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

June

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

June

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

May

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’?

May

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

May

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’

May

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

May

Lifestyle

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

April

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

April

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

April

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

April

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

March

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 […]

One in five are first home buyers as QLD leads East Coast

March

First Home Buyers

ONE in five Queensland buyers were first homeowners in January, with the state pulling above national average and leading the east coast. Latest housing finance figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics found first homebuyer levels were now at a five-year high — led by high levels in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. […]

Investors’ favourite loans have crashed to a historic low

March

Brisbane market Finance

INTEREST-only loans have crashed to a historic low, a precursor that could spark the next big investor boom in the property market. The dramatic decline came off an Australian Prudential Regulation Authority edict for lenders to slash the loan category to below 30 per cent of all new loans they write. Lenders have gone even […]

5 hard-to-kill indoor plants perfect for your place

March

Lifestyle

As summer comes to an end, it’s time to rearrange your house plant collection to ensure it continues to thrive. Some plants simply can’t be controlled; they know when the seasons change, go to seed when you really don’t want them to and grow out of control. With cooler days ahead, we thought you’d benefit from […]

Mind The Housing Value Gap

February

Brisbane market Property - Sales

  Although dwelling values have started falling in Sydney, the city remains substantially more expensive than the other capital cities.  In fact, whether you look at the cost of houses or the cost of units, Sydney stands out as being much more expensive. The above table clearly highlights how the cost of a house is […]

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

February

renovating for profit

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

February

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

February

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

January

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 […]