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Brisbane house prices buck national trend and keep rising, new data shows



Brisbane’s median house price has increased to $668,000, showing positive property growth amid a declining national market, new figures show.

As house prices in Australia’s two biggest cities fall deeper into a downturn, the Brisbane local government area is bucking the trend, having recorded 1.2 per cent house price growth over the past 12 months.

Nationally, house prices are down nearly 3 per cent, while in Sydney and Melbourne houses are down 6.5 per cent and 3.2 per cent respectively, the latest Domain House Price Report shows.

The figures for Greater Brisbane showed the annual median house price was up 2.2 per cent across the five LGAs, which include Brisbane, Ipswich, Redland, Moreton Bay and Logan, although it recorded a 0.4 per cent drop over the quarter.

Brisbane LGA$668,0001.2%$435,000-3.3%
Greater Brisbane$567,3762.2%$376,972 -6.8%
Ipswich$386,250 5.8% $308,500 -3.6%
Logan $432,500 4.2% $282,500 -8.0%
Moreton Bay $470,000 3.3% $335,000 -6.9%
Redland $550,000 3.2% $440,000 -0.5%

“Nationally, [the] downturn has been aided by the tightening of credit by the banks following regulatory intervention and a bruising royal commission,” she said.

“Rising mortgage rates, tighter credit conditions and reduced borrowing power have impacted all capital cities to a varied degree.

Capital city median house prices – September quarter

“Comparatively, Brisbane is performing well,” she said. “Interstate migration has hit a decade high, helping to propel Brisbane to one of Australia’s fastest growing cities. This will support demand for housing.”

McGrath Paddington agent Reuben Packer-Hill said while tighter lending criteria had affected some buyers, Brisbane’s western suburbs had performed exceptionally well in the past 12 months.

brisbanein Chapel Hill, like this stunning Queenslander at 16 Tamarix Street, have risen by 8.9 per cent in the past year. Photo: Dixon Family Estate Agents

“Chapel Hill has shown 8.9 per cent growth year on year. As a micro market, we are bucking the trend and that’s because there’s a shortage of stock and a lot of competition,” he said.

“But I think it’s important to understand that in the outer fringe, in suburbs like Kenmore, Chapel Hill and into the Centenary suburbs, they’re probably not as exposed to the ups and downs and changes in the market because it’s such a strong family demographic. Families still need houses to live.”

Mr Packer-Hill recently sold 32 Burdekin Drive, Sinnamon Park, in only three weeks for $2.5 million, setting a residential record price for the suburb. He said it was indicative of the demand for property, particularly at the prestige level, in the area.

“Tightened lending criteria is certainly affecting some buyers and I’m seeing an extension of finance clauses but the fundamentals are that quality stock is always in demand — and in this part of Brisbane, there’s not enough supply,” he said.

32 Burdekin Drive, Sinnamon Park, broke a suburb record when it sold for $2.5 million. Photo: McGrath Paddington

“The wonderful thing about the Brisbane market is because we don’t go through the huge growth, we’re not exposed to the same downturns. That’s why people take confidence investing here.”

However, economists said it was important to recognise Brisbane’s growth for what it was — positive, but minimal — and not the beginnings of a boom.

“There was a case to be made for Brisbane when Sydney was booming — that we would see Brisbane house prices also move up — but the time for it seems to have dated,” said AMP chief economist Shane Oliver.

“The main reason I’ve become less optimistic is the credit. The problem of the tightening in credit standards will impact buyers in Queensland as much as NSW and Victoria.

Brisbane’s property market has strengths but will be held back by tight lending conditions, economists say. Photo: iStock

“On the one hand you could say Brisbane’s strengthening population is a positive and affordability is always a positive, but the main dampener is the credit cycle. It has got us less optimistic. I would see the one per cent growth continuing.”

NAB group chief economist Alan Oster said while Brisbane was performing well relative to Sydney and Melbourne, the bank’s forecast for Brisbane was very conservative.

“Our forecast for Brisbane is pretty much flat,” he said. “Next year, our forecast for Brisbane is 0.0 per cent.

“Performance can vary [from] postcode to postcode … but broadly Brisbane is going sideways.”

Space Property agent Judi O’Dea said lending conditions had had a small impact in Brisbane’s inner city suburbs but not enough to take the shine off the city’s prospects.

“There is so much going for Brisbane at the moment, so much new infrastructure and so much happening, it would take more than that for Brisbane to falter,” she said.

“Brisbane has a stability to it…it just kicks over beautifully. The banks have caused a bit of angst but nothing drastic.

Inner city suburbs like Paddington will continue to flourish, says Judi O’Dea. Photo: Tammy Law

“Our auction clearance rates are steady and I see that continuing. The banks and their lending restrictions will likely ease as they don’t want to cut off their nose to spite their face.

“I’m very confident in the continued stability of our inner city marketplace…there’s a lot of excitement around Brisbane at the moment.”

Brisbane’s unit market remained a concern for economists. The latest Domain figures showed units in the Brisbane LGA fell 3.3 per cent over the September quarter, while in Greater Brisbane they fell by 3.2 per cent over the quarter and 6.2 per cent over the past 12 months.

“I don’t think it’s time for Brisbane units to shine,” said Mr Oster.

“We think they are incredibly overbuilt in the CBD. [Prices] are only slightly down but we don’t think the falls are finished.

“You might like buying there but you wouldn’t be expecting any capital gain anytime soon.”

Luxury owner occupier units, like 801/8 Kyabra Street, Newstead, are outperforming investor stock in Brisbane. Photo: Ray White New Farm

Dr Powell said while units in Greater Brisbane had dropped in median price significantly, anecdotal evidence suggested that well-built, owner-occupier apartments had fared much better.

“Those type of units will certainly be holding firmer than those solely targeted at the investor,” she said.

“That’s a broad thing that will happen anywhere; it’s always those investor-led markets that are more exposed.”


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Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed



Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed. New data has shown the top 68 suburbs in Queensland for capital growth over the last 12 months to June, with the number one spot reaching triple digits.

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

Outlined in the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s Queensland Market Monitor report, REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said despite the ‘doom and gloom’ of the property market, there are still locations that are seeing large gains in profitability.

“A total of 68 suburbs throughout Queensland have delivered double-digit growth over 12 months, which is a really strong result,” Ms Mercorella said.

“And there are many more suburbs delivering strong single-digit growth. It’s a great market to be in at the moment.”

While south-east Queensland saw a lot of attention, there were some high growth suburbs found in central and northern Queensland.

The area with the strongest growth was Blackwater, which saw a rise of 151 per cent growth, which Ms Mercorella attributed to the resurgence of coal prices.

Aside from Blackwater, 10 other suburbs saw growth over 20 percent. These included:

  • Spring Mountain with growth of 103.6 per cent;
  • Collinsville with growth of 46.2 per cent;
  • Minyama with growth of 45.8 per cent;
  • Hamilton with growth of 32.9 per cent;
  • Hollywell with growth of 30.5 per cent;
  • Miles with growth of 23.5 per cent;
  • Mount Coolum with growth of 21.9 per cent;
  • Dundowran beach with growth of 21.5 per cent;
  • Boonah with growth of 21.3 per cent; and
  • Idalia with growth of 21.3 per cent.

Ms Mercorella said the top 11 suburbs were indicative of steady growth across the state, but warned against calling it a ‘boom’.

“While we’re definitely seeing prices come back in western Queensland mining towns, such as Blackwater, these prices are still below their peak,” she said.

It’s unlikely we’ll see a return to pre-2013 prices in those areas anytime soon.”

South-east Queensland

While the top 11 suburbs show a spread of high growth suburbs through the state, 41 suburbs out of the 68 are located in the ever-popular south east corner of Queensland.

Of these, 15 suburbs were located in the Sunshine Coast region, with the highest growing being Minyama, which ranked fourth overall.

The Brisbane region also saw a large number of high performing suburbs at 13. Hamilton was the region’s best performer and fifth overall.

Next was Ipswich with six suburbs, then the Gold Coast with four, Moreton Bay with three, while Redland and Logan suburbs did not rank.

Regional Queensland

Outside of south east Queensland, 27 regional suburbs ranked on the list, with the Townsville region recording four suburbs. Its highest performer was Idalia, which ranked 11th overall.

Next were the Cairns and Gympie regions, both recording three suburbs each. Cairns’ top performer was Palm Cove, which ranked 26th overall, while Cooloola Cove was Gympie’s top performer, which ranked 42nd overall.

While only recording one suburb, the Whitsunday region’s Collinsville ranked third overall.

The Bundaberg and Toowoomba regions both recorded two top suburbs, while the Banana, Charters Towers, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay, Rocky, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Western Downs regions all had one top suburb each

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

The top 68 suburbs which experienced double digit growth over the last year to June 2018, according to the REIQ, are:

RankSuburbMedian priceCapital growth over 12 months (as a percentage)
2Spring Mountain$450,000103.6%
8Mount Coolum$670,00021.9%
9Dundowran Beach$607,00021.5%
15Burnett Heads$317,00018.1%
19Sunshine Beach$1,400,00016.7%
20Noosa Heads$1,070,00016.0%
21Hope Island$739,75015.7%
24North Ward$575,00015.0%
26Palm Cove$606,00014.3%
27Charters Towers City$142,50014.0%
28Pelican Waters$761,00013.9%
29Cooee Bay$313,00013.8%
30Mount Ommaney$944,00013.7%
32The Range$380,00013.4%
35North Mackay$270,00013.2%
41Coes Creek$442,50012.0%
42Cooloola Cove$317,50012.0%
43Battery Hill$578,00012.0%
44Seven Hills$940,00011.9%
48Clifton Beach$557,50011.5%
50Twin Waters$823,00011.2%
53Coolum Beach$675,25011.2%
55Sunrise Beach$820,00011.0%
58Mountain Creek$610,00010.9%
59Flinders View$371,50010.9%
60Highland Park$570,00010.7%
65Railway Estate$309,50010.1%
67Rainbow Beach$489,50010.0%
68Ormeau Hills$530,00010.0%

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed.


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Brisbane’s median home price deceptively low



Brisbane’s median home price deceptively low

Brisbane’s median home price deceptively low

Brisbane’s median home price deceptively low. LATEST analysis shows Brisbane’s significantly more affordable median home price is deceptively low, given only three areas sit below the citywide median.

At $491,925, Brisbane’s median was over 40 per cent cheaper than Sydney ($833,876) and just over 25 per cent less than Melbourne ($655,044).

But when CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher broke it down in zones around the capital, the data told a different story.

“While that ($491,925 is substantially lower than Sydney and Melbourne you can see that all of the regions relatively close to the city have current median values which are higher than that,” he said.

“The most expensive region of the city is the West ($659,554) while the most affordable is Ipswich ($350,511).

“Only three SA4 regions of the city actually have a median value which is lower than the citywide median.”

Brisbane’s median home price deceptively low

The cafe lifestyle in inner-city New Farm is part of the reason that median prices there are definitely above the citywide average. Picture: Annette Dew.Source:News Corp Australia

Those three SA4 regions of Greater Brisbane were Ipswich with a median property value of $350,511, Logan-Beaudesert on $387,401 and Moreton Bay — North on $413,962.

All the rest had medians that were above the official median Brisbane dwelling led by Brisbane West where the median of $659,554 was higher than that of Melbourne.

Brisbane South’s median was $639,457, followed by Brisbane Inner City $584,539), North ($549,231), East ($548,746) and Moreton Bay — South $501,509.

The closer you are to desirable attributes such as the river, the higher prices tended to go, according to the analysis.

“Desirable areas close to the city centre typically have much more expensive housing costs than the broad capital city median,” Mr Kusher said.

“Although it is clichéd, location, location, location holds true and purchasers still pay a significant premium for well-located properties.”

Mr Kusher said the data gave “a more granular insight into how median values in each city compare to smaller regions across each city”.

Buyers were well advised to look at markets closer “as housing costs or the housing market performance can be vastly different when you look at different areas of a city”.


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Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth



Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth. TOWNSVILLE has emerged as a star performer in regional Queensland, with four suburbs recording double digit growth.

REIQ has revealed the 68 suburbs that recorded double digit growth in the 12 months to June.

Twenty-seven of those 68 top performing suburbs were outside of the southeast, with Townsville dominating the regional listings.

REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said Idalia (+21.3% to $485,00 as of June) was a rapidly expanding suburb, located just 10 minutes from the Townsville CBD, and offering access to shopping centres, restaurants, beautiful landscaping around parks, lakes and the Ross River.

It is dominated by older houses and luxury new homes, with properties ranging from the “low to mid $300,000s” to over $1 million.


Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella


“Idalia in Townsville ranks 11th on the state list and first on the Townsville LGA list,” she said.

The other Townsville suburbs to make the top 68 were Rasmussen (+19.9), North Ward (+15%) and Railway Estate (+10.1%).

Keyes and Co Property agent, and former Townsville City councillor, Tony Parsons, said there were suburbs doing well, and others that were still struggling, but there were positive signs in the local property market.

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

This four bedroom house at 47 Springside Terrace in Idalia is on the market for $868,000 and is listed with Keyes & Co

He said Idalia ticked a lot of boxes for families, but he was not surprised by the city’s other top suburbs with two of them “fringe suburbs” of the new stadium under construction.

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

North Queensland Stadium under construction in September 2018 Townsville

“North Ward and its proximity to The Strand speaks for itself, and Railway Estate has some of that character housing stock that many couples are keen on, those reno jobs.”

As for Rasmussen, the suburb has benefited from a number of new housing estates including a Defence Housing Australia development, and the duplication of Riverway Drive.

Mr Parsons said buyers could still get a bargain.

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

Australian hydrofoil championships off The Strand, Townsville.

Meanwhile, Cairns and Gympie had three suburbs on the list of top performers.

Palm Cove was the best performer in Cairns, ranking 26th overall.

Cooloola Cove in Gympie ranked 42nd, with house prices up 12 per cent to $317,500 in June 2018.

In the Whitsundays region, only Collinsville, a coal town southwest of Bowen, made the list, taking out third spot overall.

Ms Mercorella said Collinsville recorded an annual capital growth for houses of 46.2 per cent, taking the median sales price to $95,000 in June.

Other regions reporting at least one suburb on the list were Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Banana, Charters Towers, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay, Rocky, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Western Downs.

“This spread of suburbs is a good indication that Queensland real estate is delivering steady sustainable growth across the board. We’re seeing growth outside the southeast corner,” Ms Mercorella said.

In terms of price, the REIQ analysis found that two very different brackets dominated the list — below $350,000 and above $500,000 but below $750,000.

“Eighteen top performing suburbs reported a median house price range below $350,000,” Ms Mercorella said.

“Most of these suburbs are located in regional Queensland.”

Similarly, 18 top performers reported an annual median house price range between $500,000 and $749,999 … 13 of these suburbs are located in the southeast corner.

“Only 8 top performing suburbs reported an annual median price range above $1 million. All these suburbs are located in Brisbane, Noosa or the Sunshine Coast LGA.”

Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth


Blackwater (1st) +151.3%

Collinsville (3rd) + 46.2%

Miles (7th) +23.5%

Dundowran Beach (9th) +21.5%

Idalia (11th) +21.3%

Rasmussen (12th) +19.9%

Biloela (14th) +18.6%

Burnett Heads (15th) +18.1%

North Ward (24th) +15%

Palm Cove (26th) +14.3%

(Source: REIQ QMM report June 2018. )


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