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Queensland leads the way in market recovery

Queensland leads the way in market recovery

Demand has started to increase in the property market on the back of the recent federal election results and interest rate cuts, with Brisbane and Mackay in Queensland leading the road to recovery.

REA’s Property Outlook for July has revealed the “ScoMo bounce” and two interest rate cuts were breathing new life into Australian property, with demand starting to increase and slowly flowing through to many indicators.

Search activity has seen a bump, particularly in Melbourne and Sydney’s hard hit markets, clearance rates in premium suburbs are getting back to high levels, and many mining towns are returning to growth after five years of negative conditions, according to the report.

realestate.com.au’s Chief Economist Nerida Conisbee said rental growth in these areas started some time ago, but a recovery is now following suit.

“Queensland is leading the way in the recovery,” Ms Conisbee said in the report. “Brisbane has been the first capital city off the block in terms of price growth, and Mackay is right now the top regional growth area in Australia.”

She added that jobs growth is also driving rental demand, which continues to be highest in Hobart, Gold Coast and Melbourne, and while the extreme price growth in Hobart now seems to be over, Launceston is taking over. Regional Victoria was also doing well, with many suburbs in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong experiencing never before seen property demand.

But according to the report, any real uplift in the number of people listing properties for sale is yet to be seen and pricing data is yet to reflect a change in conditions, and Ms Conisbee warned that while much of this sounds promising, there are some dark clouds looming on the horizon.

“Although buyers love an interest rate cut (we see an increase in search activity onrealestate.com.au almost as soon as it is announced), the Australian economy isn’t looking particularly healthy,” she said in the report.

“While many economic indicators have been poor for some time now, the bright spark has always been low unemployment. With this creeping up and the Reserve Bank pushing through two interest rate cuts very quickly, the positive effect of cheaper finance may not be enough to offset the fact that people are beginning to lose their job. Could it be that the worst for property is still be to come?”

Ms Conisbee said if the interest rate cuts were enough to stimulate the economy and property prices continued to see a rebound, we were still looking at a very different property market to what it was like during the boom, with investor lending down 45 per cent from peak and unlikely to make a full recovery any time soon.

“Buyers from Asia, a key market for new development, have dropped dramatically,” she reported. “Over the past 12 months alone, property seekers from China have dropped by over 60 per cent to the lowest level we have ever recorded, and confidence in the new apartment sector is low following some high-profile structural issues.”

 

 

Source: eliteagent.com

Brisbane

Mirvac Sells Golden Triangle Tower for $87m

Golden Triangle Tower

Melbourne-based property fund manager Forza Capital has picked up a prominent office building in Brisbane’s “Golden Triangle” from Mirvac for $86.7 million.

The property, located at 340 Adelaide Street—on the corner of Adelaide and Wharf Streets, comprises 12,800sq m of B-Grade office space across 17-levels, together with a ground floor cafe and parking for 100 cars.

In recent years, Mirvac has refurbished the building, upgrading the lobby and repositioning the external ground plane and retail.

Mirvac chief investment officer Brett Draffen said the proceeds from the sale will be redeployed into prime and A-grade commercial assets as well as its $22.4 billion development pipeline across the residential, office and industrial sectors.

The deal, negotiated by CBRE’s Flint Davidson, Tom Phipps and Bruce Baker, represents an 11 per cent premium to its book value in June.

“As the first major, post-Covid capital markets transaction in the Brisbane CBD, this deal highlights the demand from onshore investors for quality office assets,” Phipps said.

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The building is 93 per cent leased to tenants Covermore, Cerebral Palsy League and Oracle, and has a weighted average lease expiry of 3.8 years. Image: Supplied

“As travel restrictions ease we expect the market to awaken in the first half of next year fuelled by historically low financing costs and Brisbane’s attractive yield spread.”

Forza Capital director Ashley Wain said the asset represented exceptional value, given the building’s comprehensive refurbishment program, and was transacted with a high degree of certainty over a period of one month.

“Shortly after Covid struck, [we] identified the opportunity to prepare our investor base of sophisticated investors for opportunistic property investments.

“Speed to transact was anticipated to be critical and we believed getting early capital commitments and being able to transact quickly would be paramount to securing new investments on attractive metrics,” Wain said.

The acquisition represented $52.5 million of equity from Forza’s client base of family offices, high net worth advisory groups and individuals, and will now sit in the newly-established Forza 340 Adelaide Street Fund.

“The uncertainty in office investment markets has created really attractive investment metrics which, when combined with highly competitive debt funding, results in a target 8 per cent per annum distribution yield over the first five years of the investment,” Wain said.

Last week, Dexus listed a neighbouring A-grade office tower, located at 10 Eagle Street, with price expectations of $300 million.

 

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Yeronga trophy home fronting the Brisbane River listed

Brisbane River

A riverfront Yeronga, Queensland trophy home has been listed without a price guide.

The five bedroom, five bathroom abode is being marketed by Heath Williams and Nick Hurwood of Place.

Situated at 363 Brisbane Corso, the tri-level home fronts the Brisbane River.

Set on 916 sqm, it features two swimming pools and a private boat pontoon.

Other features include full-height stacked glass sliding doors opening out to a covered balcony which capture sweeping Brisbane River views as well as a ground-level rumpus or games room equipped with a bar, a projector and a linked balcony.

It is located seven kilometres from the CBD.

 

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Mirvac offloads Brisbane office building for $87m

Mirvac office building

Mirvac has offloaded a 17-storey office building in Brisbane to Melbourne-based property fund manager Forza Capital for $86.75 million in one of the first institutional grade office deals to take place in the city since COVID-19 struck.

The building, which is in Brisbane’s ‘Golden Triangle’ at 340 Adelaide Street, had undergone an extensive refurbishment by Mirvac and sold at an 11 per cent premium to its last book valuation in June.

The property, which is 93 per cent leased to tenants such as Oracle, Cover-more Insurance and the Attorney General’s Office, has a 3.8 year weighted average lease expiry.

Brett Draffen, chief investment officer at Mirvac, said proceeds from the sale would be redeployed to grow its asset creation business and would allow the group to “capitalise on opportunities to create Australia’s next generation of workplaces, residential communities and mixed-use precincts”.

The office tower is the first asset to be acquired by Forza Capital following a $240 million capital raising from its client base of family offices and high net worth advisory groups in September and will sit in the newly established Forza 340 Adelaide Street Fund.

Forza Capital director Adam Murchie said they had advised their investor base to be prepared for opportunistic property investments shortly after COVID-19 had struck.

“Speed to transact was anticipated to be critical and we believed getting early capital commitments and being able to transact quickly would be paramount to securing new investments on attractive metrics.”

Forza Capital director Ashley Wain said the uncertainty in the office market had created attractive investment metrics.

“When combined with highly competitive debt funding [the metrics] result in a target eight per cent per annum distribution yield over the first five years of the investment.”

The deal was negotiated by CBRE’s Flint Davidson, Tom Phipps and Bruce Baker, and Matt Lawrence arranging the debt.

“As the first major, post-COVID capital markets transaction in the Brisbane CBD, this deal highlights the demand from onshore investors for quality office assets,” Mr Phipps said.

“As travel restrictions ease we expect the market to awaken in the first half of next year fuelled by historically low financing costs and Brisbane’s attractive yield spread.”

 

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