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Confidence in Queensland’s property sector falls for first time in nearly 2 years

Confidence in Queensland’s property sector falls for first time in nearly 2 years

CONFIDENCE in Queensland’s property sector has fallen for the first time in nearly two years on the back of the latest tax grab proposed by the state government, a new survey reveals.

CONFIDENCE in Queensland’s property market has fallen for the first time in nearly two years on the back of the latest tax grab proposed by the state government.

The ANZ/Property Council Survey released today, taken in the weeks either side of the November state election, has recorded a drop of two index points for Queensland in the March 2018 quarter — the first decline in 20 months.

The state now has the lowest confidence levels of all Australian jurisdictions.

The re-elected Palaszczuk Government has announced plans to increase land tax rates by 2.5 per cent on properties worth more than $10 million and more than double the tax rate for foreign investors from 3 to 7 per cent.

Property Council Queensland executive director Chris Mountford said the results confirmed industry concern about the proposed property tax hikes, which he argued would hurt jobs growth and home values.

“At a time when we need to do more to catch up with other markets, increasing taxes on property is a big economic risk,” Mr Mountford said.

“The impact of these proposed tax increases can already be seen in the figures.

“Forward work schedules, staffing level expectations, and Queensland’s economic growth predictions are all down.”

The ANZ/Property Council Survey Queensland results for the March quarter of 2018.Source: The Courier-Mail

The ANZ/Property Council Survey Queensland results for the March quarter of 2018.Source: The Courier-Mail

The Property Council is urging the Government to reverse the proposed tax increases, saying ordinary Queenslanders would pay the price because businesses would be forced to pass on the cost to consumers.

“The proposed land tax hike is ultimately going to flow through to affect capital values, and impose higher rents and costs on businesses,” he said.

“I think there’s a general lack of understanding that foreign buyers are a key ingredient to getting new housing construction starts going.

“If we’re making it harder for those people to invest in Queensland, ultimately that’s going to flow through to lower levels of activity.”

The latest ANZ/Property Council Survey shows a drop in confidence in the Queensland property industry. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images. Source: Getty Images

The latest ANZ/Property Council Survey shows a drop in confidence in the Queensland property industry. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images. Source: Getty Images

For the last two years, Queensland has consistently lagged behind the major states when it comes to confidence, only remaining in front of Western Australia, where the end of the resources boom created significant economic challenges.

But the latest survey shows a surge in confidence in WA.

“Clearly confidence is starting to return to the WA market,” Mr Mountford said.

“They’ve turned a corner and yet we haven’t had that sentiment shift.

“If anything, we’re still bumbling along behind the other states.”

New homes under construction in Mango Hill, north of Brisbane. The latest ANZ/Property Council Survey shows a drop in confidence in the Queensland property industry. Image: AAP/Dan Peled. Source: AAP

New homes under construction in Mango Hill, north of Brisbane. The latest ANZ/Property Council Survey shows a drop in confidence in the Queensland property industry. Image: AAP/Dan Peled. Source: AAP

But ANZ senior economist Daniel Gradwell said that he was not too concerned about the confidence drop in Queensland during the quarter,

“Overall sentiment is still sitting at pretty solid levels, even though it has dropped off recently,” Mr Gradwell said.

“I think it’s fair to say Queensland has essentially moved past its mining-related downturn.

“We’re starting to see economic activity improve, particularly across the labour market with unemployment at its lowest level in about four years.

“So confidence is already translating into actual economic activity.”

The latest ANZ/Property Council Survey shows a drop in confidence in the Queensland property industry. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.Source: Getty Images

The latest ANZ/Property Council Survey shows a drop in confidence in the Queensland property industry. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images.Source: Getty Images

St George Economics noted in its latest economic outlook for Queensland that the state’s economic growth had picked up over the past year, with business investment gaining momentum, commercial construction strengthening and robust employment growth.

Nationally, the survey reveals New South Wales has lost its throne to Victoria as the property industry with the strongest outlook.

It gathered responses from 1374 professionals within the residential and commercial property sector.

“It’s a large sample size, so we’re confident it’s reflective of what’s actually happening on the ground,” Mr Gradwell said.

Originally published: www.news.com.au

Brisbane

Land developers call bottom of property market

Land developers call bottom of property market

Land developers AV Jennings and Villa World have called the bottom of the property cycle after a year of slumping sales and consumer caution blew a hole in their profits.

AV Jennings said the current property cycle has “bottomed” and that it will deliver a stronger result next financial year, after its profits were cut in half to $16.4 million by wary homebuyers steering clear of big commitments.

“General market sentiment is clearly beginning to improve … a modest uptick in visitor numbers to sales offices and online is evident and is expected to be sustained during FY20,” AV Jennings said.

Villa World chief executive Craig Treasure said soft consumer sentiment, tight credit conditions and the uncertainty caused by the federal election had created “difficult headwinds”.

“We are seeing that sales enquiries have started to improve across Villa World’s projects, however buyers remain cautious,” he said.

Villa World’s profit after tax of $23 million was also shredded compared to the previous year when it earned $43.6 million.

“This result is consistent with commentary disclosed to the market since December 2018 and reflects the decline in the Australian residential housing market and softer consumer sentiment,” Mr Treasure said.

Villa World’s land projects are concentrated in Queensland and Victoria.

All metrics for the group suffered: earnings per share were down 48 per cent to 18.2c, total revenue fell 11 per cent to $391.6 million, and sales numbers slumped to 870, down from 1788 the previous year.

The property pain was similar at AVJennings where turnover fell 20.3 per cent to $296.5 million and profits crashed by 48 per cent.

“The lower profit reflects softer market conditions, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney,” the company said.

It paid an interim dividend of 1c on 22 March and will pay another 1.5c dividend on 20 September this year.

Villa World has agreed to a takeover by AVID Property group for $2.345 per share. It will declare a fully franked dividend of 31c, as a portion of the total takeover price if it goes ahead.

 

 

Source: www.brisbanetimes.com.au

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Brisbane Prices Could Be Headed For Recovery

Brisbane Prices Could Be Headed For Recovery

Brisbane prices are at their lowest level in the cycle, according to the latest national property clock from Herron Todd White (HTW).

The house values in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Ipswich, Rockhampton, and Toowoomba were at the bottom, according HTW.

Meanwhile, prices in Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Townsville, and the Whitsundays are starting to recover, the data showed.

There was momentum for the price growth in Brisbane, given that the capital city had been “bouncing along the bottom for some time now”, HTW Brisbane managing director Gavin Hulcombe told The Courier-Mail.

“I think it will be (a) steady rise, but my suspicion is in a couple of years’ time we might look back and think it (now) probably wasn’t a bad time to buy. Some areas are likely to perform better than others,” he said.

Brisbane units are also at the bottom of the price cycle, along with Bundaberg, Ipswich, Mackay, Rockhampton, Toowoomba, and the Whitsundays, according to HTW.

Apartment prices in Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, and Townsville are already rising, the figures showed.

 

 

Source: www.yourinvestmentpropertymag.com.au

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Index warns council unit ban will impact boomer downsizers

Index warns council unit ban will impact boomer downsizers

A new housing index has warned that Brisbane will face a flood of ageing baby boomers with nowhere suitable to live unless it embraces greater density in suburbs where houses dominate.

A NEW housing index has warned that Brisbane will face a flood of ageing baby boomers with nowhere suitable to live unless it embraces greater density in suburbs where houses dominate.

The DORIS Index — Downsizer Opportunity to Remain in Suburbs — compared just how ready various Brisbane suburbs were to face the challenge, marrying the availability of smaller housing options with the ageing population.

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Suburbs like Pinjarra Hills, Pullenvale, Wacol, Riverhills, Chapel Hill, Ashgrove, Tarragindi, Wishart, Wakerley, Belmont, Geebung and Graceville were among the hardest for residents to downsize into, according to the report by Place Design Group and AHURI.

Report analyst Chris Isles of Place Design Group said the irony was the “grey haired keyboard army” had forced the issue, after fighting against higher density residential development in low density suburbs.

But he warned, it was a decision that “will come back to bite them”.

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This as the Brisbane City Council works its way into the final week of public feedback on its proposed citywide amendment restricting townhouses and high density housing from single-home areas.

Among the changes would be the removal of provisions in zone codes, development codes and neighbourhood plans that support multiple dwellings like townhouses and apartments in low density residential zones.

A Brisbane City Council spokeswoman said the proposal came out of concerns by residents during Plan Your Brisbane consultations.

“One in five households gave feedback and stopping townhouses being built in areas for single homes was a strong theme,” she said, adding that it was not expected to impact council’s ability to meet the state target of more than 188,000 new dwellings by 2041.

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“Brisbane City Council is currently calling for residents to help shape Brisbane and have their say on proposed plans to restrict townhouses in low density residential zones,” she said.

“These changes are about protecting the Brisbane backyard and our unique character by ensuring our planning scheme reflects community expectation on townhouse developments.

“Council is committed to supporting a broad range of housing options for all of Brisbane’s current and future residents and ensuring our city remains a great place to live, work and relax.”

She said there were several different residential and commercial zones available in suburbs across Brisbane that supported a broad range of housing types.

“While the State Government’s SEQ Regional Plan sets a target of more than 188,000 new dwellings by 2041, this amendment would not impact Council’s ability to meet this,” she said.

“The proposed amendment cannot be finalised until after community consultation and a second sign off from the State Government.”

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Place Bulimba lead agent Matthew Hackett said buyers were already “looking for quite a while” to find properties to downsize into in their suburbs or close to them.

“In my 21 years of selling in Bulimba what I find, especially recently, is people want to downsize into the same area because they feel safe, they know the area and have friends or it may be as simple as a bridge club they go to every week,” he told The Sunday Mail.

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Long time Bulimba residents Pauline Burchardt, 67, and Lyall Gamble, 69, were among the fortunate ones, having found property to downsize into about 800m from their family home.

The couple is trying to sell their three storey family home at 16 Shakespeare St in the $2m price range, effectively looking to sell it off for two smaller units.

They’ve already moved into a three-bedroom apartment overlooking the river. at Bulimba — though it was not their first choice — and have a holiday unit on North Stradbroke.

“We had been looking for at least two years,” Ms Burchardt told The Sunday Mail. “We wanted single storey because as you get a bit more frail you worry about stairs.”

She supported improved higher density properties in the suburbs. “Why not? I don’t see a problem with it. All of the houses here are raised but when those people get older, I wonder what will happen. If they have bigger units, that would be good, You need a spare room for when the kids come over.”

Townhouses were ideal, she said, “because you get a little garden or courtyard and we’ve got two pets” but they could not find a suitable one.

According to AHURI, new housing options “need to be designed with older Australians in mind” including not just apartments but also smaller houses.

 

Source: www.news.com.au

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