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.
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.
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.”
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
Originally published as Where it’s cheaper to buy than rent
Rainwater tanks and temporary barriers could protect Brisbane from floods
Queenslanders will be encouraged to raise and wet-proof their homes to protect against damage from floods, while temporary barriers could protect parts of the Brisbane CBD from inundation.
A flood-resilient building guide has been released by the state government alongside a new Brisbane River Strategic Floodplain Management Plan.
The guidelines for property owners are non-mandatory and do not replace requirements under the Building Act.
It includes recommendations for flood-resilient design options, such as elevating the finished floor level, wet-proofing the house to allow water to enter and leave without causing significant damage, dry-proofing to prevent water from entering a building, ventilation to prevent mould, and permeable fencing.
Home builders could also use rainwater tanks to store storm water that may otherwise contribute to flooding.
State Development Minister Cameron Dick said home owners were encouraged to talk to a licensed builder or architect about the guide and how they could incorporate flood-resilience strategies into their homes to reduce the cost and impact of future floods.
Meanwhile, the strategic plan, created with the Brisbane, Ipswich, Somerset and Lockyer Valley councils, Queensland government and Seqwater, includes 52 recommendations to strengthen flood resilience of communities in the Brisbane River flood plain.
It suggests consideration of temporary flood barriers in the Brisbane CBD and South Brisbane to prevent flooding.
“The temporary nature of the barriers means that they can be deployed in locations that are normally used for other purposes such as roadways,” the strategic plan reads.
Initial assessments suggested temporary flood barriers could provide flood immunity up to the one in 100-year flood level for South Brisbane and one in 200 years for the Brisbane CBD.
Consideration should also be given to a flood gate which could be installed along Marsden Parade in the Ipswich CBD to prevent backwater flooding from the Bremer River.
“When the flood gates are closed, the rail embankment would act as a temporary dam wall and prevent flooding of low-lying land, being the Ipswich CBD,” the report reads.
It also suggests Goodna could be protected from a one in 100-year flood through the installation of a flood wall levee along the Ipswich Motorway.
Ipswich City Council chief executive David Farmer said the flood gate and levee options would undergo feasibility testing as part of the development of a flood plain management plan for Ipswich.
The report estimates that during a one in 100-year flood in the Brisbane River flood plain, 17,300 buildings would be flooded, two-thirds of which would be in the Brisbane City Council area.
Out of that total, 12,000 were expected to be flooded above the main habitable floor level.
A one in 100-year flood would cost $6.8 billion, which was comparable to damages from the 2011 floods.
Mr Dick said the strategic plan was produced following the 2011 floods.
“Those floods left a deep scar across south-east Queensland and across those communities and families as well,” he said.
Mr Dick said as a result of the plan, councils would be better placed to make decisions about where development could and could not occur.
“It’s increased the capacity of councils to make proper planning decisions, for example, councils could take action such as acquiring land … that is zoned as urban, and acquire it and rezone it for non-urban purposes,” he said.
Mr Dick said while floods could not be prevented, the impacts on properties could be reduced.
“This [plan] has taken four years to produce – there’s been 50,000 computer model simulation and we’ve researched 134,000 properties that have been affected by flooding,” he said.
Councils will use the strategic plan to inform their flood plain management plans.
Three bedroom North Booval, Qld townhouse listed for mortgagee sale
A three bedroom North Booval, Qld townhouse has been listed with an asking price of $175,000.
It is described in the listing as a “perfect home base for travellers or downsizers or tenant ready investment opportunity.”
Gai Flynn of First National Real Estate holds the listing.
Situated at 90/50 Gledson Street, North Booval the property is made up of three bedrooms two bathrooms and a single garage.
Set on 130 sqm, every bedroom features a ceiling fans, vertical blinds and built-in robes.
Featuring a concreted alfresco outdoor plus shady shrubs for privacy.
Located withing ‘The Complex’ which has a swimming pool and BBQ facilities available for residents and is 1.2 kilometre to the Bundamba train station.
The median price for a home in North Booval is $279,500 according to CoreLogic, which calculate its annual change in median price over the past 10 years as -3.1%.
Affordable havens The sub $300,000 suburbs on the verge of extinction in Brisbane
Suburbs with a median house price of $300,000 or less are on the verge of extinction in Greater Brisbane. So, where can you still buy property for that price in 2019?
SUBURBS with a median house price of $300,000 or less are on the verge of extinction across Brisbane.
Figures from property researcher CoreLogic show house prices in some of the city’s most affordable postcodes experienced above average growth over the past year, leading to a drop in sales at lower price points.
Only 1.7 per cent of properties in Brisbane changed hands for less than $200,000 in 2018.
In 2019, there are no longer any suburbs in the Brisbane local government area with a median house price of $300,000 or less.
Across Greater Brisbane, there are now only 19 mainland suburbs with a median house price under $300,000, whereas there were double that number a decade ago.
The last affordable havens can be found in the Ipswich suburbs of Riverview, Dinmore and One Mile, in the Logan locations of Kingston, Logan Central and Woodridge and in Caboolture South in Moreton Bay.
The median house price in Greater Brisbane is now $532,000, according to CoreLogic.
More than a third of sales in Brisbane during 2018 were between $400,000 and $600,000, while 7.8 per cent were at $1 million or more.
CoreLogic senior analyst Cameron Kusher said that was a drastic change from the state of affairs over the past couple of decades, with the majority of sales in 1993 and 1998 coming in below $200,000.
“Over time, there has been a steady climb in the share of sales across the more expensive price points,” Mr Kusher said.
“While you’d expect this in the markets that have seen strong value growth such as Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart, we have also seen it across markets where value growth has been much weaker.”
Mr Kusher said that even though he expected slightly more sales to occur at lower price points over the next year, he did not expect any material change in the share of sales under $200,000 — in fact they may reduce even further.
Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella said Brisbane still had plenty of affordable suburbs with good quality housing compared to Sydney and Melbourne.
“We have so many affordable options in really high growth suburbs,” Ms Mercorella said.
“They’re not going to run out tomorrow.
“And many are still within a 12km to 15km radius of the city, which is pretty mind-blowing compared with Sydney and Melbourne.”
Ms Mercorella said Brisbane’s affordable havens provided great opportunities for entry level property buyers.
“Many people assume a $300,000 house must be a dump, but that’s just not the case in the southeast corner,” she said.
“Low price does not mean low quality.”
Nick Kruger, principal of Your Haven Realty, said there were still plenty of opportunities for first home buyers to get a foot on the property ladder in Riverview, which has the cheapest median house price in Greater Brisbane.
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Mr Kruger said that he had noticed a shift in the buyer profile in the market as a result of the banks cracking down on lending.
“Predominantly, in the past, investors were snapping up these properties for their SMSF because of the good rental returns,” Mr Kruger said.
“Now the banks have cracked down, that’s incentivising a market change.
“It’s better for owner-occupiers now, because they have a chance to get it over investors.
“But in time, obviously these prices will jump so the sooner you can get in, the better.”
He is marketing a three-bedroom house at 57 Price St, Riverview, which is currently leased for $290 a week and is on the market for offers over $245,000.
“That’s a good figure for an investor,” Mr Kruger said.
“At that price point, for a three-bedder on a 600 sqm plus block so close to Redbank Plaza and within 5 minutes walk of sought-after schools, I definitely it’s ideal for first home buyers or young families.”
Single parent Telita Webb has rented the home with three of her children for the past year, but would love to buy the property if she could afford the deposit.
“I love the place; Riverview’s my home,” Ms Webb said.
Chris and Tiffany Campbell live in Bundamba, which is one of greater Brisbane’s last affordable havens — just scraping in with a median house price of $292,752.
The couple are renovating a turn-of-the-century Queenslander, which they recently bought for $315,000.
“Bundamba has a bad wrap; I’m not sure why,” Mrs Campbell said.
“The street we live in is so quiet and full of beautiful, old Queenslanders, and you can see the growth potential.
“I think it is one of those places a lot of people forget about.”
They sold another property last year that they had bought and renovated two years earlier in North Ipswich and made more than $100,000 in profit.
we knew going into it and paying price we did in an up andcoming suburb it was going to be a good investment
Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley said Ipswich was becoming a popular location for property investors because of its affordability, solid rental yields and good infrastructure.
But Mr Pressley said he was not convinced the region had the ability to create the volume of jobs required to put pressure on the local labour market and drive property prices significantly higher.
“One could do worse than investing in Ipswich, however, my overall rating of the Ipswich property market is a middle-of-the-road performer for the feasible future,” Mr Pressley said.
THE SUB $300,000 SUBURBS ON THE VERGE OF EXTINCTION IN 2019:
Suburb Region Median house Change in median Change in median
price Mar 2019 12 mths to Nov 2018 5yrs
1. Riverview Ipswich $256,787 -2.3% 13.7%
2. Dinmore Ipswich $259,481 9.0% 35.2%
3. One Mile Ipswich $260,181 0.0% 15.9%
4. Leichhardt Ipswich $264,565 2.1% 22.5%
5. Rosewood Ipswich $273,359 6.9% 19.2%
6. Logan Central Logan $273,541 -3.4% 26.1%
7. Woodridge Logan $274,352 -1.3% 28.1%
8. Basin Pocket Ipswich $275,769 -4.6% 25.6%
9. Ebbw Vale Ipswich $276,599 -6.1% 20.3%
10. Kingston Logan $285,032 -2.4% 24.2%
11. Goodna Ipswich $285,329 -4.1% 10.8%
12. Tivoli Ipswich $292,168 -2.7% 8.6%
13. Bundamba Ipswich $292,752 4% 14.4%
14. North Booval Ipswich $293,058 4.6% 17.9%
15. Caboolture South Moreton Bay $293,517 0.6% 16.2%
16. Gailes Ipswich $293,572 0.7% 11.8%
17. Churchill Ipswich $295,020 1.1% 7.2%
18. East Ipswich Ipswich $297,405 13% 27.1%
19. Wulkaraka Ipswich $299,733 6% 2.6%
Originally published as What $300K will buy you in 2019