The Gold Coast has been highlighted in a recent report, as one of the country’s top performing areas, with a significant increase in prices and sales volumes over the past year.
A recent report on Australia’s major regional markets has highlighted the Gold Coast as one of the country’s top performing areas, with a significant increase in prices and sales volumes over the past year.
The report, released by CoreLogic in May, shows the Gold Coast’s median house price increased 7.2% to $563,500 and 4.8% to $370,000 for apartments over the year to March 2016.
The number of sales is also up 7% and current sales activity is 24% above the five-year average for the city. The average number of days it takes a property to sell has also fallen by four days for both houses (70 days) and apartments (87 days).
There’s also good news in the rental market, with weekly rents up 4.2% to $500 per week for houses (an average yield of 5.1%) and 5.4% to $390 per week for apartments (average yield now 5.9%).
I’ve been talking about the Golden Triangle in South East Queensland for some time now as the pick of the Australian markets, and for different reasons, I see Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba being primed for good growth. The 2018 Commonwealth Games will provide an even greater boost to the Gold Coast in particular.
Demand on the Gold Coast is higher due to a lack of stock; more Chinese investors, more interstate investors (particularly from Sydney and Melbourne), and the generation of more new jobs mainly for Commonwealth Games infrastructure and many new residential apartment projects.
The picture right now is rosy, but the future picture is even better.
This is a city that suffered tremendously during the GFC. But in property, what goes down must eventually go back up if the fundamentals are good. And on the Gold Coast, the fundamentals making this an appealing market are improving every year.
Last year, the country’s most authoritative social demographer, Bernard Salt, produced a report called ‘Beyond the Horizon’. The reports seeks to forecast what the Gold Coast will look like by 2050.
Right now, it’s the sixth largest city in Australia with more than 600,000 residents. The population is expected to double in a city that is only 70km from north to south. What will that do to property prices?
This is a city ‘under renovation’ in many ways, the most important being the expansion of its economic base, so it will not be so heavily reliant on retail, tourism and construction industries, which have made the city vulnerable during economic downturns.
But a change is coming with the strategic development of a broader economic base focused on knowledge industries such as health and education.
Knowledge industries are important because it is envisaged that knowledge workers will have more scope to choose where they want to work and live, and the Gold Coast’s lifestyle and relative affordability will be a major drawcard for highly-paid, highly-skilled expert workers.
The city’s 200-hectare Health and Knowledge Precinct is rapidly growing. It incorporates the new Gold Coast University Hospital, research and allied health facilities; and a master planned mixed use community. It is also home to Griffith University, ranked among the world’s top 5% of universities with $500 million invested in recent years to improve its facilities.
Tourism will remain a huge sector for the Gold Coast. In 2013, the city was accommodating 62,000 visitors per night. By 2050, Mr Salt projects the city will host 99,000 on average per night.
Construction should also remain strong for two reasons – the ongoing desire by Chinese and local developers to build along the coast; and the need for more houses in the greenfield suburban corridor between Mudgeeraba and Pimpama.
The Gold Coast of the future will be an international city, with millions already being invested into the Gold Coast Airport to accommodate greater demand and more international routes.
China is the Gold Coast’s No. 1 source market for foreign investment and international tourists. The city is welcoming Chinese interest, with major Chinese developers such as the Wanda and Ridong groups building on the coast and the local council investing $6.8m to build a Chinatown in Southport.
According to Mr Salt, the number of Asian-born residents on the Gold Coast is projected to quadruple by 2050.
All in all, there are exciting times ahead. The Gold Coast, despite recent price growth, is still a ‘Buy’ market in my view. There is plenty of opportunity, especially for cashed-up buyers from Sydney and Melbourne, to buy well on the Gold Coast for investment or a wonderful lifestyle change.
Original article published at www.switzer.com.au by John McGrath 14/6/16
Queensland is the next property hotspot, experts say
As New South Wales and Victoria continue to experience weakness. Queensland is expected to take the lead, a National Australia Bank (NAB) poll of property professionals revealed.
According to the survey, industry experts project house prices in Queensland to increase by 0.7% next year and 1.3% in two years.
Some areas seen to perform strongly over the next year include Brisbane, Cairns, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast. Out of the suburbs, Coomera and New Farm are expected to realize robust gains.
Meanwhile, Queensland’s rental market is also poised to enjoy an upward boost, growing by 1.3% next year and 1.9% in two years. This is despite the stricter rules on housing investment.
The respondents of the survey also expect Queensland to retain foreign buyer interest. In fact, the share of foreign sales hit a four-year high of 22.8% over the previous quarter.
The results of the survey go against NAB’s own projection of the market. For instance, the bank expects house prices to remain flat in Brisbane over the next three years. Unit prices, on the other hand, is seen to fall by 4.5% over the next year.
NAB chief economist Alan Oster said Brisbane’s housing market seemed to be going sideways and its unit market still creates concern.
“It hasn’t peaked yet, so that’s good. We’re seeing quite strong economic activity in Queensland, so that always helps,” Oster said, as quoted by The Courier-Mail.
Gold Coast house values record the biggest growth in Queensland
The Gold Coast has recorded the strongest growth in house prices in Queensland over the past 12 months.
GOLD Coast house prices are leading the way in Queensland, up six per cent in the past 12 months to an average $620,000.
The latest figures by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland show homes on the Glitter Strip are $35,000 more on the same time last year.
Unit prices are up 1.9 per cent to $428,000.
REIQ data reveals houses on the Glitter Strip are worth $35,000 on the same time last year.
REIQ’s Queensland Market Monitor for March said the strong population growth came on the back of infrastructure projects such as the $550 million Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct and M1 upgrades.
“The property market has been one of the big winners from the sporting event as the $1.5 billion infrastructure investment has boosted confidence and demand for housing in the region,” the report stated.
“We expect house prices will show an upward path in 2018. However, this growth will most likely be more moderate.”
A quiet real estate period leading up to, and during, the Commonwealth Games likely contributed to a slight drop (-0.3 per cent) in the March quarterly median sales price, the report reveals.
Andrew Henderson says a growing population and employment opportunities were contributing to a strong property market. Picture: Jerad Williams
REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said he expected interstate migration to continue to benefit the city.
“I expect the market to remain strong,” he said.
“There is a heavy amount of interstate buyers moving here.
“I was at an auction recently where the winning bidder was from Sydney and the underbidder was from Melbourne.”
Mr Henderson said growing employment opportunities were also attracting homebuyers to the city.
The Gold Coast property market is expected to remain strong.
“We have some of the best health facilities in the country and our universities are world recognised.
“Those two things alone complement the tourism industry and the lifestyle aspects that the Coast offers.”
The report found the fastest-selling suburbs on the Coast included Worongary, Merrimac, Highland Park, Mudgeeraba and Carrara.
It also revealed the rental vacancy held tight throughout the first quarter of the year at 1.1 per cent.
Andrew Bell says the Coast had evolved from a tourist town into a vibrant city with an expanding economy. Picture Mike Batterham
Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said the Games heralded the next chapter for the Coast, as it evolved from a tourist town into a vibrant city with an expanding economy.
“The city’s property market is riding the irreversible momentum that has now come to the Gold Coast in terms of economic diversity and with more employment options we will need more housing options for people,” Mr Bell said.
“We are no longer going to be subject to tourism upsides and downsides as we were in the past because our economy has well and truly diversified beyond just tourism.”
Australia’s golden triangle of opportunity
It was great to be back on the Gold Coast for the 21st annual Australasian Real Estate Conference (AREC), attended by over 4,000 of Australia’s best industry professionals. While I was there I was once again reminded of how much potential the South-East Queensland property market is offering both sea changers and investors at this stage in its market cycle.
In my view, Brisbane is the best market in Australia currently for short to medium term price growth, with the value gap between it and the other big East Coast capitals as large as I’ve seen it in many years.
When you factor in the key drivers for future growth – liveability, affordability, scale and future economic prospects, they all suggest that Brisbane is a market to invest in. Check out the latest statistics from CoreLogic below.
Value gap – median house prices
Value gap – median apartment prices
I’ve been bullish on Brisbane for many years and in hindsight, I called its next growth phase a couple of years too early. It’s had some growth in recent years but there is a lot more to come over the next few years.
According to McGrath’s top prestige agent in Brisbane, Alex Jordan, one of the dominant trends today is downsizers buying up luxury apartments.
Alex says: “Despite the reported oversupply in Brisbane’s inner city apartment market, we are seeing great strength in the prestige apartment sector.
“The luxury apartment market ($1M+) is driven by owner occupiers, particularly baby boomers and empty nesters, who are attracted to less maintenance and better accessibility.
“Popular suburbs include New Farm, Newstead, Teneriffe, Kangaroo Point, South Brisbane, St Lucia, Paddington and the Brisbane CBD. These areas offer a desirable lifestyle with an abundance of shopping, dining and entertaining precincts at their doorstep.”
South East Queensland has so many options for asset-rich, cash-poor southerners. Many of our customers in Sydney and Melbourne are looking closely at South East Queensland both for investment and a potential sea change. I believe its affordability will continue to attract record levels of interstate migration.
If you live in Sydney or Melbourne and you’re struggling with the mortgage and cost of living, Brisbane is a fantastic alternative. It offers big city job opportunities, high quality education options and the chance to transform your financial future.
The boom delivered Sydney and Melbourne home owners a capital gain of up to 75% – that’s enormous new equity that could be cashed in to fund an amazing new lifestyle with far less mortgage stress up north. Plus, you’d be buying in just before Brisbane’s next wave of price growth. It’s the perfect scenario.
I believe the area from the Gold Coast to Toowoomba and up to the Sunshine Coast is Australia’s golden triangle right now.
Toowoomba, with its expanded airport facilities which have opened up easy access to the south, is the perfect and affordable treechange destination. Known as Queensland’s Garden City, about 2,300 people moved here from Brisbane last year for its cheaper house prices and enjoyable regional city lifestyle.
Both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are also appealing sea change options benefitting from a raft of new infrastructure that will drive further population growth and generate more local jobs.
Brisbane is one of the world’s great cities but I don’t think this is fully realised as yet. If you haven’t been to Brisbane for a number of years, get on a plane. This is a thriving city that offers many of the lifestyle amenities you love about the southern capitals but at a much cheaper price.
I think Brisbane will also become very attractive to migration and investment from Asia in the years ahead.
South East Queensland is offering opportunity everywhere for both owner occupiers and investors alike. Now’s the time to consider what Australia’s premier lifestyle market can do for you!
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