March Brisbane apartment market in decline: HTW property clock

March Brisbane apartment market in decline: HTW property clock
March Brisbane apartment market in decline: HTW property clock

Units in Brisbane are in a declining market according to the March property clock from Herron Todd White, with apartments in Canberra, Townsville and the Whitsundays at the bottom of the market.

Melbourne, the New South Wales Central Coast, Gold Coast and Newcastle are at market peak.

Apartments in Brisbane began to decline last month.

According to Herron Todd White's latest report you don’t need much coin to enjoy Brisbane, but the city does struggle to snag the sort of numbers (both in transactions and values) that Sydney and Melbourne property achieve.

"Among the major cities, Brisbane really is one that has plenty to offer the entry-level investor, but initial steps must include a realistic assessment of your finances and the ability to compromise now, in order to benefit later," HTW said.

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March Brisbane apartment market in decline: HTW property clock

"If you’re willing to position yourself a reasonable distance from the CBD, there are a plethora of options for first time buyers and investors.

"It’s all about realising this first purchase won’t necessarily be a home on the hill in St Lucia or penthouse in New Farm.

Target something that’s had some wear and tear but still includes that key property component of location. Nearby services and facilities are major factors in price growth.

"You can renovate the improvements, but you can’t relocate the real estate.

"Locations that are worth considering for first homeowners should include those with a comparably lower median house price.

"Think about addresses such as Runcorn, Calamvale, Drewvale, Doolandella, Salisbury, Coopers Plains, HEATHWOOD and Forest Lake. Look for housing priced at sub-$600,000 (which is the typical Brisbane median house price). Although you are competing with investors in these locations, with enough preparation, you stand a great chance of nding your first home.

"Another area to search is our western corridor through to Ipswich. This patch offers some of our region’s lowest entry-level price points, and with great access to all the facilities you’d expect of a big city. There’s also great transport options if you do need to commute into the capital’s CBD.

Check out the suburb of Camira for some of those cheaper, larger blocks. If new housing is more your bag, then Springfield and Springfield Lakes are popular suburbs for first home buyers where there is affordability and proximity to both great public infrastructure and transport. It’s also kind of nice
to be living in a brand new or near new home for your first foray into residential. However if you do choose second hand, it’s possible to get a three-bed, two-bath, one-car car dwelling on a small allotment at Spring eld Lakes from $330,000 to $380,000. There’s also the option to buy a townhouses or unit, although these historically don’t achieve the same capital growth as houses.

"If you’re an entry-level investor looking to be part of Brissie, then you’re probably considering units and townhouses at the moment – but as we’ve been warning for some time now, be careful!

"off-the-plan investor stock that has limited appeal to owner- occupiers is at oversupply and the potential for capital gain is limited.

"Many investors are also looking at detached homes. We’ve seen a trend towards housing in areas like Sunnybank Hills, Macgregor and Coopers Plains where investors buy highset housing and rent out the lower level separately to increase the return.

"In the western corridor once more, investors like Redbank Plains, Gailes and Collingwood Park. These suburbs have very low price points for established housing and while touts can be modest, rent returns are strong.

"Overall, our advice for first time buyers is to be prepared and look for smart strategies that help you get into the market. Maybe there’s the option of gaining support from the bank of “mum and dad”. Even if they don’t have the ready cash, going guarantor on a loan can be great step up from your folks."

Property Observer found a two bedroom apartment with city views, 193/18 Tank Street on the market for around $500,000 (below).

It last traded for $520,000 at the start of 2016.

March Brisbane apartment market in decline: HTW property clock


A two bedroom, two bathroom inner city apartment with one car space, 7026/7 Parkland Boulevard Brisbane City, (below) is on the market for $649,000.

It last sold for $620,000 in 2015.

March Brisbane apartment market in decline: HTW property clock

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