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Property market slows as banks tighten lending

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Nick Hart bought four homes in Adelaide in less than two years, and was getting ready to make an offer for a fifth, when a regulator-inspired move to cool the sizzling Australian property market spoiled his plans.

Low mortgage rates and a flood of Chinese investment have propelled prices 29 percent higher across Australia in the past three years. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

Low mortgage rates and a flood of Chinese investment have propelled prices 29 percent higher across Australia in the past three years. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

“I went to my bank for my next home loan and their response was eligibility assessments have changed, and they can’t lend more to me just yet,” said the 37-year-old sales manager at a software services firm. Hart said the bank told him his existing loans, equivalent to 93 percent of the value of his A$1.8 million ($1.3 million) properties, need to be reduced before he can borrow any more.

Last month, Australian banks raised interest rates for property investors and introduced tougher loan-to-value standards in response to a move by regulators to rein in the riskier corners of the country’s house price boom. With interest rates stuck at record lows due to the slowdown in the wider economy, the central bank and the Australian banking regulator have been grappling with ways to prevent a property price bubble.

There are signs that the market may be cooling. Inquiries from property investors dropped by a quarter last month, said Paul Bevan, a Melbourne-based mortgage broker. Price gains in Sydney, the city which has seen the fastest increases, are expected to ease to about a third of the annual pace of 18 percent seen in the year to July 31, according to a Bloomberg survey of six market analysts.

Softening trend

“All ingredients are in place now to spook the Sydney house-price momentum,” said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at AMP Capital Investors in Sydney. “It is better to cool the market rather than wait for the bubble to burst.”

Low mortgage rates and a flood of Chinese investment have propelled prices 29 percent higher across Australia in the past three years, according to research firm CoreLogic Inc. Prices in Sydney have jumped 46 percent over the same period.

Last year, the Reserve Bank of Australia called the housing market unbalanced, and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority urged banks to limit the growth in investor home loans, which make up a record 53 percent of all mortgages, according to latest government figures.

The turning point came last month, when the banking regulator increased the capital that the banks need to hold against potential mortgage losses to an average of 25 percent, from 17 percent previously. That will force the four largest lenders to add A$12 billion in equity in a year, according to analysts at Goldman Sachs Inc. and Morgan Stanley.

Unbalanced Housing

In response, banks introduced a number of steps to curb borrowing for investment. They reduced the maximum loan amount they will lend relative to the value of a home, increased the interest rate used to assess borrowers’ ability to repay, and reduced the sources of income they would accept in investor borrowing applications.

Last month, the three biggest lenders — Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd., Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac Banking Corp. — increased home-loan rates for landlords by as much as much 30 basis points. For the first time since 1997, investors pay more than owner-occupiers on mortgages from those banks.

ANZ and National Australia Bank Ltd., the fourth-largest lender by market value, have capped the loan-to-value ratio at 90 percent, down from as much as 95 percent.

Safest Bet

Investors are “still keen” to enter the property market but they would find it difficult to meet the new loan-to-value rules, said Martin North, principal at Sydney-based Digital Finance Analytics, citing a rolling survey of 26,000 households across the country on financial and property expectations.

“While I expect things to slow down through this year and into the next, a price collapse is unlikely when rates are still low,” North said.

Property investor Hart says homes are still his safest bet though he acknowledges he wouldn’t be able to expand his portfolio as fast as he had expected.

“By next year, I’m sure the value of my properties will rise further and I’d be able to pay down some of my mortgage,” he said. “Once that’s done, I can go to my bank for the next one.”

​Bloomberg

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Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed. New data has shown the top 68 suburbs in Queensland for capital growth over the last 12 months to June, with the number one spot reaching triple digits.

Top 68 suburbs for growth in Queensland revealed

Outlined in the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s Queensland Market Monitor report, REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said despite the ‘doom and gloom’ of the property market, there are still locations that are seeing large gains in profitability.

“A total of 68 suburbs throughout Queensland have delivered double-digit growth over 12 months, which is a really strong result,” Ms Mercorella said.

“And there are many more suburbs delivering strong single-digit growth. It’s a great market to be in at the moment.”

While south-east Queensland saw a lot of attention, there were some high growth suburbs found in central and northern Queensland.

The area with the strongest growth was Blackwater, which saw a rise of 151 per cent growth, which Ms Mercorella attributed to the resurgence of coal prices.

Aside from Blackwater, 10 other suburbs saw growth over 20 percent. These included:

  • Spring Mountain with growth of 103.6 per cent;
  • Collinsville with growth of 46.2 per cent;
  • Minyama with growth of 45.8 per cent;
  • Hamilton with growth of 32.9 per cent;
  • Hollywell with growth of 30.5 per cent;
  • Miles with growth of 23.5 per cent;
  • Mount Coolum with growth of 21.9 per cent;
  • Dundowran beach with growth of 21.5 per cent;
  • Boonah with growth of 21.3 per cent; and
  • Idalia with growth of 21.3 per cent.

Ms Mercorella said the top 11 suburbs were indicative of steady growth across the state, but warned against calling it a ‘boom’.

“While we’re definitely seeing prices come back in western Queensland mining towns, such as Blackwater, these prices are still below their peak,” she said.

It’s unlikely we’ll see a return to pre-2013 prices in those areas anytime soon.”

South-east Queensland

While the top 11 suburbs show a spread of high growth suburbs through the state, 41 suburbs out of the 68 are located in the ever-popular south east corner of Queensland.

Of these, 15 suburbs were located in the Sunshine Coast region, with the highest growing being Minyama, which ranked fourth overall.

The Brisbane region also saw a large number of high performing suburbs at 13. Hamilton was the region’s best performer and fifth overall.

Next was Ipswich with six suburbs, then the Gold Coast with four, Moreton Bay with three, while Redland and Logan suburbs did not rank.

Regional Queensland

Outside of south east Queensland, 27 regional suburbs ranked on the list, with the Townsville region recording four suburbs. Its highest performer was Idalia, which ranked 11th overall.

Next were the Cairns and Gympie regions, both recording three suburbs each. Cairns’ top performer was Palm Cove, which ranked 26th overall, while Cooloola Cove was Gympie’s top performer, which ranked 42nd overall.

While only recording one suburb, the Whitsunday region’s Collinsville ranked third overall.

The Bundaberg and Toowoomba regions both recorded two top suburbs, while the Banana, Charters Towers, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay, Rocky, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Western Downs regions all had one top suburb each

The top 68 suburbs which experienced double digit growth over the last year to June 2018, according to the REIQ, are:

Rank Suburb Median price Capital growth over 12 months (as a percentage)
1 Blackwater $94,250 151.3%
2 Spring Mountain $450,000 103.6%
3 Collinsville $95,000 46.2%
4 Minyama $1,310,000 45.8%
5 Hamilton $1,442,000 32.9%
6 Hollywell $810,000 30.5%
7 Miles $148,250 23.5%
8 Mount Coolum $670,000 21.9%
9 Dundowran Beach $607,000 21.5%
10 Boonah $324,500 21.3%
11 Idalia $485,000 21.3%
12 Rasmussen $347,500 19.9%
13 Yaroomba $749,000 19.7%
14 Biloela $272,750 18.6%
15 Burnett Heads $317,000 18.1%
16 Tivoli $295,000 18.0%
17 Cashmere $690,000 18.0%
18 Walloon $370,000 16.7%
19 Sunshine Beach $1,400,000 16.7%
20 Noosa Heads $1,070,000 16.0%
21 Hope Island $739,750 15.7%
22 Ripley $374,000 15.4%
23 Sandgate $705,000 15.2%
24 North Ward $575,000 15.0%
25 Paddington $1,150,000 14.7%
26 Palm Cove $606,000 14.3%
27 Charters Towers City $142,500 14.0%
28 Pelican Waters $761,000 13.9%
29 Cooee Bay $313,000 13.8%
30 Mount Ommaney $944,000 13.7%
31 Fernvale $357,500 13.5%
32 The Range $380,000 13.4%
33 Landsborough $432,500 13.4%
34 Sunnybank $832,500 13.3%
35 North Mackay $270,000 13.2%
36 Whitfield $540,000 13.1%
37 Graceville $932,500 13.0%
38 Hendra $1,100,000 12.7%
39 Shorncliffe $840,000 12.4%
40 Moranbah $185,000 12.1%
41 Coes Creek $442,500 12.0%
42 Cooloola Cove $317,500 12.0%
43 Battery Hill $578,000 12.0%
44 Seven Hills $940,000 11.9%
45 Nundah $755,000 11.9%
46 Monkland $240,000 11.6%
47 Bongaree $470,000 11.6%
48 Clifton Beach $557,500 11.5%
49 Maroochydore $639,000 11.2%
50 Twin Waters $823,000 11.2%
51 Cambooya $322,500 11.2%
52 Tewantin $572,500 11.2%
53 Coolum Beach $675,250 11.2%
54 Kedron $744,500 11.1%
55 Sunrise Beach $820,000 11.0%
56 Oakey $241,500 11.0%
57 D’aguilar $416,000 10.9%
58 Mountain Creek $610,000 10.9%
59 Flinders View $371,500 10.9%
60 Highland Park $570,000 10.7%
61 Rosewood $291,000 10.7%
62 Bulimba $1,300,000 10.6%
63 Kirkwood $353,500 10.5%
64 Woodgate $402,500 10.3%
65 Railway Estate $309,500 10.1%
66 Auchenflower $1,070,000 10.0%
67 Rainbow Beach $489,500 10.0%
68 Ormeau Hills $530,000 10.0%

Source: brisbaneinvestor.com.au

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First home buyers, investors in Queensland cashing in on spring selling season

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Potential buyers look to secure a property at auction. Picture: Luke Drew.Source:News Corp Australia

THE number of homes for sale in some of Queensland’s entry-level markets has surged this spring selling season, as first home buyers and investors emerge from hibernation to hunt for bargains.

Local real estate agents are reporting a 50 per cent jump in the number of homes hitting the market in the outer northern suburbs of Burpengary, Morayfield and North Lakes since the start of August.

And new figures from property research firm, CoreLogic, reveal new listings are up 11.9 per cent in Brisbane over the month and 2.8 per cent higher than they were during spring selling season this time last year.

Unit listings have skyrocketed nearly 90 per cent in Fairfield and almost 60 per cent in Strathpine in the past 12 months, while there are at least 30 per cent more houses on the market in Middle Park than there were a year ago.

Raine & Horne Queensland general manager Steve Worrad said there was strong demand for housing in the state’s entry-level markets, driven by first home buyers and investors, who were being lured by their affordability compared with Sydney and Melbourne.

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Biggest yearly change in Brisbane home listings by suburb. Source: CoreLogic.Source:Supplied

It comes as the number of loans approved to first home buyers nationally hits its highest level since the end of the global financial crisis.

Reserve Bank of Australia data reveals the proportion of first-home owners loans has risen to 18.5 per cent this year from a low of 12.9 per cent two years ago.

Figures from home builder Porter Davis and realestate.com.au reveal that 46 per cent of would-be buyers in the Queensland market are currently looking to purchase their first home.

Raine & Horne Burpengary, North Lakes and Morayfield principal Gina Wells said entry-level four-bedroom properties in Burpengary were selling for $420,000, while homes in North Lakes started from $550,000.In Morayfield, entry-level properties were available from $330,000.

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The number of homes for sale in North Lakes has risen this spring selling season, according to local real estate agents.Source:News Limited

“At the same time, buyer numbers are holding up, although, with increased listings, owners must price their homes sensibly to achieve a timely sale,” Ms Wells said.

“First home buyers prefer suburbs such as Burpengary and North Lakes as they are only 40 minutes by rail or road from the Brisbane CBD, coupled with the region’s affordability.”

Ms Wells said investors made up about 30 per cent of buyers in the entry-level markets because they appreciated the region’s affordability, infrastructure and historically low vacancy rates.

“We’ve had an excellent September, and we expect the property markets in this region to motor along well into December thanks to a decent level of homes for sale and consistent buyer numbers, which include plenty of Sydney investors chasing the strong yields this region offers,” she said.

Nicole Taylor, 21, and her partner, Billy Mawson-Perini, 20, have just bought their first home in Burpengary — a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house on a 663 sqm block of land.

“We started looking around Rothwell and North Lakes and actually left Burpengary to the last minute, but when we saw this place, we loved it straight away,” Miss Taylor said.

“It’s got more land and the area’s nice. It’s good for a first home.”

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This house at 9 Plaintree St, Burpengary, has just sold for $435,000.Source:Supplied

On the southside, local agents say Mount Gravatt East and Holland Park are proving hot spots for first home buyers this spring, even though median house prices in those suburbs are higher.

Stan Egawa from Place – Sunnybank said those suburbs were attracting buyers in the $600,000 to $700,000 price range.

“There is good interest compared to some of the surrounding suburbs,” Mr Egawa said.

“We’re getting double digit buyers through open homes (in Mount Gravatt East and Holland Park), which is very strong.

“In Sunnybank, we’re only getting one or two people to an open home.”

Mr Egawa said many first home buyers were looking for a home they could move in to straight away and live in comfortably, but with potential to renovate the kitchen and bathroom down the track.

“Three-bedroom, one-bathroom houses are very popular,” he said.

“Their ideal location is Coorparoo or Greenslopes, however, they’re realising that for the amount of money they’ll be paying in that area, they’re going to end up with a lot older house or compromising on block size.”

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Real estate agents in Mt Gravatt are reporting a rise in home listings and interest from first home buyers. Photo: Kristy Muir.Source:Southern Star

Rob Karaka of All Properties Group said first home buyers were active at the moment in the suburb of Regents Park, with near new or new four-bedroom, two-bathroom houses on 600 sqm blocks were selling for between $400,000 and $550,000.

Shaji Rajan has just bought his first home in Regents Park after renting for three-and-a-half years.

For just $430,000, he was able to secure a five-bedroom, two-bathroom house on a 600 sqm block at 34 Lamberth Road.

But he had competition, with his offer only accepted after another offer fell through.

“Regents Park is a very good area and it’s affordable,” Mr Rajan said.

“For our budget, we can find very good houses here and good schools and it’s very easy for us to get to work.”

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This five-bedroom house at 34 Lamberth Rd, Regents Park, sold for $430,000.Source:Supplied

Algester and Calamvale on the southside are also attracting strong interest.

Andrea Manson of Belle Property – Calamvale said listings had jumped “substantially” this spring and first home buyers were keen to get in to the market before interest rates went up. “There’s that perception it’s going to happen sooner rather than later and so many (first home buyers) are wanting to lock in a lower rate while they can,” Ms Manson said.

“Anything under $500,000 in our area is very popular with first home buyers.”

Agents in regional parts of the state are also reporting a strong start to the spring selling season.

Home sales in Bundaberg are 5 per cent stronger than they were this time last year, according to Raine & Horne Bundaberg principal Joshua Rub.

“Values remain consistent despite the spike in sales and those properties that are priced, presented and marketed professionally are selling within 3.5 weeks,” Mr Rub said.

“Sales are higher this spring simply because we have more committed buyers than tyre-kickers.”

He noted the sale to a first homebuyer of a three-bedroom house close to the beach at 25 Heritage Drive, Bargara, for $272,000 within two weeks of hitting the market.

“In Bundaberg and Bargara, local first home buyers and investors are extremely active this spring,” Mr Rub said.

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The main street of Bundaberg, which is seeing strong home sales. Picture: Tourism Queensland.Source:Supplied

In Gladstone, which had been hit hard by the mining boom hangover, home sales are at their strongest point in four years, according to Raine & Horne Gladstone principal Mark Patton.

“Well-priced entry-level properties valued upwards of $140,000 offer excellent value and incredibly competitive yields that are as high as 7.5 per cent,” Mr Patton said.

“The savvy buyers have recognised the Gladstone market has reached the bottom and they are making their presence felt at open homes.

“Many have also realised that by buying now, they’ll have a good opportunity to share in some capital growth too.”

FIRST HOMEBUYER HOTSPOTS THIS SPRING SELLING SEASON

Brisbane north

Suburb Median house price

Morayfield $357,000

North Lakes $492,000

Burpengary $464,000

Brisbane south

Suburb Median house price

Mount Gravatt East $657,000

Holland Park $710,000

Regents Park $410,000

Algester $520,000

Calamvale $680,000

Regional Qld

Town Median house price

Bundaberg $230,000

Bargara $375,000

Gladstone N/A

(Source: CoreLogic, Raine & Horne, Place Estate Agents, All Properties Group, Belle Property)

Originally published as Where Qld first home buyers are looking this spring

Source: www.news.com.au

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Renewed hopes of saving North Lakes Golf Club

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Residents living around the financially troubled North Lakes Golf Club are increasingly hopeful it can be saved from being turned into a retirement community.

The course has been bought by developer Village Retirement Group and is due to close at the end of 2019 although a DA is yet to be submitted.

The Save North Lakes Golf Club group met with Moreton Bay Regional Mayor Allan Sutherland this week and spokesman Andrew Cathcart tells Mark he is confident local will get a fair hearing.

Source: 4bc.com.au

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