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Novices who have less knowledge about what housing market is can successfully make it if right ideas are embraced. Obsolete ideas should be avoided so it’s important to know the updates.

It’s a big issue and there is a lot of noise around young people being priced out of the market.

Ideas being bandied about include using superannuation to fund a deposit.

So what has changed in recent generations?

According to Mortgage Choice’s recent new home loan approval data, Queensland and West Australian first home buyers accounted for almost one in five loans written throughout February.

By comparison, in New South Wales, first home buyers accounted for less than one in every 20 loans.

Mortgage Choice spokesperson Jessica Darnbrough said there were many reasons why first home buyer numbers differed from state to state.

New South Wales has the smallest percentage of first home buyers entering the market.
This is largely unsurprising when you consider that the state’s capital, Sydney, boasts the country’s highest median dwelling price ($680,000).

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On the flipside, Ms Darnbrough said Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane boasted a much lower median dwelling price ($452,000).

There are also certain stamp duty concessions for those first home buyers looking to purchase an established property.

“Our research shows more than 70% of first home buyers who purchased their property within the past two years bought an established dwelling,” she said.

“As such, it is isn’t surprising to see first home buyer participation stronger in the states that not only offer concessions or grants to those looking to purchase an established dwelling, but those states boasting a lower median dwelling price.”

Mooloolaba-based real estate director Amber Werchon’s advice to first home buyers is to research the area in order to act when the right property comes to the market.

“To save a deposit put away at least 10% of your income into savings before you spend anything,” she said.

“Make sure that you buy within your means and factor in future interest rate rises so that you are never in a position where you are under financial pressure/forced to sell.

“Save, save, save and pay off as much as you can as fast as you can.”

“Then you can look at an investment property sooner rather than later.”


Buy a property as soon as you can. If you can’t afford to buy where you want to live, get a foot in the door and rent it out.

Don’t overcommit – buy a property, but within your means, so you can still have the lifestyle you want.

The greatest tip came from a colleague. Never sell your first home. Use it as equity to get your next one.

My tip is you cannot afford to travel unless you have an investment of some sort to come back to.


Such tips can help you make it right on your first experience in this market. With these, you will less likely fail.

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Auction tips: Why and when you should auction



WHEN it comes time to sell your property, the age-old argument of auction versus private treaty naturally comes to the fore.

There is no one best practice but the general consensus among property professionals is both type of housing and market confidence play pivotal roles.

Core Logic RP Data auctions spokesman Kevin Brogan crunched combined capital city data over the 12 months to November 2015 and found higher valued and more unusual properties were taken to auction.

“If you have a house in a street and there are 10 others like it, you have a pretty good idea of what it’s worth,” Mr Brogan said.

“But if it’s unique or unusual you might not be able to pick what it’s worth so you take it to auction on the proviso there’s enough interest.

“Looking at the combined capital city data over the past 12 months to November, you see the general median price of houses that sold at auction is about $950,000.

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Construction Begins On Sunshine Coast CBD



Construction Begins On Sunshine Coast CBD

Construction Begins On Sunshine Coast CBD

Construction officially began today on a new central business district for the Sunshine Coast, which is forecast to create more than 30,000 permanent jobs in the region by 2040 and provide a $5.9 billion boost to the Queensland economy over the project‟s 20-year life.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk turned the first sod on the prime 53-hectare SunCentral Maroochydore development site, which promises to showcase excellence in urban design, technology and innovation, including some Australian firsts, such as automatic waste collection.

SunCentral Maroochydore‟s Chief Executive Officer John Knaggs said the unique development represented a coming of age for the region.

“The Sunshine Coast is already the second highest performing regional economy in Queensland and the fifth highest nationally,” Mr Knaggs said.

“With the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital due for completion at the end of this year along with the planned expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport, the new city centre at Maroochydore will ensure we are rising to the challenge of growth, with a clear focus on jobs.

“The Sunshine Coast population has risen from 65,000 to 335,800 in the past 40 years and by 2040, well over half a million people are likely to call the region home.”

The Council-owned land would deliver more than $300 million in public space and infrastructure to the people of the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the site on the former Horton Park Golf Club would be transformed over the next two decades to include commercial buildings, destination retail outlets, a premium hotel, civic facilities and an exhibition, convention and entertainment centre, with 40 per cent of the new city centre site dedicated to waterways and parkland.

“This is Australia‟s only greenfield CBD within an existing urban area, which provides us with the opportunity to build from scratch, a city centre that is able to meet the needs of people both now and in the future,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Applying our smart city framework – which includes digital solutions for the management of street lighting, car parking, water, power and signage that is detected by smartphones and other technologies, and where rubbish bins are emptied via automated underground tubes means SunCentral Maroochydore will become a nation-leading destination for innovative businesses.

“Importantly, given its significance to the Sunshine Coast, this is a project owned by the community. Independent expert analysis suggests our new city centre will grow our local economy by $4.4 billion over the life of the project.”

SunCentral Maroochydore‟s CEO said the project was vital to preventing urban sprawl on the Sunshine Coast and would deliver a viable commercial hub, public recreational facilities and an interconnected city.

“Urban sprawl has been a challenge on the Sunshine Coast for decades and SunCentral Maroochydore is about consolidating future development and delivering an outstanding city centre,” Mr Knaggs said.




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Coast real estate experts say property still on the rise



REAL estate identities say the Sunshine Coast market will continue to grow steadily, regardless of reports that the housing cycle has peaked.

EXPERT’S VIEW: Prices are yet to peak say local agents.

EXPERT’S VIEW: Prices are yet to peak say local agents.

Investment bank Morgan Stanley released research this week calling the peak and forecasting a slowdown in price growth, followed by a negative impact on building activity next year. (more…)

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