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The Queenslander from the year 2000: Brisbane starts to grow up and not out


Brisbane market building Development

By the year 2000, once we had all survived “Y2K” and the introduction of the GST, the Brisbane property landscape was readying to undergo a significant change. The 2000 Brisbane City Plan, which coincidentally was more than 2000 pages in length, was a 10-year vision to create a “liveable city”, which included protecting character homes […]

The hottest shapes in bathroom design this year



In fact, anyone who’s ever renovated their bathroom would know that the tile shapes and patterns you choose are going to ground the rest of your design. Interior stylist and best-selling author of HOME, Emma Blomfield, weighs in on the tile shapes creating a splash in bathroom design this year, and the fixtures, fittings and […]

Auction Volumes Across the Combined Capital Cities Rise Above 2,000 for the First Time This Year


Auction National Property - Sales

There were 2,303 homes taken to auction across the combined capital cities over the week, returning a preliminary auction clearance rate of 54.1 per cent, while last week, auction volumes were lower with 1,450 auctions held and a 51.2 per cent clearance rate. Over the same week last year, 3,313 auctions were held and a […]

Cyclone Weather Watch!


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By now you’ve probably seen the latest in weather updates from BOM or the news status updates on Facebook.   It looks like we won’t be impacted too badly which is great news! Although some rain would be nice!  Even though the flood warnings have died down, it is always a good idea to stay alert […]

Foreign buyers retreat from national housing market, but not Qld


Brisbane market National Queensland

THERE has been a dramatic fall in foreign investment in Australia’s housing market, but demand for Queensland property remains steady. The latest Foreign Investment Review Board report reveals the value of approvals for foreign investment in residential real estate nationally fell $17.5 billion over the 2017/18 financial year to $12.5 billion. Queensland received 17 per […]

Australian Cities See Substantial Gains Over Past Two Decades


Economy National Queensland

According to the CoreLogic Home Value Index, dwelling values have recorded some substantial falls over the 12 months to January 2019. Four of the eight capital cities have recorded dwelling value falls while four of the seven rest of state markets have also experienced declines. Nationally, dwelling values have fallen by -5.6% over the 12 […]

What Chinese buyers want: Big homes close to good schools


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CASHED-UP Chinese buyers are set to bombard the Brisbane property market this year on the back of a trade war with the US and an influx of Asian students. Foreign families have been flocking to buy homes — predominantly in the city’s west and south — to accommodate the unprecedented number of children studying in […]

A design expert’s tips for your best-ever home in 2019


Lifestyle Selling

Design expert and former Blockhead, Shannon Vos, shares a few tips for how you can make your space feel fresher and better suited to a ‘new year, new me’ psyche. 1. Throw or donate anything you don’t use We all have that one drawer, pile or spare room that is chock full of perfectly good […]

Chinese home buyers set to snap up Australian property in 2019


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The number of Chinese buyers of Australian homes is likely to remain steady this year in what’s being seen as a major boost for the weakening domestic property market. Continued wealth growth in China – with dollar-worth per adult having risen four-fold over the past six years – an eye for an Australian bargain, a weak […]

Thinking of buying a home? Now’s the time to make it happen


Brisbane market buying tips property-rentals

BRISBANE’S housing market is slowly giving the keys back to landlords, with new figures revealing the city recorded its strongest annual rise in rents in three years. After months of flat growth in rental properties, analysis of the latest CoreLogic data by realestate.com.au shows house rents increased 2.4 per cent in 2018, while the cost […]

Property in 2019: Experts reveal what to expect for the Qld market


Brisbane market Economy National Queensland

IT will be remembered as the year Brisbane outshone the nation’s two biggest housing markets and defied a property downturn gripping other states.   Home values in 2018 in the Queensland capital rose a steady 0.3 per cent at a time when they fell 5.8 per cent in Melbourne and 8.1 per cent in Sydney […]

Brisbane on investors’ radar for 2019


Brisbane market investment

Almost half of all investors who responded to a recent sentiment survey confessed that Brisbane is where they’ll invest in next year, with 44.5% confirming that the Queensland capital is on their radar. Melbourne was a close second, with 36.3% of respondents rating it for 2019 – and around a quarter of investors still have […]

Slow and Steady Wins: Brisbane Delivers Record House Prices


Brisbane market Queensland

Brisbane’s housing market has been one of the most consistent performers of all capital cities, delivering sustainable median house price growth in the September quarter. The capital city is in good company, with the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast also achieving record annual median house prices, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s […]

1 in 5 first-time landlords are ‘accidental investors’


Brisbane market property-rentals

ONE in five first-time landlords may have fallen into the property investment game by accident, according to a new survey. Are you one of them? ONE in five first-time landlords may have fallen into the property investment game by accident. New data from a leading quantity surveyor has revealed more than 20 per cent of […]

Don’t Melt This Summer!


Body Corporate

The world of body corporate can be hard to understand, but as an Investment Owner, there are certain regulations that must be followed if you intend to make improvements to your Lot.  The one we Queenslander’s absolutely LOVE is Air-Conditioning.  We’ve all experienced Queensland Weather at its hottest.   I know that I personally cannot live […]

How to present your unit for sale



While a unit almost always has less square meterage than a detached house, presenting one for sale can be just as challenging. Property stylists Kate Bunton and Nicki O’Halloran – from 2Tweak, which works with real estate agencies and private clients to style properties for sale – and Angus Graham, from Hodges Sandringham in Melbourne, […]

Brisbane Property Market predictions for 2021


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  Where will our property markets be in 3 years That’s a question people are asking now that our real estate markets have moved to the next stage of the property cycle — one of slower growth in some areas and falling values in other locations. Well there’s good news for those interested in the […]

New vision for South Bank as planning for 2050 begins


Community Development Lifestyle

The South Bank arbour and beach will be protected under a new vision for the 42-hectare precinct, which attracted about 14 million visitors last year. The Queensland government and South Bank Corporation have announced a new master plan for South Bank – a decision that coincides with the 30th anniversary of Brisbane hosting World Expo ’88. […]

Buying a Rental Property – What to look for


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Buying a property to rent out is a very different ball-game to buying a property as your family home.  This is a business decision, not an emotional one and like any business decision, you should have a business case prepared and be objective in your evaluation. One of the first and most vital considerations is […]

Accepting or Declining an Offer


Property - Sales Selling

You have worked out the price that you want for your property, agreed on the marketing strategy and done everything that you can to present the property in the best possible way.   Now the waiting game to find a Buyer begins and it is always thrilling when you receive the news of your first offer. […]