REIQ March Quarter Unit Report:
Median March Quarter: $450,000
Median 12 months to end of March 08: $449,755
Change over 1 year - 6.5%
Median March Quarter: $625,000
Median 12 months to end of March 08: $518,500
Median March Quarter: $510,000
Median 12 months to end of March 08: $401,500
Median March Quarter: $425,000
Median 12 months to end of March 08: $401,750
From the Brisbane Times:
"REIQ chairman Peter McGrath said current figures reflect historical averages for the year's first quarter.
"Brisbane is coming down off a high, so to speak ... the market is simply returning to normal," Mr McGrath said.
Yet Mr McGrath conceded investor demand has cooled recently as servicing increasing loan repayments becomes more difficult.
"Investors appear to be staying out of the market until rents reach a level where they match the increase in interest rates and they are confident that the market has definitely stabilised," he said.
The trend has been felt hardest within the CBD, where apartments in complexes on Charlotte Street have remained unsold for four months.
"It is taking 30 days longer to sell inner-city apartments because investors are bowing out," LJ Hooker Brisbane Central principal agent Alexandra Rutherford said.
Prices have been scaled back accordingly Ms Rutherford said.
"We have had apartments priced at $480,000 reduced to $460,000 and some reduced to $420,000."
However, Mr McGrath warned real estate agents against judging the current market against last year's anomoly.
"I don't think some agents realised how good it was last year, thinking. it could last forever. Now we are just moving back to a more traditional market," he said."