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The Sunshine Coast: East coast region in the midst of big time boom

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As property prices continue to slide in many mainland capitals, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has been quietly kicking goals and defying the national trend.

Sydney, Melbourne and Perth led the slide, with median home values falling by 6.2, 3.7 and 3 per cent respectively in the year to September, according to data from CoreLogic.

While Brisbane house values grew by just 2.5 per cent and units fell by 2.2 per cent (to June 2018), it’s a different picture up the highway on the Sunshine Coast, where there’s a new confidence, not only among buyers, but developers too.

The annual median house price there jumped 6.4 per cent in the year to June, while unit prices climbed 4 per cent, boosting price growth over the past five years of 32 per cent and 22 per cent respectively.

It’s a solid performance from a market often perceived as volatile, dependent on the fortunes of its tourism industry. (Those figures don’t include the powerhouse market of Noosa where unit values, for example, soared 10.2 per cent for the year.)

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Maroochydore had a vacancy rate of 1.6 per cent in the June quarter. Image: iStock

But the fortunes of the Coast property market now appear to be propelled by some solid fundamentals, with economic growth of almost 15 per cent in the five years to 2016, according to data company economy.id.

It easily outpaced the other, highly publicised regional economies of Geelong (7.4), Wollongong (7.1), the NSW Central Coast (4.5) and Newcastle (4.3) in the same period.

Economics and property professor Mike Hefferan, formerly of the University of the Sunshine Coast and QUT, says the Coast is riding the wave of a $20 billion infrastructure investment, including: $2.1 billion on a new CBD development in Maroochydore; $1.8 billion teaching hospital; $1.6 billion in improvements to the Bruce Highway; light rail; expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport and university; and a new $7 billion mega-city south of Caloundra.

Hefferan says the big spend is fortuitous timing, with several large projects converging over the past three years.

The area, he says, sells itself, with an attractive climate and relative housing affordability – compared with major cities – fuelling rapid population growth.

The Coast’s population grew 2.5 per cent in 2017, just behind Geelong and Melbourne, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

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Avalon is coming to the Maroochydore riverfront. Image: Supplied

While the council has achieved some broadening of the economy, Hefferan says the population is growing faster than jobs can be created, cementing the Coast’s future as a commuter centre for Brisbane – not necessarily a bad thing, he argues.

“People might be earning in Brisbane, but they’re still buying property here and spending their money here,” he says. “But if that’s the case, good, safe quick transport infrastructure into Brisbane is essential, and that means a heavy rail connection.”

Mosaic Property Group is one developer proving the old axiom that private investment flows from public investment.

Mosaic, which has a large portfolio of completed and planned projects across south-east Queensland, has an office and four developments on the Coast and is confident about the future prospects for the market.

“Years of consideration and research have gone into this strategy and we’ve been closely watching the local economy and its growth as a regional city,” Mosaic managing director Brook Monahan says.

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The kitchen at Avalon. Image: Supplied

Mosaic has two residential developments at Kings Beach, Caloundra, and another due for completion at the end of 2018 at Coolum Beach.

Their second Coolum Beach project, First Bay, is set to launch in April 2019. It’s recently launched Avalon, a luxury, 87-apartment, $106 million development on the riverfront in Maroochydore.

Monahan says Avalon, which will include an artisan cafe, is another step in the company’s long-term strategy to invest in the Coast, based on the region’s 20-year economic plan, infrastructure and jobs growth, and an undersupply of luxury apartments. Maroochydore had a rental vacancy rate of just 1.6 per cent in the June quarter, according to REIQ.

The company says sales in Avalon have been strong, with locals and residents from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne buying either as an investment, a holiday home, or permanent sea change.

Related article: Mortgage holders rejoice: Most Qld homes rose in value over the past year

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

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

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 buys: Prices slashed on 23,000 homes

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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.

Million-dollar winners

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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