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Brisbane’s cheapest units: With prices still at historic lows, here’s where to look

Brisbane’s cheapest units With prices still at historic lows, here’s where to look

It’s no secret that Brisbane’s apartment market has taken a beating over the past couple of years, and it’s been a painful experience for some owners.

The upside to that is if you’re looking at buying a unit, there has never been a better or cheaper time to get into the market. And not just any market but the inner-city market, with the latest data from the Domain June House Price Report revealing that of the 12 suburbs in Brisbane with median unit prices under $400,000, 10 were in the inner city.

Suburbs like Bowen Hills, Fortitude Valley, Albion and Spring Hill – all within three kilometres of the CBD – have seen prices fall over the past 12 months to medians in the $300,000s.

Other suburbs with some of Brisbane’s cheapest unit prices include East Brisbane, Coorparoo, Clayfield, Nundah, Taringa and Kedron.

Bowen Hills, in Brisbane’s inner northeast, is the cheapest suburb in Brisbane to buy a unit. Prices have fallen by 13.7 per cent over the past 12 months to a median price of $362,500. Over the past five years, prices are down by 18.8 per cent.

Brisbane’s cheapest suburbs to buy units (by median price)
SuburbMedian priceYoY % growth5-year % growth
Bowen Hills$362,500-13.70%-18.80%
Runcorn$368,2504.80%-11.60%
Richlands$370,000-2.00%9.50%
Clayfield$375,0004.20%-2.10%
East Brisbane$378,000-7.40%-5.50%
Coorparoo$382,000-7.70%-2.30%
Nundah$385,000-6.70%-6.10%
Taringa$385,000-14.40%-4.90%
Kedron$387,000-3.30%6.30%
Fortitude Valley$392,000-6.80%-8.90%
Albion$397,500-10.00%-10.70%
Spring Hill$398,000-8.50%-2.70%
Source: Domain House Price Report, June quarter 2019

Grace Mullins of Coronis Kelvin Grove said it was the one-bedroom, one-bathroom units that had been most difficult to sell but, in recent weeks, inquiry levels were up.

“The opportunity is there for buyers, there are still sellers out there willing to take a significant loss to get rid of their unit,” she said.

“But what I’m also seeing is that confidence has come back since the federal election. People are buying these units now because they feel the market has bottomed out and if they feel like they’re getting a bargain, if they can see the value in it – they’re willing to buy.”

Ms Mullins said the cheap “cookie-cutter” investor stock had been hit hardest by unit price falls, despite much of it being concentrated around some of Brisbane’s favourite infrastructure like the Newstead Gasworks, James Street and the Fortitude Valley shops and nightlife.

“Look, the pain is still there for owners but I would say it’s not as bad as it was. There’s a bit of stimulation now and the buyers are there,” she said.

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Lisa Whayman of Williams Real Estate Indooroopilly is selling a one-bedroom unit at Alpha Street, Taringa, for $265,000, where the median price has fallen by 14.5 per cent over the 12 months to June.

She said while the record low prices were a great opportunity for first-home buyers and young professionals to enter the market, with them often paying less for a mortgage than they’d pay for rent, they would need to be in it for the long haul.

“There is an upside to buying a unit now but the key is to go in it for the long term and hold on to the property,” she said.

“Don’t buy a unit as a short-term measure, don’t buy one intending to sell in five years. Hold on to it, rent it out if you need – there’s no problems renting them out – but be prepared to be in it for the long term.”

She said people buying units needed to ensure they were buying in the right location at the right price.

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“Make sure you do your homework. Buy near public transport, near the shops, universities, that’s where people always want to be and these properties will always do the best.”

Greater Brisbane’s median unit price fell by 8.9 per cent over the year to June, according to Domain’s June house price report, to $368,946.

“Brisbane unit prices are sitting at 2013 levels, down from their peak in 2015,” said Domain research analyst Eliza Owen.

“But we are expecting prices to bottom out this year … we’re starting to see the end of the downturn in the unit segment.

“Unit listings are also moderating, which should reduce downward pressure on prices.”

 

 

Source: www.domain.com.au

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The Brisbane suburbs where house prices are higher than last year

The Brisbane suburbs where house prices are higher than last year

The historic suburb of Windsor in Brisbane’s north has seen the biggest growth in median house prices in the last year, with a 17.2 per cent increase year-on-year.

New figures from Domain have revealed the top 10 suburbs whose median house price has risen the most year-on-year. Despite a largely flat market, there are still plenty of suburbs where prices are surging.

Windsor had the highest increase in median house price at 17.2 per cent year-on-year, followed in second place by the leafy inner-western suburb of Auchenflower which saw a 11.4 per cent increase.

Other suburbs in the top 10 include Queenslander paradise Newmarket (10.9 per cent increase), the massive blocks at Bridgeman Downs (9.8 per cent increase), and the outer-western suburb of Heathwood (8.3 per cent increase).

Ray White Wilston principal Allistair Macmillan said the massive increases in price at top performer Windsor were likely due to the suburb not always getting the recognition it deserved.

“For a long time Windsor has been slightly undervalued,” he said. “It’s so close to Wilston and Grange. [They’ve] always been supremely popular with families, I think Windsor was dragging the chain a little bit with those values.

“When you look at values in Windsor, they can vary quite a large degree depending on whereabouts in Windsor they are positioned. What we’ve found is that now the difference between the two sides of Gympie Road is nowhere near as prevalent as it once was.

“Of late, people have really come and been able to see the value Windsor does offer.”

Mr Macmillan said other contributing factors include the recent multimillion-dollar redevelopment of the Albion public transport exchange. Buyers on the eastern side of the suburb in particular have expressed interest in the plan.

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The vast majority of buyers in the area are younger families who are looking to be in the Windsor State School catchment area, and are attracted to the many local parks, bikeways, and public transport options.

“Stock is incredibly tight,” Mr Macmillan said. “Generally speaking if you look at the volume of properties, there’s not a lot that are for sale in Windsor. It’s still a very tightly held suburb.”

Elsewhere, the northern suburb of Northgate also fared very well, with a median house price increase of 8.9 per cent year-on-year. Local agent Dwight Colbert at Ray White Aspley said the location and amenities were the big drawcards.

“[We’ve seen] popularity due to the proximity to the Brisbane CBD, Brisbane Airport, and also an array of public transport,” he said. “You are on the Northgate train line, which is the main one on the north side, and the hub.

“You’re between Nundah Village, you’ve got Banyo Village, you’ve got good access to the Gateway [Motorway], Toombul Road, Sandgate Road, Gympie Road. It’s quite a desirable locality to get in and out of everywhere.”

Mr Colbert said the area was traditionally seen as a haven for older buyers, but in recent years many young couples and professionals had taken the plunge.

The Brisbane suburbs where house prices are higher than last year

“There is a lot of property development going on in Northgate as well,” he said. “So a lot of the older, bigger blocks are being subdivided. Which is also certainly going to help with the average house price.”

West Brisbane family-favourite Auchenflower pulled out a particularly impressive result, posting a 11.4 per cent increase in median house price year-on-year. This makes it the third-most expensive suburb in the city, up from 12th last year.

Place West principal Andrew Degn credits the suburb’s massive gains to the recent completion of major infrastructure in the area.

“Five or six years ago they finally finished gentrification of the old Milton tennis centre and turned it into a park called Frew Park, which is adjacent to [Milton State School], and the playground, and that goes through to the Rosalie village,” he said.

Auchenflower also features the Wesley Hospital, the recently upgraded Milton State School, and various inbound and outbound public transport options. Mr Degn was so passionate about the area he decided to buy and live there himself.

“Real estate people are supposed to know good real estate, and I live in Auchenflower,” he said with a laugh. “So there you go, I’m personally responsible for pushing the price up.”

Top 10 suburbs with the largest house price increase since last year

1. Windsor – 17.2%
2. Auchenflower – 11.4%
3. Newmarket – 10.9%
4. Yamanto – 9.9%
5. Northgate – 8.9%
6. Heathwood – 8.3%
7. Brassall – 8.1%
8. Toowong – 7.6%
9. St. Lucia – 7.4%
10. Hendra – 7.1%
11. Karana Downs – 7.1%
12. Indooroopilly – 6.9%

 

 

Source: www.domain.com.au

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Five Australian Cities Make World’s Top 30 Luxury Residential Markets

Five Australian Cities Make World’s Top 30 Luxury Residential Markets

Australia’s ultra-luxury residential market, largely unaffected by the impact of recent lending restrictions, has continued to record positive growth in the prestige sector of the market.

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Perth make up the five Australian cities which rank in the world’s top 30 cities for luxury residential price growth.

The major east coast cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast have now recorded 25 quarters, or more, of positive annual growth for luxury property, according to Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index for the third quarter 2019.

Defined as the most desirable and expensive property in a given location, prime property is generally the top 5 per cent of each market, by value.

Sydney ranks 17th in the global rankings, with 2.6 per cent annual growth, Melbourne at 21st spot recording 2 per cent growth.

Brisbane followed closely ranking 22nd with 2 per cent growth, the Gold Coast which was included in the Index for the first time earlier this year moved up the rankings to 26 with a 1.3 per cent increase, and Perth ranked at 30th recording a 0.7 per cent rise.

Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index

City12-Month Change (Q3 2018 -Q3 2019)
1. Moscow11.1%
2. Frankfurt10.3%
3. Taipei8.9%
4. Manila7.4%
5. Berlin6.5%
6. Guangzhou6.2%
7. Geneva5.6%
8. Zurich4.5%
9. Delhi4.4%
10. Madrid4.2%
17. Sydney2.6%
21. Melbourne2%
22. Brisbane2%
26. Gold Coast1.3%
30. Perth0.7%

Knight Frank’s head of prestige Residential Deborah Cullen says the top end of the market is showing more consideration and time in transacting.

“There is still strong interest from local and expat buyers for blue ribbon areas and for “best in class” assets, in particular the waterfront areas of Sydney,” Cullen said.

“Growth in prime property prices closely follows the performance on the stock exchange,” Knight Frank head of residential research Michelle Ciesielski said.

“And there have been some significant gains made on the Australian sharemarket in 2019.

“Collectively the Australian prime market has continued to see sustainable growth of 2 per cent in the year ending September 2019, whilst the sharemarket recorded a 7.7 per cent return,” Ciesielski said.

Slowdown gathers pace in top-tier cities

The global cities index increased by just 1.1 per cent in the year to September 2019, down from 3.4 per cent last year, with slower prime price growth attributable to mounting economic headwinds.

Despite a longer-than-expected period of loose monetary policy and steady wealth creation, the report notes that luxury sales volumes are at their weakest for several years in many of the first tier global cities.

“Slower global economic growth– the IMF lowered its 2019 forecast from 3.3 per cent to 3 per cent in October – along with escalating headwinds: US-China trade relations, Hong Kong’s political tensions, a US presidential election in 2020 and the Brexit conundrum are influencing buyer sentiment,” the index notes.

Moscow recorded the highest rate of growth with an 11 per cent increase over the year to September.

The report notes that Moscow leads the index largely due to strengthening demand and the completion of a number of high-end projects in prime areas like Ostozhenka and Tverskoy.

The prime global cities index is a valuation-based index that tracks the movement in prime residential prices in local currency, using data, across 40 cities.

 

 

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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Brisbane Plans CBD Riverfront Renewal

Brisbane Plans CBD Riverfront Renewal

New plans to revitalise Brisbane’s CBD riverfront, a 1.2 kilometre stretch of river frontage from the City Botanic Gardens to Howard Smith Wharves, has been released.

New ferry and CityCat terminals are included in Brisbane City Council’s draft master-plan, which aims to improve river access and cement the CBD river frontage into “a world-class employment and lifestyle precinct”.

The draft plan includes an increase of the current pathway to an eight-metre-wide promenade which would span the riverfront, and includes an increase of green-space, trees, and public art.

“This is just one of the ways we are making the Brisbane of tomorrow even better than the Brisbane of today,” Brisbane City Council said of the draft plans released on Thursday.

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The riverfront precinct is currently home to more than 30 dining destinations and 1.6 hectares of parkland.

The draft plan also includes a proposed new green bridge connection at Kangaroo Point.

“It’s part of our bigger plan to connect people and places,” City Planning Chair Matthew Bourke said.

Bourke says the draft plan took cues from well-known waterfronts, including the likes of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf and Singapore’s Marina Bay.

Property giant Dexus is under way on its $1.4 billion Waterfront project transforming Brisbane’s Eagle Street Pier.

Council’s draft masterplan for Brisbane’s riverfront will be open to public consultation from Monday 11 November through to early December.

The final masterplan will be released in 2020.

 

 

Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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