WHETHER you are a first time entrant into the market, a family looking to expand or wanting to dip your toe into the luxury market, these are southeast Queensland’s top spots to buy this year.
Is the new year time for a new home? Whether you are a first time entrant into the market, a family looking to expand or wanting to dip your toe into the luxury market, we’ve asked the experts to nominate the top southeats Queensland suburbs to buy in 2018.
Tony Warland – Ray White Qld CEO
Damian Hackett – Place Estate Agents CEO
Brendan Whipps – Harcourts Qld CEO
Jon Iceton – Belle Property Head Qld
Paul Arthur – Qld Sotheby’s International CEO
FIRST HOME BUYERS (under $500,000)
Narangba: A long-time popular suburb for its affordable homes. TW
North Geebung: Growing in value, 20 minutes from CBD with access to motorway and renovated Chermside shopping centre. DH
Banyo: Great buying, emerging services and close to Nundah’s thriving scene. BW
Redcliffe: Affordable waterside suburbs, new rail link, very attractive to the first homebuyer. JI
Banyo: Close to the CBD, train and bus, and strong returns. This a great place. PA
Springfield: Technically southwest. Still close to the CBD, while still in Ipswich Council area. TW
Acacia Ridge: Next to thriving south-side suburbs, without the price tag. Large blocks. DH
Springfield Lakes: Great value for money and plenty of investment surrounding it. BW
Rochedale: An attractive alternative for the first homebuyer looking to enter the Brisbane market. JI
Rochedale South: New estates popping up. this is the best pick for in the south . PA
Alexandra Hills: Nice steady suburb for homebuyers and investors with good returns. TW
Tingalpa: Great opportunities only minutes away from premium locations like Bulimba and Hawthorne precincts. DH
Wakerley: Close to the Bayside and City, surrounded by big blocks . BW
Murarrie: Post-war weatherboard and chamferboard houses combined with more modern estates. JI
Alexandra Hills: Average home prices of under $500,000, but still less than 30 mins to CBD. PA
Ipswich: We expect price growth in 2018 as the market has caught up and is ready to go . TW
Forest Lake: New homes at affordable prices in smaller communities with great amenities. DH
Riverhills: Affordable one to watch with better access to the city now through Legacy Way. BW
Oxley: Quiet neighbourhoods with a strong sense of community. Streets are wide and leafy, and many big blocks of land. JI
Ferny Hills / Arana Hills: I can’t go past either for location, quality, and value for money. PA
Upper Coomera: Long been a favourite for commuters and for affordable stock in the high growth corridor. TW
Upper Coomera: Continuously evolving, with new homes and developments in safe communities at affordable prices. DH
Ashmore: Great value in low sets and good sized blocks. Pockets of opportunity. BW
Coomera / Hope Island: Within reach of the beaches and an easy commute to Brisbane, great opportunities for the entry level buyer. JI
Varsity Lakes: Smaller homes ideal for first home buyers close to Bond University and Robina Town Centre. PA
Sippy Downs: Set for more growth as it becomes more of an education hub. TW
Sippy Downs: It offers housing opportunities close to the Sunshine Coast University at very affordable prices. DH
Caloundra: Beaches, closest Sunny Coast location to Brisbane for work options and beautiful. BW
Caloundra: Plenty of development in the pipeline offering excellent opportunities for those wanting to enter the market. JI
Bli Bli: Increased infrastructure, new developments and regular capital gains.PA
FAMILIES ($500,000 to $1 million)
Bracken Ridge: Close to good arterials and shopping centres. A lot of people who sell in Bracken Ridge, buy in Bracken Ridge. TW
Wavell Heights: An attractive suburb close to the M1, with good, quality character homes and homes ready to renovate. DH
Wavell Heights : A hot spot in the inner-north. Beautiful leafy streets and big homes. BW
Wavell Heights: A quick commute to work. Families can capitalise on generous blocks close to the city. JI
Wooloowin / Kalinga: Close to the city, and many great prestigious schools, plus Kedron Brook. Still priced under the luxury market. PA
Rochedale South: This suburb stands out for its volume. This is family heartland. TW
Mount Gravatt East: Still offers value for money. Some of the South’s best school catchment areas, public transport and parks. DH
Daisy Hill: Home to some large, quality homes on large parcels of land. BW
Tarragindi: Easy commute to the CBD and a major motorway heading north and south.JI
Macgregor: Still a relatively undiscovered gem with some great bargains still to be had.PA
Carina: There’s been a solid five years of growth in Carina and it should continue. TW
Cannon Hill: Affordability for families on reasonable land, and an attractive lifestyle. DH
Camp Hill: It’s hard to beat the inner-east — so much to offer for everyone in the family. BW
Carindale: A lively entertainment and shopping culture, and quiet residential pockets and greenspaces. JI
Manly: Brilliant opportunity for families looking to take advantage of the coastal life while still in reach of the city. PA
Toowong: There’s such strong affinity to St Lucia in this education hub. TW
Kenmore:Large renovated Queenslanders on decent-sized allotments and a leafy lifestyle. DH
Chapel Hill: Leafy, quiet, well positioned and easy access to quality schools. BW
Kenmore: Changing demographic towards younger families, neighbourhood bars and eateries are eon the rise. JI
Bardon/Auchenflower: Close to the city, including Suncorp Stadium, with consistent growth, and great resale. PA
Helensvale: Helensvale is rocking. It keeps improving year on year. TW
Elanora: Affordable family homes on larger allotments with easy access to beaches. DH
Hope Island: Big homes with all the lifestyle and quick access to the M1 for commuters.BW
Palm Beach: A fabulous blend of community on the beach. Only minutes from the airport and heart of Surfers Paradise. JI
Parkwood: Larger blocks, many on the golf course. Excellent, central location with easy transport links. PA
Buderim: In a high ground area which has always been popular. TW
Coolum: Significant growth in infrastructure and new developments, making it a hotspot for families for affordable beachside living. DH
Buderim: Bustling community with funky cafes, stunning views and close to the beach. BW
Moffat Beach: Beachside neighbourhood which radiates summer. Moffat is becoming a favourite for family’s due to its easy lifestyle. JI
Buderim: Perfect for families. Warm, close-knit community, close to good schools and just over 60 mins to Brisbane CBD. PA
LUXURY – ($1 million plus)
Ascot: This is blue ribbon Brisbane’s classic heartland for fine luxury homes. TW
Teneriffe: Riverside hotspot offers one of Brisbane’s best lifestyles. Restaurant precincts and extensive amenities. DH
Clayfield: Stronger than ever, tree lined streets, stunning homes and some hidden value.BW
Hamilton: Picturesque river views, a perfect blend of community vibes, heritage aesthetics and entertainment culture. JI
Hendra: 2018 should see Hendra come into the light after reaching an average sales price above $1m for the first time last year. PA
West End: In the $1 million median club for its great schools and vibrant community. TW
Coorparoo: Strong development and growth, with new developments, like Coorparoo Square, adding to the appeal of the location. DH
Tarragindi: Emerging luxury, family orientated and great proximity to CBD. BW
Coorparoo: A balance of old and new, with character-rich homes and entertainment and lifestyle developments moving into the area. JI
Highgate Hill: It will rebound strongly in 2018, to join the group of suburbs with an average sales price above $1m. PA
East Brisbane: Strong connections to Kangaroo Point, Woolloongabba and Stones Corner. A lot of real estate opportunity. TW
M anly: A relaxed, seaside community lifestyle, perfect for families and boating enthusiasts. DH
Balmoral: Views, cafes, restaurants, stunning homes — always in high demand. BW
Hawthorne: Premium river side location with an enviable selection of refurbished homes and colonial Queenslanders. JI
Balmoral: Great city views, great community, great lifestyle. PA
St Lucia: A long held suburb where people buy and hold for many generations. TW
Chelmer: Plenty of opportunity for those who want to live in a renovated Queenslander in a leafy, riverside location. DH
Paddington: Character filled with opulence. so close to the city. BW
St Lucia: Prestigious, renovated Queenslander and federation homes. JI
Brookfield: Seclusion, privacy on generous acreage blocks, Brookfield is now home to Brisbane’s most stunning luxury properties. PA
Paradise Point: This has always been an affluent high end sought-after area. TW
Palm Beach: Huge growth in new homes on prime beachfront land along with the opening of trendy restaurants in the main strip. DH
Broadbeach: Say no more — you can have it with no shortage of luxurious choice. BW
Broadbeach: Towering high-rise and contemporary apartments dominate the picture-perfect coastline. JI
Broadbeach Waters: Luxurious, waterfront residences. Enviable lifestyle close to popular shops, cafes, beaches and schools. PA
A lexandra Headland: Had two years of growth and we don’t see it slowing anytime soon. TW
Noosa: An incomparable premium beach lifestyle with stunning luxury homes. DH
Noosa: Who doesn’t love Noosa, National Parks, beautiful beaches and relaxed coastal scene. BW
Sunrise: A relaxing beachside location, with pristine beaches and national parks. JI
Noosa: It’s hard to go past Noosa for location and luxury on the Sunshine Coast. It’s a crown that seems to never tarnish. PA
Originally published: brisbaneinvestor.com.au
Queensland’s 100,000-property public housing shortfall revealed
Queensland has a severe shortage of social and affordable housing, an issue that is projected to get worse by 2036 according to new research.
More than 102,000 additional social houses are currently needed across the state, and 54,700 affordable houses are also needed with nearly 13 per cent of Queenslanders spending more than 30 per cent of their income on rent.
By 2036, Queensland is projected to need 254,300 more social and affordable houses – the second-highest unmet need behind NSW, the report found.
The new figures come from a UNSW City Futures Research Centre report on social housing shortfall across Australia.
Regional social housing shortfalls are higher than in Brisbane, the data shows, but Brisbane residents are slightly more likely to be spending more of their income on rent.
Housing Minister Mick de Brenni said housing affordability was a “big issue” for Queensland.
“Through the Palaszczuk government’s $1.8 billion Queensland Housing Strategy, Labor is driving key reforms and targeted investment across the housing continuum,” he said.
“The Strategy commits us to build more than 1000 affordable homes for Queenslanders, as well as a further 4522 new social homes to help ensure everyone has a safe, secure and stable place to live.”
Lead researcher Laurence Troy said 22.5 per cent of Australia’s entire housing growth must go to social housing to meet demand into the future.
“Our analysis shows that the sheer number of households in rental stress across the country means that if we’re going to meet the need, at least 12 per cent of all our housing by 2036 will need to be social and affordable housing – which is a very reasonable ambition in global terms,” Mr Troy said.
“To cover the backlog of unmet need and future need in Australia two in 10 new homes will need to be for social housing over the next 20 years, and a further one in ten for below-market affordable rental housing.”
Mr Troy said the research’s financial modelling found the “best and cheapest way” for governments to meet the need for social housing was to fund it through upfront grants and low-interest government financing.
“Delivering below market rental housing through the not-for-profit sector, as opposed to the private equity model, will save $3 billion a year by removing developer mark-ups and shareholder returns,” he said.
The financial modelling was commissioned by the NSW community housing sector.
Mr de Brenni said the state government was “listening” through its recent public consultation on rental reform and was committed to investing in affordable housing in partnership with community housing, to provide more subsidied homes for low income earners.
“We heard Queenslanders are struggling to afford rental properties in the suburbs close to where they work,” he said.
“Through our Build-to-Rent pilot project, we are seeking to work with the private sector to increase the number of long-term, affordable rental properties for low to moderate income earners, including key workers in health, early childhood and hospitality.
“Internationally, the Build-to-Rent model is delivering fantastic outcomes and facilities for tenants and we’re looking to see what the market is open to delivering here.
“The pilot, if it proceeds, will see $70 million invested towards delivery of hundreds of affordable rental properties for key workers in inner-city areas where affordability has been identified.”
Mr de Brenni said the registrations of interest for that pilot had seen strong market interest, and the department was considering the responses before calling for expressions of interest.
Treasury: Negative Gearing Reforms Will Have ‘Little to No Effect’ on House Prices
Federal Treasury has delivered a serious rebuke to the Coalition for exaggerating the impact of Labor’s negative gearing and capital gains changes.
In emails released under freedom of information, acting treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer requested the department fact check the Coalition’s claims that Labor’s policies would cause house prices to fall.
In response, Treasury issued a correction: “The [s]tatement is not consistent with our advice.”
“We did not say that the proposed policies ‘will’ reduce house prices,” the email reads.
“We said that they ‘could’ put downward pressure on house prices in the short-term depending on what else was going on in the market at the time.
“But in the long-term they were unlikely to have much impact.”
Labor has jumped on the release, with shadow treasurer Chris Bowen saying that the government had been “caught red-handed” misrepresenting Treasury’s advice.
For his part, treasurer Josh Frydenberg denied that the government was misrepresenting Treasury, pointing to the Financial Review’s take on the release that changes “could” put downward pressure on house prices in the short term.
Frydenberg quoted building industry group the Masters Builders Association figures.
“If Labor’s policy is in place you’ll see 32,000 fewer jobs and 42,000 fewer homes being built.”
House prices hit spending
It has been a difficult week in economic policy, with GDP figures released on Wednesday revealing that the economy has slowed significantly, entering a “per capita recession” for the first time in 13 years.
Retail trade figures for the March quarter were also sluggish, with falling house prices impacting wealth and spending.
RBA governor Philip Lowe highlighted the link between the two at the AFR annual business summit on Wednesday.
“The evidence is that a tightening in credit supply has contributed to the slowdown in credit growth,” Lowe said.
“The main story, though, is one of reduced demand for credit, rather than reduced supply.
“When housing prices are falling, investors are less likely to enter the market and to borrow. So too are owner-occupiers for a while.”
Queensland to rank among best state markets in 2019
Queensland’s housing markets are expected to rank among the best performing across Australia during 2019 as they have the key factors that drive growth – liveability, affordability, booming infrastructure and enhanced economic prospects.
The Sunshine State leads the nation when it comes to confidence in residential property, as the gears shift from recovery to rising prices.
The NAB Residential Property Index recently tipped Queensland house prices will grow the fastest of the nation over the next two years.
The survey of more than 300 property professionals confirmed rising sentiment around the Queensland markets. And these property professionals also saw Queensland leading the way when it comes to rental growth.
South East Queensland is tipped to be the prime beneficiary of Sydney and Melbourne’s property slowdown, with the state possibly set to return to its place as Australia’s No 1 destination for interstate migration, as more families and downsizers from the southern cities cash-in for a lifestyle in the sun.
2018 saw strong price growth across Queensland, from suburbs of Brisbane to the coastal localities.
Economic growth and jobs now assisting the property market’s performance as Queensland emerges from the shadow of the mining downturn.
It is the value gap between the East coast capitals that makes the move compelling for many.
The value gap is the largest it has ever been between Brisbane and Melbourne and the largest in 15 years with Sydney, according to CoreLogic.
A typical house in Brisbane is around $393,000 cheaper than Sydney and $227,000 cheaper than Melbourne, with Brisbane’s median sitting at $542,000.
Observers suggest this affordability, coupled with positive economic signs, means Queensland is primed for future growth.
The increasing opportunity to work remotely, having set up a home business, or taking up a new job in Queensland is a do-able option.
Brisbane’s median house price sits at new highs, after posting a 2.3 percent increase in the September quarter, with the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) CEO Antonia Mercorella saying the strength of growth proved that Queensland real estate was a good investment and could be relied upon to deliver capital growth.
“While other markets around the country are struggling in the face of tightened lending criteria and cooling investor appetite, the southeast corner of Queensland continues to deliver steady, sustainable growth,” Mercorella said.
“Queensland’s economy is proving itself to be a good performer, against a backdrop of national gloom, with new jobs bringing population growth and demand for housing.”
The REIQ found coastal Queensland locations ranking as the state’s strongest performers during 2018.
These included Mackay’s housing market which has come back from the mining downturn to post 5.6 percent annual growth in its median house price, according to the REIQ’s late 2018 figures.
“We are confident this growth can continue for the moment,” the REIQ advised.
The region has the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.3 percent, while the population is growing as jobs attract workers back to the region and the rental market is one of the tightest in the state with just 0.9 per cent vacancy.
With a $340,000 median house price, Mackay is still one of the most affordable coastal districts, with prices still at levels below the peak of the mining boom five years ago.
The tightening of bank lending standards has been seen across Queensland, as noted by the latest SEQ report by Ray White on house and land sales.
Despite this there has been an increase in house and land package prices, up 7.8 percent in Brisbane, up 5.05 percent on the Gold Coast sales and 4.99 percent on the Sunshine Coast where house and land package are a popular way to create a new start.
Estate agent John McGrath noted recently that Queensland’s top two regional performers were the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast due to rising demand from interstate home owners and investors.
One of McGrath’s pinpointed suburb’s to look out for in 2019 was Pimpama, in the northern part of the Gold Coast.
Pimpama recorded Queensland’s fastest population growth at 31 percent in FY17, with many enthusiastically buying or building brand new homes.
“Pimpama is affordable with a median house price of $475,000 and is located within the rapidly developing northern Gold Coast region along the M1 corridor,” McGrath said.
The $100 million Pimpama City Shopping Centre opened in 2018 and the $56 million Northern Gold Coast Sports and Community Precinct is set to open in 2020.
There’s also plans for a new train station to better connect Pimpama to Surfers Paradise.
The economic forecaster BIS Oxford Economics concluded Brisbane will lead the mainland capitals with price growth.