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Woman stress more about housing affordability than men



WOMAN stay awake stressing about affordable housing more than a men, a new study has revealed.

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housing affordability a big issue

Slater and Gordon Conveyancing work survey 2000 Australians and a third of women said affordability was their biggest concern when it come to buying property.

Only a quarter of men surveyed felt the same.

Queensland also stressed more than other states.

The study showed nearly a third of Queenslanders (31%) said housing affordability was their top concern, followed by 29% of NSW residents, 28% of Victorians and 23% of residents in WA.

Other concerns for Australians were finding a property they liked, getting finance approved, hidden costs and interest rates.

Slater and Gordon Conveyancing Lawyer Robert Kern said the results showed affordability was still the biggest factor when it came to purchasing property.

“A mortgage is a big decision and, increasingly, a lot of money,” Mr Kern said.

“Australians may want the property of their dreams but they are also pragmatists and don’t want to be left with a mortgage they can’t repay,” he said.

“It’s important that people make a thorough assessment of their financial position before deciding to purchase a property.

After finding a property they liked and could afford, the residents of each state varied in their next biggest concern.

Western Australia was most worried about stamp duty (11%) compared to only 2.7% of Queenslanders who rated it as a concern.

More residents in Queensland (11.6%) were worried about getting finance approved.

And for Victorians, hidden costs were one of their biggest worries (11.4%).

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Sunshine Coast houses taking less time to sell



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THE time it takes to sell a Sunshine Coast house is getting shorter despite an increase in the number of properties on offer.

In the 12 months to August 31, it took an average 85 days for houses across the council area to change hands.

The figure was two days less than for the previous 12 months when homes were on the market for about 87 days.

Real Estate Institute of Queensland data shows 7476 Sunshine Coast houses were listed for sale in the year to this August, an increase on the previous year when 7074 were on the market.sunshine coast property market

The average vendor discount on Sunshine Coast houses remained the same at 5.6%.

The average percentage of profit-making resales rose over the 12 months from 82% in 2014 to 89% in 2015.

In Noosa, 2031 houses took an average 104 days to sell in 2015, compared to 2025 taking an average 107 days the previous year.

Profit-making resales are where a home is bought and then resold within 12 months for a profit.

Vendor discount refers to the difference between the price a property sells for and the price it was first advertised at when it was put on the market.

The figure is an average of all non-auction sales selling for less than their initial asking price. –


Sunshine Coast local government area August 2014-August 2015 house sales

Listings, average days on market, average vendor discount, % of profit-making resales

7476, 85, 5.6%, 89%

Sunshine Coast local government area August 2013-August 2014 house sales

Listings, average days on market, average vendor discount, % of profit-making resales

7074, 87, 5.6%, 82%

Noosa local government area August 2014-August 2015 house sales

Listings, average days on market, average vendor discount, % of profit-making resales

2031, 104, 6.5%, 87%

Noosa local government area August 2013-August 2014 house sales

Listings, average days on market, average vendor discount, % of profit-making resales

2025, 107, 6.7%, 81%

Source: REIQ

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Coast’s $4.25m property marks the best sale post-GFC



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THE $4.25 million sale of an oceanfront property at Dicky Beach marks the best post-GFC sale in Caloundra.

The four-bedroom Mediterranean-style house at 2 Cooroora St was sold by Ray White Caloundra co-principal Andrew Garland at an in-rooms auction yesterday.

While it is not a record price for the Caloundra area, it is a great shot in the arm for the property market that was getting back to pre-GFC levels, Mr Garland said.

“We expected to sell it,” he said. “It was very well marketed.

“What it says is there is a market for top-end beachfront property, something that has been absent for a few years.

“We have had sales up to $2 million in some of the beach suburbs but this shows the top end is back. It’s an indication that if it has not caught up (to pre-GFC sales), it’s hot on its heels.”

The Cooroora St sale brings to more than $10 million the sales at auction by the Caloundra office since Saturday. Mr Garland also sold a beachfront house at Shelly Beach on site on Saturday for $3.5million.

At the in-rooms event yesterday two of the eight properties sold under the hammer, two sold prior, one is expected to be concluded today and negotiations are proceeding satisfactorily on the other three.

The multi-level Cooroora St house is arguably the closest you can get to the beach on the Sunshine Coast apart from the First Point units at Noosa Heads.

The property attracted more than 70 inspections through the auction marketing campaign.

And there were five registered bidders on the day at Caloundra Events Centre.

From an opening bid of $3 million the house eventually sold to Brisbane-based buyers with business interests in central Queensland.

Most interest in the property came from the Brisbane area, Mr Garland said, with the eventual buyers intending to use it as a beach house.

The attraction was its position, with northerly coastal views as well as back to Moffat Headland.

Being a big and spacious house with a good shell to encourage refurbishment also held wide appeal.

“The fact we had five registered bidders for both properties (2 Cooroora St and 3 Beachside Ct) shows there is strength in that top-end market,” Mr Garland said.

He said it also showed a change in direction for buyers as it was likely that in previous years they would have looked at the Gold Coast first or some places further north.

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Is this Australia’s best place to retire?



With picturesque beaches, amazing weather, a friendly atmosphere and plenty of open spaces, it’s easy to see the appeal of retiring on Australia’s east coast.

Based on recent trends, one area seems to appeal to new retirees more than any other: the Sunshine Coast. (more…)

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