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Hidden Brisbane property gem revealed

  • February 19 2020
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Hidden Brisbane property gem revealed

By Cameron Micallef
February 19 2020

An under-the-radar suburb in a heating up Brisbane market has been tipped to be the next hot spot for real estate investors, according to industry experts.

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  • February 19 2020
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An under-the-radar suburb in a heating up Brisbane market has been tipped to be the next hot spot for real estate investors, according to industry experts.

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Analysis by ASPIRE Property Advisor Network reveals that Bridgeman Downs, 13 kilometres north of the CBD, has evolved from a homebuyer hub of rural residential to a solid investor option.

Founder and managing director of ASPIRE Richard Crabb believes it follows all the fundamentals that should see prices rise.

“Increasing rents, falling vacancies, rising population and affordable property options are the gold standard when it comes to selecting promising investment locations and Bridgeman Downs ticks all those boxes,” Mr Crabb explained.

According to SQM Research, Bridgeman Downs' rental vacancy rate has progressively dropped from its peak figure of 4.5 per cent in November 2016 to 3.2 per cent in November 2019. 

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In addition, the research showed that asking rents are up by 4.0 per cent for units.

“A combination of rising rents and tightening vacancies is a key indicator of investment income growth potential,” Mr Crabb said.

He said the population of Bridgeman Downs had grown around 13.4 per cent over the past five years and is set to continue.

“The suburb’s family lifestyle combined with excellent access to services, facilities, schooling and transport routes are driving demand,” Mr Crabb said.

“In addition, much of the suburb’s developable land has been exhausted, so supply is tightening.”

He said price rises had already begun, with Domain data revealing Bridgeman Downs was among Brisbane’s top 10 suburbs for median house price growth reflecting 7.2 per cent to December 2019.

Mr Crabb said the numbers show Bridgeman Downs is on the up, however, the fundamental of investment success continued to be asset selection.

“The key to profiting is avoiding cookie-cutter projects with unremarkable accommodation that is geared specifically at short-term tenants,” he said.

“Boutique complexes with points of difference are better for both rental and value growth potential.

“Look for projects with plenty of room – both in terms of townhouse floor areas, and common space in the complex.”

Mr Crabb said investors should seek high-spec properties that would appeal equally to both homebuyers and tenants.

“The other tip is to buy below the suburb’s median price, which gives the property plenty of upside potential over the long term,” he concluded.

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Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

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