The Brisbane Convention Centre is upgrading and rebuilding on Grey Street at South Bank.
See this video.This can only improve the values of apartments in South Bank.
Queensland development group Pikos Group has announced it will slash prices by 25 percent, or up to $600,000, on all beachfront apartments in its three Gold Coast projects so it can keep its staff and contractors employed and pursue further beachfront acquisition opportunities.
The Brisbane-based company, headed by Pedro Pikos, has responded to the property market slowdown by discounting prices on all remaining stock. Source
A recent story in the Gold Coast Bulletin, which seems to try only to have positive stories about Gold Coast real estate, states:
"New apartment sales slumped during the December, 2008 quarter with just 77 unconditional transactions taking place for a total of $62.6 million, according to Colliers' latest Gold Coast Apartment Report. The figure was the second lowest on record since the research was first compiled in December 1996.
The research found sales in the December 2008 quarter, dropped significantly from the two previous periods, with 121 sales recorded in the September quarter and 448 sales in the June quarter. It was the worst quarter on record since December 2000, when 74 sales were recorded for a total of just $28.5 million. In the past two years, the number of sales per quarter has averaged 356. The report found the level of stock had also increased, with 2259 new apartments now available for sale, approaching the record figure of 2574 available in June 2007."The story is titled "The only way is up for unit sales" and the remainder of the story rationalizes why this is the bottom of the market on the Gold Coast, and why it will get better for the remainder of this year. I disagree. My view is that the Gold Coast apartment market is still overpriced, and will see a significant decrease in price over the next 9 months.
SELLING APARTMENTS OFF THE PLAN - Soliel Brisbane
Prices as at 9th Feb 2009
All apartments for sale start from level 31
One Bedroom apartments priced from $346,000
Two Bedroom apartments priced from $489,000
Two Bedroom plus study apartments from $529,000
Three Bedroom apartments priced from $774,000
But it's a long way short of being the king of capital growth.
Capital growth on the Gold Coast over the past five years has been half that achieved next door in downmarket Logan City, according to Real Estate Institute of Queensland figures.
The Moreton Bay region, a municipality that encompasses cheap mortgage-belt suburbs in Brisbane's north, has achieved considerably higher capital growth than the Sunshine Coast next door.
Within the Sunshine Coast municipality, the market leaders on capital growth are the railway towns in the hinterland (such as Beerwah and Landsborough), not the sexy coastal locations Noosa and Mooloolaba."