Now that should be the title of this missive. But we just don’t want to believe it. Most of the rest of the world does. But still we don’t see it.
The weekend papers ran headlines like: “Forget talk of gloom, this is all boom” & “We’re doing so well yet we keep whingeing”. At dinner on Saturday night a mate summed up our current malaise in a nutshell: “We worry more about the Greek economy than the Greeks do.”
The Herald-Lateral Economics Well-Being Index (which measures both individual economic circumstances & happiness) shows that we should be doing very well. Our well-being is up 5% on last year. But still we whinge.
Well, there shouldn’t really be much to whinge about when it comes to residential property, especially in my neck of the woods, being Queensland & in particular the south-east corner of the state. But still, there are many Doubting Thomases.
On a broad scale – interest rates are low & still falling; gross rental yields are now often in positive territory; the sharemarket is improving & we have plenty of money saved – in term deposits; in our superfunds or in advanced payments on the mortgage. The past shows us that it usually goes – cash first; shares second & property third. The experienced keep telling me you make your cash-flow by trading shares & real money in buying & holding property. You make your money in property when you buy, not when you sell.
In addition, this time around we have self-managed super funds, which hold over $1.5 trillion dollars in assets. Yet these funds have little exposure to property, though they can borrow (with strict rules) to buy property assets. This segment will be a big part of the residential investment scene over the next five years. They will add considerable momentum to this residential recovery.
Now for mine, it is a great time to buy in Queensland & especially in Brisbane. And there are ten reasons why:
1. Queensland’s population growth increased by 75,000 last year – up 50% or 25,000 on 2010’s 50,000 annual increase. History shows that Queensland attracts a third of Australia’s annual population growth.
2. According to the ABS employment figures, 30,000 new jobs have been created in Queensland since late last year & more than half of these were in Brisbane.
3. Based on last year’s statistics, Queensland looks to be heading towards a massive undersupply, with 33,000 new dwellings needed during 2012, yet just 26,000 supplied – an undersupply to the tune of about 20%. The inner Brisbane apartment market is also undersupplied & in this case by as much as 40%. There is a need to build 2,650 new apartments across inner Brisbane every year, but just 1,600 new properties have been delivered (each year) since 2006.
4. The Brisbane vacancy rate is currently 1.9% & whilst rental growth has slowed down, median rents still rose across much of the state last year. Importantly, rental properties are showing good rental returns, averaging 5.5% gross.
5. Economic forecasters, BIS Shrapnel, predict that Brisbane’s dwelling values should start to grow in earnest during 2013, accelerating in 2014 as the economic upturn gains momentum & the underlying dwelling deficiency becomes more pronounced.
6. Official statistics show that new property prices across Brisbane have already risen by 4.9% during 2012, which is strong against the national average increase of just 1.4%.
7. There has been a 6% drop in the number of properties listed for sale across Brisbane during 2012. Resale supply is starting to tighten.
8. In addition, there has been a 10% increase in the number of settled sales across the south-east corner of Queensland over the last twelve months. Overall properties are now selling faster than new ones are being listed.
9. Whilst Brisbane isn’t an auction city, but when comparing Brisbane auction results so far this year, against those from early 2012, there has been a 56% increase in the number of properties sold at auction. There are increasingly bigger crowds at auctions & better results on the day.
10. Finally, Brisbane is now quite affordable, being the third most affordable major urban place in Australia. And this is one reason why Queensland’s population growth is increasing again.
It is a somewhat closed circuit – a Queensland & even Australia-wide residential recovery – it starts with improved liquidity; improving profits (& a better share market); competitive (often real) returns; higher household formation & scarcity – perceived or otherwise. Human nature slows & stops the cycle – being overly cautious now & in due course greedy. Confidence is the key. It is missing now.
OZ, The Great & Powerful. Yes, but only if you believe! Now that would make a great title for a movie, don’t you think?
Article originally published in Matusikmissive.com.au 12/3/2013
Sydney Baby Boomers drive real estate boom in Brisbane
A MIGRATION of cashed-up Baby Boomers from Sydney will lead to a real estate boom in Brisbane, according to property investment experts.
A Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) members’ survey revealed that Brisbane was regarded as the best capital city for property investment.
Of the members who participated in the survey, 46.15 per cent rated Brisbane as the best capital for investment prospects in 2018.
PIPA chairman Peter Koulizos said the Queensland capital was expected to boom as a side effect of the Sydney property boom happening when Baby Boomers were looking at retiring.
“People that have a lot of equity in their home can retire or semi-retire by selling up and buying a home in southeast Queensland,” Mr Koulizos said.
And with the median house price in Sydney more than $1 million, he said this would give them a sizeable pile of cash left over after buying a home further north.
“That is because there is such a big price difference between Brisbane and Sydney,” he said.
A PIPA survey from last year also rated Brisbane as the best capital city in which to invest, but in the past 12 months the average house price has increased by just 2.9 per cent.
Mr Koulizos said a boom would come eventually, but picking the exact point was tricky.
“Property booms take a long time to gather momentum, I doubt you will see double digit growth in Brisbane this year but it may be different next year,” he said.
Melbourne was the next best investment option according to the survey, with 19.23 per cent believing it was a good place to invest, followed by Perth at 15.38 per cent.
Originally published: brisbaneinvestor.com.au
The property clock strikes big for hot spot areas
9 Lion St, Ipswich. Picture: realestate.com.auSource:Supplied
DESPITE last month’s previous lacklustre values, analyst Michael Matusik has identified the areas on the upswing.
While property values remained fairly stagnant during February, property analyst Michael Matusik has revealed where the housing market is on the upswing.
Mr Matusik’s latest property clock for houses, has Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Redlands, Sunshine Coast and Gympie all in upswing.
He said a market’s position on the property clock was based on the strength and direction of key indicators including sales numbers, price and rent, demand and how much new supply there was.
His latest Matusik Missive also listed Ipswich, the Fraser Coast and Noosa markets as heading into upswing territory.
Ipswich has many beautiful homes, often at prices well below what something similar would cost in Brisbane’s suburbs. A four-bedroom home at 9 Lion St,Ipswich is listed for $879,000.
The land the home sits on was bought in 1904 from the family of the then Ipswich Mayor Mr Pettigrew. A home was built on it in 1907.
The period home has 3.5m high ceilings, VJ walls, period window, and timber floorboards which have all been restored.
The home has two new bathrooms, a large separate dining area and study. It is listed through Steve Athanates of NGU Real Estate Ipswich.
On the Gold Coast at Robina, 196 Easthill Drive is listed for more than $850,000.
The three-bedroom home is within the Glades Golf Community.
It has formal and informal living and dining areas, and an outdoor entertainment area with a swimming pool nearby.
It is listed through Ian and Linda Mills of McGrath – Palm Beach.
On the Sunshine Coast at Noosaville a home at 15 Bluebell Court is listed for offers of more than $740,000.
The three-bedroom home is in a cul-de-sac in a residential pocket bordered by the Lake Doonella Reserve.
The single-level home has open plan living and dining areas. An outdoor area overlooks the pool and reserve at the rear of the property.
It is listed through Tansy Grant and Justin Sykes of Ray White – Noosa.
Originally published: brisbaneinvestor.com.au
Where to invest: These are the suburbs where house prices are tipped to grow
Annaliese Bullock, 27 with husband Jared, 27 and daughter Lyla 5 months sold their Burpengary before it even went on the market. Picture: AAP/ Megan Slade.Source:News Limited
THESE are the rising stars of Brisbane’s property market, the 27 growth suburbs investors need to know about.
INVESTORS chasing capital growth in Brisbane are spoiled for choice, with a new report identifying 27 suburbs where house prices are tipped to rise — and more than half of them have a median price of less than $500,000.
Property analyst Terry Ryder has identified the rising stars of the property market — where sales are rising steadily and house prices are set to follow. And they’re not the inner-city, blue chip suburbs you might expect.
The report examines sales activity, rather than prices, to determine the best and worst local government areas for property market growth.
The Moreton Bay region has 10 rising star suburbs where sales have been steadily increasing including Banksia Beach, Bellmere and Deception Bay.
Quarterly sales in Burpengary have risen from 69 to 97 in the past six quarters, while at Sandstone Point, sales are up from around 40 per quarter to 55 to 60.
Homes are selling so fast in the area that Jared and Annaliese Bullock just sold their four-bedroom house in Burpengary for $475,000 before they had a chance to even put it on the market.
Mrs Bullock said she contacted an agent at RE/MAX Ultimate, who brought through a couple of potential buyers and the offer was made within days.
But she’s not too surprised, given how close the suburb is to the train station, shops and the highway. The couple also recently bought two units as investment properties in nearby Caboolture. Acacia Ridge, Algester, Eight Mile Plains, Kuraby and Sunnybank Hills are also predicted growth areas.
“It’s the affordable, outer areas that have got the most activity at the moment,” Mr Ryder said.
“The infrastructure is pretty good, with train links to the centre of the city, and there’s lots of shopping centres and good amenities.”
“The sweet spot is to be about 200 metres from a school, a shopping centre and a train station.”
SUBURBS WHERE SALES ARE RISING
Acacia Ridge $402,000
Banksia Beach $550,000
Caboolture South $290,000
Deception Bay $345,000
Eight Mile Plains $788,000
Ferny Grove $595,000
Kippa Ring $415,000
Mt Warren Park $390
Sandstone Point $420,000
Sinnamon Park $720,000
Sunnybank Hills $660,000
Victoria Point $522,000
Originally published: www.news.com.au
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