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Ipswich records highest growth in house prices in Queensland

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House prices in Ipswich are skyrocketing and its growth outstripping every other region in Queensland, including Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine coasts.

The Domain regional house price report shows Ipswich house prices increased by 6.3 per cent during the March quarter –a massive result compared to the rest of the state, where most house prices fell.

Out of 14 regions in Queensland, only four others recorded positive growth during the March quarter: Cairns (0.7 per cent), the Gold Coast (1.1 per cent), Redlands (1.0 per cent) and the Sunshine Coast (2.7 per cent). Brisbane’s house price fell by 3.2 per cent to a median of $635,925.

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Ipswich also recorded the strongest growth in Queensland over the past 12 months, with house prices increasing a whopping 11 per cent.

The only other regions that came remotely close to Ipswich’s result were the Gold Coast (8.2 per cent rise in 12 months) and the Sunshine Coast (7.5 per cent rise in 12 months). Brisbane’s house price grew by 3.1 per cent during that time.

Local Ipswich agents reported last year that affordable house prices were driving a recovery in Ipswich as first-home buyers and investors took advantage of a market that struggled since the 2011 floods.

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Gillian Dargusch of First National Karalee Prestige says buyers from Brisbane are continuing to turn to Ipswich, often seeking out character properties that would otherwise be out of their reach in the capital city.

“Brisbane people are looking for better value and they can see it here,” Ms Dargusch says.

Young couple Ashley and Priscilla Payne saw the value in Ipswich after they sold their house at Stafford Heights in Brisbane earlier this year. They wanted a forever home and couldn’t justify paying Brisbane prices, Mr Payne says.

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“We’d bought our Stafford Heights home five years earlier so we’d done well but of course everything else had also moved up,” he says.

“My wife grew up in Wavell Heights and it was hard convincing her to leave there – but it was a no-brainer once we looked past the stigma of Ipswich and talked to some locals.

“We’d considered Logan and Redlands but Ipswich had so much appeal with its character homes and, more importantly, so much potential, now and in the future.”

The couple settled on an adorable Queenslander house at French Street, Booval, for just over $300,000 and are looking forward to starting work on their forever home, with “big plans” in mind.

Luke Buckel of Ray White Bundamba says it’s not just the house prices bringing buyers to Ipswich from Brisbane.

“There’s those who won’t ever move out here because of perceptions but those who come out here find everything’s here; the airport is 40 minutes away, there’s wonderful amenities, beautiful housing and excellent schools,” he says.

“Gorgeous old homes you can bag here like 8 Thorn Street, Ipswich, for $569,000, or move them closer to Paddington and you’ll be paying more like $1.5 million. That’s difficult to ignore.”

 

Originally Published: https://www.domain.com.au

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Queensland Attracts UK Property Seekers

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Queensland Attracts UK Property Seekers

Research by realestate.com.au showed that searches for property in Queensland climbed by nearly a third in December compared to the same period in the previous year. This was driven largely by British people who are flocking to one of the most populous states in the country, according to a report by news.com.au.

The study found that property searches originating from the UK increased 31%, with the Sunshine Coast suburbs of Noosa Heads, Buderim and Mooloolaba as popular picks among potential buyers.

New Farm, Redcliffe and North Lakes, meanwhile, topped the list of the most in-demand suburbs in Brisbane.

Nerida Conisbee, Realestate.com.au chief economist, said Queensland, specifically its beachside properties, held the top spot in terms of total search activity among UK property seekers.

“The Hemsworth impact seems to be impacting the view of Byron Bay with this the most searched by UK property seekers in December 2018 — the number tripling from December 2017,” she said.

Universal Buyers Agents Director Darren Piper said that the chaos surrounding Brexit in Britain was enticing overseas buyers to explore the Australian property market.

“House prices in London have fallen for the fifth quarter in a row. It’s natural for investors to look for safe havens in times of uncertainty,” he said.

Australia’s property market has consistently grown over the past decade, with homes in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne reaching record prices.

“It’s the perfect time for people to get their foot in the door and it’s a great time as a homeowner to explore your options, maybe make a move or stay the course,” said Piper.

 

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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Where it’s cheaper to buy than rent: It’s Ipswich’s time to shine

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Where it’s cheaper to buy than rent It’s Ipswich’s time to shine

SHUT out of the Brisbane market? Don’t despair. You can still bag a bargain in Ipswich as it shakes off its stigma as the city’s poor cousin.

IT HAS played second fiddle to Brisbane for years, but finally, it is Ipswich’s time to shine.

Long regarded as the river city’s poor cousin, the “Switch” has shaken off its stigma and is forging a name for itself as the state’s property bargain capital — where you can get a house for less than your weekly rent.

New figures from realestate.com.au have revealed the suburbs across Queensland where it is now cheaper to buy than rent and eight of the top 20 are in the Ipswich growth corridor.

In Ebbw Vale, where the median house price is $248,500, it works out to be $386 cheaper to own a home in the suburb than to rent one.

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And in the burgeoning masterplanned community of Ripley, where it costs $1600 a month on average to rent of home, it only costs $1230 a month on average to own one.

It comes as Brisbane’s housing market has recorded its strongest annual rise in rents in three years.

After months of flat growth in rental properties, analysis of the latest CoreLogic data by realestate.com.au shows house rents increased 2.4 per cent in 2018, while the cost of leasing a unit became 2.6 per cent more expensive.

A rare combination of low interest rates, a rising population and fewer investors and new developments is starting to put upward pressure on rents in the sunshine state and industry experts say now is the time for long-term renters to buy.

Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the only way was up for rents in the city, as underlying demand in the Brisbane market began to absorb rental supply.

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Ms Conisbee said she was surprised by the “sheer number of suburbs” in greater Brisbane where it was cheaper to buy than rent.

“There’s quite a large number of them,” she said.

“Now is actually a good time to look to buy because we are looking to see further increases in rental levels.

“The reason being we have fewer new developments going ahead and also fewer investors in the market.”

Caitlin and Bryn Williams decided to buy a home in Ripley when they realised they could pay about the same in loan repayments as they were in rent.

After previously renting in Ipswich, they bought a brand new, four-bedroom house for just over $350,000 in the Ecco Ripley estate, where stage one of the $1.5 billion Ripley Town Centre has just been completed.

“We’re happy not to be renting anymore,” Mrs Williams said.

“What we were paying in rent, we were paying off someone else’s mortgage.”

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Ripley is on track to become Australia’s biggest masterplanned community — home to 120,000 by 2041.

CoreLogic figures show the suburb’s median house price has grown by nearly 20 per cent in the past 12 months.

Mohammad Bassiri of Ray White Springfield Lakes said people were starting to realise it worked out cheaper or just as expensive to buy a home in the Ipswich region as it was to rent one.

Mr Bassiri said a friend of his recently moved from a rental at Springfield Lakes to buy a three-bedroom house at South Ripley for $320,000 because he realised the mortgage repayments were the same as his rent payments.

WHERE IT IS CHEAPER TO BUY THAN RENT IN QLD

Suburb Median house price Monthly loan repayment Monthly rent Difference

1. Lamb Island $110,000 $405 $997 $592

2. Macleay Island $182,000 $669 $1,192 $523

3. Russell Island $165,000 $607 $1,083 $476

4. Kilcoy $272,000 $1000 $1,452 $452

5. Mundoolun $576,000 $2,118 $2,548 $430

6. Laidley $237,500 $873 $1,300 $427

7. Woodford $327,250 $1,204 $1,603 $399

8. Plainland $375,000 $1,379 $1,768 $389

9. Ebbw Vale $248,500 $914 $1,300 $386

10. Ripley $335,000 $1,232 $1,603 $371

11. One Mile $242,500 $892 $1,257 $365

12. Blackstone $314,000 $1,155 $1,517 $362

13. Leichhardt $243,375 $895 $1,257 $362

14. Lowood $251,750 $926 $1,278 $352

15. Brendale $270,000 $993 $1,343 $350

16. Riverview $238,500 $877 $1,213 $336

17. Cedar Vale $498,000 $1,832 $2,167 $335

18. Goodna $310,500 $1,142 $1,473 $331

19. Loganholme $381,900 $1,405 $1,733 $328

20. Redbank $329,000 $1,210 $1,538 $328

(Source: Realestate.com.au)

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Source: news.com.au

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Labor Unveils $6.6bn Affordable Housing Plan to Build 250,000 New Homes

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Labor Unveils $6.6bn Affordable Housing Plan

Labor has announced a ten-year plan to build 250,000 new homes across Australia, including 20,000 during its first term in government if it wins the election.

The $6.6 billion investment would see 250,000 new homes for low income and working families, key workers such as nurses, police, carers and teachers and women over 55, the fastest emerging group of Australians at risk of homelessness.

Subsidies of $8,500 per year would be offered to investors building new homes in return for cheaper rent for eligible tenants.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten unveiled the multibillion-dollar plan in his address yesterday at Labor’s three-day national conference in Adelaide.

“Building more affordable housing is infrastructure policy. It is cities policy. It is jobs and productivity policy,” he said.

The plan would see a family paying the national rental average save up to $92 each week.

“When you provide an affordable home for hard-working people, you give them the level playing-field and fair start they need,” he said.

Shorten said Labor would work with the states and territories, local councils, and community housing providers to make sure the rollout of homes were built “where they’re needed most” and would “go to the people who need them most”.

“Not foreign investors, nor international students.”

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The new homes would be accessible for all ages and for people with a disability, with Shorten describing the new homes as “more energy efficient, meaning lower power bills”, also offering a rental discount of 20 per cent.

Describing Labor as a “party of home ownership, and a party of affordable housing and community housing”, Shorten used the speech as an opportunity to call on industry super to “step up” and invest in affordable housing projects.

And of course, the opposition leader touched upon the hotly debated campaign election issue: negative gearing.

“This is a boost for renters and for the liveability of our growing suburbs… Alongside our plans to make negative gearing fairer, it will drive a boom in construction jobs and apprenticeships,” Shorten said.

A recent report published by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) found Australia needed to triple its social housing by 2036, faced with a shortfall of 433,000 social housing dwellings.

Labor Unveils $6.6bn Affordable Housing Plan to Build 250,000 New Homes

 

Property industry bodies welcome Labor’s announcement

Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison welcomed the incentives, but said they are “no substitute” for the supply of housing which is funded by 2.1 million property investors, “including those who access negative gearing”.

Housing affordability remains a critical issue for many Australians, an issue Morrison says is often overshadowed in the media by Melbourne and Sydney’s cooling markets.

“It makes sense to harness the investment capacity of the private sector to deliver affordable housing,” Morrison said.

“Labor’s incentives for investors to deliver affordable housing will make a contribution to meeting that need while also providing a boost to our construction industry, a key driver of economic activity.”

Planning schemes, land supply, and property taxes, which make up around 25 per cent of the cost of a new house are all part of the housing affordability mix, Morrison added, “there is no single ‘silver bullet’ solution”.

Urban Taskforce chief executive Chris Johnson said many different approaches are needed to tackle the hugely complex housing affordability issue.

“State and territory governments still have a responsibility to ensure that enough appropriately-zoned land is available in inner-ring suburbs to ensure sufficient housing supply,” Johnson said.

“Infrastructure levies must be kept under control to ensure that these do not add to the cost of housing production.”

 

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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