STUNNING photographs taken by a drone have shown what is on one of the Sunshine Coast’s most mysterious and iconic landmarks, Old Woman Island.
Property Today real estate agent John Anderson took the photographs with his drone as he always gets asked questions about the island located less than a kilometre off Mudjimba.
It shows the dilapidated ruins of an old building, which begs the question “who lived there”.
One of the last people to own the lease on the island’s wife has revealed a little of its history.
Libby Troy’s late husband, Peter, the Australian surfing legend, used to stay in a “hut” on the island and commute to Marcoola with a tinnie when he owned the lease in the 1980s and 1990s.
Mrs Troy has also dispelled one of the most common urban myths about the island, that Sean Connery owned it or stayed on it for his honeymoon with Diane Cilento.
The couple owned a unit at Parkyn Parade in Mooloolaba.
But James Bond never made it to the island.
“He never once set foot on the island,” Mrs Troy said.
“The truth is, a female surfer on the Coast, Kim McKenzie, who had the lease on the shark nets was asked by Connery and his wife, Diane Cilento, to take them out to the island.”
“But the sea was too rough, they never came ashore.”
Peter took the lease on the island as it gave him the perfect opportunity to get the best surf breaks.
“Basically, he wanted it for surfing,” Mrs Troy said.
“He could walk out in the morning and have a surf on the right or have a surf on the left.”
The island had a “hut” on it, which Mrs Troy said had been built by a retired airline pilot, John Sewell who once also owned the lease.
“He and his wife built a hut out there, from concrete and salt water,” she said.
Apparently it even had a swimming pool on it and vegie patch.
The island wasn’t a cheap holiday home for Mr Troy.
“We paid more leases and fees for Old Woman Island than the person who leased Hamilton Island had to,” she said.
The couple also had to pay council rates and taxes, including fees for garbage collection.
It was just ludicrous, we paid the same rates as those on the Mudjimba shore line.”
Peter used to get annoyed when he would return to his island home and find surfers got into the house.
Mr Anderson’s photos show the scattered remains of the original dwelling.
Mrs Troy said “you can thank the environment and heritage people for that”.
A decision was made around 2006 to remove the roof on the hut because it had asbestos.
“A chopper came in and took the roof off, which destroyed the house,” she said.
By this time, Mr Troy no longer owned the lease.
He sold it in 1991, but within a year the State Government took the leases back.
“It is an environmental park now,” she said.
“There are a lot of islands that no longer have leases and they don’t do anything to maintain the islands.
“About 12 years after Peter gave over the lease, rangers rang Pete to ask how to get on the island.
“They’d had it for over 10 years and the couldn’t work that out.”
Peter never returned to the island after the no longer had the lease.
“He wasn’t interested in going to it. It was a chapter in his life that was over.”
Sunshine Coast Daily journalist, Bill Hoffman, has had a long association with the island and was involved in securing its inclusion as part of the Maroochy River Conservation Park.
He said it was the subject “of at least two Aboriginal legends”.
One involved two women making a home on the island, where there were midyim berry bushes. When only one of the women could be seen on the island, it became known as Old Woman Island.
The same legend concerned the midyim berry bush – hence ‘midyam’ becoming altered to ‘Mudjimba’.
A second legend interpreted the island as being the head knocked off the top of a warrior, Coolum, which is represented as the flat-topped Mount Coolum about 6km northwards.
Originally Published: https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/
Landlords use Gold Coast rental crisis to retaliate against tenants who deferred rent during COVID, agent says
Gold Coast landlords are retaliating against tenants by not renewing leases for people who stopped paying or reduced the amount of their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a real estate property manager.
- Oxenford has the lowest rental vacancy rate on the Gold Coast at 0.1 per cent
- REIQ says the rental vacancy rates on the Gold Coast have reached a 15-year low
- A local property agent says potential tenants are offering up to $100 per week above the rental price to secure property
Oxenford Ray White real estate co-principal Sally Hynes said many tenants are now paying the price as a city-wide rental shortage worsens.
“Now the owners have taken that onus back and are not renewed the lease because they did not do the correct thing during COVID according to the rules and regulations of the Residential Tenancy Authority.”
Ms Hynes said tenants could apply for a rental deferral if they could prove they were under financial pressure, and their landlord was in agreement.
But many tenants simply used the pandemic as an opportunity to stop paying the required rent.
The CEO of Tenants Queensland, Penny Carr, said some tenants renegotiated their rents with landlords while others did not, fearing retaliatory action.
“Some of those tenants had absolutely no choice but to pay a reduced rent and many of them are still battling accrued debts,” she said.
“Simply because they’ve followed the procedures that were available to them, those things that were set in place to protect people that were affected by COVID, they’re now having retaliatory action.”
Ms Carr said many tenants are facing large rent increases or being overlooked by landlords due to the competition in the rental market.
According to the latest Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) current vacancy report, 70.2 per cent of the state’s rental vacancies remain under 1.0 per cent.
On the Gold Coast, Oxenford’s vacancy rate is the lowest at 0.1 per cent.
Ms Hynes said they have one property on their books for rent and it was in the neighbouring suburb of Parkwood.
“The rental market in Oxenford at the moment is extremely, extremely busy.
“Not many properties are available and when they do become available they are gone within hours.”
Ms Hynes said the rental market had been busy for the past two months.
“It’s crazy, it’s just gone crazy,” she said.
“We don’t bother putting signs up anymore, it’s just not worth it.”
The property manager attributes the rental shortage to interstate migration, and Oxenford, like other suburbs in the northern Gold Coast corridor, is highly sought after because many homes are on larger blocks.
“I do say to them ‘have all of your paperwork ready’.”
Solid tenants impacted
Many tenants with sound rental histories are also becoming victims as property owners capitalise on the real estate boom.
“I have four very, very good tenants at the moment that the owners are selling their properties because of the market,” Ms Hynes said.
“I am trying to relocate them and I want to keep them, and I have no hope.
“People are getting very upset. We have people on the phone in tears.”
Ms Hynes said it was not unusual for a potential tenant offer up to $100 per week above the rental price to secure a property.
“It’s all very well to have the correct value for your property, as long as the owner is happy with that price then it is really about tenant selection.
“It’s not just all about the money.”
Homelessness group Everybody’s Home said the rental affordability crisis in Queensland is fuelling youth homelessness, and it is calling for more investment in social housing.
The campaign organisation wants the federal government to take action to make housing easier for young Australians to access.
Everybody’s Home said Gold Coast was leading the state with rents rising 20.6 per cent over the past 12 months.
Rents on the Sunshine Coast rose 15.3 per cent, while North Queensland’s increased 14.8 per cent in the same 12 months.
Brisbane’s rents increased 5.8 per cent in the same period.
Article Source: www.abc.net.au
Crisis looms in housing rentals as ‘stampede’ from south crushes vacancy rates
Rental supply has reached crisis point in large areas of Queensland, forcing the real estate industry to call for investor incentives in the upcoming state Budget.
The data from REIQ also shows that the drive to the outer suburbs and regions has created a severe shortage in places like the Gold Coast, Gympie, Rockhampton, Maryborough, Bundaberg, the Southern Downs and the Sunshine Coast.
But it has also forced people back into the CBD, which had been vacated during the worst of the pandemic and had been suffering from low occupancy of office space.
The shortage is understood to have increased rent prices but also meant “rent bidding” has been occurring. This relates to people offering to pay above the advertised price to secure a property.
The Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s Antonia Mercorella said Brisbane’s private rental market had been pushed into unchartered territory by a ‘’pandemic-driven stampede’’ of interstate migrants.
“With no support measures announced for the established housing sector in last year’s State Budget, the REIQ believes the Palaszczuk Government must take immediate action to resolve our current rental crisis,” Mercorella said.
“The State Government say they want to help households transition from community housing to housing in the private rental market.
“Given that, more needs to be done to better support both increased and ongoing property investor activity in the Queensland property market and the contributions they make to the State economy.”
The REIQ wants the First Home Buyers grant expanded to established housing.
While Queensland has a long history of attracting interstate migrants, it picked up during the lockdowns of last year.
ABS data shows that for the year to September 2020, regional Queensland welcomed a net of 14,101 people from interstate, outperforming the number of people arriving to Greater Brisbane of 13,014 over the same period.
The increase has created a real estate boom in many areas of the state with expectations that house prices could increase by as much as 17 per cent Australia-wide this year.
The REIQ said first quarter results for 2021 state rental vacancies showed almost 80 per cent of Queensland’s rental markets remained static or experienced tighter strains on the number of rentals available.
It found 70 per cent of the state’s rental vacancies remain under 1 per cent, with the biggest pinch recorded in Brisbane’s inner city, with rates dropping .5 per cent over the quarter.
“Record-low interest rates, government support and stimulus measures, and the pandemic-driven stampede we’ve witnessed migrating beyond our southern borders have sent Brisbane’s private rental market into uncharted territory, pushing vacancy rates down to their lowest levels since October 2012,” Mercorella said.
“In fact, our capital has seen rental markets across the entire metropolitan tighten quarter-on-quarter for the last four consecutive reporting periods, from Brisbane’s CBD out to the city’s outer rim.”
In the last 12 months, rental vacancies dropped 1.1 per cent across the Brisbane council area while Greater Brisbane saw the market tighten by 0.9 per cent.
She said Brisbane’s CBD achieved an “incredible’’ 4 per cent comeback in rental demand over the year.
The inner city (0-5km) experienced a 1.3 per cent increase and the mid-city region (5-20km) saw a 1 per cent rise.
Some of the tightest vacancies across the capital’s suburban spread include Anstead (0.5 per cent), Birkdale (0.3 per cent), Capalaba (0.2 per cent), Ferny Hills (0.3 per cent), Gumdale (0.4 per cent), Manly West (0.5 per cent), Rothwell (0.2 per cent), Sandgate (0.5 per cent), Shailer Park (0.4 per cent), Thornside (0.3 per cent) and Wakerley (0.4 per cent).
“Where we’re seeing the most pronounced rental demand levels far outstrip available vacancies is across regional Queensland, with the tightest vacancies currently to be found in the Fraser Coast’s Maryborough (0.2 per cent) followed by the Southern Downs (0.3 per cent) and Bundaberg regions (0.5 per cent), while a rate of 0.4 per cent has been recorded across Gympie, Rockhampton and Sunshine Coast,” Mercorella said.
“Meanwhile, the Gold Coast has tightened a further 0.3 per cent to reach a record low of 0.6 per cent in last 15 years of data records.”
While the popular Surfers Paradise precinct remains at 0.8 per cent over the quarter, other areas are unprecedentedly tight with the Gold Coast’s northern suburbs recording a median of 0.7 per cent. The southern suburbs has a median of 0.4 per cent.
The State Government has been approached for comment.
Article Source: inqld.com.au
Brisbane Housing Market Insights: April 2021
The Urban Developer’s Brisbane housing market insights for March reveals increased demand for houses has been underpinned by increasing consumer sentiment and a surge in interstate migration.
This resource, to be updated monthly, will collate and examine the economic levers pushing and pulling Brisbane’s housing market.
Combining market research, rolling indices and expert market opinion, this evolving hub will act as a pulse check for those wanting to take a closer look at the movements across the market.
Brisbane house prices have soared to record heights after a steady 12 months of growth and a rebound in listings and sales during recent months.
Brisbane’s housing market has remained particularly unaltered by the closure of international borders, where historically high demand from overseas migrants has been disrupted.
Brisbane advanced a further 2.4 per cent during March, pushing it up 4.8 per cent for the recent quarter and 6.8 per cent for the year to date.
The current median value for dwellings is $548,260, which is $12,642 higher than just a month ago.
The median house price of $607,969 continues to attract interstate migrants from the larger markets of Sydney, where the median is now $1.1m, and Melbourne at $859,097.
The premium end of the Brisbane’s housing market is still leading the acceleration in capital gains with upper-quartile property values rising by 3.1 per cent. Lower quartile property values were up 1.1 per cent throughout March.
Brisbane median house and unit price values
^Source: Corelogic Hedonic Home Value Index – March
CoreLogic’s weekly auction clearance rate across the combined capitals has been at or above 80 per cent just five times since 2008, and four of those were in March, 2021.
The week ending March 7, recorded Brisbane’s highest auction clearance rate on record—82.3 per cent—while also being the busiest week for auctions since late March, 2018.
Total listings across the country remain 26 per cent below the five-year average.
Brisbane auction clearance rates
|Week||Clearance rate||Total Auctions|
|Week ending 7 March 2021||82.3%||107|
|Week ending 14 March 2021||65.2%||110|
|Week ending 21 March 2021||73.0%||151|
|Week ending 28 March 2021||68.8%||191|
^Source: Corelogic Auction Clearance Rates – March
Gross rental yields in Brisbane remains favourable compared to Sydney and Melbourne at 4.3 per cent.
According to the SQM, Brisbane’s gross rental yield for houses is currently 4 per cent and 5.2 per cent for units.
Vacancy rates are where your jaw may drop, with Brisbane at just 1.5 per cent, and other locations below 1 per cent.
Traditionally Brisbane’s vacancy rates have been tight, hovering well below the level of 2.5 per cent, which represents a balanced rental market.
Brisbane residential rental vacancy rate
|City||March 2021 vacancy rate||Monthly % change|
Rental stock on market
|City||March 2021 vacancies||Vacancy net loss|
^Source: SQM Research – March
Brisbane rent prices
|Type||Rent||Monthly % change||Annual % change|
^Source: SQM Research – March
The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwelling units approved in Queensland in February was 3,930, 40.5 per cent higher than recorded in January.
Loan data shows investors have started coming back into a housing market they had largely vacated and the boom is being driven overwhelmingly by established owner occupiers and first home buyers.
Queensland building approvals
^Australian Bureau of Statistics, (Suspension of trend series between May 2020 and Jul 2020 due to Covid-19)
|Dwelling||Approved||Monthly % change|
^Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics; Reference period February
Queensland home loan lending indicators
|Region||First home buyer loan commitments||First home buyer ratio – dwellings||First home buyer ratio – housing|
|Queensland||3078▲ ▼||39.6%▼||34.7% ▼|
^Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – February
Queensland interstate migration
|Region||September (quarter) 2020 arrivals||September (quarter) 2020 departures||September 2020 quarter net|
^Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – September quarter 2020
Brisbane’s housing market: policy updates
Australia’s central bank will maintain low interest rates to support the country’s ongoing economic recovery and surging housing market, buoyed by its busiest Easter auction market on record.
Strong tailwinds will bolster the Australian economy through the second half of the year, but macro-prudential measures are likely to be introduced to ease house price pressures in 2022.
Queensland faces a “hard road” during the next four years as the state recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, Treasurer Cameron Dick says.
Brisbane housing market forecasts
ANZ economists forecast Brisbane house prices will rise by 9.5 per cent next year, as low interest rates and government stimulus flow through the economy while Commonwealth Bank updated its forecasts, projecting a strong rebound in prices across the second half of 2021.
CBA now expects Brisbane house prices to increase by 16.6 per cent to December 2022 compared to 13.7 per cent in Sydney and 12.4 per cent in Melbourne.
Westpac has also updated its property forecasts, with Brisbane real estate prices tipped to surge 20 per cent between 2022 and 2023.
Article Source: theurbandeveloper.com
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