Middle and outer ring Brisbane suburbs enjoying a robust spring market

Media release - 5th November, 2015

  • Prices in the Moreton Bay region are up by almost 5% in 2015
  • With land available from $25,000, the Southern Moreton Bay Islands offer some of the most affordable land on Australia’s eastern seaboard
  • Properties in Beenleigh are selling in 2–3 days

Outer ring Brisbane suburbs have enjoyed an excellent start to the traditional spring selling season, according to Superbrand Raine & Horne.

“Investors are starting to look beyond the inner city suburbs for robust yields, while retirees from the southern states have also identified that middle and outer ring suburbs in Brisbane offer plenty of value,” said Steve Worrad, General Manager, Raine & Horne Queensland.

“There is also a shortage of listings in some middle and outer ring suburbs, which will drive up values as we get closer to Christmas.”

In the Moreton Bay region north of Brisbane, the numbers of homes for sale are down compared to October 2014, according to Rebecca McKay, Principal of Raine & Horne Kallangur/Petrie.

“This makes it a great time to sell a property in suburbs such as Kallangur, Petrie, Elimbah and Brighton. If properties are priced sensibly to meet the market, they will sell in days,” said Mrs McKay.

Moreover Mrs McKay said that with demand outstripping supply, some properties in the Moreton Bay region are recording better than expected sales results.

176 Bigmor Drive, ElimbahIn Elimbah, for example, an impressive five bedroom house at 176 Bigmor Drive recently sold for $575,000. It was expected to sell for $550,000.

“If you’re considering the sale of a property in the Moreton Bay region, the run up to Christmas will be the perfect time to make a move,” said Mrs McKay.

On the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, the traditional spring market is in full swing thanks to the region’s real estate affordability.

“With blocks of land available from $25,000, we have some of the cheapest land available on the Australian eastern seaboard,” said Sandra Hutchison, Principal of Raine & Horne Bay Islands.

“There are more retirees buying land to build holiday homes, while waterfront properties are in short supply, which is unusual for our region.

“The prices of waterfront properties range between $380,000 and $1 million, which is very attractive to buyers as we’re just an hour by ferry and bus to Brisbane.”

That said, the median price on the Islands is $259,000, which buys a 3-bedroom home on a 550 sqm block.

“Properties priced close to the median are very attractive to investors looking for a positively geared asset, as they can expect to enjoy rental yields of about 5.5%,” said Mrs Hutchison.

To the south of Brisbane, a shortage of listings is driving markets in Logan City, according to Dennis Wey, Co-Principal of Raine & Horne Beenleigh.

“We had a very slow start to spring but the market really took off in October since the change of government in Canberra,” said Mr Wey.

“It seems that improved business and consumer confidence, thanks to the changes federally, coupled with a shortage of stock, means that a Beenleigh property that lists on a Monday or Tuesday is selling by the weekend.”

Housing affordability and excellent investment yields are other factors driving Beenleigh’s improved market turnover.

“We’re seeing many properties priced under $350,000 selling fast, with plenty of yield hungry self-managed super funds prominent at open homes” said Mr Wey.

“For $350,000, you can buy a quality four bedroom home with a double lock up garage and you’ll get as much as $425 a week. This is a terrific yield of more than 6%, which is proving very appealing to many savvy investors.”

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For further media information contact:

Steve Worrad, General Manager, Raine & Horne Queensland, on 0498 071 991

Andrew Harrington, National Communications Manager, Raine & Horne, on 02 9258 5400