REIQ In The News

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property                      

NOOSA is expected to smash its $9.3million house sale record this year when the home of tennis ace Pat Rafter at Sunshine Beach finally sells.

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REIQ Queensland launches new real estate training website with online and classroom options                       

The Real Estate Institute (REIQ) of Queensland has launched a new real estate training website, timed to coincide when people are most likely considering a new career.

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Queensland property sector continues to rebuild after LNP slump                      

The rising confidence reported in today's Property Council of Australia survey – up 3 points - is reflected in Queensland's increased residential building approvals.

View the My Sunshine Coast article here »

Townsville agents cautious of Federal Government's plans to tackle affordability through supply                     

REAL estate agents have raised their concerns over a new push on housing affordability from the Federal Government, calling for a considered approach that won’t gut regional markets.

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Caloundra is Queensland rental hotspot                     

The Real Estate Industry Queensland’s quarterly vacancy rate data reveals Caloundra and Noosa are the tightest rental markets in the state, something local property managers have consistently seen on the ground. Roxanne McCarty-O’Kane talks with some Caloundra industry experts to find out why this suburb is such a hot spot.

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The stars are aligning for a good year for Brisbane property                    

THE stars are about to align for Brisbane’s property market with analysts predicting stronger price growth in 2017 driven by demand from interstate and expat buyers.

With Sydney property prices now more than 70 per cent higher than Brisbane’s the local market has become more attractive to southern-based investors.

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Council backs overhaul of first homeowners grant                     

THE State Government has been urged to expand its first-home buyer grant to established homes to help regional property markets recover.

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland is leading the push, which has been supported by local government leaders, including at Townsville..

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Toowoomba's housing market defies regional woes                    

TOOWOOMBA has defied the growing gap between regional and urban housing prices, with the latest figures revealing a sharp increase in average house prices.

View The Ipswich Advertiser article here »

Thornside is the suburb to watch in the Redlands property market in 2017                   

THORNESIDE is the Redlands suburb for property investors to watch in 2017, says real estate principal Jeff Cannon.

View The Redland City Bulletin article here »

Townsville's first major property price growth expected this year                   

FIRST home buyers and investors will tip the scale in favour of Townsville’s first major price growth next year, experts predict.

With a number of major developments on the horizon, 2017 is expected to see significant growth in median house prices, specifically suburbs with a 4810 postcode.

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Housing development booms with $300 million in estates                   

THERE is more than $300 million worth of housing developments in the works for Toowoomba.

No one can deny our city is booming with the $1.6 billion Second Range Crossing headlining the revolution.

View The Ipswich Advertiser article here »

Brisbane house prices showing strong growth while regions are suffering                   

THE tale of two Queenslands goes on, with the latest property price data showing a ­continued divergence between growth rates in urban and ­regional house prices.

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1000 Mackay homes idle but govt wants to build more                  

EVEN though more than 1000 Mackay homes are sitting idle on the market, state government looks set to continue encouraging first home owners to build more.

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QLD Excerpt From The 2017 January Market Report                 

Continuing economic improvements have been propping Brisbane up over the last 12 months,  especially with the building boom. As a result, “there’s no doubt that the southeast Queensland housing market is performing solidly at the moment,” says Andrew Wilson, chief economist at Domain Group.

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You can put your house on it, Noosa sells                

NOOSA has reported the second highest median house price in Queensland for the September quarter at $590,000.

View the Noosa News article here »

The nine biggest mistakes sellers should avoid to get the best sales price               

Selling your home can be a stressful time, so it’s important that it runs as smoothly as possible to give yourself the best chance of a top sales price.

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Urgent changes are needed to the first home buyers grant to save regional towns                

URGENT changes are needed to the First Home Buyer’s grant to help save Queensland’s struggling regional towns.

Mayors and regional leaders have begun lobbying the State Government to push for changes to the $20,000 grant in regional communities.

View therealestate.com.au article here »

2017 predictions on how Australian house prices will perform              

It may not hit the boomtime peaks of 2013, but a survey of property analysts shows most are predicting solid growth in the price of houses in 2017. It's a different story for apartments, and indeed for all property in "gloomtime" cities Perth and Darwin where analysts have consistently predicted more price falls. 

View the Financial Review article here »

Backyard cricket under threat as Queensland properties continue to decrease in size             

SOUTHEAST Queensland backyards are shrinking at a rapid rate as “mum and dad” investors help drive a trend of “splitter blocks”.

Analysis by The Courier-Mail has revealed the number of lots approved for subdivision by major south east Queensland councils has doubled in five years. 

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Renters set for a happy new year according to latest white paper             

Cheaper rental properties are set to be the hallmark of 2017 which is great news for tenants, as an oversupply of inner-city investment properties flood the market.

A new LJ Hooker white paper, exclusive to The Courier-Mail, labels the trend the ‘rise of the renter’. 

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Calls for expansion of Qld homebuyer grant             

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt is being urged to expand the state's first-home buyer grants to include established homes to help the recovery of regional markets. 

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Calls for home buyer grant fix              

GLADSTONE Regional Council has turned up the heat on the Queensland government to rethink its first home buyers grant scheme. 

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Queensland housing investment set to slow: state treasury             

Queensland Treasury has pointed to the number of high-rise apartments and tightened bank lending as a limit on growth in dwelling investment next financial year. 

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CQ is hot property              

EIQ December quarter figures for 2016 have revealed a 20% increase in the median house price and sales across the Central Highlands.

Emerald LJ Hooker real estate principal Brenda Logovik said these results are reflective of the market in Emerald. 

View the Central Queensland News article here »

Call or changes to Queensland first home buyers grant scheme              

The Queensland government is under pressure to reform its first home buyers grant scheme to help boost the state’s struggling regional real estate market, which has been hard hit by the mining downturn. 

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Queensland housing investment set to slow: state treasury             

Queensland Treasury has pointed to the number of high-rise apartments and tightened bank lending as a limit on growth in dwelling investment next financial year. 

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Happy days for Coast property market              

As the year nears its end, CoreLogic has released its December quarter report with an optimistic view for the year ahead. 

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Brisbane property market begins to slide             

New research has found that the quarterly median house price and median unit price in Brisbane declined slightly in the September quarter, following strong supply to the unit market and easing demand in the housing market. 

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Five of the top 10 most viewed properties in Queensland are from the Gold Coast              

IT’S official.

The Gold Coast has the hottest properties in the country.

It comes as a palatial Mermaid Beach mansion named Tidemark took out the number one spot of the most viewed properties on realestate.com.au. 

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Meet the 20-y-o who just bought her first investment property on the Gold Coast              

She only just turned 20, but Amy Still has bought her first investment property on the Gold Coast.

The Varsity Lakes resident has been putting her hard earned cash away since she began working at age 13, and can now proudly join the ranks of other property owners. 

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Snap up a piece of Central Qld for $15,000             

FIRST-HOME buyers could purchase a house for less than the State Government grant with prices as low as $15,000.

Retired real estate agent and former Vision Property Group owner Di Hancock-Mills said the "ridiculous" prices were reflective of the Central Highlands economy with owners "finally meeting the market". 

View The Morning Bulletin article here »

Boyne Smelter to pay Gladstone locals for used cans              

BOYNE Smelters Limited and Endeavour Foundation have teamed up to bring a cash for cans program back to Gladstone.

People are invited to collect aluminium cans and bring them to Endeavour Foundation in Lyons St to be sorted and weighed. 

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Trinity Beach is Cairns' best performer in terms of house prices              

INCREASING sales of high-value, premium properties at Trinity Beach have pushed the suburb’s median value up an incredible 34.5 per cent over the past five years. 

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City a top property performer              

 HOUSES are selling like hot cakes in Ipswich.

The latest real estate statistics are in and Ipswich has emerged as the "standout performer", beating Brisbane and surrounding suburbs. 

View  Caboolture News article here »

'Dark days' of Coast property market nearly over              

KEVIN Doolan has been around the block a while.

Armed with over 40 years in the real estate industry, he is qualified to judge on the Capricorn Coast property market. 

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Adani boom could bring Gladstone house price rise              

WHATEVER way you choose to look at things, the Gladstone property market is the second-most affordable market in Queensland. 

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Shock at sudden death of respected business identity              

THE Toowoomba business and real estate community is mourning the sudden death of a man renowned for his tenacity and dedication.

Long-standing real estate principal and Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland Toowoomba vice president Bill Hedger, 72, died suddenly Tuesday night. 

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Real Estate Institute of Queensland says Cairns property market on rise               

CAIRNS is the only city outside of the southeast corner to be rated a rising market for both houses and units.

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s latest report shows the city’s median house price of $395,000 steady in the June quarter. 

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How Rocky's property market bounced back with double digits             

 IT'S almost the comeback of the decade.

In a remarkable bounce, Rockhampton's median house prices have jumped by double digits. 

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Real estate prices fall in Brisbane             

Brisbane home prices have taken a hit as a slide in demand and a flood of new units impact the city's property market, according to the latest data from Real Estate Institute Queensland (REIQ). 

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REIQ: December 2016 data shows fall in Brisbane property prices             

BRISBANE home prices have taken a hit as a slide in demand and a flood of new units impact the city’s property market, according to the latest data from Real Estate Institute Queensland (REIQ). 

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Bundy a buyers' market            

Depending on which side of the property ladder you're on, there's good and bad news according to the latest figures from the Real Estate Institute Queensland.. 

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Gold Coast property market records slight dip but annual median prices are up             

 THE Gold Coast’s year of constant growth has taken a slight hit, according to the latest data from the Real Estate Institute Queensland (REIQ).

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REIQ announces finalists for Awards of Excellence            

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland has announced its 2017 Awards for Excellence finalists and Sunshine Coast agents and agencies feature 15 times in the list. 

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Brisbane home prices take a hit            

Brisbane home prices have taken a hit as a slide in demand and a flood of new units impact the city's property market, according to the latest data from Real Estate Institute Queensland (REIQ). 

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Developer's fast-track multi-million dollar Rocky project             

Developers are fast tracking construction of a multi-million dollar Rockhampton estate. 

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Houses selling cheap as prices hit 10 year low             

The lowest house prices in a decade is giving first-home buyers the encouragement to get into the market. 

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Ipswich to be Queensland's fastest-growing area over next 25 years             

Ipswich is shaping to be Queensland’s fastest-growing city over the next 25 years, after recording the ­highest increase in residential dwelling approvals in the state. 

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Far North suburbs a solid choice for investors             

FOR high rental returns, it seems investors had best look to regional Queensland.

Mission Beach was the best performer in a list of highest gross rental returns for units while North Queensland mining town, Collinsville topped the list for Queensland houses. 

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Brisbane's rental market tipped to favour tenants as vacancy rate rises             

Tenants should have more bargaining power with landlords as vacancy rates continue to rise in Brisbane, up 0.5 percent year on year. 

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Office supply enough to meet Brisbane CBD demand for 18 years             

New and proposed office space in the Brisbane CBD is sufficient to meet demand for the next 18½ years, according to new analysis. 

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Houses selling cheap as prices hit 10 year low             

THE lowest house prices in a decade is giving first-home buyers the encouragement to get into the market. 

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Mortgage stress bites as arrears rise           

The number of homeowners ­falling behind in their loan repayments has risen sharply as mining towns struggle and workers worry about the ­future. 

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The Best Suburbs To Buy In Brisbane          

The sprawling city of Brisbane is a beautiful place that anyone would be happy to live in; but it’s comprised of nearly 200 suburbs, which makes it hard to decide exactly where in Brisbane you want to live. 

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Projects such as Nova City in the Cairns CBD are paving the way for apartments to make a comeback         

After years out in the cold, apartments are back on Cairns property buyers' wish lists.

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Demand For 'New Age' Facilities Drives Brisbane Rental Market        

Central Village, managed by Tessa Residential, is now the largest residential complex in Brisbane with 520 apartments in total.

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Apartment size matters in Brisbane's flight to quality        

Apartments the size of an average suburban block are attracting strong interest from owner-occupiers in southeast Queensland. 

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REVEALED: 25 of Ipswich's cheapest houses       

OLD and neglected Ipswich homes are in hot demand as renovators rush to snap up character homes in classic areas for less than $250,000 in the face of rising prices.

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Sell Lease Property Noosa      

Previously an award-winning media and public relations executive, Noosa resident Alex Harris swiftly established her value to vendors from Castaways Beach to Tewantin and everywhere in between.

View the My Sunshine Coast article here »

Schoolies' host in a good pizza thinking       

John Newlands knows, if you're in Surfers at this time of year, the best way to keep the schoolies happy is to keep them well-fed.

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Fourth real estate gong for Toowoomba property manager      

 KATIE Knight has topped the state once again.

The principal of RE/MAX Success Toowoomba was named Residential Property Manager of the Year at the Real Estate Institute of Queensland's award ceremony. 

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Townsville property agents in the running for Residential Salesperson of the Year       

IT’S been a year of growth and success for Townsville property agent Damien Keyes, who has not only been named one of the city’s top 50 most influential but is also in the running for Residential Salesperson of the Year.

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Where does your FNQ suburb rate when it comes to house price growth?      

BUNGALOW and Kamerunga top the charts as the leading growth areas for house prices in Cairns.

The average house price at Bungalow was $357,500 for the 12 months to October 31 – up four per cent from the previous year, according to CoreLogic RP Data,.

View The Cairns Post article here »

What are the best house hunting websites on the market?      

Buying a property is a BIG decision. When it comes to searching for a house to buy, there are many different options to choose from.

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Sell Lease Property Noosa      

Previously an award-winning media and public relations executive, Noosa resident Alex Harris swiftly established her value to vendors from Castaways Beach to Tewantin and everywhere in between.

View the My Sunshine Coast article here »

Struggling CQ builders need a lifeline after another bad result      

As the latest monthly building approval figures for Queensland rolled out it was a familiar and worrying sight.

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Queensland's top 10 most expensive suburbs     

The latest median house price data shows that Queensland's 10 most expensive suburbs are all located in Brisbane. 

View The Real Estate Conversation article here »

The name was all about that place      

Until the name Sunshine Coast became official in the Government Gazette of August 1, 1967, the scattered collection of seaside towns that stretched across three shires and around 60 km of coastline had been known by various hit and miss names.   

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'Realistic pricing': Gladstone property bouncing back      

For the first time this year Gladstone's property market is showing signs that it's getting its mojo back.

Although property valuation experts Herron Todd White still say the market is yet to hit the bottom, in a big change, the volume of house sales increased. 

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Brisbane house vacancy rates rise      

Brisbane's vacancy rates are the second highest in the country after jumping ahead of Darwin, a new report shows. 

View the Financial Review article here »

Brisbane real estate agents share secrets to successful property sales using dogs and sports cars     

Pooches and Porches are being used as the latest tactics to help sway Brisbane’s hot property market. 

View The Courier Mail article here »

Why you should consider a buyer's agent    

Buyer's agents are becoming more popular in Queensland as buyers recognise the many benefits an advocate can bring to the purchasing process. 

View the Gladstone Observer article here »

Commonwealth Bank: coal seam gas makes property 'unacceptable' as loan security     

Australia’s biggest mortgage provider has declared a Queensland property with coal seam gas wells “unacceptable” as security for residential lending, raising fresh concerns that people living in the state’s gasfields may be unable to sell their homes. 

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Brisbane apartment market at more sustainable levels   

 Greater supply of new apartments in Brisbane means investors are holding out to purchase something special for a more reasonable price.

View The Real Estate Conversation article here »

Brisbane's top end apartments delivering big capital gains   

The negative outlook for Brisbane apartment prices might be worth reconsidering with new analysis showing CBD apartment sales in the last year priced over $1 million have delivered an average capital gain of $207,241.

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Median house price up in Brisbane, in a quarter of surprises   

It has been a challenging quarter for the Queensland property market, with factors such as the lengthy federal election campaign and uncertainty around the negative gearing debate impacting heavily, says REIQ CEO, Antonia Mercorella.

View The Real Estate Converstation article here »

Spring property boom hits the Gold Coast with interstate and locals buyers swarming city   

SPRING fever is gripping the Gold Coast property market, with the city going through an unprecedented bloom.

Cashed-up interstate buyers are swarming to the city, with locals hot on their heels in the hunt for their prized new home.

View the Gold Coast Bulletin article here »

Conference to help agents 'double their commissions'  

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland will hold its showcase event for 2016, the REIQ Summit, next month. The institute promises it will be a conference like no other, and participants will learn how to turn their dreams into reality. 

View the REB article here »

Market grows after contracting   

THE property market in the southeast corner of Queensland returned to positive territory this quarter, following last quarter’s contraction, and the Brisbane LGA median house price has grown 1.3 per cent to a new high of $635,000, the highest this has been in history.

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Private Property Sale: Advantages and Disadvantages   

With the omnipresence of the internet, people are now willing to sell their property independently. Let’s see whether that’s a good idea or not. 

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Median house price rises in Brisbane   

THE property market in the southeast corner of Queensland returned to positive territory this quarter, following last quarter’s contraction, and the Brisbane LGA median house price has grown 1.3% to a new high of $635,000, the highest this has been in history.

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Brisbane's Median House Price Reaches New High    

As Queensland’s property market returns to positive territory after last quarter’s contraction, the median house price in Brisbane also increased by 1.3%, posting a new historical high of $635,000 in the June quarter, according to the latest data from the Real Estate Institute Queensland Market Monitor. 

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Justin Nickerson wins the Australasian Auctioneering Championships  

Justin Nickerson was crowned REIA Australasian Auctioneer of the Year last week in a tightly fought contest. In challenging circumstances, Mr Nickerson delivered a seamless, entertaining call in very unusual conditions against Gavin Croft, Harry Li, Andrew North and Daniel Coulson.  

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Foreigners illegally buy $6m in SEQ homes: Tax Office   

Seven south-east Queensland homes purchased illegally for $5.9 million by foreign buyers have been identified in an Australian Tax Office investigation.

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Gladstone property market 'steady' as Bundaberg tips over edge   

IT'S been a long fall to the bottom of the market for Gladstone, but one of our CQ neighbours has only just tipped over the edge.   

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Women in Real Estate Lunch   

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) celebrated the influence of women in the industry with its Women in Real Estate (WIRE) luncheon on Friday September 9.  

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Are holiday homes still a good investment?  

Spring is here and Queensland's tourism sector will soon be heating up but does that dream house in a holiday location actually make you money?   

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Online scammers target new Gold Coast family, taking $1400 in bond for fake Southport home  

A YOUNG family looking for a fresh start on the Gold Coast has been left homeless after heartless scammers took them for some of their last cash. 

View the Gold Coast Bulletin article here »

Is Rocky's real estate market about to take a positive turn?  

NOEL Livingston has had a bit more of a spring in his step than usual over the past six weeks and it's all thanks to positive signs he's seen in the local real estate market.  

View The Morning Bulletin article here »

Solid increase in number of Queenslanders buying their own home  

Following on from the resurgence in Queensland’s State Final Demand figures, today’s ABS Housing Finance data shows Queensland is outpacing the national rate on housing finance for owner-occupied.  

View the My Sunshine Coast article here »

Soaring skyline signals a city in a hurry to grow up 

When Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was Queensland’s premier he used to take stock of the state’s economy by counting the number of cranes on the horizon. By any measure, Brisbane's central business district is on the rise, with sky scrapers being built at a rate not seen before.  

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Thousands of new jobs for inner Brisbane likely to continue need for apartment pipeline 

NEW rental vacancy rate data has challenged the question of whether Brisbane’s apartment market is oversupplied. The REIQ June quarter data has, for the first time, separated vacancy rate information on apartments and houses. REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said this new data now provided greater clarity around both segments of the market.

View the Courier Mail article here »

Most popular suburbs for home buyers on Coast 

The property market on the Sunshine Coast is ticking along quite nicely - but where are the most popular places to buy?

View the Sunshine Coast Daily article here »

Queensland property disclosure rules 'murky' and 'complicated'

Buying property is an inherently risky business. Either you want a future return on investment through rest or a later resale, or you're hoping it will be a perfect family home. 

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