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Brisbane apartment market has Bank of Queensland on alert

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Bank of Queensland says moderating house prices across Australia’s east coast are welcome but the institution is bracing for any collapse, especially in Brisbane’s oversupplied apartment market.

BoQ chairman Roger Davis said while Brisbane was at the forefront of speculation around a housing bubble bursting, the bank was well-positioned in the event of any volatility.

“We do remain wary of conditions in the residential apartment market, especially in Brisbane, where the RBA is warning that this financial year is ‘crunch time’ given the oversupply, low rental increases, tightening credit conditions and ongoing targeted macroprudential regulations,” Mr Davis said at the bank’s annual general meeting on Thursday.

The Reserve Bank has repeatedly singled out the tide of an apartment building in Brisbane as an ongoing concern, while many economists have forecast the RBA will be tied to flat interest rates into next year, with a possible rise late in 2018.

“BoQ takes some comfort from moderating east coast housing prices and risk conditions especially in Sydney and sees no evidence of any systemic weakness in its housing portfolio or substantive increases in its mortgage arrears,” Mr. Davis said.

Mr. Davis told shareholders at the Brisbane meeting that with growth easing, the bank would continue in its cautious approach to the mortgage market with a “conservatively positioned” portfolio.

He warned that in an economy now characterized by high household debt, low inflation, flat income growth, underemployment and potential increases in interest rates, any mismanagement could expose housing weaknesses

“This combination does pose risks for the housing market if the risk is not properly managed,” he said.

Originally Published: www.smh.com.au

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Brisbane’s real estate is leading the nation

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According to CoreLogic property analysts, Brisbane is leading mainland Australia in all four property performance indicators for the first time in more than a decade. But what does the record increase in home values mean if you’re looking to buy or sell the place you call home? Kieran Clair is the Director of Bricks and Mortar Media, and a regular guest on ABC Radio Brisbane on a Saturday morning. He is chatting with Loretta Ryan.

Source: www.abc.net.au

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Buying a blank canvas for your dream home: 5 big land blocks for under $540k

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It’s becoming harder to find big blocks of land in Brisbane’s suburbs. Photo: iStock
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Each double-storey home features a mix of three-bedroom and three-bedroom-plus-study designs, complete with multi-purpose room, two bathrooms, guest powder room and generous-sized living areas.

EVERTON Hills is earmarked as a ‘next-generation’ suburb, according to developer Sunland Group.
Sunland Group managing director Sahba Abedian said local government designated Everton Hills as a next generation suburb due to its proximity to existing and future retail centres, employment, and community facilities.

Buyer interest in next-gen suburb
The kitchens will feature reconstituted stone benchtops, high-gloss cabinetry, and quality appliances, and flow seamlessly to the indoor living areas

“The arrival of Park Lane later this year, as well as the planned redevelopment of the Woolworths site in Everton Park and North-West Private Hospital, are delivering considerable amenity to The Hills District,” Mr Abedian said.

“Everton Hills also adjoins the 630ha Bunyaville State Forest, renowned for its expansive nature trails and recreation spaces.

“Grovely Train Station is an easy four-minute drive away, with direct services to the Brisbane CBD.”

Located at the centre of this wave of new infrastructure is Sunland Group’s The Hills Residences, which had already seen 50 per cent of residences sold since its April launch.

Mr Abedian said the early sales success of The Hills Residences demonstrated the inherent value of sophisticated architectural design and established amenity.

Buyer interest in next-gen suburb
Bathrooms will feature large porcelain tiles, custom-made vanities, reconstituted stone benchtops, and premium fittings.

“These homes represent the latest evolution of Sunland’s award-winning designs, featuring striking framed facades and expansive landscaping,” he said.

“Each double-storey home features a mix of three-bedroom and three-bedroom-plus-study designs, complete with multi-purpose room, two bathrooms, guest powder room and generous living areas.

“A selection of homes enjoy aspects overlooking the central park and the adjoining nature reserve.”

Mr Abedian said the kitchens would feature reconstituted stone benchtops, high-gloss cabinetry, and quality appliances, and flow seamlessly to the indoor living areas.

While bathrooms would feature large porcelain tiles, custom-made vanities, reconstituted stone benchtops, and premium fittings.

Buyer interest in next-gen suburb
The early sales success of The Hills Residences demonstrated the inherent value of sophisticated architectural design and established amenity.

“One-third of The Hills Residences is dedicated to open space, with a large central park and 3,500sq m of preserved bushland located a short stroll from every home,” he said.

“Early construction works have commenced on site, with the display home on track to be delivered in early 2019.”

Buyer interest in next-gen suburb
One-third of The Hills Residences is dedicated to open space, with a large central park and 3,500sq m of preserved bushland located a short stroll from every home.

Source: www.news-mail.com.au

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