2014 Australian Property Investment Trends for South-East QLD

South East QLD

South East QLD, Australia

Traditionally, the Queensland Real Estate Market typically lagged behind the other popular Australian East Coast cities of Sydney and Melbourne – in terms of Average house price medians and the acquisition of new properties. However in 2014, Australian Real Estate experts and financial analysts all agree that the QLD real estate market is set to have one of the best years on record, especially in the greater SE QLD area.


Average median house prices in areas such as the Gold Coast and Brisbane are close to what they were 10 years ago which means:


  • Properties in SE QLD are still very affordable for first home buyers.
  • Real Estate in SE QLD is a great option for investment purposes – for both local and foreign investors.


In the past 12 months, there has already been steady growth in suburbs closer to the more popular areas of the Gold Coast and Brisbane’s CBD area, which is certainly bound to cause a ‘ripple effect’ and result in an increase in house prices for properties located towards the outer-suburbs of those heavily populated areas.


Queensland Quickest Selling Suburbs are Found in SE QLD

The latest figures released by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland show SE QLD is very popular among property investors and home buyers. The majority of the 10 fastest selling suburbs in the entire Queensland State are actually found just south of Brisbane’s CBD.


Below you will find a list of the top 10 fastest selling suburbs in Queensland (based on the report by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland):



Top 10 Fastest Selling Suburbs in Queensland, Australia


  1. Gold Coast, SE QLD

    Gold Coast, SE QLD

    Cranley — Avg. time on market = 14 days


  1. Glenlee — Avg. time on market = 26 days


  1. Mansfield — Avg. time on market = 29 days


  1. Carina Heights — Avg. time on market = 31 days


  1. Annerley — Avg. time on market = 31 days


  1. Holland Park — Avg. time on market = 33 days


  1. Keperra — Avg. time on market = 34 days


  1. Chermside — Avg. time on market = 35 days


  1. Wishart — Avg. time on market = 37 days


  1. Gailes — Avg. time on market = 38 days



3 Key Reasons Why South-East QLD is Proving Very Popular Amongst Property Investors and Home Buyers

World famous Gold Coast beaches

World famous Gold Coast beaches

With the south east Queensland real estate market now beginning to show signs of strengthening significantly over the next few years, there are certainly some key factors which stand out as being the main reasons why QLD will see the strongest national growth of all the major Australian regions in 2014.


1. The median house price for Real Estate around the SE Queensland region is still much lower than Sydney and Melbourne.


City        Median House Price    Median Apartment Price    Vacancy Rate


Sydney             $760,000                 $540,000                                2.1%


Melbourne      $625,000                 $480,000                                3.4%


Brisbane          $470,000                  $380,000                        2.8%



With the overall median house prices being significantly cheaper than in Sydney and Melbourne, people are definitely taking advantage of this fact and are now showing much more interest in acquiring QLD properties. Some indications from 2013 to prove this theory show Brisbane house prices are now up 5.3%, with apartment prices increasing a further 3.5% in the past 12 months.


2. The constant construction of major new infrastructure in all areas of SE QLD.


QLD Infrastructure Plans

QLD Infrastructure Plans

Queensland continues to be one of Australia’s fastest growing states in terms of population. Deputy Premier and Infrastructure Queensland chairman Jeff Seeney has recently stated “This government (QLD) will deliver the right infrastructure at the right cost for Queensland, when and where it is needed the most.” The construction of important infrastructure such as new roads, schools, hospitals, shopping districts, holiday resorts and residential dwellings is constantly at the forefront of the ever growing ‘Sunshine State’ and new land is constantly being developed all of the time. The building of new infrastructure and new residential developments constantly being proposed and approved within the state of QLD is definitely an attraction for both local and foreign property investors.




FIRB (Foreign Investment Review Board)

FIRB (Foreign Investment Review Board)

3. FIRB (Australian Government) Exemptions make it much easier for holiday makers and foreign investors to purchase QLD Real Estate. The Foreign Investment Review Board is the entity responsible for examining and approving proposals by foreign persons wishing to acquire property in Australia. And with Queensland being one of Australia’s top holiday destination spots, many ‘holiday makers’ are also choosing to enquire about the local QLD real Estate Market, whilst they are visiting the area.


For example, the Chinese are among the top nationalities to visit QLD within the last 12 months. They are also among the top foreign countries choosing to invest in Australia real estate. With this popular trend in Chinese tourists visiting QLD set to continue and increase over the next few years, you can also expect to see a steady increase in the amount of QLD properties being owned by wealthy Chinese investors.


[Read more about: FIRB Exemptions, Chinese Interest in buying Australian Real Estate, Canadian Interest in buying Australian Real Estate)


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