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Federal Budget formalises three mooted housing measures

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Josh Frydenberg noted that “when construction work began to dry up, HomeBuilder came to the rescue.”

There was one surprise for the housing sector in tonight’s federal budget, and three foreshadowed housing measures were made official.

The federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg advised the parliament in his budget speech that new house starts were now at the highest level in 20 years.

“New loans to first home buyers reached their highest level in nearly 12 years.

“HomeBuilder has been a huge success and our $2 billion investment in affordable housing is bringing on more supply,” he said.

“Our housing measures go even further,” he added.

“Helping another 10,000 first home buyers build a new home with a 5 per cent deposit.

“Supporting 10,000 single parents to purchase a home with a 2 per cent deposit.

“Increasing the amount that can be released under the First Home Super Saver Scheme from $30,000 to $50,000.

“Under the Coalition, home ownership will always be supported,” he noted.

The budget effectively continued the First Home Low Deposit Scheme for new homes and off the plan acquistions, and tweaked the First Home Super Saver Scheme, and introduced a new scheme for single parents.

The 10,000 Family Home Guarantees will be made available for single parents over the next four financial years.

The Family Home Guarantee will be available regardless of whether that single parent is a first home buyer or previous owner-occupier.

Applicants have an annual taxable income of no more than $125,000.

A fact sheet with further information on eligibility criteria will be available on the NHFIC’s website next week.

The surprise announcement was the government will lower the minimum age for the downsizer super contribution from 65 to 60.

“This will allow Australians nearing retirement to make a one-off post-tax contribution of up to $300,000 per person (or $600,000 per couple) when they sell their family home,” the budget documents advised.

“This improves the flexibility for Australians to contribute to their superannuation savings, and may encourage people to downsize sooner and increase the supply of family homes.”

The budgetary measure will be argued as positive for first home buyers and next home buyers by freeing up established housing stock for younger property buyers.

There was a warning after the budget announcement from the Property Council on the long-term economic consequences of idling population growth.

“Budget assumptions anticipate that Australia’s population growth will be limited to only 0.2 per cent over in the next financial year. Net overseas migration is forecast at -77,000 in 2021/22, with a return to normal levels of migration not expected until 2024/25,” the PCA noted.

“The Budget has revealed that our restricted border is the biggest constraint on our economy.

“Our lack of growth is going to catch up with us with economic and employment growth expectations slowing over the forward estimates.

“Population growth is not an optional extra for Australia’s economy,” the PCA said.

The budget also made $15 billion in additional infrastructure commitments including for:

a) the North‑South Corridor in South Australia
b) the Great Western Highway and Newcastle airport in New South Wales
c) the new Melbourne Intermodal Terminal in Victoria
d) the Bruce Highway in Queensland
e) METRONET in Western Australia
f) highway upgrades in the Northern Territory
g) Light Rail Stage 2A in the Australian Capital Territory and
h) Midland Highway upgrades in Tasmania.

 

Article Source: www.urban.com.au

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Gold Coast

Why Hope Island is attracting every kind of buyer

The best representation and offering of Hope Island living is the standout Hope Island Resort gated community, of which the Peninsula Collection represent the last apartments on offer

Hope Island, despite not being named after hope but instead colonial aristocrat Captain Louis Hope, remains one of Queensland’s premier living and holiday destinations.

Hope Island is attracting every kind of buyer, from young families who are attracting to the local schools, to downsizers and retirees who want to live the lifestyle that Hope Island offers.

Investors, as well as first home buyers, have been interested given the price point of the apartments on the island in comparison to the houses, which have fetched upwards of $10 million in recent years.

Infrastructure is already well in place on the Island, with marina shopping and dining precincts, medical facilities, and three 18-hole golf courses.  The Links Golf Club in particular is recognised internationally for its 18-hole championship design and multi-million dollar clubhouse.

Some other activities on offer include the nearby tennis centre, theme parks and diving attractions.

Hope Island also plays host to a bustling nightlife with some highlights being Georges Paragon, Boardwalk Tavern and The Verandah Bar.

New property on Hope Island however is becoming increasingly scarce, with only a limited amount of land left to be developed.

There’s been huge demand due to the lack of supply for Peninsula Collection, the last stage of the The Peninsula Hope Island, a development by the ASF Group.

Peninsula Collection

Peninsula Collection 52 Harbourview Drive, Hope Island QLD 4212 

They’ve seen everything snapped up, from the blocks of waterfront land on offer, to a variety of townhouses.

Peninsula Collection is the last piece for ASF, comprising just 63 apartments designed by Archidiom.

The three-bedroom apartments, which have nearly 120 sqm of living space, start from just $565,000. The three-bedroom apartments rise to $780,000 for the 133 sqm apartments, which also include a study room.

The biggest apartments on offer, with five bedrooms and four bathrooms, have nearly 180 sqm of living area and start from $1.28 million.

A limited number of the 5-bedroom apartments include a dual-key access option and many of the three-bedders come with a study integrated into the floorplan.

Completion is forecast for 2023, with construction set to begin in a few months.

Residents will also have access to The Peninsula BBQ area and waterside gazebo beyond the Hope Island Resort offerings like a fitness centre and swimming pool.

 

Article Source: www.urban.com.au

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Brisbane

Why investors snap up apartments in Aria Property Group’s Brisbane apartment developments

Aria Property Group have pushed the envelope not only on sustainability but value at their newest tower, Trellis in South Brisbane

Aria Property Group always have a steady stream of interest from off the plan investors in their Brisbane apartment developments.

Investors who bought in to one of Aria’s most recently completed developments, The Standard, Aria, located in the heart of the Fish Lane arts precinct, saw great success.

Those who bought pre-completion have secured resales between 10 per cent and 38 per cent more than what they paid. Owner-occupiers showed the greatest keenness on the resales.

The investors who decided to hold on to their apartments are seeing strong 5.48 per cent rental yields throughout the building.

Aria’s latest development, Trellis, also in South Brisbane, is also expected to be a hit with investors.

The 12-story building with 110 apartments is Aria’s most sustainable yet, with 60 percent of the building covered in greenery of some variety. It will feature trellises within which improve biodiversity, as well as solar technology and even Tesla batteries and charging stations.

Aria Property Group

Trellis 20 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane QLD 4101 

There’s over 1,000 sqm of recreational amenity space, including the Temple of Wellness on the ground floor and the Residents’ Rooftop Club on level 13. That features magnesium baths and an infinity pool with views across Brisbane. Amenity is also high on the priority list for tenants.

Apartments in Trellis start from $739,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. Three-bedroom apartments are priced from $1,084,000 to $1,224,000.

Completion is forecast for mid-2023.

The Brisbane apartment market has continued to show strength over 2021, after a resilient 2020 in the wake of the pandemic.

Research from property data firm CoreLogic showed Brisbane apartment values rose 0.6 per cent over September, triple the growth of apartments in Melbourne.

At the end of 2020, the median apartment value in Brisbane was at a yearly high of $390,000. Now it’s $430,000.

Unit rental prices have also seen steady growth in 2021, up 3.5 per cent over the past 12 months.

This growth trend is expected to continue, backed in large part by billions of dollars in investment from both private and public sectors as part of the pipeline for the 2032 Olympics.

 

Article Source: www.urban.com.au

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Opinion

Why the rise of the Sunshine Coast’s prestige market is only just beginning

Sunshine Coast

Once a humble home for barefoot surfers and retirees seeking sand in their golden years, the Sunshine Coast is now one of Australia’s most prized playgrounds for prestige buyers, with property prices swelling by up to 46 per cent in 12 months across its most sought-after postcodes.

Fuelled by exclusivity, driven by development restrictions along the coastline and augmented by the remote working wave – the relaxed region just a couple of hours north of Brisbane is also becoming a mecca for cashed-up tech wizards with nine key suburbs now members of the million-dollar-plus club for median house prices

It’s a region that also obliterated the Queensland house price record with the $34 million sale of a Sunshine Beach trophy home at 17 Webb Road in June this year – a sale that came hot on the heels of the $14 million transaction of 8 Noosa Court, Noosa Heads, a three-bedroom penthouse that eclipsed the previous Sunshine Coast apartment record by $5 million.

 Sunshine Coast

The pandemic-era lifestyle changes have created a perfect storm for the Sunshine Coast’s prestige market. Photo: Supplied 

Both sales were handled by Tom Offermann, of the eponymous real estate firm.

While the quiet beachside strip still lacks the grandeur of Sydney’s Darling Point or the overwhelming wealth of Melbourne’s Toorak, property experts say the unstoppable wave of buyer demand is paving the way for an unprecedented growth cycle.

“Our buyer base was traditionally wealthy, self-funded retirees, but now we’re seeing this massive influx of young, financially capable families who are picking up properties in A-grade positions, and we’re seeing a lot of younger wealth that’s coming out of IT, finance and tech that’s tapping into new lifestyle opportunities [off the back of COVID-19]. So, we’re right at the beginning,” Adrian Reed of Noosa’s Reed and Co Estate Agents said.

“The abundance of nature, shopping, the beaches and the prestige amenity that is afforded to us is pretty desirable … and it’s all limited stock, so there’s going to be [further] price increases. In fact, we’re probably in what appears to be the early stages of a fairly significant growth cycle.

 

Article Source: www.domain.com.au

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