Extract from SMH (Full article) March 4, 2008
According to BIS Shrapnel forecasts, Brisbane is projected to show the best growth over the next three years and by 2010 will have the leading long-term growth average of Australia's capital cities.
While preferring not to elect individual suburbs as growth hot spots, BIS Shrapnel senior economist Jason Anderson says the imbalance between supply and demand in Brisbane is set to affect apartment prices. Anderson believes the capital will soon face a dire shortage of apartments, especially for renters.
"[The imbalance is] going to get even worse in the inner-ring suburbs ... so in that sense there's a leaning towards that end of the market - particularly if you're looking at the volume of demand, which will rise substantially as new office developments are completed in 2009 and 2010."
Most people buying an apartment within Brisbane aspire to purchase within the inner city or areas near the city, Lawless says. He believes these areas provide the highest level of amenity, such as shopping, restaurants, nightclubs and cafes.
Both Lawless and McNamara believe the city will offer good returns in the medium term. "Essentially, it's important to be close to the CBD - and where apartments overlook the river and are close to the city you'll probably have good capital growth," McNamara says.
"Brisbane is starting to become expensive and many Gen Ys are going to be looking to rent in quality apartments in the city where the action is, as opposed to buying, because property prices where they want to live are somewhat out of their reach."
McNamara says Noosa Heads is "the signature place - the place to be on the Sunshine Coast" and believes that of all the areas in the region, this is the one where strong demand will continue.
Noosa's median apartment price rose from $500,000 in 2006 to $549,000 last year. McNamara also likes Mooloolaba, which has a thriving local economy and attracts many holiday-makers. Median prices rose from $355,000 in 2006 to $375,000 last year.