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Auction preview: Inner city houses perfect for first-home buyers



Auction preview: Inner city houses perfect for first-home buyers

While the rest of south-east Queensland seems to be on holidays or at the Commonwealth Games, savvy first-home buyers could potentially pick themselves up a premium inner city Brisbane house this weekend.

Up for auction are a few starter homes in some of Brisbane’s most sought-after inner city locations, such as 17 Wakefield Street, Albion, a three-bedroom Queenslander cottage within walking distance of the train.

Set to go under the hammer at 11am this Saturday, April 7, the house represents an amazing opportunity in a suburb that often flies under the radar, according to marketing agent Hayley Jane from Place New Farm.

Auction preview: Inner city houses perfect for first-home buyersCottage cuteness: 17 Wakefield Street, Albion. Photo: Supplied

“Albion is without a doubt a suburb that people tend to forget when they’re looking for an inner city house,” Ms Jane said.

“It definitely flies under the radar but it’s all here: beautiful streets, views, character and incredible access to the CBD. You’re literally two suburbs out from the city.”

The median house price in Albion is $727,500, having grown at a steady rate of 3.9 per cent last year – but that’s all likely to change with the advent of a $750 million development set to transform the precinct surrounding Albion train station.

Auction preview: Inner city houses perfect for first-home buyers17 Wakefield Street, Albion, will go under the hammer on Saturday, April 7. Photo: Supplied

“Albion is a suburb that won’t fly under the radar for much longer, but right now it’s exceptional value considering its proximity to the CBD, valley and surrounding services,” Ms Jane said.

“And this house has so much potential for expansion – it’s on a flat 405 square metre block and the house could be doubled in size if it was lifted up.”

Ascot is not your average first-home buyer suburb, which makes this three-bedroom character home, considered to be entry level, a rare prize.

Auction preview: Inner city houses perfect for first-home buyersEntry level blue chip: 15 Butler Street, Ascot, will go to auction this Saturday, April 7. Photo: Supplied

Going to auction at 10am on Saturday, 15 Butler Street is is set on 405 square metres of blue chip real estate, only minutes from some of Brisbane’s most elite private schools and, of course, neighbouring multimillion-dollar properties.

The median house price in Ascot is $1,475,000 – Domain Group data shows house prices increased by 15.5 per cent in 2017 – so while entry-level price is out of reach for many house hunters, marketing agent Alexander Shean of Ray White Ascot said he had fielded strong interest from first-home buyers during the campaign.

“We’ve had investors through as well, as the house has been an investment property for a number of years, but mainly we’ve had a lot of interest from first-home buyers keen to get into the Ascot area,” he said.

Auction preview: Inner city houses perfect for first-home buyersThe lounge room at 15 Butler Street, Ascot. Photo: Supplied

“I’d say this is a rare opportunity. Ascot has a high proportion of prestige property, so this type of property doesn’t come up in the area very often.”

The house features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living areas and a single lock-up garage.

Over in Paddington, a gabled pre-war home at 58 Rockbourne Terrace will go under the hammer at 2pm.

Auction preview: Inner city houses perfect for first-home buyersPre-war charm: 58 Rockbourne Terrace, Paddington. Photo: Supplied

With four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two-street frontage, it’s liveable as is but has further room to add value, agent Ben Wakely of Urban Property Agents said.

“This has been in one family for years and it’s a much-loved family home,” he said. “I’ve had interest from first-home buyers, double-income earners with no kids and also from older people looking to downsize from a large family home.

The house is in a premium Paddington location within walking distance of Paddington Central, local cafes and schools.


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Brisbane unit market ‘a buyer’s market’



Brisbane unit market ‘a buyer’s market’

The current state of Brisbane’s unit market is a viable option for investing in the capital city, a property specialist has claimed.

After reports by BIS Oxford Economics about Brisbane facing a unit oversupply, with around 20 per cent of its apartments remaining empty, Selena Corness, buyer’s agent at Universal Buyers Agent, said that right now is the right time for interested investors to enter into Brisbane’s market.

“Now is absolutely the time to buy and diversify your portfolio,” Ms Corness said.

“In the past 18 months, there have been a lot of new residential multi-storey unit complexes completed within a [two kilometre] radius of Brisbane CBD… [and] this has flooded the market and pushed prices down.”

As a result, Ms Corness said that buyers have panicked and pulled out. Investors can use this confusion to their advantage and find an entry point into the market via an affordable unit.

“By buying smart and taking advantage of the market, buyers are really in the driver’s seat,” the expert said.

“It’s a real ‘glass half full’ view — you could choose to see the doom and gloom side of the market and see it as half empty or appreciate it for what it is as a buyer: an opportunity.”

In order to enter the market, Ms Corness said that buyers need $300,000 in pre-approved finances, which will allow for investors to enter the premium markets of New Farm and Teneriffe.

“Not too long ago, living in these inner-city locations would have been a dream for most buyers, but now [that] prices are at the bottom end of the market, it’s a dream that can become a reality,” Ms Corness said.

“We know that prices will not continue to stay this low, so there is a lot of opportunit[ies] to make smart investments that will create great returns in the long term.”

As an example, Ms Corness pointed out how a unit developer cut its prices by nearly 25 per cent to try and sell its last units, from approximately $630,000 to $475,000, emphasising the room prices can grow back up to when the market corrects itself. However, deals such as this, she warns, are complicated to find.

“If you have $600,000 to invest in the Brisbane property market, my recommendation would be to split it and buy two units in different buildings aiming for an immediate minimum gross rental yield of 5.5 per cent,” Ms Corness said.


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Brisbane suburbs earning double what the average worker does



Brisbane suburbs earning double what the average worker does

Amanda Wolski at 2837 Old Cleveland Road, Chandler, which is on the market for $1.15m. Picture: AAP Image/Josh Woning.Source:News Limited

HOMES in these suburbs earn double what the average worker does, raking in as much as $724.66 a night as their owners sleep.

Latest figures from and CoreLogic showed the top 10 Queensland suburbs for capital growth in the last year came out of the southeast corner of the state, the bulk of which were in Brisbane and Ipswich.

Chandler in Brisbane’s southeast topped the capital gains of the 10 best performing suburbs in the state when it came to daily earnings, with homes there bringing in a whopping $724.66 a day without their owners having to lift a finger. At $264,500 for the year, that’s about as much as the average futures trader earned in salary last year according to the Australian Taxation Office ($264,830).

Homes in Yeerongpilly were making their owners $506.85 richer every day ($185,00 annually) – which was like having a petroleum engineer in your wallet ($185,808), while Indooroopilly houses were cranking out a $495.89 boost in value daily ($181,000p/a) which was a public servant deputy level salary ($181,849).

Top performer percentage wise was Kurwongbah in Moreton Bay (32 per cent), four of the top 10 suburbs were in Brisbane (Yeerongpilly 28.2 per cent, Corinda 25.6 per cent, Indooroopilly 22 per cent and Chandler 21.5 per cent), the same out of the Ipswich region (Willowbank 27.7 per cent, Brightview 23.1 per cent, Chuwar 21.7 per cent), and Boonah in Scenic Rim also made the cut (20.9 per cent).

Agent Nyree Ewings of LJ Hooker Birkdale-Wellington Point said Chandler’s big earnings were not a surprise given the size of its blocks and Goldilocks proximity to the city, ocean and Gateway Motorway.

“It’s the most affordable acreage with good access to the city,” she said. “That’s the exciting part – there’s a package for every style of acreage there.”

“The reason there’s been so much capital growth there is people wanting a good old fashioned lifestyle but still within reach of the city and water.”

She said entry level in the area was over $1m now such as 2837 Old Cleveland Road which has 2.36 acres, two four-bedroom houses and a massive eight car spaces.

Its owner Amanda Wolski put the Chandler property on the market for $1.15m – “an entry level price”.

“I know it’s a good area. I did build it 12 years ago. It’s just beautiful out here, private, it feels like you’re in the country but you’re just 20 minutes to the city, private schools, close to the Gateway Motorway. You can be on the coast in an hour. The location is just incredible.

“It’s been the most beautiful place to raise children, they’ve had horses, guinea pigs, been in the pony club for years, had motor bikes, go carts, chickens, geese, campouts, firepits. We will miss that most plus just the peace and the trees.”

Ms Ewings said the home was attracting developers looking to land bank as well as locals keen to get into acreage as well as people from outside the area.



1 Kurwongbah 32% gain; $452.05 a day; $79.33p/hour

2 Yeerongpilly 28.2%; $506.85 a day; $88.94p/hour

3 Willowbank 27.7%; $246.58; $43.27

4 Corinda 25.6%; $457.53; $80.29

5 Brightview 23.1%; $164.38; $28.85

6 Indooroopilly 22%; $495.89; $87.02

7 Chuwar 21.7%; $273.97; $48.08

8 Chandler 21.5%; $724.66; $127.16

9 Boonah 20.9%; $157.53; $27.64

10 Basin Pocket20.6%; $132.88; $23.32



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