Brisbane Property Investment

    Brisbane property investment is leading the nation in all four property market performance indicators for the first time in more than a decade first quarter 2020. Compared to the same time last year, Brisbane home values are 1.2 per cent higher. The only other capital city to record growth in the past month was Adelaide, where home values inched just 0.1 per cent higher.

    Brisbane could experience an acceleration in home value growth in 2020 thanks to increasing migration, an improving local economy and its relative affordability. Queensland property investment increases usually follows New South Wales and Victoria in the property cycle, though, and since those states have experienced massive spikes in property prices that seem to be nearing its peak, speculation is rife again that the Sunshine State could be next in line.

    The housing downturn is gathering pace in Sydney where values have fallen half a per cent in the past 28 days and are down 5.6 per cent compared to the same time last year.

    The rate of growth in Brisbane is generally slower than it was a year ago, but when you look at migration to Queensland picking up and what’s happening in Sydney and Melbourne, it’s no real surprise that Brisbane is holding up better.

    Unit values in the Brisbane riverside suburb of Tennyson have jumped a whopping 45 per cent in the past year, while Hamilton houses have been the best performers — up nearly 27 per cent in 12 months.

    Generally speaking, it’s the inner city and parts of Logan that doing well in terms of growth. The higher value stock in the inner city is probably attractive to Sydney and Melbourne buyers, while the growth in Logan City is probably linked to strong first home buyer demand and affordable housing stock.

    Most analysts predict that the slow and steady Brisbane property investment growth it has already been experiencing will continue. Important to note that a number of Brisbane property market factors are at play here and this is explained more broadly in free information pack eBooklet.

    Factors influencing Brisbane’s investment property market in 2020

    The South East Qld Regional Plan Developments on green field sites in the southeast will incorporate a variety of housing types, sizes and designs – ending the “one-size-fits-all” sort of housing estates which have sprung up in many areas over recent years.

    The Government estimates that 475,000 new jobs will be needed to support the extra population over the next two decades. The Smart State strategy has identified knowledge-based, creative industries as the growth areas. These would include aviation and aerospace (especially in the western corridor), biotechnology, information and technology, tourism and pharmaceuticals.

    The “activity centres” concept in the Qld Government infrastructure plan is aimed at reducing the huge amount of traffic commuting across the city and across the southeast region each day. The idea is that people will live close to centres, based on key public transport hubs and they will catch buses or trains to work, shop, use government services and recreation and leisure facilities.

    Major projects proposed in the plan include:

    • $2 billion of rail development on the Sunshine Coast including an additional line through Landsborough to Nambour and a new line to Maroochydore.
    • More than $1.2 billion for new bus ways in Brisbane including one from Dutton Park to Capalaba and another from Enoggera Creek to bracken Ridge.
    • $590 million to add a rail line from Corinda to Redbank and a new line from Darra to Springfield.
    • $500 million for a rail line to Coolangatta.
    • The heart of the Brisbane property market will be transformed over the next 20 years under a Brisbane city council master plan. Building height limits will be removed and cars discouraged as major public transport initiatives carry people into a more pedestrian-friendly central business district.

    Highlights Include

    • An underground city rail circuit with stations at Gardens Pt, Eagle St, Spring Hill and Centenary Place
    • An underground bus network with a station below King George Square and vehicles travelling below Roma St and Adelaide St to connect with the inner Northern Bus way
    • A mass transit system connecting West End, the City and Fortitude Valley
    • Roma St, Edward St, Victoria Bridge and the top of Melbourne St will become pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined boulevards with traffic calming
    • Three new pedestrian and cycle bridges over the river and a bus bridge from Adelaide St. to South Bank
    • New plazas at Melbourne St. and Eagle St. and a riverside plaza at North Quay

    Brisbane property investment sales volumes are increasing with 2020 showing early signs of a renewed upswing in the Brisbane property market. Brisbane property prices being comparatively low when compared to other capital cities is attracting increased interest from property investors both from within Queensland and from other states.

    Housing construction is expected to increase in the Queensland property market, with BIS Schrapnel predicting a rise of 3 per cent over the next three years. The Qld state government appears to support increased development, with the announcement of a new, planned suburb for Brisbane. The proposed site covers 227 hectares, providing over 1,350 new dwellings.

    Predictions by property analysts pinpoint Brisbane as a property market to watch.

    These positive reports are creating confidence in the Brisbane investment property markets. A survey by the Property Council/ANZ shows the Queensland is the second-most optimistic state and that this sentiment is steadily climbing.

    The rental market in Brisbane is healthy with vacancy rates across metropolitan areas tight at 2.4 per cent according to SQM Research.

    Important to note that a number of Brisbane property market factors are at play here and this is explained more broadly later.

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    For more information on recommended locations and suburbs for property investment in Brisbane see our free information pack eBooklet.


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