Sunday, October 6, 2013

Is there a property bubble

Property Observer had a series of comments yesterday, as to whether there is a property bubble in Australia at present.  Queensland's market is not as hot as Sydney and Melbourne.  In fact, a Gold Coast real estate agent told me today that he is waiting 12 months for the Gold Coast to follow Sydney and start to pick up -- until then, no price increases.  And there are no off-the-plan apartment projects being marketed in Surfers or Broadbeach, and no cranes on the Gold Coast skyline at present.  If anything, real estate prices and cost of living is already high in Queensland, and job growth looks uncertain.  So unless there is a sudden rush of investors from the Southern states or from Asia, or massive migration into Queensland, I can't see property prices increasing in Queensland any time soon.

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