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Seaside suburbs the star performers of southeast Queensland property market

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Seaside suburbs the star performers of southeast Queensland property market

Haley Hughes, pictured with her 3-year-old son Harry, is selling her waterfront home at Mermaid Waters. Picture: Nigel Hallett. Source: News Limited

THE lure of affordability, lifestyle and world-class beaches made southeast Queensland’s coastal markets the stars of the property sector in 2017.

THE lure of affordability, lifestyle and world-class beaches made southeast Queensland’s coastal markets the stars of the property sector in 2017, fuelled by a fresh wave of interstate migration.

While home values grew just 2.4 percent in Brisbane over the past 12 months, they jumped nearly 7 percent on the Gold Coast, while houses climbed in value by more than 7 percent on the Sunshine Coast, according to the latest data from property analytics firm CoreLogic.

Half of the top 10 property sales in Queensland last year were made on the Gold Coast; totalling $48.9 million.

And some agents say the markets are set to strengthen further in 2018 as Sydney and Melbourne homeowners cash out of their million-dollar homes in favour of a more laid-back, affordable lifestyle in the tropical north.

The REIQ’s latest Queensland Market Monitor shows the median house price in the Sunshine Coast statistical division jumped from $557,500 in June to $570,000 in September, while the Gold Coast achieved a new house price record of $606,000.

The Queensland government recently declared the number of interstaters migrating to the state was at its highest level in eight years, with 15,716 people moving here in the year to March 2017 — most coming from New South Wales.

CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast property markets had benefited from that boost in interstate migration more than Brisbane.

Areas like Broadbeach Waters on the Gold Coast have experienced strong property price growth. Photo: Chris Bashall. Source: Supplied

Areas like Broadbeach Waters on the Gold Coast have experienced strong property price growth. Photo: Chris Bashall. Source: Supplied

 SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher expects both markets to outperform the state’s capital in 2018, writing in his latest Boom and Bust Report that the Gold Coast had a diversified economy and had benefited from the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games.

Ray White Surfers Paradise holds its major auction event of the year later this month to coincide with the January holiday period when many interstate and overseas visitors flock to the Gold Coast.

More than 100 properties will go under the hammer at its annual ‘The Event’ on January 28, with many holiday homes and investment properties set to sell to interstate and local investors.

This house at 80 Admiralty Dr, Surfers Paradise, is going to auction on January 28 through Ray White. Source: Supplied

This house at 80 Admiralty Dr, Surfers Paradise, is going to auction on January 28 through Ray White. Source: Supplied

Ray White Surfers Paradise chief executive Andrew Bell said the region had recorded solid sales figures in 2017 thanks to economic stability, job creation and steady population growth.

Mr Bell said the property market at the northern end of the Gold Coast had strengthened considerably because of new medium and high rise development in areas like Southport and Hope Island.

“That’s where all the new development is and it’s given people a lot more opportunity,” he said.

Mr Bell said suburbs like Coomera and Pimpama were had also become “powerhouses” for house-and-land developments, attracting demand from interstate.

“It’s not just people buying holiday homes,” he said.

“It’s just getting so difficult to live in Sydney with the cost of living and the traffic.

“People are saying ‘it’s time to move!’ and I think they’re seeing the Gold Coast as being the best it’s ever looked.”

And with vacancy rates of less than 1 per cent on the Gold Coast, Mr Bell said an increase in home construction was more than welcome.

“We can have 20 plus people turn up to an open home, so we desperately need more investors to buy some stock to help with this huge demand from tenants,” he said.

Kollosche Prestige Agents managing director Jordan Williams said the Gold Coast property market experienced periods of strength and weakness in 2017, but he predicted a bigger year in 2018.

“I know for a fact that for the last half of last year a lot of buyers were sitting on their hands reading the negative articles that said the market was going to crash,” Mr Williams said. “They’ve bought off me since then and realised its actually going to continue to improve.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting year.”

Mr Williams also said the majority of homes he sold were cash contracts, unlike the pre-GFC days.

“We have very affluent local and interstate buyers who are fourth, fifth and sixth generation wealthy,” he said.

“Our vendors who own these homes are also affluent, successful people and they don’t muck around with finance and building and pest inspections.”

Kristian and Haley Hughes are selling their five-bedroom waterfront home at 31 Pilot Court, Mermaid Waters through Kollosche Prestige Agents.

They’ve lived there for nearly three years, but have decided to sell and rent in the area so they can use the capital to fund Mrs Hughes’ new make-up venture.

This property at 31 Pilot Court, Mermaid Waters, is for sale. Source: Supplied

This property at 31 Pilot Court, Mermaid Waters, is for sale. Source: Supplied

Mrs Hughes, who runs The Institute of Makeup beauty school, said Mermaid Waters had benefited from the growth in popularity of nearby Burleigh Heads.

“I feel it’s becoming the new central location — nestled between Burleigh and Broadbeach,” she said.

The Hughes are hopeful they’ll benefit from the growth in the market over the past 12 months, with the median house price in Mermaid Waters increasing by more than 17 per cent.

The view from the home at 31 Pilot Court, Mermaid Waters. Source: Supplied

The view from the home at 31 Pilot Court, Mermaid Waters. Source: Supplied

Their family home is decked out with floor-to-ceiling glass, which captures spectacular 180 degree views.

“For someone who wants to make it their forever home, they’ll never run out of room,” she said.

“It was hard finding a place to put an offer on even then, because (homes) were selling before they even went to market.”

Further north, Noosa was the standout performer in 2017.

REIQ figures show Noosa was the state’s top performing market in the three months to September, recording annual house price growth of nearly 10 per cent.

Over the past five years, Noosa’s median house price has jumped by more than 40 per cent.

Main Beach at Noosa. Photo: Chantay Logan. Source: Supplied

Main Beach at Noosa. Photo: Chantay Logan. Source: Supplied

Tom Offermann Real Estate principal Tom Offermann said the company ended 2017 with eight sales averaging $5.9 million each.

The agency sold a sprawling waterfront home with a drive-through boatshed, two jetties and a boat ramp at 29-31 Wyuna Dr, Noosaville, for close to $11.9 million late in 2017 — setting a new record for the area.

This property at 29-31 Wyuna Dr, Noosaville, recently sold for about $11.9m. Source: Supplied

This property at 29-31 Wyuna Dr, Noosaville, recently sold for about $11.9m. Source: Supplied

“It’s not just the prestige properties that buyers are targeting,” Mr Offermann told The Courier-Mail.

“There are good opportunities for buyers at all levels who want to invest or live here.”

Another driving factor behind demand for the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast markets is a lack of stock, but BIS Oxford Economics expects rising supply over the next three years to slow forecast price growth.

Another coastal market in Queensland that performed better than expected in 2017 was Cairns.

BIS Oxford Economics noted Cairns had benefited from improved tourism and a deficiency of dwellings, which was estimated to have pushed the median house price up by 20 per cent in the past five years.

It expects home prices to grow another five per cent until 2020.

Originally published: www.news.com.au

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Gold Coast Property attracting buyers

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The Gold Coast may be famous for attracting millionaire buyers, but it’s also home to a host of affordably-priced properties that make the most of their heavenly surroundings.

Whether you’d like to see and be seen at celebrity-favourite Surfers Paradise or unwind at the peaceful sands of pristine Palm Beach, these apartments offer the enviable Gold Coast lifestyle without the lavish price tag.

Just moments from the sea and sand, these five properties cost under $500,000 — a sensible spend for your first-home buyer, down-sizer or investor.

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The amazing pool in the Royal Palm complex, where unit 1F/973 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, is listed at offers over $450,000.

80 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

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Spectacular views on a budget: On the balcony of 80 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise.

Price: $439,000

2 bed, 2 bath, 1 car

Agent: Ray White Surfers Paradise Group, Jordan Thams 0414 602 022

This spacious apartment in the heart of Surfers Paradise has a glorious outlook over the beachfront and the skyline, viewable from an extended wrap-around balcony.

Featuring both an indoor and outdoor pool, a spa, tennis court, entertainment area, spa and steam room, the complex is perfectly positioned to provide a host of lifestyle and leisure options.

Agent Jordan Thams said its location and amenities made the block increasingly popular for owner-occupiers.

“There [are] 164 apartments in the building and there [are] only about 38 properties that are still in a holiday pool, and that number’s been decreasing for the past ten years,” he said.

“It’s extremely close to the Cavill [Avenue] Mall. It’s only probably a three minute walk down the road, so close enough to walk in to all the facilities of Surfers Paradise, but far enough away that you don’t have any noise issues.

“The light rail is directly behind the building as well, so there is a back entrance gate to the building where you can step straight out to Surfers Paradise Boulevard and the light rail stop is right there.”

27/1941 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

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Views and vibes: 27/1941 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads.

Price: $495,000

2 bed, 2 bath, 1 car

Agent: PRD Nationwide Burleigh Heads, Braiden Smith 0413 203 626, Mark Smith 0418 768 053

This bright, cheerful apartment has a secret feature: its own private walkway to the white sands of the beach.

Its two spacious bedrooms offer unfettered views of the ocean and hinterland, while the open plan living space spills out to a sunny north-facing entertaining deck.

For sale fully furnished, it’s the perfect weekend getaway or investment opportunity, just a short walk away from Burleigh’s popular retail and dining precinct at James Street.

Further along the coastline, there’s also easy access to the famous surf break of Burleigh Heads Beach, the striking headland and lush nature reserve.

25/8-12 Marine Parade, Miami QLD 4220

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Live at the beach for less: 25/8-12 Marine Parade, Miami.

Price: Interest over $499,000

2 bed, 1 bath, 1 car

Agent: Kingfisher Realty, Juliana Gomes – LREA 0409 205 012

This contemporary north-facing unit is set on the top floor of a boutique complex of just 27 apartments, minutes from Miami’s vibrant cafe culture.

Currently leased for $400 a week, it would make a low-maintenance addition to an investment portfolio.

Agent Juliana Gomes said the home’s strong bones and stellar location made it highly desirable.

“The apartment has high ceilings so it’s very airy and bright, and you do have a glimpse of the ocean from the balcony,” she said.

“It has very spacious bedrooms and it’s an older style apartment, so the construction is very solid.

“The location is fantastic. It’s just across the road from Piccolo [coffee shop] and Miami Surf Lifesaving Club — it’s really an area that’s growing and emerging, and it’s really popular.

“That’s a very desirable position to be in: beachside at Miami.”

1F/973 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach QLD 4221

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Unit 1F/973 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach, is located in the iconic Royal Palm complex.

Price: Over $450,000

2 bed, 2 bath, 1 car

Agent: McGrath Palm Beach, Brendan Andrews 0417 788 882, Rebecca Leo 0419 880 822

If you’ve ever dreamt of living in a resort befitting of an island paradise, this may be your lucky find.

This immaculately-kept apartment is part of the luxurious and iconic complex “Royal Palm” which features an enormous pool, spa, tennis courts and mini-golf.

Minutes from the beach, shops, cafes and the picturesque Currumbin Creek, the two-bedroom unit is bright, functional and a perfect blank canvas for your inner interior designer.

It was recently updated with new paintwork and carpets, so would make an easy move for the keen owner-occupier.

8F/50 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

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Unit 8F, 50 Old Burleigh Road, Surfers Paradise.

Price: $479,000

2 bed, 2 bath, 1 car

Agent: HC Realty, Jim Mylonas 0459 922 066

It doesn’t really get more beachfront than this.

This apartment complex offers green lawns and lounges just metres from the sand — not to mention a tennis court, pool, sauna, spa and barbecue area.

Set on the eighth floor, this home’s compact floor plan is ideal for those looking to de-clutter or enjoy a low-maintenance lifestyle.

An added bonus? Investors would barely have to change a thing, as the property is currently tenanted for $500 a week.

Source: www.domain.com.au

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Hinterland areas rising in demand

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Analysis by CoreLogic has highlighted locations in close proximity to capital cities which have seen interest due to ‘tree changes’, that has been the result of a wide number of factors.

Analysed by Tim Lawless, CoreLogic’s head of research, there were three main factors behind the increased demand in tree changes.

The first was due to the ‘wealth effect’, with home owners – especially those in Sydney and Melbourne – previously seeing their own finances increase due to their property, as well as the rising number of baby boomers looking for holiday homes or downsizing options.

Telecommuting was the second factor, which allows for employees to work from home, thereby de-emphasising the need to travel to a physical location for employment.

Affordability is always an important choice, and in this case is Mr Lawless’ third factor, as analysis showed hinterland properties tend to be priced lower than those in coastal or big city areas.

The analysis took a look at key hinterland markets in six states:

NSW

Unsurprising to some, the hinterlands markets in NSW are on the more premium end of the market; the Southern Highlands area currently has a median price of $735,371, the Blue Mountains is currently at $619,778, while the RichmondValley – Hinterland is more on the affordable end of the scale with a median price of $335,718.

In the short-term of the last 12 months, these three areas have seen limited value growth, with the former two rising by 1.4 per cent and 3.2 per cent respectively, while the Blue Mountains entered negative territory, declining 0.7 of a percentage point.

Looking more mid-term over the last five years, a different picture is painted, with values in the Southern Highlands rising 9.3 per cent, the Blue Mountains rising 9 per cent, and the Richmond Valley – Hinterlands area saw a rise of 3.9 per cent

Victoria

Also in the more premium side of the market, noteworthy hinterland markets in Victoria are the Yarra Ranges and the Macedon Ranges with median dwelling values of $674,944 and $700,664 respectively. In the short term of the last 12 months, the Macedon Ranges has performed exceptionally with a rise of 7.5 per cent in value change, while the Yarra Ranges have been underperforming, declining by 0.6 of a percentage point. In the mid-term of the last five years however, the top performer switches with the Macedon Ranges growing only 2.6 per cent, while the Yarra Ranges have seen values rise by 7.8 per cent.

Queensland

Moving into more affordable territory, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Gold Coast Hinterland regions have median dwelling values of $539,292 and $593,954 respectively. Both these areas have experienced solid growth in the short- and mid-term; in the last 12 months, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland value rose by 2.2 per cent while the Gold Coast Hinterland rose by 8.1 per cent; the largest rise out of all of the key hinterland markets. Over the last five years, the ranking stays the same but the percentages normalise slightly; Sunshine Coast Hinterland saw values grow by 4.5 per cent and the Gold Coast Hinterland rose by 6.8 per cent.

Western Australia

The main hinterland regions for metropolitan Perth follow a similar trend to that of Perth itself – continued softening. Mundaring and Kalamunda currently have similar median dwelling values of $452,224 and $457,055 respectively. In the short-term of the last 12 months, these values have declined by 4.3 per cent and 5.7 per cent respectively, while in the mid-term of the last five years the declines are less severe with drops of 3.8 per cent and 2.6 per cent respectively.

South Australia

The Adelaide Hills region is the only noteworthy hinterland area according to CoreLogic, which has seen little success, but success none the less. With a median dwelling value of $494,166, this has been a rise of just 0.8 of a percentage point in the short-term of the last 12 months, and a rise of 2.1 per cent for the mid-term of the last five years. This puts Adelaide Hills as the smallest value growing hinterland market for both the short- and mid-terms.

Tasmania

The Central Highlands of Tasmania is the most affordable hinterland region analysed with a median dwelling value of $214,000, but it is delivering solid growth. In the short-term of the last 12 months, the Central Highlands saw dwelling values rise by 6.8 per cent, and in the mid-term over the course of the last five years, dwelling values rose by 5.1 per cent.

Source: www.smartpropertyinvestment.com.au

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Gold Coast among the most expensive regional QLD cities to rent property

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A new report reveals the Gold Coast is one of the most expensive regional Queensland cities to rent property.

RENTERS on the Gold Coast are forking out some of the highest prices for properties in regional Queensland.

A new report released by non-government social housing provider, Compass Housing Services, reveals the Gold Coast has the second highest median rent in regional Queensland.

The report lists the median rent each week on the Coast as $440, meaning tenants would need a weekly income of $1467 to be able to afford it.

While also in the top five of least affordable areas are; Noosa at $457.50, Gympie at $285, Hervey Bay at $320 and the Sunshine Coast at $430.

REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said one of the main factors affecting prices was the lack of properties available for rent as owner-occupiers were the region’s dominant buyers.

He said the fluctuating number of tourists and transient workers also contributed to the property shortage as well as the type of those available, while the slow release of land for new housing estates put added pressure on the rental market.

“The Gold Coast has got some unique factors,” Mr Henderson said.

“That diversity is also a bit of a challenge when trying to break down those figures.”

Latest data from the Residential Tenancies Authority shows suburbs in the 4217 postcode — including Benowa, Bundall, Main Beach and Surfers Paradise — were the most expensive areas to rent with $850 the median price per week for a four-bedroom house.

That is $120 more than the same period the previous year.

The cheapest place to rent was the 4209 postcode — which included Coomera, Pimpama and Willow Vale — with $179 the median price per week for a one-bedroom flat.

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Coomera, Pimpama and Willow Vale are among the cheapest suburbs to rent on the Gold Coast.

Lucy Cole Prestige Property managing director Lucy Cole said areas in the northern corridor were cheaper because there were plenty available.

“Because there’s so much competition up there, (rent) is lower,” she said.

She said quality homes at the heart of the city were harder to find and offered the best of the coast lifestyle, which made them more expensive.

“We know that there’s a scarcity of good properties,” she said.

“The size and (number of) rooms also plays a big part.

“If it’s a multimillion-dollar home … that’s where you’d expect to pay more.”

CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said while house value growth was slowing across the Coast, rental growth looked to remain strong.

“This is potentially reflective of the increasing number of residents moving to the region but they are choosing, at least initially, to rent rather than buy,” he said.

“Rental growth is expected to continue along at a fairly strong pace, especially considering that migration to southeast Queensland remains strong.”

Source: www.realestate.com.au

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