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It is cheaper to buy than rent in some Gold Coast suburbs

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It is cheaper to buy than rent in some Gold Coast suburbs

It’s cheaper to rent than buy in some of the Gold Coast’s suburbs.Source:Supplied

LOW interest rates and a shortage of rental properties has made it cheaper to buy than to rent in many Gold Coast suburbs.

CoreLogic data shows the median rent on the Coast is $499 while the median property value is $533,950 (units and houses).

A weekly repayment on a mortgage of this value is $453, based on a 3.5 per cent interest rate and a 20 per cent deposit, a saving of $46 per week on the rental cost.

It is cheaper to buy than rent in some Gold Coast suburbs

It’s tough finding affordable rental properties on the Gold Coast.Source:Getty Images

REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said demand for rental properties was outstripping supply, which was leading to the increase.

“The rental demand has come from people migrating here, (there’s) plenty of construction work here too,” he said.

Mr Henderson said stamp duty increases and more stringent requirements from banks were driving investors away, further restricting the supply of rental properties.

“All of that has led to a tightening of investors getting into the market,” Mr Henderson said.

REIQ’s latest Market Monitor has the Coast rental vacancy at just 1.1 per cent.

Mr Henderson said buyers were better off making a purchase as soon as they could.

“The sooner you do it, the better it is for your long-term financial situation,” he said.

“But it depends specifically on what type of area you’re looking at.”

REIQ director John Newlands said location was just one of the factors prospective buyers needed to consider before taking the plunge.

It is cheaper to buy than rent in some Gold Coast suburbs

This home at 14 Cassia Drive, Coomera, is listed on the market for $429,000 to $469,000.Source:Supplied

It is cheaper to buy than rent in some Gold Coast suburbs

This home at 9 Learning St, Coomera is listed for rent at $430 per week.Source:Supplied

He said people who only planned to live on the Coast for a short time were better off renting, as well as those in a tight financial position.

“If they were an investor, it’s a different scenario altogether,” Mr Newlands said.

“They do need to be able to show that they have an income to show they can manage that mortgage.”

While there were plenty of variables, he said in many cases it was cheaper to buy, especially with interest rates low.

Eddy Brown recently bought a property at Mermaid Waters and plans to rent it out for more than his weekly mortgage repayment.

He is paying $350 a week on the $387,000 property, which he said was rented out for $390 about a year ago.

It is cheaper to buy than rent in some Gold Coast suburbs

This apartment at 32103/9 Lawson St, Southport, is listed for $429,000.Source:Supplied

It is cheaper to buy than rent in some Gold Coast suburbs

This apartment at 14/154 Musgrave Ave, Southport, is listed for rent at $430 per week.Source:Supplied

“There’s good rental return on it so it’s a good investment,” Mr Brown said.

“But I’m going to live in it for a few years first.”

Buyers agent Tony Coughran, of Gold Coast Property Advisors, said the key to making long term savings was to make sure mortgage repayments were affordable.

“As long as you get into the market at an affordable and comfortable level, you can’t go wrong,” Mr Coughran said.

“As the rents go up and the mortgage repayments stay the same, it’s bridging that gap.

“Don’t look back in 20 years time and say, ‘I should’ve, could’ve, would’ve’ while our prices are tangible and affordable.”

Source: www.news.com.au

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Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

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Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed. New data has shown the top 68 suburbs in Queensland for capital growth over the last 12 months to June, with the number one spot reaching triple digits.

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

Outlined in the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s Queensland Market Monitor report, REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said despite the ‘doom and gloom’ of the property market, there are still locations that are seeing large gains in profitability.

“A total of 68 suburbs throughout Queensland have delivered double-digit growth over 12 months, which is a really strong result,” Ms Mercorella said.

“And there are many more suburbs delivering strong single-digit growth. It’s a great market to be in at the moment.”

While south-east Queensland saw a lot of attention, there were some high growth suburbs found in central and northern Queensland.

The area with the strongest growth was Blackwater, which saw a rise of 151 per cent growth, which Ms Mercorella attributed to the resurgence of coal prices.

Aside from Blackwater, 10 other suburbs saw growth over 20 percent. These included:

  • Spring Mountain with growth of 103.6 per cent;
  • Collinsville with growth of 46.2 per cent;
  • Minyama with growth of 45.8 per cent;
  • Hamilton with growth of 32.9 per cent;
  • Hollywell with growth of 30.5 per cent;
  • Miles with growth of 23.5 per cent;
  • Mount Coolum with growth of 21.9 per cent;
  • Dundowran beach with growth of 21.5 per cent;
  • Boonah with growth of 21.3 per cent; and
  • Idalia with growth of 21.3 per cent.

Ms Mercorella said the top 11 suburbs were indicative of steady growth across the state, but warned against calling it a ‘boom’.

“While we’re definitely seeing prices come back in western Queensland mining towns, such as Blackwater, these prices are still below their peak,” she said.

It’s unlikely we’ll see a return to pre-2013 prices in those areas anytime soon.”

South-east Queensland

While the top 11 suburbs show a spread of high growth suburbs through the state, 41 suburbs out of the 68 are located in the ever-popular south east corner of Queensland.

Of these, 15 suburbs were located in the Sunshine Coast region, with the highest growing being Minyama, which ranked fourth overall.

The Brisbane region also saw a large number of high performing suburbs at 13. Hamilton was the region’s best performer and fifth overall.

Next was Ipswich with six suburbs, then the Gold Coast with four, Moreton Bay with three, while Redland and Logan suburbs did not rank.

Regional Queensland

Outside of south east Queensland, 27 regional suburbs ranked on the list, with the Townsville region recording four suburbs. Its highest performer was Idalia, which ranked 11th overall.

Next were the Cairns and Gympie regions, both recording three suburbs each. Cairns’ top performer was Palm Cove, which ranked 26th overall, while Cooloola Cove was Gympie’s top performer, which ranked 42nd overall.

While only recording one suburb, the Whitsunday region’s Collinsville ranked third overall.

The Bundaberg and Toowoomba regions both recorded two top suburbs, while the Banana, Charters Towers, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay, Rocky, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Western Downs regions all had one top suburb each

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

The top 68 suburbs which experienced double digit growth over the last year to June 2018, according to the REIQ, are:

Rank Suburb Median price Capital growth over 12 months (as a percentage)
1 Blackwater $94,250 151.3%
2 Spring Mountain $450,000 103.6%
3 Collinsville $95,000 46.2%
4 Minyama $1,310,000 45.8%
5 Hamilton $1,442,000 32.9%
6 Hollywell $810,000 30.5%
7 Miles $148,250 23.5%
8 Mount Coolum $670,000 21.9%
9 Dundowran Beach $607,000 21.5%
10 Boonah $324,500 21.3%
11 Idalia $485,000 21.3%
12 Rasmussen $347,500 19.9%
13 Yaroomba $749,000 19.7%
14 Biloela $272,750 18.6%
15 Burnett Heads $317,000 18.1%
16 Tivoli $295,000 18.0%
17 Cashmere $690,000 18.0%
18 Walloon $370,000 16.7%
19 Sunshine Beach $1,400,000 16.7%
20 Noosa Heads $1,070,000 16.0%
21 Hope Island $739,750 15.7%
22 Ripley $374,000 15.4%
23 Sandgate $705,000 15.2%
24 North Ward $575,000 15.0%
25 Paddington $1,150,000 14.7%
26 Palm Cove $606,000 14.3%
27 Charters Towers City $142,500 14.0%
28 Pelican Waters $761,000 13.9%
29 Cooee Bay $313,000 13.8%
30 Mount Ommaney $944,000 13.7%
31 Fernvale $357,500 13.5%
32 The Range $380,000 13.4%
33 Landsborough $432,500 13.4%
34 Sunnybank $832,500 13.3%
35 North Mackay $270,000 13.2%
36 Whitfield $540,000 13.1%
37 Graceville $932,500 13.0%
38 Hendra $1,100,000 12.7%
39 Shorncliffe $840,000 12.4%
40 Moranbah $185,000 12.1%
41 Coes Creek $442,500 12.0%
42 Cooloola Cove $317,500 12.0%
43 Battery Hill $578,000 12.0%
44 Seven Hills $940,000 11.9%
45 Nundah $755,000 11.9%
46 Monkland $240,000 11.6%
47 Bongaree $470,000 11.6%
48 Clifton Beach $557,500 11.5%
49 Maroochydore $639,000 11.2%
50 Twin Waters $823,000 11.2%
51 Cambooya $322,500 11.2%
52 Tewantin $572,500 11.2%
53 Coolum Beach $675,250 11.2%
54 Kedron $744,500 11.1%
55 Sunrise Beach $820,000 11.0%
56 Oakey $241,500 11.0%
57 D’aguilar $416,000 10.9%
58 Mountain Creek $610,000 10.9%
59 Flinders View $371,500 10.9%
60 Highland Park $570,000 10.7%
61 Rosewood $291,000 10.7%
62 Bulimba $1,300,000 10.6%
63 Kirkwood $353,500 10.5%
64 Woodgate $402,500 10.3%
65 Railway Estate $309,500 10.1%
66 Auchenflower $1,070,000 10.0%
67 Rainbow Beach $489,500 10.0%
68 Ormeau Hills $530,000 10.0%

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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Four Gold Coast suburbs see double digit property price growth

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Four Gold Coast suburbs see double-digit property price growth. The property price boom has continued on the Gold Coast, with four suburbs seeing massive double-digit growth over the last 12 months.

Almost 70 Queensland suburbs delivered double-digit growth over the 12 months to June, according to the latest research from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland.

The waterfront suburb of Hollywell was the best performer on the Gold Coast, coming in at sixth with a capital growth of 30.5 per cent.

The median house price in the area is now around $810,000.

Hope Island came in 21st with prices increasing 15.7% to a median of $739,750.

Highland Park ranked 60th an increase of 10.7% to $570,00 while Ormeau Hills scraped in at 70th with 10% increase to $530,000.

REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said while many headlines predicted doom and gloom for the property market, the reality was very different with many markets in Queensland performing exceptionally well.

“A total of 68 suburbs throughout Queensland have delivered double-digit growth over 12 months, which is a really strong result,” she said.

“And there are many more suburbs delivering strong single-digit growth. It’s a great market to be in at the moment.”

She said it was good to see the suburbs delivering good growth are not all focused in the southeast corner.

“This spread of suburbs is a good indication that Queensland real estate is delivering steady sustainable growth across the board. We’re seeing growth outside the southeast corner,” Ms Mercorella said.

Four Gold Coast suburbs see double digit property price growth

List of Top Performing Suburbs in Queensland (Supplied REIQ)

Four Gold Coast suburbs see double-digit property price growth

Reference: MyGC.com.au

 

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Gold Coast Athletes’ Village Get New Name, Hits the Market

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Gold Coast Athletes’ Village Get New Name, Hits the Market

Gold Coast Athletes’ Village Get New Name, Hits the Market. The former site of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village looks set to become a thriving community “unlike anything the Gold Coast has seen”.

In a first for the Gold Coast, all 1,251 apartments and townhouses in the $550 million Grocon-built Athletes’ Village will be offered solely for long-term rent.

The new residential and retail centre will include 18 apartment buildings, 82 double-storey townhouses and will be called “Smith Collective”.

At the heart of the precinct will be a 6,280sq m retail and dining hub, with major supermarket chain Woolworths and retail giant BWS already securing tenancies.

The land is still formally owned by the state government and held under a lease agreement to a company jointly controlled by developer Grocon and global investment bank UBS.

Gold Coast Athletes’ Village Get New Name, Hits the Market

 

Gold Coast Athletes’ Village Get New Name, Hits The Market

Gold Coast Athletes’ Village Get New Name, Hits the Market. All 1251 apartments in the former athletes village will be offered solely for long-term rent

Michael Woodrow, executive director of Smith Collective project manager UBS Asset Management, said international trends showed people were increasingly willing to forgo homeownership in favour of the quality of lifestyle and location offered by precincts such as Smith Collective.

“Research shows that while an increasing number of people want to live where they work, shop and play, they also yearn for the security of long-term leases and ability to add personal touches to their homes,” Woodrow said.

“By maintaining ownership of Smith Collective’s residential offering, we are able to grant those wishes and help our residents and retailers build a sense of community often lost within large-scale urban developments.”

Woodrow highlighted that Smith Collective’s new name was relatable and reflective of the future community.

“As the most common surname in Australia and one of the 10 most common in the world, ‘Smith’ highlights that the community really is for everyone,” Woodrow said.

The name was also chosen as a geographical link to the Smith Street Motorway, which the complex is situated on.

Set among seven hectares of parkland, the community is located within close proximity to Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus, Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Private Hospital and the Southport CBD.

Global real estate services company JLL has been appointed to manage the site with dwellings set to be released in stages as the community grows.

A community of 2,500 academics, students, scientists, doctors and nurses is expected once complete.

Internal works, on the “bright and airy” self-contained apartments and townhouses, are set to be completed in December.

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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