark on investor loan growth has served its purpose. Lending growth has moderated, standards have been lifted and oversight has improved,” Mr Byres

Even so, the regulator will retain a separate 2017 policy that requires banks to limit their new interest-only lending to less than 30 per cent of all new home loan approvals.

APRA also said there was “more to do” in improving other aspects of banks’ lending, including how they assessed borrowers’ expenses, their existing debts, and the approval of loans that fell outside of banks’ formal lending policies.

APRA said it expected banks to introduce limits on the proportion of new lending that could be done at “very high” debt-to-income levels.

“In the current environment, APRA supervisors will continue to closely monitor any changes in lending standards,” Mr Byres said.

“The benchmark on interest-only lending will also continue to apply. APRA will consider the need for further changes to its approach as conditions evolve, in consultation with the other members of the Council of Financial Regulators.”


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