Saturday, August 27, 2011

Oversupply of Apartments in Brisbane, especially Hamilton and Albion

THE number of apartments planned for Brisbane's inner north is the biggest threat to the success of the city's apartment market.

The June quarter report by real estate agent Place Advisory on inner Brisbane's apartment market says new developments planned for this precinct, which includes suburbs such as Bowen Hills through to Hamilton, threaten to create an oversupply in coming months.

Large multi-density communities are being approved almost on a weekly basis, while new mixed-use communities are poised to enter pre-release marketing campaigns before Christmas.

Place Advisory says that if many of these projects are not an overwhelming success, it will add to an already pessimistic local dynamic, ultimately driving away buyers from off-the-plan sales. The success or failure of only a few will affect the wider Brisbane property market in the longer term, it says.

Almost 70 per cent of the unconditional sales during the quarter were priced under $550,000. Only 6 per cent were above $750,000. Total sales were about $136 million, in line with the average total quarterly sales in the past five years.

There were 2144 new residential apartments for sale, or about 27 months' of stock, in inner Brisbane at the end of the financial year.

Of these, 50 per cent were two-bedroom, 33 per cent are one-bedroom apartments, and only 12 per cent three-bedroom configurations.

Place says most of the unconditional sales in the quarter were to interstate or international buyers.

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