Saturday, February 1, 2014

Aria's South Brisbane Bet

The AFR on Thursday (30/01/14, p.38) had a full page story about Brisbane apartment developer, Aria.  Some highlights:
  • Aria has sold 188 apartments in three residential towers it has completed in South Brisbane since mid-2012.
  • It has a 20 storey tower under construction on Grey Street.
  • It is about to start another 20 storey tower of the corner of Edmondstone and Boundary Streets.
  • Aria owns a dozen more sites in South Brisbane.
  • South Brisbane is catching up to Bowen Hills and The Valley for residential apartment development.
  • The change is due to construction of office towers, bring 10,000 workers to the area.
  • Residential building approvals have jumped from 151 in 2010/11 to 744 in 2012/13.
  • Gross rental yields are said to be 6%.
  • Prices for Aria's apartments are $7,500 to $8,000 a sqm, and are likely to rise.
  • Aria has lodged a DA for a 26 storey tower on Hope Street that will have over 180 apartments.
  • Aria pays interest on deposits for off-the-plan apartments.
  • 75% of Aria's clients are investors, with fewer than 10% being SMSFs.
  • Half the buyers are from SE Queensland.
  • There are more than 4000 apartments under construction in inner Brisbane.  The biggest supply potential is in Brisbane's North Eastern area, around Bowen Hills and The Valley - this is seen as a risk.

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