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Former expatriate Diana Edwards moved back to Brisbane with her husband and three sons. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Source:News Limited

BRISBANE has emerged from the shadows of its southern counterparts, with new figures revealing the tough times are over for the city’s property market as expats and bargain hunters drive a surge in demand.

The Queensland capital recorded the biggest increase in offshore property buyers over the past year — far higher than any other capital city — and many local agents say expats are behind the turnaround.

Realestate.com.au’s Property Outlook report, released today, shows demand for houses in Brisbane rose 6.7 per cent in the past 12 months, while unit demand increased 4.5 per cent as buyers hunted for bargains despite oversupply concerns.

Overseas buyers, bargain hunters driving surge in demand for Brisbane property

Anglican Church Grammar School in East Brisbane. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Source:News Corp Australia

The blue chip suburbs of East Brisbane, Indooroopilly and Paddington were most popular when it came to houses, while the Gold Coast was the most in demand among apartment buyers, with Tugun and Currumbin the highest demand suburbs in the state.

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Overseas buyers, bargain hunters driving surge in demand for Brisbane property

Demand for houses in Paddington has increased. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Source:News Corp Australia

“It looks like Brisbane’s really turning around,” REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said.

“If you have a look at the inner city and the east where demand is up more than 10 per cent, it shows there’s lots of people having a look, and when we see that, we generally start to see a pick-up in pricing.

“All the talk has been about the housing boom being over, but if you look at Brisbane, it’s just warming up again.”

Overseas buyers, bargain hunters driving surge in demand for Brisbane property

REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee.Source:Supplied

Overall, home prices in Brisbane are up 1 per cent on year, with houses seeing a slight increase and apartments seeing a decline, according to the report.

The city’s median house price increased 2.7 per cent to $525,000 in the past 12 months, while the median apartment price fell 4.1 per cent to $382,500.

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Overseas buyers, bargain hunters driving surge in demand for Brisbane property

Aerial images of suburban houses in Brisbane, where the median house price rose 2.7% in the past year.Source:News Corp Australia

The report noted that Brisbane home prices never increased to the same levels as Sydney and Melbourne and it remained far more affordable.

“With so much spending on infrastructure, the city is now well prepared for population growth which appears to be occurring as jobs growth continues to recover,” the report said.

Offshore interest in Brisbane property has increased dramatically, according to the report.

Overseas buyers, bargain hunters driving surge in demand for Brisbane property

Demand from Chinese buyers for Brisbane property rose more than any other capital city in the year to May 2018. Source: realestate.com.au.Source:Supplied

Demand from property seekers from China for the Brisbane market jumped some 35 per cent in the 12 months to May 2018.

Adcock Prestige principal Jason Adcock recently sold a prestige home to a Brisbane expat living in Hong Kong sight unseen.

Overseas buyers, bargain hunters driving surge in demand for Brisbane property

This home at 562 Fig Tree Pocket Rd, Fig Tree Pocket, recently sold to an expat for $1.928m sight unseen.Source:Supplied

Mr Adcock said the buyer wasn’t planning to come back to Brisbane for another 12 months, but did not want to miss out.

“We’re starting to see a lot of that at the moment,” he said.

Mr Adcock said high income earning expats from Hong Kong, the UK and the US were showing increasing interest in buying property in Brisbane and returning home.

“They’re coming back to Brisbane and want to reward themselves with a trophy property,” he said.

Property Pursuit director and buyer’s agent Meighan Hetherington said she had noticed a strong increase in inquiries from expats in the past 18 months.

Ms Hetherington said her expat clients were either looking to create their future home base in Brisbane, or ready to repatriate.

Overseas buyers, bargain hunters driving surge in demand for Brisbane property

Buyers agent Meighan Hetherington of Property Pursuit bids on a property at auction in Paddington. Image: AAP/John Gass.Source:News Corp Australia

She said changes in the lending landscape had put some pressure on expats to secure property in Brisbane in case standards tightened further.

“Anyone earning a foreign income is pulled into the same lending criteria that is used for foreign buyers, which has meant a lot of pressure on the ability (for expats) to borrow to purchase,” Ms Hetherington said.

“Some clients have taken six or seven months to get finance approval.”

Ms Hetherington said the price differential between Brisbane and southern states was so great that Brisbane had become much more attractive from a value proposition.

She said 80 per cent of her clients bought properties without seeing them in person, relying instead on research and detailed videos provided to them by buyers agents.

Diana Edwards lived as an expat in Hong Kong with her husband and three sons for 17 years before deciding to return home to Brisbane.

Ms Edwards said schooling and lifestyle lured her back to the Queensland capital.

Overseas buyers, bargain hunters driving surge in demand for Brisbane property

Former expatriate Diana Edwards moved back to Brisbane with her husband and three sons for the schools and lifestyle. Photographer: Liam Kidston.Source:News Limited

And she’s not alone. She now works with expats as a buyers agent and has a client who wants to move to Brisbane, even though he is originally from Sydney.

“Generally the expat families who request our help to find a home in Brisbane are originally from here or have some connection to Brisbane, but we do receive requests from other clients who are originally from Sydney and Melbourne but are choosing to move to Brisbane due to affordability of property and lifestyle factors,” Ms Edwards said.

“Once you compare property prices in these cities, Brisbane is absolutely the frontrunner in terms of the space it can afford for young families within proximity to the city.”

Universal Buyers Agents director Darren Piper said he too had noticed an increase in overseas expats wanting to move back to Brisbane.

“This is due to a number of reasons including schooling, interest rates and most importantly the Brisbane property market as they don’t want to “miss out”,” Mr Piper said.

“Brisbane is set to soar in the coming years due to the large amount of infrastructure being built.

“Expat buyers are savvy and know that now is the time to buy.”

Mr Piper said expats in high income roles were earning an average annual wage of $175,000, which positioned them well to secure a “significant property” in Brisbane.

He said it was also a matter of timing.

“Certain expats have ‘done their time’ and are simply ready to have their feet back on home turf,” Mr Piper said.

“This on top of the current market conditions is certainly influencing the decision to move back.”

TOP SUBURBS FOR HOUSES IN BRISBANE

1 East Brisbane

2 Indooroopilly

3 Paddington

4 Holland Park

5 Wilston

6 Chandler

7 Windsor

8 Coorparoo

9 Newmarket

10 Toowong

TOP SUBURBS FOR APARTMENTS IN BRISBANE

1 Graceville

2 Mansfield

3 Tarragindi

4 Camp Hill

5 Red Hill

6 Ashgrove

7 Holland Park

8 Tingalpa

9 New Farm

10 Paddington

DEMAND FOR HOUSES AND UNITS NATIONALLY

Property views per listing (last 3 months) Year on year change

National 1165 5.2%

Canberra 766 16.2%

Sydney 1631 -22.5%

Darwin 491 4.7%

Brisbane 1121 5.9%

Adelaide 1723 2.7%

Hobart 4399 38.6%

Melbourne 2185 -6.1%

Perth 678 6.4%

DEMAND FOR HOUSES AND UNITS IN BRISBANE

Property views per listing (last 3 months) Year on year change

Brisbane – East 1127 16.7%

Brisbane – North 1579 6%

Brisbane – South 1637 -2.1%

Brisbane – West 1912 0.1%

Brisbane Inner City 1352 13.7%

(Source: realestate.com.au)

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Belmont acreage sells at auction for $1.85 million but buyers still cautious

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It was a quiet weekend in the Brisbane auction market, with only 54 scheduled auctions and a reported clearance rate of 38 per cent.

Despite this, a grand five-bedroom house on two and a half acres (about a hectare) was sold for nearly $2 million in coveted Belmont in Brisbane’s south-east.

About 50 people watched as none of four registered bidders made a play for the architecturally designed home. Then a vendor’s bid of $1.8 million led a family of four to try their luck.

After a short negotiation, the vendors accepted the bid, and the house was sold for $1.85 Million.

Agent David Green, of Harcourts Green Living, said the lack of initial bids spoke to a market that was slowing down.

“What we’re finding is that buyers are really hesitating in the market at the moment. They’re really fearful of overpaying for something,” he said.

“There’s definitely been a slowdown in buyer activity. They’re sitting back and waiting to see what everyone else does.

“That’s why we didn’t want to muck around with them. We put a strong vendor’s bid to start with, to find out if anyone was serious.”

Belmont acreage sells at auction

He said an acreage property such as this was rare and usually popular in the area, with auctions often seeing many neighbours in attendance.

“Very few acreage properties have come to the market, so I think some [of the neighbours] were interested in what it was going to achieve,” he said.

“Have a look it themselves to see how it compared to their homes. Those acreage properties in Gumdale, Belmont [and] Chandler are always extremely popular.”

The buyers, a young family of four, were thrilled to pick up a property of this size in the area.

“They’ve lived in the area for a long time, and always wanted to get onto an acreage property.

“All the neighbours are multimillion-dollar houses, so they felt like the opportunity was there to buy a beautiful home on a great acreage. They were rapt.

“We’re seeing lots of refurbishment of some of these bigger homes that were very stately in their day. This is exactly what will happen with this home,” Green said.

“It really is blue chip. It’s the last to go down in price, and the first to go up when the market returns.”

Belmont acreage sells at auction for $1.85 million

Nearby, a post-war home on 506 square metres in Camp Hill was sold under the hammer in a speedy auction.

Bidding started at $670,000, with the two registered bidders quickly bringing the price up to $735,000 in a minute or two.

At that point, bidding slowed down and negotiations began with the top bidder. Soon after, the final price was agreed upon.

A young couple walked away with the property for $760,000.

Belmont acreage sells at auction for $1.85 million buyers still cautious

“It’s a perfect entry level home into the Camp Hill market,” agent Mel Christie, of Ray White Coorparoo, said.

“The people who have bought it are going to live there for 12months and then they’re going to renovate it, or knock it down.”

Christie said she had seen increased interest in the area from interstate buyers.

“Around 26 groups inspected the property during its campaign. Two of those groups were buying agents from Melbourne,” she said.

“I think they see Brisbane as a more stable market than the Melbourne and Sydney market at the moment.

“I just had another buyer from Sydney that inspected this property [buy] another one of mine this week before it went to auction.”

The house had been in the family since it was built in 1962. Having already moved to northern Queensland, the vendors were excited to see the property sold.

“I got a big hug and a thank you, so I think he was pretty happy,” Christie said.

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BARGAIN-HUNGRY home hunters are in the box seat with a spike in the number of discounted properties hitting the market.

BARGAIN-HUNGRY home hunters are in the box seat with a spike in the number of discounted properties hitting the market.

The top 20 homes with the biggest price cuts on the market in Queensland right now have been revealed, giving savvy buyers a chance to snap up a bargain for up to $800,000 below market value.

Right now, a three-bedroom house on acreage in the Moreton Bay region has had its sale price slashed by half a million dollars and a beautiful five-bedder on a big block in Tarragindi is $150,000 cheaper than it was when it was first listed.

Bargain buys Prices slashed on 23,000

Death, divorce and desperate vendors are some of the reasons for the number of “distressed” listings, according to SQM Research, which puts out a report on its website that is updated weekly.

SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said 23,000 of the 330,000 properties on the market nationally were distressed, compared to only 18,000 a year ago.

Bargain buys Prices slashed on a 23,000 homes

Mr Christopher said the increase in distressed listings showed it was a good time to research the market and see what value was on offer.

“There is the potential to be able to buy at, or below, fair market value,” Mr Christopher said.

“Especially in a downturn similar to the one we’re having now, that probability has increased.”

Mr Christopher said sellers of discounted properties were also usually more willing to negotiate.

The Gold Coast usually has a higher number of distressed properties than any other region in the country.

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“I suspect it’s because the Gold Coast has a higher percentage of investors as a proportion of total buyers than most other regions in the country and it’s also a transient place, so people come in, live there for a few years and move out again,” Mr Christopher said.

Helen and Tim Stieler are selling their renovated, three-bedroom house in the heart of Chermside for offers over $565,000.

The well-presented home at 6 Monserrat St, Chermside, is on a larger than average 635 sqm block close to shops, a hospital and public transport.

Bargain buys 23,000Prices slashed homes

The Stielers have already moved to a property on a bigger block of land to accommodate their growing family.

Mrs Stieler said she could not believe the property had not been snapped up yet.

“The convenience is amazing,” Mrs Stieler said.

“We’ve had a large number of people go through, but just haven’t found the right person.

“It really is a bit of a bargain.”

Bargain buys home

Marketing agent Jonathan Levey of Harcourts Connections – Stafford said it was the perfect buying opportunity for young families or a young couple.

Mr Levey said the sale price had recently been reduced by $10,000.

“It’s immaculate — no maintenance required,” Mr Levey said.

“It has a great street presence and is only a two minute walk from Chermside Markets.”

On the waterfront in Redcliffe, a luxury three-bedroom unit is on the market for $150,000 less than its original listed price.

Maureen and Steve Bennett are reluctantly selling the property in Mon Komo at 603/99 Marine Parade for offers over $1 million for financial reasons.

“We’re selling because we have other building projects on the go, and so instead of having money tied up in Mon Komo, we’re doing it just to free up some money — not because we want to,” Mrs Bennett said.

“We fell in love with it because we loved the design. We love everything about it, and still do. Nothing beats the position.”

Bargain buys Prices on 23,000 homes

Bargain buys 23,000 homes in prices slashed

Marketing agent Rosslyn Kennedy of Gateway Properties said the property was more spacious and better value than most newer units on the market.

“The trouble is people like shiny new, but this is so much better value for money,” Ms Kennedy said.

Bargain buys Prices of homes slashed on 23,000

THE 20 MOST DISCOUNTED PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET IN QUEENSLAND

Address Suburb Current Price First Price Discount

1. 1-15/14 City Rd Beenleigh $4.6m $5.425m $825,000

2. 1 Yebri St Kallangur $789,000 $1.3m $511,000

Bargain buys Prices slashed on 23,000 house

3. 96 & 98 Tenby St Mt Gravatt $1.089m $1.485m $396,000

4. 354 Samsonvale Rd Joyner $895,000 $1.2m $305,000

5. 195-197 Andrew Rd Greenbank $1.9m $2.2m $300,000

Bargain buys slashed prices on 23,000 homes

6. 231 Marsden Rd Kallangur $750,000 $999,000 $249,000

7. 203 Gaskell St Eight Mile Plains $678,000 $900,000 $222,000

Bargain buys Prices slashed 23,000

8. 2 Limmen St Pimpama $650,000 $850,000 $200,000

9. 35 Queen St Goodna $2.3m $2.499m $199,000

10. 4 Jaidan Plc Victoria Point $719,000 $899,000 $180,000 11. Lot 15 Briscoe Rd Dayboro $990,000 $1.155m $165,000

Bargain buys Prices slashed 23,000 homes

12. 603/99 Marine Pde Redcliffe $1m $1.15m $150,000

13. 28 Andrew Ave Tarragindi $950,000 $1.1m $150,000

Bargain buys Prices slashed

14. 218 Beams Rd Zillmere $349,000 $499,000 $150,000

15. 5 Fradgley Ct Ormeau Hills $500,000 $649,900 $149,900

16. 607/18 Longland St Newstead $749,000 $888,000 $139,000

Bargain buys slashed on 23,000 homes

17. 23 Kennedy Esp Scarborough $1.595m $1.725m $130,000

18. 22 Dean Dr Ocean View $860,000 $985,000 $125,000

Bargain buys Prices slashed on homes

19. 4207/222 Margaret St Brisbane City $560,000 $685,000 $125,000

20. 162 Queens Rd Everton Park $1.08m $1.2m $120,000

(Source: SQM Research)

TIPS FOR BUYING A DISTRESSED PROPERTY

1. Look for key search terms like ‘mortgagee possession’, ‘deceased estate’, ‘bank forced sale’, ‘owners moving overseas’.

2. Find out why the listing is ‘distressed’. Why is the vendor so keen to sell?

3. Do your research into the property, always get a building and pest inspection done and do a title search to ensure the seller is actually the owner of the property.

(Source: SQM Research MD Louis Christopher)

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There’s been a seismic shift in Brisbane’s million-dollar club with a few surprises among the whopping 27 suburbs joining the elite list in the latest figures. But, while many have risen, some long-time stalwarts have tumbled below the $1m mark.

There’s been a seismic shift in Brisbane’s million-dollar club with a few surprise suburbs joining the elite list in the latest figures — just as several seasoned ones drop out.

A whopping 27 suburbs in the Brisbane region were in the millionaire club when it came to median sales price in the latest CoreLogic Market Trends report for February, released this week.

Seven of those were not there in recorded figures for 2017 — a period when there were more million dollar suburbs nationally than there are at present (651 versus 649 now).

Brisbane’s surprise entrant was Camp Mountain in Moreton Bay where the median house price climbed 16.4 per cent in one year to hit $1.1m in latest data.

The suburbs that jumped the most to get into the millionaire club were South Brisbane which rose a massive 27.5 per cent to $1.07m, closely followed by neighbouring Dutton Park which was up 26.5 per cent to $1.028m.

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In among suburbs that were not among the elites in 2017 were Upper Brookfield (now on a median house price of $1.4075m), Hendra (up 13.1 per cent to $1.1m), Balmoral ($1.0185m up 7.8 per cent) and Bardon ($1.0025m up 9.3 per cent).

Some big movers and shakers dropped off the millionaire list though, including blue chip suburb Chelmer whose median house price fell to $985,000 (down -1.5 per cent). Samford Valley was $70,000 below the million mark at $930,000 (down -7 per cent).

The biggest falls of the losers came out of Wilston whose median dropped (-22.1 per cent) to $880,000, andFortitude Valley which was down (-19.5 per cent) to $825,000.

Million-dollar winners losers

CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said although the millionaire suburb figure had jumped substantially in Australia “from 123 suburbs a decade earlier, it has actually fallen from 741 suburbs in January 2018. In fact, more suburbs had a median of at least $1 million in 2017 (651) than do currently”.

“This increase in million dollar suburbs has occurred despite ongoing weak overall housing conditions across the state,” he said.

MILLION-DOLLAR STAYERS:

Teneriffe $1.67m Down -31.6%

Ascot $1.6m Up 3.2%

Chandler $1.58m Up 7.6%

New Farm $1.52m Up 11.2%

Bulimba $1.335m Up 5.1%

Hamilton $1.305m Up 0.6%

St Lucia $1.2035m Up 2%

Tennyson $1.1875m Down -2.7%

Pullenvale $1.18m Up 8.8%

Hawthorne $1.15m Down -1.2%

Paddington $1.15m Up 11.1%

Burbank $1.15m Up 15%

Auchenflower $1.135m Up 0.9%

Clayfield $1.13m Up 0.4%

Brookfield $1.105m Up 8.3%

Robertson $1.075m Up 23%

Fig Tree Pocket $1.05m Down -13.2%

Carbrook $1.0485m Down -3.1%

Kalinga $1.016m Down -13.9%

West End $1.01m Up 0.7%

MILLION-DOLLAR WINNERS:

Upper Brookfield $1.4075m

Hendra $1.1m Up 13.1%

Camp Mountain $1.1m Up 16.4%

South Brisbane $1.07m Up 27.5%

Dutton Park $1.028m Up 26.5%

Balmoral $1.0185m Up 7.8%

Bardon $1.0025m Up 9.3%

MILLION-DOLLAR LOSERS:

Chelmer $985,000 Down -1.5%

Samford Valley $930,000 Down -7.0%

Wilston $880,000 Down -22.1%

Fortitude Valley $825,000 Down -19.5%

(Source: CoreLogic data)

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