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Gen Y set to drive decade-long boom in demand for housing


First Home Buyers investment National Property - Sales

GENERATION Y will drive a “decade-long boom” in demand for houses in and around Brisbane as they ditch renting in favour of the Great Australian Dream, a leading economic forecaster predicts. Changes to the age profile of the population over the next 10 years are likely to produce a shift in the type of demand […]

Upgraders told to ‘act now or miss out’ on their forever home


Brisbane market buying tips Community Lifestyle Property - Sales Selling

DOWNSIZING? That’s so 2017. Now is the time to step up the southeast Queensland property ladder and get that bigger and better home you’ve always wanted. THEY are the “upsizers” — an emerging market of aspirational home hunters with growing families, healthy bank balances and big dreams for the future.   And property experts are […]

QLD to defy ‘mini credit crunch’ set to hit Sydney and Melbourne


Economy Queensland

QUEENSLAND is set to defy a “mini-credit crunch” that will put more pressure on house prices in Sydney and Melbourne, according to a prominent economic forecaster. The latest business outlook from Deloitte Access Economics paints a bright future for the sunshine state, with eye-watering house prices south of the border sending more economic refugees north. […]

How much savvy QLD landlords negatively gear and what they claim on tax


Depreciation Property Tax

MORE landlords in Queensland negatively gear their properties than in any other state. Here’s how savvy property investors can maximise their deductions at tax time. PETER Button and Cathy Zappala are revelling in early retirement — and they have negative gearing to thank for it. The Brisbane couple recently sold their eight investment properties, all […]

Three reasons Brisbane is doing better than Sydney and Melbourne


Brisbane market National

A WORKING class suburb in Brisbane has beaten the bluechips to pull off the highest growth the state has seen in the past decade. Underwood in Brisbane’s south has seen a massive 65.6 per cent rise in median house prices between May 2008 and May this year, according to latest figures by property data experts […]

Brisbane to lead property price rises in next three years: analyst


Brisbane market First Home Buyers National

First home buyers are being told that there’s no urgency to enter the housing market with house price growth set to remain stagnant in many parts of the country in the coming years. Property analysts say house prices in Brisbane are expected to soar in the next few years – but first home buyers are […]

Home Values Across Australia Will Continue To Diverge Into 2019, Based On The CoreLogic-Moody’s Analytics Australian Home Value Index Forecast


Brisbane market National Property - Sales

House values in Sydney and some parts of Melbourne are expected to decline while values in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, and Hobart are expected to see further growth. Values in Perth remain mixed, although some recovery is at hand in certain markets. House prices are expected to significantly diverge across Australia through the remainder of the […]

Auction Volumes More than Doubled Week-on-Week Across the Combined Capital Cities


Auction Property - Sales

Capital City Auction Statistics (preliminary) Auction volumes increased significantly over the week with 1,991 homes taken to auction across the combined capital cities, up from just 904 last week when auction volumes were lower due to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. The preliminary clearance rate was recorded at 56.9 per cent this week, after last […]

First homeowners’ grant to be cut from July 1 as home building costs set to rise


First Home Buyers

BUILDERS are bracing for a last-minute rush as first home buyers scramble to beat higher costs and cash in on a $20,000 housing grant that’s set for cutbacks from July 1. The urgency has ramped up amid industry warnings that Budget measures announced by the Queensland Government would increase the cost of building a house […]

REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella on What’s Next for Brisbane’s Property Market


Brisbane market Development

After five years of booming apartment construction, Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella says Brisbane is now entering a new era of game-changing mixed-use development that has the potential to propel the city into a sophisticated lifestyle destination. Brisbane’s real estate market is in the midst of a dramatic transformation, and combined […]

Government Announces New $150m Cultural Centre Theatre


Community Development

Already Australia’s busiest theatre complex, QPAC is set to become the nation’s largest with the Queensland Government announcing a new $150 million state of the art 1500-1700 seat theatre for Brisbane. The Premier announced an investment of $125 million towards its construction on the Playhouse Green site at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) with the bulk […]

Investing in units: Why settle for one when you can have the whole ‘six-pack’?


Brisbane market buying tips Property - Sales

OLDER ‘six-pack’ apartment blocks have become the hardest market to crack in Brisbane amid a surge in demand from buyers looking to ‘bulk buy’ fixer-uppers. The humble ‘six-pack’ apartment block — and the individual units in them — are so prized among those who own them, they rarely come up for sale. But when they […]

Six signs that there’s something wrong with your home


Lifestyle Renovation

Winter is almost here and at this time of year we can expect the odd cold, or worse, influenza to cause some disruption to daily life. With your focus already on staying well, this is the perfect time of year to think about the health of your home. Every property suffers from wear and tear […]

RBA Governor sparks fresh predictions that rates will hold ‘until 2020’


Economy Finance investment National

RESERVE Bank Governor Philip Lowe has sparked a frenzy of fresh predictions that rates will hold at 1.5 per cent until 2020 — a boon for homebuyers but hell for retirees. RESERVE Bank Governor Philip Lowe has sparked a frenzy of fresh predictions that rates will hold at 1.5 per cent until 2020 — a […]

5 pool trends to watch in 2018



Was it your new year’s resolution to finally install a pool? Make a splash now with the latest trends, courtesy of these Aussie experts.  Ask any landscape architect, and they’ll likely tell you the single most important thing to keep in mind when designing you pool is to adhere to your home’s style.  “Ensure that the […]

Property confidence at record high as economic expectations rise


Brisbane market Economy Property - Sales

CONFIDENCE has hit record levels in the property sector, with Queensland at its highest level since the mining boom, the latest industry survey has found. The ANZ/Property Council Survey said there was growing confidence in Queensland amid positive expectations of economic growth in the state led by infrastructure projects such as the Cross River Rail. […]

Brisbane backyards nearly 30pc smaller than a decade ago


Brisbane market

THE average Brisbane backyard is nearly 30 per cent smaller than it was a decade ago, with blocks of land in the city shrinking faster than any other capital city. THE average Brisbane backyard is nearly 30 per cent smaller than it was a decade ago, with blocks of land shrinking faster than any other […]

Before & after: 1 kitchen, 3 different renovations


Lifestyle renovating for profit Renovation

A bright and sparkling new kitchen is the holy grail for any renovator, but without an architect or designer on board, it can be hard to imagine a drab kitchen as anything but. If you’re planning on doing a kitchen makeover yourself, the first ingredient you need is imagination. After that, it’s all about confidence. Anything is possible with […]

More homes up for grabs in Brisbane as property listings rise


Brisbane market Economy Property - Sales

THERE has been a surge in properties hitting the market in Brisbane, as homeowners head for the exit in a bit to take profits. The number of homes for sale in Brisbane rose 6.9 per cent to 31,619 in March, according to the latest figures from SQM Research. That’s more than the national average, with […]

More Property Millionaires Than Ever Before


National Property - Sales Selling

The share of residential property sales over $1 million continued to climb in 2017 across most of the capitals.  With dwelling values now falling, what will 2018 bring for sales of $1 million properties? Over the 12 months to December 2017, 16.1% of all houses and 9.5% of all units sold nationally transacted with a […]