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IF YOU’RE feeling shut out of the local property market it might be time for a little drive. Affordable housing isn’t as far away as you think.

About 9km south of the Brisbane CBD we’ve found a ring of affordability.

It’s where cottages and Queenslanders, sitting on generous-sized blocks, sold for a median house price of $540,000 and units changed hands for $397,000 in 2016.

Salisbury, which is sandwiched between Tarragindi, Archerfield, Coopers Plains and Moorooka, offers home prices that are still achievable for many buyers, but for how long it stays that way is another question.

Mark Ward Property principal Mark Ward said the majority of properties which sold last year were snapped up by first home buyers but with the median price heading north, the window of opportunity is beginning to tighten.

“There are investors coming into the area but predominantly 80 per cent of the people who are buying in Salisbury are first home buyers,” Mr Ward told The Courier-Mail.

“It sure is one of the prime (south of the CBD) suburbs for first home buyers who are working in the city.

“They want to be close to the city and they have looked at Tarragindi and Holland Park but value for money Salisbury is a $100,000 less than those suburbs.”

Mr Ward has been selling houses in the area for more than decade and he said the bargains are drying up and it won’t be long before Salisbury, which is home to some 6100 residents, is out of reach of those trying to break into the market.

“Salisbury has been a prime target for first home buyers but soon they may start looking further out because the prices have started to creep up.”

The influx of young couples and families has been very noticeable for Apples On Ainsworth owner Miguel Mungarrieta.

Now in his sixth year of running the popular café, Mr Mungarrieta has had to re-align his business of late to accommodate for more mums, dads and children coming into the area.

He started opening the café in the evening and had even placed tacos and quesadillas on the menu to cater for children.

“We used to have an older clientele and a lot of retirees and they used to come across from the bowls club at least twice a week,” Mr Mungarrieta said.

“We have had families started to move in and that’s why we have started to open at night because they want somewhere to go locally at night.”

He said the Ainsworth St shopping strip, one of a few in the suburb, was popular because parking was easy to find.

The series of outlets includes a bakery, a second-hand book store, a post office and a nails and waxing boutique.

“They are friendly people around here and they accept us – we are from Venezuela and we speak Spanish and they like that,” he said.

“It’s very easy to park around this area and that’s why people come here very often and there is a park across the road.”


Mr Mungarrietta said the sports and bowls club on Ainsworth St had been earmarked for a retirement village, which he said would bring in even more business for shop owners.

Besides Apples On Ainsworth, there are at least another half dozen places around Salisbury’s side streets to grab a coffee, including Hedge Espresso in Lillian Ave and Reload Espresso on Chrome St.

The small and family businesses are able to survive partly because of the lack of major shopping centres within the locale, said Mr Ward.

He pointed out that the nearest Coles and Woolworths was a few kilometres away and Aldi was the only major supermarket chain to land a store in the neighbourhood.

Families were also drawn to the area because Salisbury bordered Nathan and Toohey forests and there are a handful of decent-sized parks and playgrounds scattered through the streets.

“There’s lots of greenspace and a lot of walk and cycle ways through Toohey Forest and that’s a big plus,” he said.

“Besides the forest you have four different parks, two playgrounds and a dog park.”

The suburb also is home to Brisbane Christian College, Salisbury State School and St Pius X Catholic Primary School, while neighbouring Nathan has a Griffith University campus.


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Revealed: These are the hottest suburbs in Brisbane for 2019



Revealed These are the hottest suburbs in Brisbane for 2019
Revealed These are the hottest suburbs in Brisbane for 2019

THE hottest suburbs in Brisbane have been revealed amid signs of “uplift” for the city’s housing market, according to a leading national property analyst.

THE hottest suburbs in Brisbane have been revealed amid signs of “uplift” for the city’s housing market, according to a leading national property analyst.

THE hottest growth suburbs in Brisbane have been revealed amid signs of “uplift” for the city’s housing market, according to a leading national property analyst.

Terry Ryder of Hotspotting has released his latest Price Predictor Index, which tracks rising sales in suburbs across the country and identifies the places likely to deliver strong price growth in the near future.

The index found 33 suburbs in Brisbane were “rising steadily”, with the strongest market being the affordable Moreton Bay region.

Revealed These are the hottest suburbs in Brisbane

“The Brisbane market is showing signs of uplift, with more growth suburbs emerging in the latest survey,” Mr Ryder said.

In fact, Moreton Bay is the second strongest growth market in the country — eclipsed only by Port Adelaide — with 10 suburbs classified as “rising steadily”.

These include Clontarf and Woody Point, which have seen increases in sales activity.

Mr Ryder said the suburbs’ drawcards included affordable prices, new rail links, a soon to completed new university campus and a bayside lifestyle.

Revealed These are the hottest suburbs in Brisbane 2019

The second highest ranked market after Moreton Bay is Brisbane south, which has eight rising markets — many surprise contenders as they have beaten bluechips to take out the top spots where prices are expected to outperform.

Those suburbs are Mt Gravatt East, Corinda, Forest Lake, Mansfield, Oxley, Parkinson and Sunnybank Hills.

Most of these fit into Brisbane’s “middle market”, with median house prices in the range from $650,000 to $800,000.

Revealed These are the hottest suburbs

The number of growth suburbs in Brisbane’s north have risen from four to seven in the latest survey, with rising demand occurring in Alderley, Bald Hills, Brighton, Geebung, Gordon Park, Newmarket and Stafford Heights.

Across the state, Clinton in the Gladstone region is the top growth suburb in Queensland, while Emerald in central Queensland, Kearneys Spring in Toowoomba, Little Mountain on the Sunshine Coast and Torquay in Hervey Bay also make the list.

Brisbane’s south, Mackay and Moreton Bay are among the national top 10 regions with the highest number of growth suburbs.

Revealed These are the hottest suburbs in Brisbane for the year 2019

But when it comes to consistent sales growth, one Queensland suburb has taken out the top spot in the country — Mountain Creek on the Sunshine Coast.

The suburb, with a median home price of $635,000, has sold between 90 and 110 homes in each quarter over the past four years.

Its median house price has increased 10.5 per cent in just the past 12 months.

“Most property buyers are seeking growth and in the search for rising prices there’s a tendency to undervalue the consistent markets,” Mr Ryder said.

“These places represent safety for buyers because markets like this are likely to maintain

steady price levels — but these markets also deliver good growth.”

Revealed These are the hottest suburbs in Brisbane in the year 2019



Alexandra Hills

Bald Hills

Banksia Beach


Bray Park







Forest Lake


Gordon Park

Heritage Park





Mt Gravatt East







Stafford Heights


Sunnybank Hills

Woody Point

Wynnum West

(Source: The Price Predictor Index)

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Queensland Attracts UK Property Seekers



Queensland Attracts UK Property Seekers

Research by showed that searches for property in Queensland climbed by nearly a third in December compared to the same period in the previous year. This was driven largely by British people who are flocking to one of the most populous states in the country, according to a report by

The study found that property searches originating from the UK increased 31%, with the Sunshine Coast suburbs of Noosa Heads, Buderim and Mooloolaba as popular picks among potential buyers.

New Farm, Redcliffe and North Lakes, meanwhile, topped the list of the most in-demand suburbs in Brisbane.

Nerida Conisbee, chief economist, said Queensland, specifically its beachside properties, held the top spot in terms of total search activity among UK property seekers.

“The Hemsworth impact seems to be impacting the view of Byron Bay with this the most searched by UK property seekers in December 2018 — the number tripling from December 2017,” she said.

Universal Buyers Agents Director Darren Piper said that the chaos surrounding Brexit in Britain was enticing overseas buyers to explore the Australian property market.

“House prices in London have fallen for the fifth quarter in a row. It’s natural for investors to look for safe havens in times of uncertainty,” he said.

Australia’s property market has consistently grown over the past decade, with homes in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne reaching record prices.

“It’s the perfect time for people to get their foot in the door and it’s a great time as a homeowner to explore your options, maybe make a move or stay the course,” said Piper.



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Labor Unveils $6.6bn Affordable Housing Plan to Build 250,000 New Homes



Labor Unveils $6.6bn Affordable Housing Plan

Labor has announced a ten-year plan to build 250,000 new homes across Australia, including 20,000 during its first term in government if it wins the election.

The $6.6 billion investment would see 250,000 new homes for low income and working families, key workers such as nurses, police, carers and teachers and women over 55, the fastest emerging group of Australians at risk of homelessness.

Subsidies of $8,500 per year would be offered to investors building new homes in return for cheaper rent for eligible tenants.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten unveiled the multibillion-dollar plan in his address yesterday at Labor’s three-day national conference in Adelaide.

“Building more affordable housing is infrastructure policy. It is cities policy. It is jobs and productivity policy,” he said.

The plan would see a family paying the national rental average save up to $92 each week.

“When you provide an affordable home for hard-working people, you give them the level playing-field and fair start they need,” he said.

Shorten said Labor would work with the states and territories, local councils, and community housing providers to make sure the rollout of homes were built “where they’re needed most” and would “go to the people who need them most”.

“Not foreign investors, nor international students.”

Affordable Housing Plan

The new homes would be accessible for all ages and for people with a disability, with Shorten describing the new homes as “more energy efficient, meaning lower power bills”, also offering a rental discount of 20 per cent.

Describing Labor as a “party of home ownership, and a party of affordable housing and community housing”, Shorten used the speech as an opportunity to call on industry super to “step up” and invest in affordable housing projects.

And of course, the opposition leader touched upon the hotly debated campaign election issue: negative gearing.

“This is a boost for renters and for the liveability of our growing suburbs… Alongside our plans to make negative gearing fairer, it will drive a boom in construction jobs and apprenticeships,” Shorten said.

A recent report published by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) found Australia needed to triple its social housing by 2036, faced with a shortfall of 433,000 social housing dwellings.

Labor Unveils $6.6bn Affordable Housing Plan to Build 250,000 New Homes

Property industry bodies welcome Labor’s announcement

Property Council chief executive Ken Morrison welcomed the incentives, but said they are “no substitute” for the supply of housing which is funded by 2.1 million property investors, “including those who access negative gearing”.

Housing affordability remains a critical issue for many Australians, an issue Morrison says is often overshadowed in the media by Melbourne and Sydney’s cooling markets.

“It makes sense to harness the investment capacity of the private sector to deliver affordable housing,” Morrison said.

“Labor’s incentives for investors to deliver affordable housing will make a contribution to meeting that need while also providing a boost to our construction industry, a key driver of economic activity.”

Planning schemes, land supply, and property taxes, which make up around 25 per cent of the cost of a new house are all part of the housing affordability mix, Morrison added, “there is no single ‘silver bullet’ solution”.

Urban Taskforce chief executive Chris Johnson said many different approaches are needed to tackle the hugely complex housing affordability issue.

“State and territory governments still have a responsibility to ensure that enough appropriately-zoned land is available in inner-ring suburbs to ensure sufficient housing supply,” Johnson said.

“Infrastructure levies must be kept under control to ensure that these do not add to the cost of housing production.”



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