Melbourne investors lured to Queensland by retail investment opportunities: MMJ Melbourne

Melbourne investors lured to Queensland by retail investment opportunities: MMJ Melbourne
Melbourne investors lured to Queensland by retail investment opportunities: MMJ Melbourne

A steady stream of private Melbourne investors have snapped up some of Queensland’s prime retail investment properties this year, attracted by the state’s solid growth fundamentals, according to real estate firm MMJ Melbourne.

Director of MMJ Melbourne, Joel Wald, said there was heightened interest from Melbourne’s private investors looking for properties close to Queenland’s CBD areas.

A private Melbourne investor recently bought a property at 66 Dalton Drive, Maroochydore for $6.84 million. The property was designed and constructed for Officeworks as a relocation to an area earmarked as a new CBD.

The sale was through MMJ Melbourne.

Earlier in the year, MMJ Melbourne also sold 130­134 Gympie Road, Strathpine, Queensland to another private Melbourne investor for $11.5 million. Tenants included Officeworks, Flip Out, a medical centre and pharmacy.

Private investors have also snapped up a Bunnings Springfield warehouse for $40 million(above), and another Officeworks at 176 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba.

“These are significant properties, and Melbourne investors clearly like the confidence that Queensland is proposing for retail investment at the moment. The vote of confidence investors see from big companies, like Officeworks, committing to these areas further reinforces this,” said Wald.

One of the key fundamentals is Queensland’s growing population. It was estimated at 4,722,450 persons in June-end 2014 , a rise of 70,540 from June 2013. This was the third largest population increase of any Australian state or territory over this period after New South Wales and Victoria.

“Obviously, population growth is one of the key fundamentals of retail investing, and at the moment, for Queensland, this is its strongest selling point,” said Wald.

The just released NAB Quarterly Australian Commercial Property Survey Q3 2015 said that while overall sentiment has moderated a little, it still remains at elevated levels. The survey suggests capital growth for the next 1­2 years will be strongest for office property, followed by industrial and retail.

Positive rental returns are also forecast in all sectors in the next 1­2 years, led by big upward revision in expectations for office rents (especially Victoria).

“All in all, we’re seeing very solid commercial property prospects across the board as we close out this year and enter into the next.

"Given this, I expect to continue to see strong demand from my clients in Melbourne to the sunny state as we enter 2016”, said Wald.

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