NAB forecast Brisbane house prices to rise 7% in 2021

News from Property Observer NAB have revised up their expectations for house prices this quarter and now see an overall national increase of around 5% over 2021.  They expect a "bifurcation of markets", with apartment price growth to be weaker than house price growth, particularly for the larger cities. "We forecast healthy gains of over 7% in each of Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart in 20...

QLD in race for Aussies to boost housing industry

News by The Courier Mail - Debra Bela The lowest overseas migration levels in more than 100 years is likely to pitch state against state in a bid for interstate migrants to keep the housing industry active, and property experts suggest it could be a showdown between Queensland and South Australia. The Federal Government’s budget announcement that Net Overseas Migration is expected to dr...

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What happens now: Property experts give QLD government direction for next four years

News from The Courier Mail - Debra Bela An interstate migrant boom not seen since the early 2000s is expected when Queensland borders reopen but property experts say the newly re-elected state government must work hard to keep its newest residents. An interstate migrant boom not seen since the early 2000s is expected when Queensland borders reopen but property experts say the newly re-elected...

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La Nina phenomenon poses weather warning for pool owners

News from The courier Mail - Sophie Foster In a warning for pool owners, the Bureau of Meteorology has flagged the start of the La Nina weather phenomenon, which will bring extra rain, some storms and possibly even flooding. In a warning for pool owners, the Bureau of Meteorology has flagged the start of the La Nina weather phenomenon, which will bring extra rain, some storms and possibly eve...

Where the COVID-19 bargain home buys are

News From James MacSmith - News Corp Australia Network - News.com.au The coronavirus pandemic has had a sobering effect on most sectors of the Australian economy and real estate is no different. But if you’re looking to buy, that is a good thing and there could be plenty of bargains out there. According to Eliza Owen, head of research at property data group CoreLogic, “the stri...

COVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic

News from The Courier Mail - Sophie Foster Aussie families have jumped at the chance to renovate their properties during the coronavirus pandemic. New lending data has revealed just how keen Australians are to give their homes a facelift,, with the average budget coming in at a whopping $63,188. Victoria came in with the highest average renovation cost at $71,067, followed by Tasmania $67,41...

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QLD postcodes lead first home loan deposit scheme take-up

News From The Courier Mail - Sophie Foster New details into the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme have shown it to be an outstanding success, with two Queensland postcodes leading the take-up nationally. The details were released as part of research by the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation into the first six months of the scheme’s operation to June 30 this year, which saw...

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FINDING THE RIGHT MATTRESS

You’ve got more options than ever when mattress shopping these days with no shortage of brick-and-mortar and online-only retailers to choose from. Here are the factors you should consider when you’re shopping for a perfect night’s sleep. Mattress construction: The most popular mattress types are inner spring mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and adjustable air mattresses....

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Property market update: How CBDs will survive post COVID-19

News from Realestate.com.au - Nerida Conisbee - Chief Economist Central business districts across Australia are currently the most visible property market victims of COVID-19. The Property Council of Australia will soon release its office vacancy rate numbers, and you can expect to see an increase, perhaps doubling. What they won’t show, is that most offices currently have very few...

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PREP YOUR PETS FOR THE BIG MOVE

Your moving day is set and it’s time to start preparing. As you’re making your lists and checking them twice, don’t forget to factor in your furry friends. Here are some tips for making sure the process goes smoothly. Medical records. When moving to a different city or state, one of the main things you need to take into consideration is finding a new veterinarian that is the ...

EASY LANDSCAPING DIY PROJECTS

Ever get the itch to do a DIY project? Whenever we do, our favorites involve getting outdoors and mixing up our landscaping features. Whether it's as simple as installing some lighting or a little more time-consuming like re-plotting plants, a fresh look for the lawn always gives your home a fresh look as well. Here are our top five easy landscaping projects! Create a pathway. To guide you a...

WHAT TO REPAIR BEFORE YOU LIST

When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are our top five recommended repairs to make before selling your home. Repaint walls. Giving your home a fresh coat of paint ...

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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOME WARRANTY & HOME INSURANCE

When purchasing a new home, it’s important to do in-depth research on all facets of the homebuying process. One thing you’ll need to understand is how to best protect yourself and your investment if anything were to go wrong. Check out the information on home insurance versus home warranty below to educate yourself on your options. Home Insurance Homeowners insurance pays for any ...

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5 CRITERIA FOR PRICING A HOME

When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales comparison. Location: Homes in the same neighborhood typically follow the s...

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STAGING STRATEGIES FOR YOUR HOME

Staging your home is all about putting the best foot forward for potential buyers. By highlighting its most desirable features, you can draw more interest for your home and leave a lasting impression that is sure to help you sell it more quickly. Here’s what you should keep in mind as you prepare for your next open house or viewing! Help them visualize it as their own. Make it easier f...

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Queenslanders continue to cooperate during COVID-19

News From RTA The RTA’s latest COVID-19 conciliation data has shown that almost three-quarters of all conciliated tenancy disputes have been successfully resolved within an average of seven days. Of the 1769 disputes conciliated by the RTA, 74% have related to rent arrears.Under the new temporary COVID-19 tenancy laws, tenants and property owners who are unable to reach an agreement tog...

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What will a COVID-19 property recovery look like?

Gazing into a crystal ball is a fraught exercise at the best of times, but many buyers and sellers are anxious to know how the property market might behave once we’re through the worst of the coronavirus crisis. To find that answer, you need to look at the price levels immediately before and during this crisis. We’d be happy to discuss with you how the market has been performing, b...

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Working from home sparks new property buying trend

It’s amazing how our attitudes have changed since the coronavirus lockdowns began. The convenience of working from home has been a revelation to many of us – no battling traffic or public transport, fewer distractions from workmates and a much healthier work-life balance. As agents, we’re now getting inquiries from potential buyers for properties that either offer a designat...

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8 Reasons to get ready to Sell now

If the walls are closing in and your incarcerated kids have convinced you it’s time to sell up and find a bigger home, then the time to act is now. As we are seeing with the easing of restrictions across Australia, the lockdown won’t last forever. And it always takes a few months to prepare a property for sale. As so many thousands of Australians have discovered, there has never b...

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Brisbane’s growth holds promise for post-virus future

Brisbane remains the most affordable city on the East Coast and was showing strong and steady growth in property values when the coronavirus struck. And with Queensland the first state to start to lift lockdown restrictions, it augurs well for the market’s return. New research shows property values in the city increased by 3.1% in the 12 months to March 2020, pushing the city to record h...

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Is Queensland well placed to build the nation into economic recovery?

From REIQEditor: Olivier Björksäter-Bleylock Data: Sandra Stuckey Analysis: Nicola McDougall and Kieran Clair At the time of writing, the Queensland Government had just issued an open declaration to Australia that the Sunshine State was “open for business and the place to invest and build as the nation looks to recover from the COVID-19 economic crisis.” That’s the ...

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Why now is a great time to prepare to sell your home

If you’re like most of us during COVID-19, you’ve still got time on your hands. So if you’ve been thinking about selling, there’s never been a better moment to start to prepare your home for sale. It always takes a month or so to prepare a property for sale. You’ll need to complete those annoying odd jobs around the home, and maybe repaint one or two rooms that ar...

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Developers woo home buyers with cash splashes and free mortgages

News Corp Australia - The courier Mail HOME buyers could save up to $100,000 on top of government stimulus measures as Brisbane property developers and builders try to woo the market with sweet deals of their own.   From cash splashes and furniture packages to free mortgages and stamp duty savings, buyers are being offered lucrative incentives to sign on the dotted line in the wake of t...

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Coronavirus forced major swing in Aussie attitudes, says survey

News From The Courier Mail – Sophie Foster   A NEW survey has found that COVID-19 has caused a swing in attitude among Australians that could have long-term effects on the property market. The survey, conducted by RSL Art Union in December and again in May, looked at what makes a “dream home” for Australians. It found that more people valued proximity to work or places...