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$10,000 to boost international students numbers in Ipswich

USQ international students Samikshya Paudel and Nisha Thapa moved to Australia from Nepal to study nursing at the Ipswich campus. They are among a growing group of young people flocking to the city, new data shows.

A RED carpet will be rolled out for international students in a bid to entice youngsters to Ipswich.

The city has been successful in securing a $10,000 grant to better market the city on the international education stage.

International education is already the second biggest export for Queensland, worth about $4.37 billion to the state’s economy.

Ipswich MP Jennifer Howard said more people were visiting Ipswich than ever before.

“We also have some of the best education institutions in the country – it makes sense,” Ms Howard said.

“That’s why we’re investing in international education in Ipswich. We’re making sure Ipswich Regional Education Consortium has the funding it needs to grow our international education sector in years to come.”

Last year, a working group led by Ipswich City Council considered ways to continue driving growth in the international education sector.

The project was funded through the International Education and Training Partnership Fund which aims to encourage the sector to collaborate and work on innovative projects that position Queensland as a world class destination for international students.

Federal data for 2017 showed Ipswich’s international education market grew by 39.2 per cent with most of Ipswich’s international student enrolments coming from China and India.

University of Southern Queensland student Samikshya Paudel moved to Australia from Nepal in February 2017.

She’s in her second year of studying a bachelor of nursing at USQ Ipswich.

Samikshya said Australia offered a safe environment to study where people at her campus were friendly and the staff supportive.

“I chose to study nursing because it’s a good profession that you can learn every skill from communication to leadership,” Samikshya said, in June when new figures on international students were released.

“After university my plan is to return to my home country and apply the skills I have learnt at USQ to help people in my country.”

Today, Tourism Industry Development Minister and Ministerial Champion for International Education Kate Jones said the $10,000 in funding for Ipswich Regional Education Consortium was part of a wider Study Queensland campaign.

Ms Jones said Study Queensland’s ‘Start here. Go anywhere’ campaign was devised after months of market research to discover what motivates students to choose Queensland above other states.

“More students from across the globe are choosing to travel to Queensland every year and our international education industry has grown by around 12 per cent in the last year.

“But we know we can do more to support the student experience and ensure sustained growth in the future. This campaign is all about capitalising on our great foundation to increase our share of the international education market.

“International education currently supports around 19,000 jobs across the state. With this new campaign, we hope to grow this industry to support an extra 6800 jobs by 2026.

“That’s why we’re investing more than $25 million in this space to grow our international education sector.”

Source: www.qt.com.au

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Gold Coast

‘There’s not another home like it on the Gold Coast’: Unique Broadbeach Waters on the market

‘There’s not another home like it on the Gold Coast’ Unique Broadbeach Waters on the market

It’s a house that makes a statement. Dominated by unbroken, horizontal forms, and offering water frontage and city views, there’s a considerable 821 square metres of living space to kick back, relax and entertain in.

Now on the market for $7.495 million, the five-bedroom home at 15 Cleland Crescent, Broadbeach Waters is kitted out with  floor-to-ceiling windows, a 2000-bottle cellar, butler’s pantry, media room and spa.

The vendor bought the block in 2010 for just under $2.895 million, with the market at the time feeling the effects of the GFC.

It’s a house that makes a statement. Dominated by unbroken, horizontal forms, and offering water frontage and city views, there’s a considerable 821 square metres of living space to kick back, relax and entertain in. Now on the market for $7.495 million, the five-bedroom home at 15 Cleland Crescent, Broadbeach Waters is kitted out with floor-to-ceiling windows, a 2000-bottle cellar, butler’s pantry, media room and spa. The vendor bought the block in 2010 for just under $2.895 million, with the market at the time feeling the effects of the GFC.

The resort-style residence itself is four years old. It was designed by Adam Beck from BDA Architects as a family home over 12 months, with a separate wing for their teenage offspring.

With the children now flying the nest, the time had come for the vendors to sell, said agent Jordan Williams from J.D. Prestige Agents.

“It’s in a really nice elevated position, due north,” Mr Williams said. “It’s got over 30 metres of water frontage, which is very hard to come by.”

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“The design is very cool,  it has two wings and two sets of stairs,” he added, noting that to design and build the property today would take $2.5 million or so.

Mr Williams said they’d had good numbers through to look at the property already, and he thought it would appeal to a Sydney or a Melbourne buyer in particular with its industrial vibe, off-form concrete and large panelling.

“There’s not another home like it on the Gold Coast – it’s very unique,” he said.

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Overall, he thought the Gold Coast market was picking up after the end of financial year, with the winter chill beginning to thaw.

“The steady numbers are coming back through – I think we’re in a very good position,” Mr Williams said.

The median house price in Broadbeach Waters sits at $1,137,500 for the year to May 2019, based on 164 sales – a 3.4 per cent increase on a year ago.

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So far this year, records show the most expensive sale in the suburb was 24 Andrea Avenue, Broadbeach Waters, which scored $3 million via private treaty in January.

Meanwhile, in 2017 it was 201-205 Monaco Street that took top honours with a $9.5 million sale in February, while 77 Monaco Street changed hands for $9 million in March.

 

 

Source: www.domain.com.au

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Brisbane

Melbourne Top Investment Choice for Chinese Buyers

Melbourne Top Investment Choice for Chinese Buyers

Chinese buyer enquiries for residential property in Australia has recorded two consecutive quarters of year-on-year growth for the first time since 2016, with Melbourne still the most popularAustralian city.

Australia has been losing Chinese buyer interest to other parts of the world due to increased taxes and banking restrictions.

But Australia’s hefty state foreign buyer taxes have been counterbalanced by its weakening dollar according to the latest Juwai.com report, which has seen it drop around 11 per cent of its value against the Chinese Yuan since mid-2018.

Juwai.com CEO Carrie Law says she expects Chinese buying to remain flat in 2019, with forecasts it could start to grow again inline Australia’s property market recovery.

“Chinese buyers make 83 per cent more enquiries about acquiring Melbourne property than they do Sydney,” Law said.

Brisbane has the second fastest rate of Chinese buyer growth. Law said Brisbane recorded 30.8 per cent more Chinese buyer enquiries in 2018.

“Brisbane is becoming a real alternative for the two traditional gateway cities of Melbourne and Sydney.

“The fastest growing cities, in terms of Chinese buyer interest, are Hobart, Brisbane, and Canberra.”

Melbourne receives 43.8 per cent of Chinese buying enquiries in Australia, Sydney 23.9 per cent, Brisbane 10.1 per cent, Perth and Adelaide 6.1 per cent, the Gold Coast 3.7 per cent, Canberra 3.6 per cent, and Hobart 2.6 per cent.

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Weak Aussie dollar boosts buyer interest

Despite the tougher state foreign buyer taxes, Australian’s weakening dollar means it now costs less to secure real estate.

“A buyer holding Yuan today needs the equivalent of $88,800 less in funds compared to 2017 to purchase an $800,000 dwelling,” Law said.

“The plummeting Australian dollar, which has lost 11.1 per cent of its value against the Chinese Yuan since July 2018… [That] compares to the 8 per cent rate of the highest foreign buyer taxes, which are in New South Wales and Victoria.”

Law says Chinese demand is driven largely by growing wealth, a desire to store assets ‘safely’ overseas, education, travel, commercial ties, immigration and high-net-worth immigration, along with environment and lifestyle.

“Eighty-three per cent of Chinese consumers cite education as their reason for immigration, 69 per cent cite environment, 57 per cent cite food safety, and 28 per cent cite asset security.”

 

 

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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Brisbane

Australia’s Most Expensive Capital City to Rent a House Might Surprise You

Australia’s Most Expensive Capital City to Rent a House Might Surprise You

When it comes to the nation’s most expensive capital city to rent a house, Sydney takes second place in what may come as a surprise to some, with Canberra crowned as Australia’s most expensive capital.

While Domain’s rental report shows Canberra remains as the nation’s most expensive capital to rent a house, it also shows it’s more expensive to rent a house in Hobart than Melbourne.

The latest report, which covers the median rental price for houses and units across the country, shows Melbourne house rents remained unchanged over the year at $430 per week, while unit rents increased 2.4 per cent over the year.

Taking in the unit market, despite Sydney’s price falls of almost 5 per cent over the year the harbour city is still the most expensive capital city to rent a unit.

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Strong construction of new housing has weighed on rents in Sydney, and also contributed to the vacancy rate increasing to 3.2 per cent in June, up from 2.4 per cent one year ago, Domain’s Economist Trent Wiltshere says.

House rents fell by 3.6 per cent over the year to $530 per week.

While unit rents dropped by 0.9 per cent in the quarter and 4.5 per cent over the year.

“Rents held up the best on the Central Coast and on Sydney’s north shore, but fell in other Sydney regions,” the Domain report notes.

While largely thanks to the significant property price falls over the past few years, Sydney’s rental yields have risen slightly.

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Melbourne’s strong population growth since 2013, averaging an annual 2.6 per cent, has seen ongoing rental demand.

House rents grew fastest in the Mornington Peninsula and in Melbourne’s inner-south, but were unchanged in Melbourne’s eastern suburb, for the past year.

Melbourne’s unit rents have increased by 2.4 per cent over the year.

While rent on a typical unit has increased 14 per cent over the past five years to $420, despite the city’s apartment construction boom during this time.

Melbourne’s house rents have also increased 13 per cent during this period.

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Domain says unit rentals have held steady in recent years, despite the large supply of new Brisbane apartments.

“House rents were steady in most parts of Brisbane over the past 12-months, but unit rents increased 6 per cent in the inner city.”

Unit rents also increased by 2 per cent on the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

And while rental prices for houses across Greater Brisbanerecorded falls in the June quarter, rental prices have remained unchanged year-on-year.

Brisbane’s rental vacancy rate fell from 2.6 per cent to 2.2 per cent over the past year, a sign of a strengthening rental market, Wiltshere says.

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House rents in Adelaide dropped 1 per cent in the June quarter, but have recorded an increase of 2.7 per cent over the year.

Adelaide’s unit rentals have increased by 1.7 per cent over the year, with the typical unit renting for around $305 a week, this makes Adelaide the cheapest across all capitals.

Hobart remains the fourth most expensive city to rent a house behind Canberra and Sydney, according to Domain’s report.

Canberra house rents dropped 3.5 per cent in the June quarter, but are unchanged over the year at $550 per week. Unit rents increased by 4.4 per cent over the year, sitting at $470.

Canberra unit rents have increased a staggering 18 per cent over the past three years, despite an apartment construction boom.

And Darwin rents for houses have now dropped from the 2014 highs of $700 a week to $490. Darwin units have dropped over the past five years from $570 to $385, reflecting declining demand as the city’s population decreases.

Perth remains the most affordable capital city to rent a house in Australia at $365 a week. Rental prices for both Perth houses (up 4.3 per cent) and units (up 3.3 per cent) have increased over the past year.

 

 

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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