QUEENSLAND homeowners have pocketed more than $2.1 billion in property profits in the last three months as new figures reveal there is little pain in the market.
While property price growth has slowed the overwhelming majority of sellers achieved more than they had paid for their property during the September quarter, according to the latest CoreLogic Pain and Gain report.
Within the Brisbane City Council region 90.4 per cent of property sales in the quarter achieved a profit, with a median profit of $182,500.
Councils outside of Brisbane also did well during the quarter with Logan, Moreton Bay and Redland all recording more than 90 per cent of sales for a profit.
The report analyses sales during the September quarter and how many properties sold for more or less than the owners previously paid for them.
It said with the housing market experiencing a slow down in the rate of price growth, it was anticipated that nationally the number of loss making sales could increase in the next couple of quarters
CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said the figures hadn’t changed dramatically in Brisbane during the quarter.
“I think in Brisbane things are pretty steady as she goes, except I guess the one talking point is we have probably seen a slight edging higher of resales at a loss for houses, which had been trending lower for quite a while and obviously units are still pretty inflated,’’ he said.
“We have seen upticks in loss making sales like that in the past. It is nothing too concerning yet, but certainly something to watch if it continues.’’
The median profit was $121,000 and a total profit of $290,350,926.
Mr Kusher said coastal areas had experienced a massive turnaround in the past couple of years.
“The Gold and Sunshine Coasts in particular. I think that again reflects the fact that in terms of value growth the Gold and Sunshine Coasts are actually stronger than Brisbane at the moment.
“I think a lot of migration we are getting into southeast Queensland is into the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and not necessarily into Brisbane.’’
The report found that nationally 90.8 per cent of properties which were resold in the September quarter were at a price at or more than the previous purchase price.
This was only 0.1 per cent lower than the previous quarter.
Regional markets still struggled with more than half, 52.5 per cent of properties sold in Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday region sold at a loss.
Central Queensland was not much better with 44.3 per cent of sales at a loss and in Townsville 42.9 per cent were for less than owners originally paid. In the Wide Bay region about a third of properties sold for a loss.
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Queensland’s population hits 5 million people today
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.
PHOTO: 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.
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.”
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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