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Matthews Real Estate records major changes across Brisbane as it marks 80 years in the industry



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PLENTY has changed in Brisbane real estate since named cows were included chattel, stamp duty required an actual stamp and agents doubled as inspection chauffeurs but Matthews Real Estate was there for it all.Moreton Investor, Property Management, Real estate Moreton, Mortgage Broker Moreton, Moreton property market,Moreton property prices

The Annerley family business is celebrating its 80th year in the industry and co-principal Trevor Matthews, who runs it with his brother Ken, said Brisbane had changed dramatically since he first took the helm 51 years ago.

“There was an old saying that City Hall was the tallest (building). It was, there was basically nothing else around it,” he said.

He said highset timber houses had been replaced over time with units or lowest brick houses and the property features attracting buyers had changed too.

“In the old days, if it had sewage it was a winner,” Mr Matthews said.

“(As were) double-bowled stainless steel sinks. There used to only be one sink and it wasn’t even stainless steel.”

In the 1930s, when Trevor and Ken’s grandfather Robert and father Leslie ran the business, Brisbane had farming land.

One old document in the archives is a contract including Daisy, Buttercups, Spider and 24 other named and unnamed cows in the sale of McGrath Farm, Tennyson.

Another is a form stipulating “when sheep are included, date of last shearing must be given”.

More urban-related clippings show a Coorparoo house that last sold in 1998 for $320,000 had fetched Pound730 ($1460) at auction in 1941. Tenants in 1962 could have lived in a five-bedroom Norman Park rental property for just Pound10 ($20) a week.

The average asking rent for a house at Norman Park is now $463 a week, according to RP Data’s suburb scorecard for the year to May.

Mr Matthews’ son Russell, who is one of four fourth-generation Matthews at the office and the likely next principal, said the way agents did business had changed, even in the last 20 years.

“When I first started selling (in 1997), people came into the office and we drove them around to all the places. Now, with the internet, they look at it on the net, they see the address, they drive past themselves and they meet you there,” he said.

“We got into in about 2004 and the idea of someone coming in now and me driving them is almost non-existent.”

But, despite the changes to Brisbane, inner-city housing and the property industry, Matthews Real Estate’s 80-year reputation has endured.

Three decades after his grandmother’s house in Juster St, Annerley, was sold through Matthews, long-time Moorooka resident John Royce sold his Hansen St house through them.

“They’re just one of those places, they’re very friendly and helpful and they put it down the line how much things are worth,” Mr Royce said.

“I don’t know whether I was influenced (by Matthews being a family business) but they seem to have a click.”

Mr Royce has lived at Moorooka on and off for half a century and echoed the Matthews’ sentiment of the city’s changing face.

“It’s changed big time. We used to have lots of small catering places, such as fruit and vegetable stores. Woolworths was never here as a kid,” he said.

“Everybody who had a deceased estate in my day would have a family move in. Now they just knock them down and put townhouses on them.”

He said affordability in the area had also been less of an issue in the past.

“You had your high-income earners that had nicer places but affordability was good for the average person. Now it seems astronomical.”

But Trevor Matthews said it was still easier to buy now than 50 years ago, with more finance avenues available. He said now was a good time to buy.

“I would see in the next four to five years there will be an increase in value but I don’t think it will be anything like what we saw in the 2000s,” he said.

“All of the suburbs about 8km out (from the CBD) are going to continue to grow and grow and grow,” Mr Matthews said.


Original article published at  by Melanie Burgess, Real Estate  Reporter, The Courier Mail 31/8/2013

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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)

Originally published as Brisbane’s hottest suburbs revealed


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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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