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Analysts are tipping property prices to take off in these 10 areas

Analysts are tipping property prices to take off in these 10 areas 1

Reaction to the first property price increase since October 2017 has been mixed, to say the least.

To some, it was the first step on the long road to recovery.

To others, it is the by-product of modest demand meeting extremely limited supply.

To others still, reason for regulators to edge their feet closer to the brake pedal.

Whatever your interpretation of the median price movements, though, Terry Ryder considers it irrelevant.

The founder of says sales volumes are a better predictor of future growth than median price data. And he’s encouraging investors to look beyond Sydney and Melbourne.

As Mr Ryder sees it, the 10 local government areas set to experience the greatest price growth are: Belconnen, ACT, Bendigo, VIC, Brisbane North, QLD, Charles Sturt, SA, Joondalup, WA, Melville, WA, Marion, SA, Port Adelaide Enfield, SA, Onkaparinga, SA, and Sunshine Coast, QLD.

He has tipped suburbs such as Dunlop on the outskirts of Canberra, Epsom in Bendigo, Little Mountain and Landsborough on the Sunshine Coast, Flinders Park and Seaton in South Australia, and Ballina and Kooringal in regional New South Wales to do particularly well over the next nine to 12 months.

Mr Ryder said this was partly because of improved affordability in these areas, and partly because of strong jobs creation, high infrastructure spending and steady population growth.


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“Property markets arise out of what’s happening locally – it’s not so much about national factors. It’s not really about lower interest rates, it’s about the dynamics of local economies,” Mr Ryder said.

“There’s a lot of growth markets in regional Victoria, because Victoria as a state has a very strong economy and strong population growth.

“And, in Queensland, the Sunshine Coast has been strong because the local economy is really bumping. There’s been big spending on infrastructure and new industries have been created, like the new medical precinct.”

Mr Ryder included the 10 local government areas in the winter 2019 edition of his Price Predictor Index – a report aimed at investors that breaks down the price prospects of suburbs in all states except the Northern Territory.

Mr Ryder said the seasonal index, which highlighted Adelaide as the state capital with the strongest growth prospects, shows the idea of a national property downturn is misleading.

“The way economists talk about the property market as one market is a huge piece of misinformation,” he said.

“They’re now talking about the Australian property market recovery, but many markets aren’t recovering because they never dropped.”

Suburbanite director and property valuer Anna Porter offered similar projections, tipping suburbs in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth to experience the strongest price growth over the next three to five years.

Infrastructure spending, strong jobs creation and high levels of buyer demand would underpin strong growth in Adelaide and Brisbane, Ms Porter said.

Affordable prices coupled with major public projects painted a rosy picture for Brisbane.

And “renewed confidence and employment opportunities” meant there were plenty of longer-term opportunities in Perth, too.

Analysts are tipping property prices to take off in these 10 areas

“Some of the areas we really like in Canberra are suburbs in and around Gungahlin … one because you’ve got a lot of good services and amenities, but also because you’ve got the new trams that pass through,” Ms Porter told The New Daily.

“In Adelaide, there are areas that are a little undiscovered 25 minutes south of Adelaide CBD … Morphett Vale and Woodcroft, even up as far as Edwardstown – they are affordable, they have good rental demand, they have good infrastructure and facilities, and they have lots of jobs.”

Wynnum, in Brisbane’s east, also gets a special mention. As does Nundah, in Brisbane’s inner north.

Ms Porter said the key to picking the next growth suburb was to look at vacancy rates, the suburb’s median price movement over the past 12 months, and the median number of days it took for properties in that suburb to sell.

“We analyse a whole lot of other statistics,” Ms Porter said.

“But I’d say to anyone looking to get their head around a market, that’s where you’d start.”




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Brisbane Poised To Attract More Buyers

Brisbane Poised To Attract More Buyers

Brisbane’s housing market is poised to attract many potential homebuyers this year, supported by its infrastructure pipeline and the increasing interstate migration, according to a forecast by the Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA).

The affordability gap between Brisbane and the two biggest capital city markets, Sydney and Melbourne, has influenced the influx of people to Queensland, boosting the housing demand in Brisbane.

FBAA said Sydney’s property cycles, in particular, have been the driving force of interstate migration to Brisbane.

“The real effect of this migration increase has come into question and rightly so, how influential can an additional 30,000 people be to an entire capital city market. The driving force is the affordability gap between Sydney and Melbourne,” FBAA said.

Recent figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that Sydney is currently 64% more expensive than Brisbane.

“Each time we’ve seen the price gap rise, we’ve seen an exodus of people out of New South Wales to Queensland resulting in Brisbane price increases,” FBAA said.

Furthermore, the pipeline of infrastructure developments in Brisbane might boost its appeal to potential buyers.

Some of the anticipated developments include the Brisbane Airport expansion, Brisbane Metro, Northshore Hamilton Precinct, Cross River Rail, Brisbane Live, and Queens Wharf redevelopment.

“The evolution of Brisbane combined with the proven market drivers will be critical to the direction in which Brisbane’s property cycle moves. In terms of price rises, we’ll require the imbalance of supply and demand to favour the demand,” FBAA said.

According to a separate forecast by Domain, Brisbane is slated to record the second-highest price growth this year next to Sydney.

“We forecast the median house price to rise by 8% in 2020 and in 2021. This follows a period of soft price growth when Brisbane’s house prices rose only 5% in the previous three years,” said Trent Shire, an economist at Domain.

With this price-growth projection, Brisbane could witness its median house price go over the $600,000 mark for the first time.



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Brisbane house prices to rise over 2020-21: Forecast to soar by up to 17 per cent

Brisbane house prices to rise over 2020-21 Forecast to soar by up to 17 per cent (1)

Brisbane is predicted to see some of the biggest house price rises in Australia over the next two years, according to new forecasting, rising by a whopping 8 per cent over the next 12 months alone.

In 2021, Brisbane could lead the price rise charge nationally, with predictions of an additional 7 to 9 per cent house price hike.

According to Domain’s Property Price Forecasts – February 2020 , released Wednesday, the city’s new year real estate cheer is just the tip of a price growth iceberg that’s being buoyed by rising confidence, low interest rates and interstate migration.

Domain economist Trent Wiltshire’s 2020 and 2021 predictions placed the Queensland capital in equal second with Melbourne for median house price growth and just two percentage points behind Sydney over the coming year. In 2021, it’s even better news for Brisbane, with house prices predicted to rise by a further 7 to 9 per cent.

Brisbane house prices to rise over 2020-21 Forecast to soar by up to 17 per cent (3)

With Greater Brisbane’s current median house price hovering at $577,664 (as of December 2019), this could bring the median price to a record-breaking $620,000, making it the first time it’s risen above the $600,000 mark.

Mr Wiltshire placed the incredible market turnaround largely down to lower interest rates that he said could not only drop further, but stay there.

“It’s also probably feeding off what’s happening in Sydney as that generally spills over into Brisbane and south-east Queensland,” Mr Wiltshire said.

“Brisbane has been pretty sluggish over the past few years and this is going to be the most significant price growth [the city has seen in some time].

“The forecasts are also showing a population growth of 2 per cent in Brisbane … and this has picked up from interstate and overseas.”

In positive news for the apartment sector, Mr Wiltshire predicted a 6 per cent rise in Brisbane’s unit market over the next 12 months and said the end of the construction cycle boom for units was rapidly coming to an end.

Brisbane house prices to rise over 2020-21 Forecast to soar by up to 17 per cent (2)

“This will support a much-needed price growth [in the unit sector],” he said.

The median unit price in Brisbane, as of December 2019 was $377,549.

While Mr Wiltshire’s report could spell tales of champagne wishes and caviar dreams, he said external factors such as the coronavirus would impact on the market.

“I’ve based my forecast on the most likely scenarios [of these external impacts] so the first one is the coronavirus and it’s going to have a strong but short-term impact.

“If those forecasts are wrong and it does worsen, it will hit Brisbane and Perth hard.”

Following one of the busiest months for buyer inquiry in a decade, Christine Rudolph from Ray White New Farm said she wasn’t at all surprised by Brisbane’s long-term price predictions, with a plethora of key factors placing the city in property watcher’s sights.

“Brisbane is seen as stable … and we have certainly been having a quiet confidence in the city for the past two years,” Ms Rudolph said.

“Seventeen per cent of our buyer inquiries are from interstate purchasers [from Melbourne and Sydney] who are relocating for lifestyle and 8 per cent are from Australian expats who are looking to relocate. This is driven by a few factors such as Brisbane being seen as stable and we have great long-term projections.

“Banks have also softened lending criteria and all those factors are definitely key drivers.”




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Inner-east Brisbane suburbs prime for investment in 2020

Inner-east Brisbane suburbs prime for investment in 2020

The stability that it has demonstrated over the years has proven Brisbane’s potential as a property market. How can investors maximise opportunities in the Queensland capital this 2020?

Both housing and unit markets in inner-east Brisbane present strong investment opportunities this near year, according to new insights from

Murarrie, Cannon Hill and Morningside saw the highest rental yields for units at 5.90 per cent, 5.68 per cent and 5.28 per cent, respectively.

For houses, the highest rental yields were found in Murarrie, Morningside and Cannon Hill, with 4.38 per cent, 4.05 per cent and 4.01 per cent, respectively.

Seeing as rental yields for units are significantly higher than for houses, investors are advised against making decisions based on this single growth driver, data analyst Carson Teh said.

According to him, calculating rental yield based only on rent and median property prices usually produce higher values for units than houses.

However, other factors must be considered to determine actual investability.

“It’s important to calculate yield for specific properties that you’re looking at and to include expenses like strata, property management and utilities to get a more accurate representation on the return you’ll be getting.”

“Comparing the most recent census to the one before, the population has grown in all mentioned inner-east Brisbane suburbs.”

“These existing population trends should underpin demand into the future,” Mr Teh highlighted.

Class Real Estate’s agent John Kubatov explained further: “The postcode 4170 has lots of infrastructure like train lines, good main roads, good bus services, close to shopping centres.”

Over the past 12 months, the houses of Cannon Hill, units of Balmoral and units of Bulimba saw the largest increases in weekly rent prices at +8.16 per cent, +5.14 per cent and +4.17 per cent, respectively.

Meanwhile, low vacancy rates can be found in Murarrie (1.90 per cent), Cannon Hill (2.50 per cent) and Morningside (2.50 per cent).

SuburbProperty typeMedian priceRental yieldChange in rental rateVacancy rate
Cannon HillHouses725,7504.38%+8.16%2.50%
Cannon HillUnits430,0004.73%+2.38%2.50%




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