Realestate.com.au has revealed the most in-demand suburbs for rental properties. Source: ThinkStock
LOOKING for a rental property? You’ll have to move pretty quick if you want to snare one in these areas which have been identified as Queensland’s most in-demand rental suburbs.
DEMAND for rental properties in Brisbane has jumped by nearly 24 per cent in the past year, new figures from realestate.com.au reveal.
As competition for rentals heats up, the site has also identified the most sought-after suburbs to lease a property in the past six months, within 20km of the CBD.
The research shows more people want to rent a house in Brisbane’s inner north than anywhere else in the city, but the southside prevails when it comes to demand for unit rentals.
Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the site had already recorded 1.2 million searches for rentals in Brisbane in just the first two weeks of 2018.
Ms Conisbee said realestate.com.au’s rental demand index was up nearly 23.8 per cent in Brisbane compared to the same time last year.
“What that typically means is it reflects jobs growth,” she said.
“I think it’s good news for Brisbane.
“The growth in rental demand is similar to Melbourne but a lot higher than Sydney.”
Camp Hill, 6km from the CBD, tops the list for units in the city, attracting more than 820 online visits per property, followed by Holland Park.
The median weekly rent for a unit in Camp Hill is $370.
When it comes to houses, you’ll have a tough time snagging something in Fortitude Valley, with listings in the inner-city suburb receiving more than 1200 online visits in the second half of 2017.
It was followed closely by nearby Windsor, New Farm and Newmarket, which all attracted more than 1100 views per listing.
The median weekly rent for a house in Fortitude Valley is $465, but jumps to $753 in New Farm.
A quick search on realestate.com.au reveals there are not many houses for rent in Fortitude Valley, but plenty to choose from if you venture into its neighbouring suburbs.
A four-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage at 176 Arthur St, Fortitude Valley, is currently for lease for $600 a week.
In New Farm, this three-bedroom Queenslander at 585 Lower Bowen Terrace is available for $625 a week.
For $330 a week, you can rent a tidy, two-bedroom unit in Camp Hill, like this one at 6/25 Bundah Street.
This spacious, two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit at 827 Steele St, Holland Park, will set you back $120 more.
Rental applications often peak in January as many renters view summer as the perfect time to find a better deal.
Ms Conisbee said most people looking to rent were often younger, which might explain the popularity of Fortitude Valley and surrounding suburbs.
“It has to do with those areas being very popular with young people,” she said.
“These areas are a lot of fun, have a good night-life, restaurants and are close to the city.”
Ms Conisbee said the high-demand areas for apartments were suburbs that did not have much apartment stock, such as Camp Hill and Holland Park.
In good news for renters, vacancy rates in Brisbane rose in December from 3.4 per cent to 3.8 per cent, according to the latest figures from SQM Research.
They had tightened significantly over the past year.
But rents are also rising, with asking rents for houses up 1.1 per cent to $448 a week and units rising 0.6 per cent to $368 during the month.
SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said it was common for vacancies to rise in December due to seasonality.
Mr Christopher said vacancy rates in all capital cities rose in December, but the rise in Sydney was larger than expected.
Originally published: news.com.au
Will the new Brisbane State High School catchment affect property prices?
Changes made to Brisbane State High School’s catchment zone are already affecting properties for sale in the area, according to local real estate agents.
The state government released new catchment maps last week which revealed Brisbane State High School’s catchment zone could be cut by 25 per cent to manage pressure on its rising enrolments.
The school’s current catchment stretches through West End and out to Dutton Park but, under the new draft catchment, students from more than 500 households in Dutton Park, Woolloongabba and Highgate Hill would no longer be eligible for direct entry to State High once the neighbouring high-rise school in Dutton Park opens in 2021.
It’s been a devastating revelation for homeowners who bought in the area specifically to be in the catchment of Queensland’s top performing state high school, said Sam Peterffy, of Harcourts Homeside.
Not only are they upset at being kicked out of the catchment, they’re worried the value of their property will fall because if it, she said.
“Of course the people who are already living here are worried — many of them bought here for the school,” she said.
“I feel sorry for these people. They might have young children, aged five and under, and bought here planning for their children’s future. Now that’s up in the air. It’s not a great situation for them.”
Ms Peterffy said the local property market had already been affected.
“From a buyer perspective, I have people who were looking in these areas and have straight up said they’re no longer looking at Dutton Park or anywhere that’s out of the catchment,” she said.
Brisbane State High School is a 3200-student strong, selective GPS school, sought-after for its top academic results and extensive extra curricular program.
Demand for places is so high, the school employed an investigator this year to uncover families rorting the catchment system.
Ben Salm of Place Estate Agents is selling a beautiful six-bedroom family home at Grantham Street, Dutton Park, that is currently in the State High catchment, but would be bumped out under the new plan.
He said it had already affected the property’s desirability for some buyers.
“It’s something we’ve seen a fair bit of with feedback from the buyers coming through,” he said.
“They’re unsure about the new school because it’s all so unknown at this stage; that creates a hesitancy and then you get less competition, which potentially means lower prices.
“Because this house is now looking like it’ll be out of the State High catchment, the feedback we’re getting suggests the price could be $50,000 less than what it might have been worth three to six months ago.
“There is a grace period though, so you never know what will happen.”
It’s important to note the effect on current and future families will not be immediate. Brisbane State High School students living in the proposed catchment zone for the new school will be allowed to remain enrolled at State High for the duration of their studies, while their siblings will still be able to enrol under transitional arrangements.
The government also said that families with primary school children living in a street which appears on both catchment maps can choose to enrol their child at either school.
But the changes are causing a lot of uncertainty. Ms Peterffy recently sold a house at Gloucester Street, Highgate Hill, a street where some houses will still fall in the catchment and others won’t.
This particular house will still be in the catchment, so the competition to secure it was strong, with four offers in one weekend, Ms Peterffy said.
“I had a couple who argued about it. The husband was saying that the new school was likely to be great but the wife was really worried about it,” she said.
“She just kept saying, ‘But it’s not going to be Brisbane State High, it won’t be the same’. So for them, the fact this house would still be in the catchment in a few years’ time was very important to them.
“That said, there will always be people who will want to buy in Dutton Park anyway. It’s the best suburb in Brisbane in my view.”
And Ms Peterffy said the silver lining would be in the new school, Inner City South State Secondary College, which had the potential to bring new buyers to the area long term.
“Some buyers who may not previously had Dutton Park and surrounding areas on their radar may come here because there is going to be a shiny new school with the best of everything and a connection to the University of Queensland,” she said.
“I know everyone wants to be in the State High catchment right now but my prediction is this new school will be in the top 10 state high schools in Queensland very quickly.”
Mr Salm said the property market could pick up again in these areas once the plans for the school are finalised and released to the public.
“It could actually create quite a bit of excitment in the area once there’s a lot more detail released and prices could go up again,” he said.
“I think in the long term this school will be competition for State High but at the moment it’s making buyers unsure about being in the area, and will only make competition for property staying in the State High catchment even tougher.”
The maps and the enrolment management plan are out for public consultation until September 30.
Medium Density Development Round-Up: Brisbane
The Urban Developer recently published our first medium-density development round-up, covering five low-rise development proposals in Sydney.
This week we turn to sunny Queensland to seek out the latest in low- to medium-rise development in Brisbane – uncovering nearly $200 million worth of proposals that have recently entered planning assessment.
1. 79 Swann Road, Taringa
Its proximity to the University of Queensland and public transport makes Swann Road a popular destination for developers.
Sanchi Development has proposed a 6-storey Cottee Parker-designed project that will include 3-levels of basement parking.
The proposal is located nearby the Indooroopilly shopping centre and south-east bikeway with the Taringa Train Station and bus stops within 400 metres of the site.
The building will host a communal roof top terrace with views of Mt Coot-tha which will include a gym and BBQ facilities.
2. 69-71 Swann Road, Taringa
Local developer Mosaic Property has proposed a low-rise, five-storey development at 69-71 Swann Road in Taringa.
The 1,256sq m site was purchased for $3.1 million and will be developed to deliver 16 dwellings.
Subject to approvals, construction will start early next year and is expected to cost $19.2 million.
3. 8-10 Amersham Street, West End
Developer Amersham Street Pty Ltd has lodged a proposal for a 5-storey residential development in Brisbane’s hip suburb of West End.
The $20 million project will create 23 units as well as 39 car parks with an estimated $9 million construction cost.
Each apartment has its own balcony or private terraces with the building topped by a rooftop garden with a fireplace and BBQ for tenants to take advantage of city views.
The project will launch to market early-2019.
Editor’s note: Adam Di Marco, founder of the Urban Developer, is a director of Amersham Street Pty Ltd.
4. 77 Walkers Way, Nundah
Dennis Family Corporation has lodged plans for 32 triple-storey townhouses along 77 Walkers Way in Nundah.
The $21 million development, designed by Ellivo Architects, is spread across 7,069sq m of rural zoning.
The project will include of 4,902sq m of communal space and 1,556sq m of private open space.
The site is located in within a 1 km of Toombul Shopping Centre and 3.5 km of Brisbane Airport.
The Dennis Family told The Urban Developer construction was expected to start late-2019 following pre-sales.
The property group is also going to tender to select a construction partner for the project.
5. Parkside, Springfield (Stage 2).
Springfield City Group’s second stage development in the heart of Springfield Central will create 74 apartments as well as 196sq m of ground floor commercial and retail space.
The $39 million development, designed by Plus Architecture, will overlook Robelle Domain Parklands and will be walking distance from Orion Town Centre and Springfield Central Train Station.
Construction commencement will be dependent on pre-sales, however, Springfield City Group told The Urban Developer the target commencement date was forecasted for the second or third quarter of 2019.
A builder has not yet been appointed to the project.
Brisbane House Price hits all-time high
Brisbane house price has hit an all-time high.
The median brisbane house price is peaking at $673 000, which Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) says is a very good sign.
“It tells us that this market has well and truly recovered from the post GFC slump” CEO, Antonia Mercorella, said.
The latest Market Monitor report by REIQ revealed Brisbane’s median house price has increased 2.5% in the past year and 30% over five years.
The top growth suburbs across the city’s south include Holland Park West, Manly West and Carindale.
Brisbane’s median house price has hit an all-time high. The median house price is peaking at $673 000, which Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) says is a very good sign. (9News)
In the city’s North, it’s Mitchelton, Stafford Heights and McDowall.
“Those suburbs are really popular with families in particular. And what they demonstrate is that there is good affordability.” Ms Mercorella said.
David Conboy is currently selling a five-bedroom, two-bathroom home at Mitchellton, asking $675,000.
He is not surprised the suburb is booming.
Antonia Mercorella, said the post-GFC slump is over in the Brisbane property market. (9News)
“In this area we have a fantastic access to infrastructure to local schools, shops and public transport as well,” the Harcourts Property Sales and Marketing Consultant said.
A bit further out, the best performer in Greater Brisbane has been Caboolture South.
It has seen an increase of 30.4% to a median house price of $327 000.
Brisbane’s median house price has hit an all-time high. (9News)
“With the Bruce Highway improvements, we should continue to see those suburbs performing strongly, into the future” Ms Mercorella said.
Across Queensland, the coastal markets have seen the most growth.
Noosa on the Sunshine Coast taking out the top spot, up 6.9% to a median house price of $695,000.
It takes the title from the Gold Coast, where the median house price sits at $622,000.
“They offer just such a good lifestyle. You’re close to the water, close to nature” Ms Mercorella said.
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