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It’s not hard to see why so many overseas buyers were keen on Surfers Paradise. Picture: Nigel HalletSource:News Corp Australia

THESE are the suburbs where foreign buyers are most keen to own a slice of Queensland

OVERSEAS based buyers are keen on securing properties in Surfers Paradise more than any other part of Queensland.

New analysis of where foreign buyers search for properties in Queensland is dominated by beachside suburbs and those close to universities.

And while many think that China-based buyers are the group buying up big in our market, it is actually potential buyers from New Zealand who are searching in Queensland more than those from any other country.

In the past six months, there were 29,494 overseas-based buyers who searched for properties in Surfers Paradise on realestate.com.au.

Noosa was also a popular search location for buyers based overseas. Picture: Lachie Millard

Noosa was also a popular search location for buyers based overseas. Picture: Lachie MillardSource:News Corp Australia

The second most popular area was Noosa, which chalked up 19,687 searches followed by Broadbeach with 18,751.

St Lucia, home to the University of Queensland, was the most searched Brisbane suburb with 18,199 searches by overseas buyers in the past six months.

REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said while holiday hot spots were popular, Queensland’s universities had earned a strong reputation and many overseas parents wanted their children to do their study here.

As a result plenty were searching suburbs including St Lucia and Indooroopilly for places for their children to live while they studied.

Ms Conisbee said buying close to good universities was a key criteria for potential buyers from China and Singapore.

“They are very education focused,’’ she said, “while the rest of the world is all looking for Queensland beach suburbs.’’

Ms Conisbee said New Zealanders were particularly keen on searching in beach suburbs and didn’t restrict themselves to the southeast corner.

She said the restrictions on Chinese buyers moving money out of the country had, had an impact on how many were looking at property in Australia, although Queensland had not felt the downturn as much as other states.

Being close to major universities such as the University of Queensland was important to overseas buyers.

Being close to major universities such as the University of Queensland was important to overseas buyers.Source:Supplied

“We have seen a drop off of about 25 per cent nationally,’’ she said.

“What is interesting though is Queensland has been the least affected. In Sydney it dropped about 44 per cent, in southeast Queensland it only dropped off around 10 per cent.

“I don’t know why, maybe Sydney is now considered too expensive, Queensland has been pretty affordable.’’

Ray White Surfers Paradise CEO Andrew Bell was not surprised Surfers Paradise was on the radar of overseas buyer.

He said it had the highest profile of any suburb on the Gold Coast and it was a natural magnet for many overseas tourists.

“I would suggest that when we consider buying it is natural to want to be as close to or part of all of those significant lifestyle choices that happen in central locations,’’ he said.

Mr Bell said it also had a wide variety of property types and price ranges so was appealing to a broad cross section of buyers.

He said there were a lot of new buildings under development at Surfers Paradise which meant it was the easiest buying option for foreign buyers.

Not only because it was easier to get foreign investment approval, but because it could be safely locked up and left when they weren’t in the country

“Most of our foreign purchasers are people who do not move here permanently but simply choose to have a holiday home here,’’ he said.

John Newlands of Professionals Surfers Paradise said the area had all the amenity international travellers and buyers were looking for.

From restaurants and high end hotels to the casino and golf courses plus high end international retailers.

Mr Newlands agreed it was mainly investors and holiday makers buying at Surfers Paradise with not so many overseas based buyers making a permanent move there.

Under Australian legislation foreign persons need to apply for foreign investment approval before buying residential real estate in Australia.

It is generally for newly built properties with an aim of their investment helping to create construction industry jobs.

Since May last year any foreign owner who leaves their property unoccupied for more than six months within a year will be charged an annual vacancy charge.

While foreign buyers are generally not allowed to buy existing properties in Australia those who are temporary residents and need a place to live can purchase as long as they sell the property when they leave Australia.

Temporary residents cannot buy established properties to rent out or for use as a holiday home.

SUBURBS MOST SEARCHED BY FOREIGN BUYERS

Surfers Paradise – 29,494

Noosa Heads – 19,687

Broadbeach – 18,751

St Lucia – 18,199

Southport – 18,134

Mooloolaba – 16,092

Burleigh Heads – 14,765

Indooroopilly – 14,142

Robina – 12,921

New Farm – 12,668

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Hong Kong

Philippines

Canada

Singapore

Japan

China

South Africa

Source: realestate.com.au

Originally published: www.news.com.au

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Brisbane apartment valuations on the slide with thousands more units on the way

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The large number of newly completed apartments – about 8300 – expected to hit Brisbane in 2017-18 will only worsen the problem, DFP says, quoting the latest residential data from property research group BIS Oxford Economics. A further 5000 units are in the pipeline for 2019. Yongyuan Dai/IStock

Mortgage revaluations of second-hand homes in inner Brisbaneare between 20 per cent and 30 per cent lower than the prices they originally exchanged for, one more sign of falling demand and over-supply in the Queensland capital, according to private property lender Development Finance Partners (DFP).
DFP, which provides commercial loans to residential developers, has discovered that not only are the values of new dwellings being pushed down, but secondary apartments and townhouses have been swept up in the downward slide.

The large number of newly completed apartments – about 8300 – expected to hit the city in 2017-18 will only worsen the problem DFP says, quoting the latest residential data from property research group BIS Oxford Economics. An additional 5000 units are in the pipeline for 2019.

According to BIS, the average number of apartments constructed in inner Brisbane outside of a boom year is about 2000.

DFP believes, based on information provided by its clients and industry experts, that the Brisbane apartment market will be further “tested” in the last half of the year.

“It’s a shock and it pressures those owners who do not have substantial equity,” DFP director Matthew Royal said.

“The new, shiny, state-of-the-art properties are easier to let and those owners, keen to get cash flow, may set a rental that is lower than rentals applying for nearby, older, properties.

“Making things worse is that, in a new development a large number of rental properties emerge at once, flooding the market,” Mr Royal said.

Adding to the woes of lower rents, banks are refraining from refinancing interest-only loans, forcing many borrowers to repay both principal and interest.

“Lower rents push down a property’s value, reduced cash flow arrives as principal and interest needs to be paid and an investor, financially comfortable up until then, is suddenly struggling to ‘hang on’,” Mr Royal said.

Additionally, Mr Royal is predicting more time on market for re-sales of apartments from the third quarter of 2018 onwards.

“Unfortunately I am predicting more pain than gain for the most exposed assets this time next year.”

It’s been two years since concerns about an oversupply of apartments in Brisbane began but many developers are understood to be still holding onto stock, hoping the dwellings will be absorbed by a growing population

This expectation of a gradual correction is supported by the relatively flat – as opposed to rapidly falling prices of Brisbane off-the-plan units, shown in settlement data from Corelogic.

But there are fewer projects in the city, with just 12 launched in 2017 compared with 57 in 2016.

Source: www.afr.com

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This home at 29 Queens Rd, Hamilton, is for sale for the first time in over 50 years.Source:Supplied

THE Hamilton Hill home of a Brisbane inventor who helped put NASA into space has hit the market for the first time in more than 50 years.

Norman Flournoy, 88, has 27 worldwide patents to his name, including technical inventions used in ballistics and rocketry in the United States.

His wife, Marea Reed, worked from home as an optometrist for three decades and still has the original chair she used, which was made in 1876 from solid brass and bronze.

The 79-year-old hasn’t ruled out selling the chair with the house, but stressed it would have to be a good offer.

Hamilton Hill home of NASA inventor for sale for first time in half a century

The view from the back deck of the home at 29 Queens Rd, Hamilton.Source:Supplied

Mrs Reed moved into the home at 29 Queens Road in 1965 with her first husband, who was an architect.

“It was a wreck when we first came here,” she recalls.

“He did some beautiful, sensitive alterations to the house.

“It’s a wonderful mix of the traditional colonial and the new avant-garde.”

Perched high on Hamilton Hill on 890 sqm, the six-bedroom, two-bathroom colonial home is the perfect renovation project, offering spectacular river and city views.

Hamilton Hill home of NASA inventor for sale for first time in half a century

The living room in the home at 29 Queens Rd, Hamilton.Source:Supplied

“It’s got an absolutely fantastic view and position,” Mrs Reed said.

“What I love about it is the great expanse of sky.

“It’s a very happy home.”

Traditional features include a wraparound entry veranda, original timber flooring, wide hallway and VJ walls.

There is a large back deck, which extends off the living and dining area that would be perfect for alfresco dinners or parties.

Hamilton Hill home of NASA inventor for sale for first time in half a century

The hallway in the home at 29 Queens Rd, Hamilton.Source:Supplied

It overlooks the backyard, which allows plenty of room for a pool or home extension.

Underneath the home is a spacious studio with bedroom/lounge area and kitchenette — ideal for a guest wing or teenage retreat.

Marketing agent Nick Kouparitsas of Ray White Ascot said it was rare for such properties to be offered to the open market.

“We don’t come across too many of these homes that have been in the same family for so many years,” he said.

“Around Hamilton they’re pretty rare.”

Hamilton Hill home of NASA inventor for sale for first time in half a century

One of the bedrooms in the home at 29 Queens Rd, Hamilton.Source:Supplied

Mr Kouparitsas said he had fielded interest from local and interstate, mostly from owner-occupiers looking for something to renovate on a large block in a great location.

“You’ve probably got some of the best views in Brisbane there of the river and the city,” he said.

The property is scheduled for auction on-site at 4pm on May 26.

Source: www.news.com.au

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