“We are not discounting [the original prices of] apartments in Brisbane, but rather managing an orderly sell down of any remaining stock we have,” Metro marketing and sales general manager Phil Leahy said.
THE lure of affordability, lifestyle and world-class beaches made southeast Queensland’s coastal markets the stars of the property sector in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.goldcoastinvestor.com.au
Couple turns $145k into $7.5m
The massive 1.97Ha site of their family home sits in the middle of Wakerley, about 16km to the east of the Brisbane CBD – a popular area with families that’s been targeted for major subdivision work.
Property records released last week show a $7.5m deal was struck off market in late March, while just two years ago, the site was valued around $1.1m. It’s believed the property was bought for $145,000 in 1987.
Preparation for the development approval began last year, with the couple then selling to a firm that then filed a development application to split the site into 27 housing lots in the first stage and five lots in the second stage.
The large “rural” home site was surrounded by residential subdivisions on three sides and fronts Manly Road – one of the main feeder streets to the area. The new plans mean it will join seamless into the other subdivisions in the area.
The company that bought the site received development approval from the Brisbane City Council in May and waived the appeal period.
The previous highest price fetched in Brisbane’s east was at 114 Virginia Avenue, Hawthorne – an ultra-modern six bedroom, five bathroom, six car space home that sold for $7.48m in six years ago.
Built in 2008, the Viriginia Avenue home has solid concrete walls and floors over all levels, with full walls of glass fronting the river.
Metro Property’s discounts leftover Brisbane apartments
Want a bargain? Metro’s Newstead Towers in Brisbane has 20 per cent discounts. Supplied
Real estate agents are offering 20 per cent discounts on apartment sales at four of Brisbane-based developer Metro Property Development’s Brisbane CBD projects as the apartment market continues to face headwinds.
Along with 20 per cent discounts on one and two-bedroom apartments, buyers were being offered a 4.5 per cent rental one-year guarantee at Aqua Newstead, Broadway on Ann, Canterbury Towers, and Newstead Towers. These apply to apartments priced between low $400,000 to nearly $600,000.
The oversupply problem in Brisbane is heating up, with the Queensland Treasury now warning its apartment market could take a turn for the worse, especially if the bigger Sydney and Melbourne markets begin to falter.
But Metro said the discounts applied only to residual stock, not entire projects or launch prices, with residual discounting being part of a business-as-usual stock clearance.
“The heat has certainly come out of the Brisbane market from where it was a couple of years ago, but we see it as just back to normal market conditions with good buying opportunities and plenty of growth potential in the coming years to buyers entering the market now.
“We have already secured buyers for the four buildings and are in the run up to settling the last of these units over the next couple of months.”
He said discounts were sometimes offered by agents on their own accord, hoping developers would accept the lower prices.
“We see this all the time, however I can confirm there is no discounting to our [original] price lists and we have been successful in maintaining pricing levels thanks to the locations, amenity, inclusions and designs offered in the apartment projects we have been selling,” Mr Leahy said.
Discounts aside, a 4.5 per cent rental guarantee was reasonable and agrees with SQM Research’s data which show the latest rental yield for two-bedroom units in Brisbane was close to 5 per cent.
“We are taking an average of 18 days from handover to secure a tenant via our in-house rental team. Given this strong demand, we do offer a one-year rent guarantee to investors,” Mr Leahy added.
“We are having excellent success getting investors from both Melbourne and Sydney to look at Brisbane as a more affordable investment option than the other wo capitals vis-à-vis lower purchase prices with high rental yields.”
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