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Tight rental market forces tenants to find their edge or risk losing out to competition

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With vacancies rates dipping below 1% in parts of the region and a surge in demand, competition for rental properties is fierce in South East Queensland. Renters currently applying for properties are being forced to put their best foot forward to put them ahead in the eyes of landlords.

Managing Director of Solutions Property Management Laura Valenti said there had been a staggering increase in property demand over the past few months: “Demand is extremely high. In fact, I have never seen such high demand and low supply,” she said.

“We manage over 1000 properties in the greater Brisbane area and since the beginning of November 2020 our vacancy rate has been zero.”

With so few available rental properties, having an edge over other applicants is vital. While some people are offering more rent than advertised, some tenants are seeing better outcomes after completing a free, online tenancy skills course developed by the Tenancy Skills Institute.

The course was developed after extensive consultation with property managers, and covers the top four skill sets identified as crucial to a positive tenancy; communication, rights and responsibilities, maintaining a rental property and budgeting. Once complete, graduates are awarded a certificate to support future rental applications.

Tenancy Skills Institute State Manager, Mark Davidson explained tenants who complete the course will stand out from the crowd.

“Tenants who demonstrate an understanding of their rights and responsibilities, are effective communicators, budget well to pay the rent on time and maintain the property are at an advantage.

“The certificate might just make the difference on a rental application for some property managers.” said Mark.

Laura Valenti’s agency Solutions Property Management is just one of a growing number of industry supporters who agrees the course is of high value for tenants.

“It [the course certificate] would definitely put them above others who have a similar application,” said Laura.

Since it began, the Tenancy Skills Institute has given over 2000 Queenslanders a head-start in their rental journeys. Experienced renter, Wendy* believes that without the course she would still be searching for housing.

Wendy said: “The course did me great, I found it interesting, helpful and enjoyable.

“I was finally approved for a property after completing it and moved in at the start of January.”

 

Article Source: www.miragenews.com

 

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April 2021: Four homes to secure in Queensland’s City of Logan from $230,000

The City of Logan is situated in a thriving growth corridor between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with abundant amenities, good schools and a burgeoning health precinct

Queensland is in the midst of an exciting period of growth and Logan City is well-positioned in the centre of this change.

The City of Logan is situated in a thriving growth corridor between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, with abundant amenities, good schools and a burgeoning health precinct.

More and more home buyers are purchasing their first property in Logan thanks to its fresh and contemporary residential neighbourhoods, new estates and bushland acreage.

The adjacent Griffith University Logan campus, Queensland TAFE and the $145 million Logan Hospital expansion provides the opportunity for Meadowbrook to evolve into a major health and educational hub.

Given its central geographic location in south-east Queensland and available young workforce, Logan is ideally placed for continued growth in the region and provides great opportunity for families and investors.

Urban takes a look at four homes to secure in Logan City from just $230,000.

1. Brookhaven, Bahrs Scrub
Address: 33 Menora Road, Bahrs Scrub QLD 4207
Four-bedroom townhome from $475,000

City of Logan

Brookhaven 33 Menora Road, Bahrs Scrub QLD 4207 

Brookhaven is a new master planned community in Logan City, balancing safety, amenity and liveability amongst picturesque natural surrounds.

Situated just 4.3-kilometres from Beenleigh Town Centre, Brookhaven is connected to Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Developed by Frasers Property Australia, the homes achieve a five-star green star communities rating and up to 5km of multi-use trails promoting walking, running and bike riding.

2. Aquila Lodge, Eagleby
Address: 10 Bishop Street, Eagleby QLD 4207
One-bedroom townhome from $230,000

City of Logan

Aquila Lodge 10 Bishop Street, Eagleby QLD 4207

Located near train stations, the Pacific Motorway and Logan Motorway, Aquila Lodge offers an 18-townhome development in the City of Logan’s Eagleby.

Each residence features one bedroom, one bathroom and a single-car lock-up garage.

The 42sqm homes include stone benchtops, stainless-steel appliances and air-conditioning to present comfortable living to its residents.

3. Clearwater Junction, Bethania
Address: Clearwater Street, Bethania QLD 4205
Three-bedroom townhomes from $335,000

City of Logan

Clearwater Junction Clearwater Street, Bethania QLD 4205 

Clearwater Junction is an established townhouse complex located in the hidden away suburb of Bethania.

Located in a cul-de-sac street, the peaceful residential development is bordered by farmland and situated within walking distance to the train station and shops.

Three and four-bedroom townhomes are available at the project, with a mixture of designs and layouts, including both single and double storeys.

Amenities include a well-appointed gym, in ground swimming pool, and picnic area.

4. Acacia Waters Estate, Eagleby
Address: Fryar Road, Eagleby QLD 4207
Two-bedroom apartments from $305,000

City of Logan

Acacia Waters Estate Fryar Road, Eagleby QLD 4207 

Surrounded by gardens, walking paths and numerous amenities, Acacia Waters Estate presents nine contemporary designed buildings in Eagleby.

Residents who secure a home in the development will benefit from 24-hour on-site management, undulating lawns and ample visitor parking.

Other amenities include a swimming pool and barbeque pergolas, as well as essential amenities in close proximity, including parks, public transport and shops.

 

Article Source: www.urban.com.au

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Bid to Open Up Student Accommodation to Workers

Student Accommodation

Scape Australia plans to open up its student accommodation to essential workers and interstate travellers as it waits for international students to return to the country.

The group applied for a temporary change of use for its Atria South Brisbane property until the end of February 2023, providing accommodation for non-students in the 88 Ernest Street building.

This will “allow the applicant to effectively manage the impact Covid-19 has had on their Brisbane assets [six buildings in total]” according to the application.

“Prior to Covid-19 [December 2019], building occupancy in Brisbane was at 75 per cent currently the assets have an occupancy rate of 28 per cent as Scape’s primary market is international students,” the report stated.

“The proposed ‘other change’ will allow Scape to use the vacancies in its buildings to offer the Brisbane housing market an alternative to typical renting models [share houses and the like].

“Scape are hoping to host like-minded occupants within the building who are not students.

“Examples include interstate travellers who do not want to sign a six- or 12-month lease elsewhere but need to remain in Brisbane for three-plus months or hospital workers who are assisting in the nearby Mater with the Covid-19 response.”

This is the second time Scape has tried to change the use of the building—that proposal was rejected by the council in August last year due to parking and transport issues.

Overseas arrival numbers remain at record lows, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which recorded a 99.1 per cent drop in visitor arrivals in February compared to the same period last year.

Student Accommodation

▲ Scape have multiple properties in Brisbane and more than 18,000 beds across the globe in development or operation. 

To shape a recovery for the industry, federal education minister Alan Tudge announced a 10-year, whole-of-sector international education.

In 2019 there were 750,000 international students studying in Australia, accounting for a third of university enrolments.

“In 2019, we started the year with around 480,000 continuing international students, while another 150,000 entered Australia to study in the first half of the year, and a further 130,000 in the second half,” Tudge said.

“Closing the borders, of course, had a significant disruption on the international student sector.

“That normal pattern was not possible last year. While some started online, many also deferred their studies, preferring to wait until travel is again possible.”

Despite a lack of international students in 2020, Scape continued to expand its Australian portfolio, purchasing 252 serviced apartments in the Aurora Melbourne Central building for $125 million in November.

The group also lodged plans for four student towers on each corner of an intersection in Kensington and Kingsford near the University of New South Wales.

 

Article Source: theurbandeveloper.com

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The cost of renting in Brisbane reaches record levels, outstrips Melbourne prices

For the first time in years, it now costs more to rent a home in Brisbane than Melbourne, with mass migration and a near two-decade low vacancy rate shooting median asking prices to record heights.

Amid tales of tenant bidding wars and rejected applicants reduced to tears, the latest Domain Rent Report, released Thursday, revealed the average weekly asking price for a house in the Queensland capital soared by almost 8 per cent to an unprecedented $440 per week over the past 12 months – and by 3.5 per cent over the past quarter alone.

The price hike means the average Brisbane tenant is now paying $10 more a week than their Melbourne counterpart for a house, and $25 more a week for a unit after prices for the latter rose by a slightly more modest 3.9 per cent over the year to a record-breaking $400 per week.

Domain senior research analyst Nicola Powell said the report marked a sharp turnaround for the city, with houses, in particular, marking the steepest annual increase in rent prices since 2008 following three strong consecutive quarters of rent gains.

“Melbourne house rents have been higher than Brisbane’s since about 2016 so what we’ve really seen in Brisbane since mid-2020 is an acceleration in asking rents and this really goes against what was happening in the lead up [to the pandemic],” Dr Powell said.

“They had relatively flatlined since 2013.”

Dr Powell said while Queensland had always been a hot destination for interstate migrants, the pandemic and the possibility of remote working had fuelled the trend with the annual number of Australians moving to the state hitting its highest level since 2006.

“Tenants will find less choice, with the pool of available rentals shrinking by one-third compared to last year, pushing Brisbane’s vacancy rate to a multi-year low,” she said.

“House and unit rents held steady or increased in all regions across Greater Brisbane over the March quarter, apart from unit rents in Ipswich sliding a mere $5 a week. Annually, the biggest jump in asking rent was recorded for houses in Brisbane’s north and Moreton Bay North, the steepest annual increase since 2008, up 6.8 per cent and 6.7 per cent annually.”

While rent prices indeed soared across most parts of the city it was the capital’s family-friendly pockets in the middle and even outer rings that shone brightest, with houses in Bald Hills and Everton Park enjoying the biggest annual price rise after surging 10.6 per cent to $520 per week.

Hot on their heels were Kenmore, Brookfield and Moggill, where median asking prices for houses shot up by 8.2 per cent over the same period to an unprecedented $595 per week – a rental price equal only to houses in the inner-city west region.

It’s a rare rental boom that Aurora Realty Brisbane leasing manager Abi Harrington said was reaching eye-watering levels – with their agency currently managing 100,000 tenants actively seeking a home.

“We’ve gone from houses taking three weeks to rent out, to three days and even down to three hours [in the past quarter],” Ms Harrington said.

“You wouldn’t believe the gifts I have received (from desperate tenants) from gin, to flowers to cheesecake and even a bottle of champagne.

“We used to have the policy that a tenant mustn’t apply before they’ve seen the property but now we say apply first if you like the photos … and if you get approved we’ll arrange a private inspection after [because rentals are being snapped up so quickly].”

As for the soaring rents in Everton Park and Bald Hills, Ms Harrington put the increase down to tenants being simply priced out of Brisbane’s more expensive inner pockets, with houses in quiet suburbs boasting a good school catchment the number one lure.

“I’ve just listed a property in Everton Park … and in less than 24 hours I have five inspections booked in … but sometimes we get up to 15 people in the first few hours,” she said.

“This is the height of it and it’s absolute chaos. On average tenants are offering $20 to $30 dollars over the asking price but some people are surpassing that. People from Sydney and Melbourne are cashed up and headed this way because buying a house is far cheaper here and Queensland is the obvious choice as the office doesn’t exist anymore.”

Ms Harrington said soaring interstate migration was a major contributor to rising rent prices, with some southern home hunters willing to fork out $90 per week more in a move that was causing much anxiety among Brisbane residents.

cost of renting in Brisbane

Properties for rent in suburbs like Chapel Hill and Kenmore are sparking bidding wars.

“Locals feel like they’re being pushed out … and I see this getting worse. And it’s not fair on locals living here struggling to meet that price range … and we don’t encourage [bidding wars] because we’re trying to manage expectations,” she said.

Ray White Metro West property manager Stephanie Budrodeen said with rental wars now a common occurrence in hot spots such as Chapel Hill and Kenmore, median prices, in reality, had soared beyond eight per cent to as high as 30, creating a scene more akin to an auction, with the charge being led by Melbourne families particularly desperate to bag a house in a top school catchment.

She said the pandemonium was further fuelled by the “nuts” sales market with some tenants pushed out by owners desperate to sell in a booming market, while others were forced to rent purely because there was nothing to buy.

“Two weeks ago, we just had one property [a two-bedroom unit] left on our rental roll … and that’s never happened before. But the downfall to all of this is owners think their properties are worth more than they are and this is going to make problems for the future when prices are no longer inflated,” Ms Budrodeen said.

“Tenants are in panic mode right now … and in my opinion this a ripple effect from the housing market.”

 

Article Source: www.domain.com.au

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