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Is your suburb cheaper to buy in than to rent?



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THE number of suburbs where it is cheaper to buy a property than pay rent has more than tripled in the past year.Moreton Investor, Property Management, Real estate Moreton, Mortgage Broker Moreton, Moreton property market, Moreton property prices, rental propertie

There are now 692 suburbs in Australia where it is more affordable to buy compared with 179 at the same time last year – the combination of low borrowing costs, prices below peaks and high rents.

Queensland comes out on top with 242 suburbs where buying was cheaper, New South Wales was second with 193 suburbs, followed by Western Australia with 78 suburbs.

The figures are based on a model that compares the average rent for the suburb to the costs of servicing a principal and interest loan on a variable mortgage.

The report found even more places where it was cheaper to buy than rent using different borrowing scenarios, with 3230 suburbs in Australia more affordable if servicing an interest only loan on a three-year fixed mortgage rate.

RP Data research analyst Cameron Kusher said the drop in interest rates was the main reason behind the increase in the number of affordable buying suburbs.

“Twelve months ago the average discounted variable mortgage rate was 6.15 per cent compared to 5.4 per cent currently,” he said.

“Along with modest increases in rents, the movement in mortgage results has been a boon for the affordability of servicing a mortgage.”

RP Data research director Tim Lawless said the analysis found it was typically units which were cheaper to buy than rent.

“The buy-in price tends to be lower compared with weekly rents, providing a narrower gap between mortgage payments and rental payments,” he said.

Mr Lawless said the figures revealed that for many, property ownership may be more financially viable option than paying rent every week.

He said capital city home values were now 2.9 per cent lower than when they peaked back in October 2010 and discounted variable mortgage rates were 175 basis points lower from their 2011 peak.

“Many renters and prospective home buyers are likely to be doing their sums to determine whether its better for them to pay a mortgage or pay a landlord,” he said.

“In some suburbs it may actually be cheaper than renting especially where we are seeing evidence of tight rental markets resulting in rental increases and lower home values.”

The greater Brisbane area had 71 suburbs where it was cheaper to buy, in Sydney there were 73 suburbs but there were only two suburbs within Melbourne.

South Australia, which is considered one of the most affordable states for property in Australia, had 26 areas in Adelaide where it was cheaper to buy.

Download the full report here.

Number of suburbs cheaper to service a mortgage than rent

Queensland – 242

New South Wales – 193

Western Australia – 78

Tasmania – 54

Victoria – 45

South Australia – 45

Northern Territory – 29

Canberra – 6

(Based on a variable interest rate of 5.35%)



Original article published at  by Michelle Hele   12/7/2013

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Cost of Brisbane land lots fall 14pc as blocks shrink across the capital



Cost of Brisbane land lots fall 14pc as blocks shrink across the capital

6 & 8 Nabeel Place, Calamvale, was part of a 1,400sq m site that was split and re-split to see the development land gross profit of $500,000.Source:Supplied

THE cost of residential land in Brisbane fell a massive 14 per cent last year with lots on the Gold Coast now more expensive than the Queensland capital. But the devil’s in the detail.

New data by Oliver Hume found buying a block in Brisbane set buyers back $358,500 at the end of last year – a median price drop of 14 per cent in just 12 months.

Land on the Gold Coast was $25,700 more expensive than Brisbane, according to the latest Oliver Hume Quarterly Market Insights, with the glitter strip pulling off an 8 per cent rise in median lot price to $384,200.

But Oliver Hume senior research analyst Amanda Bittenbinder said Brisbane’s massive median price decrease was not because of a struggling market but the type of blocks that were coming to market.

“The Brisbane market is shifting towards smaller lot sizes, due to land availability and affordability,” she told The Courier-Mail.

“Our data shows that 48 per cent of project land sales in Brisbane over Q4 2017 were between 301-400sq m whereas the Gold Coast recorded 52 per cent of sales over 500sq m.”

She said the Gold Coast had a higher median lot size than Brisbane.

Broken down, the data showed “the rate per sqm in Brisbane was $899/sq m in Q4, whereas the Gold Coast recorded $513/sq m – that’s a difference of $386 per sq m”.

In the December quarter alone, 1,956 lots were sold in South East Queensland, a fall of 5.5 per cent that had more to do with stock availability than demand.

Agent Tom Zhang of Yong Real Estate said demand was outstripping supply in Brisbane.

One of his recent sales included 6 and 8 Nabeel Place, Calamvale, which was part of a larger 1,400sq m block that a developer had bought for $1.1m.

“A developer bought it, they subdivided the rear 800sq m out and further subdivided that into two 400sq m blocks. For 400sq m that was selling for over $400,000 each. Those two blocks at the back sold for $800,000 and he still has the front house that will sell for more than $800,000. So his total income of over $1.6m minus development costs still ends up a fantastic return in a short period of time.”

<a href="" title="">122 Roscommon Road, Boondall</a>, was split in two with each block on the market for over $350,000.

122 Roscommon Road, Boondall, was split in two with each block on the market for over $350,000.Source:Supplied

He said “small to medium developers are so hungry for this type of product”.

“It’s easy to sell the land. The normal homebuyer can’t afford big blocks but a 400sq m block they might be able to. The worry now is the low supply of empty blocks of land in Brisbane and in the southern suburbs like Sunnybank and Calamvale.”

Redland – which includes mainland suburbs like Capalaba and Alexandra Hills as well as island suburbs like North Stradbroke and Coochiemudlo Island – had SEQ’s third highest block cost. Its median land lot was $312,000, a figure that had dropped 3 per cent last year.

Popular Moreton Bay – which covers a large area including Caboolture and Redcliffe – saw a 4 per cent fall to $238,000, while the second cheapest land lots in SEQ came out of Logan where the median was holding steady at $230,475.

The cheapest place to buy land in the region was Ipswich ($199,500), though that’s changing rapidly with the area posting the second highest cost increase last year (4 per cent).

Despite low retail land supply and strengthening demand, the median land lot price in Queensland was fell slightly to $260,500, the Oliver Hume report said – mostly because of shrinking block sizes.

Median Retail Lot Price:

Moreton Bay $238,000 (-4%)

Redland $312,000 (-3%)

Logan $230,475 (0%)

Brisbane $358,500 (-14%)

Ipswich $199,500 (4%)

Gold Coast $384,200 (8%)

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Property sales strong as Mango Hill house listed for $1.1 million



Property sales strong as Mango Hill house listed for $1.1 million

North Lakes is one of the top three outer Brisbane areas where property prices are appealing to more homebuyers, new figures reveal.

It was one of seven suburbs within the greater Brisbane region where more than 400 houses were sold in the past 12 months, according to new figures from CoreLogic.

Caboolture leads the pack with 492 houses sold, with Morayfield close behind with 452 sales.

North Lakes recorded 436 house sales during the period and all seven suburbs had median house ­prices of less than $490,000.

Amanda Pearce from Raine & Horne North Lakes said the area’s attractiveness for families was one of the main reasons people wanted to move here.

“When I’m talking to my clients and asking them why they are looking to move to North Lakes, there is usually more than one reason,” she said.

“They have heard that North Lakes is not just a community but a family and they want their kids to grow up where they can go to school with the same friends.

“More than 60 per cent of the North Lakes population are families with children.”

Ms Pearce said some of her clients were either moving from interstate to get away from city life, or because the suburb had everything they wanted nearby.

She said more than 680 houses, units and lots had been sold since January 1 last year.

“The change in the median house price in 2017 in North Lakes was at plus 3.28 per cent compared to the Moreton Bay region, which was plus 2.73 per cent,” Ms Pearce said.

Raine & Horne’s Adam Ingram said shopping and transport facilities also added to the attractiveness of the North Lakes area.

Matt Goodall from NVRE Agents at Narangba has a house at Mango Hill listed for sale for offers of more than $1.1 million.

He said as far as he knew nothing had previously sold for the magic million-dollar mark at Mango Hill.

“It is the first of its kind at the moment,” he said.

Mr Goodall said the two-storey house was a standout in the street, as it was on a slightly elevated block.

“It has a unique design and certainly won’t suit everyone that comes through,” he said.

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