Housing hot spots: Where to buy property in Queensland in 2018

first_imgTerry Ryder, director of Hotspotting.com.au.Mr Ryder said there was some major infrastructure spending coming up in Brisbane and southeast Queensland and there would be a major boost presumably from the Commonwealth Games.“The Moreton Bay region up in the north is the one that we like, it’s where we are seeing the greatest rise in sales activity, it’s got affordability, it’s got good infrastructure, good transport links and it is approximate to some fairly major jobs nodes like the airport, seaport and Australia Trade Coast, so it has got a lot of things in its favour, it is probably the Brisbane area that we like the best.’’It was the strongest market in Brisbane, had affordable housing, low vacancies and good rental yields and he said the sales volumes were strong.In the past 12 months more than 400 houses have sold in six of the core suburbs within the region and four of those had median house prices below $380,000.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoOutside of Brisbane Mr Ryder liked the Townsville market for its potential.“You look at the current statistics it looks quite unattractive, vacancies are still quite high and in the past 12 months there has been prices going backwards, but we are always looking to the future and Townsville has got absolutely massive things coming up in its near future.’’“It’s a good time to buy there as long as you can see the future and ignore the current statistics, prices have been going backwards for a couple of years, so it is good buying with some confidence that there is going to be price growth in the next few years.’’ An aerial shot of Pimpama showing the Gold Coast’s northern growth suburb. Picture: skyepicsaerialphotography.On the Gold Coast, Pimpama is his top pick because of the abundance of new land being released for housing development. And in the state’s north, Mr Jovcevski also sees Townsville making a comeback after suffering during the mining downturn. Water skiing at Lake Kurwongbah. Picture: Richard Walker.The median house price for the suburb, about 28km from the CBD was $750,000 with six houses selling for more than that during the period.Terry Ryder of Hotspotting.com.au nominated the far northern Brisbane suburbs as among his ten best buying spots in Australia this year.“Generally speaking Brisbane is expected to be stronger this year, people have been forecasting for a number of years now that Brisbane is going to rise and it hasn’t really responded in a major way as yet,’’ he said.“But many of the stars are falling into alignment for Brisbane and southeast Queensland.“The state economy is improving, last year Queensland created more jobs than any other state or territory, the interstate migration figures are now favouring Queensland again, particularly southeast Queensland, and there is quite a strong factor of people leaving Sydney and heading to places like southeast Queensland and part of the reason for that is the affordability equation.’’ HOTTEST RENT SPOTS REVEALED Pockets of the Brisbane property market are tipped to outperform in 2018.POCKETS of the Brisbane property market are tipped to outperform this year, as southern markets cool and more interstate buyers turn their attention north.While Brisbane as a whole is predicted to continue its slow and steady price growth, analysts have revealed some areas will go above and beyond.The far northern suburbs of Brisbane within the Moreton Bay region are already shaping up for a solid 2018.CoreLogic figures reveal the best performing suburb within the greater Brisbane region in the past quarter was Kurwongbah in the Moreton Bay region, with median house price growth of 21.4 per cent. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE center_img Crowds pack into Westfield Chermside shopping centre.Mr Jovcevski is even more optimistic about the outlook for the Sunshine Coast’s property market, predicting house price growth of 7-8 per cent for the region this year.He has earmarked the Noosa hinterland suburb of Tewantin as an investment hotspot for 2018.“It’s benefiting strongly from international tourism, but it’s also where people from Noosa actually live,” Mr Jovcevski said.It also had a tight rental vacancy rate. Townsville has been identified as a hotspot to invest in 2018. Picture: Wesley Monts.Steve Jovcevski, property expert with financial comparison website, Mozo.com.au, also expects stronger price growth for the Brisbane housing market in 2018.Mr Jovcevski said house prices in Brisbane would likely increase by 5 per cent this year. “Brisbane has experienced steady population grown due to the affordable lifestyle it offers,” he said.“Many Australians are migrating to Brisbane from more expensive city centres due to housing affordability and a stable local market. “Apartment markets may struggle compared to houses due to an oversupply in some areas.”In Brisbane, Mr Jovcevski’s favourite spot to buy in 2018 is Chermside, 9km north of the CBD.The suburb has a median house price of $605,500.He described Chermside “a good, steady place to invest” because of the Westfield shopping centre, proximity to hospitals and transport links.last_img read more

Syracuse heads into ACC championships with rest, refined team tactics

first_img Published on October 30, 2014 at 12:05 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+ The best feeling from Syracuse’s winning performance at the Wisconsin Meet of Champions on Oct. 17 was knowing it came without the Orange runners running their hardest.SU dominated the meet, scoring nearly twice as well as the second-place Iona team.“We knew we needed to have a solid day,” said Martin Hehir, a redshirt junior and SU’s top finisher in Wisconsin. “But it takes a lot of pressure off knowing we’re not going all-out.”The team didn’t particularly strain itself because, in the grander scheme of the season, there were more important races approaching. Conserving energy, training for the postseason and learning from past meets are at the forefront of their minds as they look ahead to the Atlantic Coast Conference championships. The conference meet is set for Friday in Charlottesville, Virginia with a 10 a.m. start for the women and 10:45 a.m. start for the men.This year’s race is hosted by the University of Virginia at Panorama Farms, an 8K course featuring a 1000-meter stretch of uphill running. No one on the SU team has raced on the course before, but the feelings of unfamiliarity should be eased by the fact that the team will arrive early and have the opportunity to run the course twice before the ACC official meet.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe plan to conquer the course continues with training. The Orange regularly runs up Sweet Road in Pompey, New York to prepare. The 6.5-mile stretch is a gradual, uphill climb that challenges even the top SU runners. “It’s one of our toughest workout venues,” said redshirt senior Reed Kamyszek. “It prepares you to push yourself when you’re exhausted in a race.”SU men’s cross-country has won four of its last five conference titles, dating back to the team’s time in the Big East. The Orange is competing in its second-ever ACC tournament after winning last year.Head coach Chris Fox said resting his top seven players prior to the conference championships is standard operating procedure.To save the best for the more important races, SU rested its best last Friday in the John Reif Memorial in Ithaca, New York. None of its top seven runners, like Hehir, Kamyszek or freshman Justyn Knight, participated as they rested up for the postseason.In Charlottesville, the men will repeat their tactics from throughout the year. They will stick in a pack for the first 5K because, Fox said, there’s strength in numbers and the runners gain confidence when they see their teammates. After the 5K mark, runners will break out if they can, Fox said. Otherwise, the runners hang with the pack and try to grit out the strength to keep running by gaining confidence from their surrounding teammates.“When I look around and I’m surrounded by my whole team, it’s a great feeling,” Hehir said. “It helps me push through because I know we’re doing this together.”Communication is another added benefit to the pack method. Runners say they can discuss strategy in-race on whether to keep their pace, go up-tempo or slow down to conserve strength.They’ve refined these maneuvers at their first-team races throughout the season. In Boston for SU’s Sept. 26 meet, Hehir remembers starting slow before the race came down to a big kick in the last mile. Hehir said that could’ve been avoided by a stronger start. “We need to establish a good pace,” he said. “We don’t want it coming down to the final push.”To succeed at the ACC championships, the Orange needs a strong race from Kamyszek, who struggled in Wisconsin, and redshirt sophomore Joel Hubbard. If they move up in the pack, Fox said, they can swing the meet for SU. Neither has run a competitive race in two weeks.Like the rest of the top Orange runners, Kamyszek and Hubbard are winding down their training, running shorter and shorter practices. Then they’ll eat steak or pasta together and prepare for the biggest race of their season thus far.“They want to win,” Fox said. “And they hold each other accountable.” Commentslast_img read more

Grand Slam of Curling heading to Dawson Creek

first_imgThe National recently released its draw schedule, and will be featuring gold medalists Kevin Martin (2010), Brad Gushue (2006), as well as 2011 World Champion Jeff Stoughton.Opening ceremonies for the Capital One Grand Slam of Curling, The National, will take place on Wed. Jan.25 at 7:30 p.m. The event will kick off with Team Stoughton vs. Team Gushue, Team Martin vs. Team Fowler and Team McEwen vs. Team Ulsrud.For a look at the complete draw sheet, visit the Events Centre’s official website, or the Grand Slam of Curling’s official website.- Advertisement -If unable to make it to Dawson Creek for the event, The National will be televised nationally on CBC on Sat. Jan. 28 and Sun. Jan. 29.Tickets are now available for purchase and are priced at $30, $20 and $16 dollars. Round robin tickets purchased before 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan.13 cost $12.Tickets are available for purchase online, or by calling 1-877-339-8499. Discount group packages are also available by calling 250-795-3307.   Advertisementlast_img read more