Gold Coast the most appealing destination

THE Gold Coast’s world-renowned beaches, laid-back lifestyle and affordable housing are luring interstate residents south of the Queensland border.

Latest data shows the Glitter Strip is the most appealing interstate destination among New South Wales residents, based on almost 9 million searches in the past year. Read more

Property price gap narrowing

One of Australia’s big four banks has predicted Sydney property prices will become “relatively” less expensive than those in Brisbane within the next few years.

ANZ head of Australian Economics David Plank’s comments came at the Property Council’s outlook lunch on February 8, when he said the gap between affordability of Brisbane and Sydney would narrow over the next few years. Read more

First homebuyers set to surge

First homebuyers get ready, experts say conditions are right for a major surge — especially across South East Queensland.

The triple effects of affordability, good lending options and a retreat by investors were creating the right conditions for the next generation of buyers, according to First Home Buyer Buddy co-founder Daniel Baxter.

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What you need to know before building a granny flat

Granny flats, or secondary dwellings, can allow home owners to keep parents or adult children close by while giving them their own space. They can also be a great way to generate rental income.

But before you book in your builder, there are a few questions you’ll need to ask and some research to undertake to make your project a successful one. Read more