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Renovation records to be smashed with Queensland’s strong value for money to draw millions


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RENOVATION activity is expected to hit a record $8.8b nationally, with Queensland to see a 7 per cent surge because of its strong value for money, according to latest forecasts. Forecasts given to The Courier-Mail by Master Builders Australia has Queensland hitting $1.468b worth of alterations and additions activity in the 2018-2019 year, before rising 6 per […]

Brisbane to become best performing capital city housing market in five years, analyst tips


Brisbane market Economy

BRISBANE is well placed to take over as the nation’s best performing capital city housing market in the next five years, a leading property analyst has predicted. But while the city looks set to benefit from better housing market conditions, don’t expect house prices to reach the giddy heights they have in Sydney and Melbourne. […]

More homes up for grabs in Brisbane as listings rise


Brisbane market Selling

MORE people are choosing to put their homes on the market and take profits in Brisbane than they were a year ago, new data shows. Only Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra recorded a rise in property listings over the past 12 months, according to the latest figures from SQM Research. National residential listings dropped 4.8 per […]

Brisbane property prices have held firm in the face of drops in other capital cities


Brisbane market

AS price growth has started to drop in Australia’s powerhouse southern property markets, Brisbane prices have held firm. Preliminary analysis of the property market’s performance in January reveals that while Brisbane’s property prices have not gone up, unlike other capital cities, they have not gone down either. CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said when […]

Properties ‘Flipped’ For A Profit- CoreLogic Report


Brisbane market investment Property - Sales

Property information and analytical authority CoreLogic Australia has released its first Property Flipping Report from the end of 2017 revealing that nine in ten flipped properties in Australia earn a profit. The report explains the short term residential property investment strategy of ‘flipping’ with: “a buyer purchases a home with the intent of re-selling the […]

Does Queensland's immigration rise point to house price rebound?


Brisbane market Community Property - Sales

Queensland is in a historical sweet spot for home price growth with an analysis of interstate migration showing that the gap in home price between Sydney and Brisbane could soon start narrowing. In 2002, the median Brisbane home price equated to just 41 per cent of a Sydney home – a historical low. But interstate migration to Queensland started to surge, […]

Putting your investment up for sale


investment Selling

Deciding to sell  As part of setting your property investment goals, you should have a plan for if and when you will sell the property. It shouldn’t be an emotional decision to make, but rather the next step of your investment plan. The catch can be if at some stage you have lived in the […]

Queensland first-home buyers are the most active in Australia. This is why...


First Home Buyers

Queensland first-home buyers loan approvals have soared by nearly 20 per cent in the last 12 months, jumping 5 per cent in the last month alone, new data shows. The Sunshine State boasts the highest number of first-home buyers in Australia, thanks to low interest rates, a $20,000 state government grant and one of the country’s […]

Multiple owners increase depreciation claims



Split reports help accelerate deductions An increase in BMT Tax Depreciation Schedules for more than one owner suggests co-ownership is becoming an increasingly popular trend. Owning a property with others can provide improved purchasing power. This can be particularly useful in capital cities where it can be difficult to break into the property market. It […]

Brisbane remains top pick for investors as confidence in the market stays strong



The national survey, conducted by Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA), found investors are bullish about the long-term benefits of residential real estate and shrugging off concerns about stricter lending conditions, property price bubbles and oversupply.  More than 70 per cent of respondents think now is a good time to invest in property, with 61 per cent looking […]

Property expert Andrew Winter’s tips for buying and selling in spring


buying tips Selling

Despite a sluggish start to the spring  season, competition is heating up and that means more choice for home buyers and sellers. Mr Winter, the host of Selling Houses Australia on Foxtel, has shared his advice on how to buy and sell property successfully in spring. TIPS FOR SELLING IN SPRING 1. Spring clean  It might sound […]

They’re back! First home buyers jump back in to the market


First Home Buyers

The latest report from the Real Estate Institute of Australia and Adelaide Bank reveals the number of loans to first time buyers increased by 14 per cent during the June quarter, with increases in all states and territories except Tasmania. That’s despite government grants for first time buyers in some states not coming into effect […]

Buying at Auction



If you’re planning to bid at auction, the REIQ strongly recommends securing pre-approval for your finance and organising a building and pest inspection on the property beforehand. While the numbers of homes sold by auction in Queensland may only be relatively small when compared to Sydney and Melbourne, it is an increasingly popular method of […]

Top tips for listing your property


Property - Sales Selling Uncategorized

With potential buyers able to browse through property at the click of the button, getting your online listing right can be the difference between having a quick sale or a home that lingers on the market.  While a home inspection will ultimately convince a potential buyer that your property is for them, how it is sold online […]

Confidence in the potential of Queensland’s property market is on the rise


Economy Uncategorized

CONFIDENCE in Australia’s property market lifted in only one state this quarter – Queensland. New analysis released through the ANZ/Property Council industry sentiment survey found that confidence levels had lifted in Queensland for the third consecutive quarter. While it was the only state to experience a lift in the most recent quarter it was still behind other […]

Good Buyer Enquiry in 2017


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We are seeing in the area in recent weeks, there is good buyer enquiry around the inner Brisbane suburbs within 10km of the City at the moment. There is a rise in competitiveness for  houses and the land they sit on as properties are becoming scarce.   Earlier this month  new properties being added to […]

Nine property changes you must know that start midnight July 1



Of all the government changes kicking in from midnight that day, nine were specifically targeted at either homeowners, househunters or renters, according to a list compiled by Queensland Economic Advocacy Solutions. QEAS director Nick Behrens said “this year is unique in that many legislative changes commence at the same time as the usual suspects that […]

Claim property deductions this financial year


Depreciation Finance Property Tax

The Australian Taxation Office allows property owners to claim depreciation, or decline in value, as a deduction. Depreciation is considered a non-cash deduction, meaning an investor doesn’t need to spend any money to be eligible to make a claim. Therefore it is not unusual for these deductions to get missed. With tax time approaching, property […]

Brisbane median house price jumps as 15 suburbs hit million-dollar mark


Property - Sales

THE median house price in the Brisbane City Council region jumped 27.5 per cent in the last five years as 15 suburbs hit million-dollar medians, latest industry data found. The Real Estate Institute of Queensland Market Monitor found the Brisbane local government area’s annual median price hit $650,000, while the March quarter figure was $642,000. […]

Get the most out of presenting your property for sale in 5 ways


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Presentation to get the most return: 5 ways you can get the most out of presenting your home for sale. An exterior wash of the house can really lift the first impression on your property. If it is too soon to paint your white eaves and soffits, sometimes a professional high-pressure gurney wash can be […]