Brisbane Properties :- Rents are soaring, where are the investors ?

Brisbane Properties :- Rents are soaring, where are the investors ?

Brisbane Properties
Brisbane Properties

Suzana Wade of Locate Property is a local Brisbane property management expert who is on the ground in Brisbane, speaking to tenants every day. Her insight is invaluable when actually trying to ascertain investor sentiment and tenant feedback for Brisbane Properties, and right now is a bad time to be a tenant.  

Property rents are increasing, and vacancy rates are at an all-time low. However, this should be an excellent time to be a property investor. However, why hasn’t this translated to more investors buying right now?  

Tenant demand is robust, rental prices are rising, properties are in little danger of sitting empty, rental returns are strong, and it’s starting to shift to be a buyer’s market in many locations thanks to recent declines in purchasing prices.

However, investors have been noticeably absent from the festivities. According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, the value of investor lending for homes in February was down 32.6% year over year. Overall, house lending was down 30.9%.

It’s crucial to emphasise that a lack of investors isn’t the only reason for our housing crisis; governments and a lack of development are also to blame (the number of dwelling approvals in February 2023 was down 31.1% from the previous year). 

However, investor participation helps to alleviate the crisis.

The main obstacle, according to PropTrack economist Angus Moore, has been interest rates, which have crushed investors due to limited borrowing capacity and higher mortgage rates. 

repayments just like everyone else. The Palaszczuk government’s new tenant legislation is a close second in terms of the reasons keeping investors out of the Brisbane property market.

Although prices have retracted by on average 5–10% over the last 18 or so months, investing in Brisbane Properties is unquestionably more expensive thanks to interest rates and hidden investment costs. “During the pandemic, we actually noticed more investors selling than buying,” Suzana said. 

“Many people saw their overall wealth decline as a result of falling home prices.” “Also, given the low number of property listings and limited new homes to buy, there hasn’t been a large selection of investment property options for investors to purchase with an attractive price discount incentive.”

Investors for Brisbane properties have the opportunity to profit.

Experts believe the moment is now, with capital city vacancy rates still falling and rental prices rising as housing supply is limited and population growth is high.

According to PropTrack statistics, a vacancy rate of 3% is considered desirable as a market equilibrium between tenants and owners; however, capital cities recorded a rate of only 1.43% in March 2023, down 55% from March 2020 and 0.66% from March 2022.

Sydney and Melbourne experienced the most significant quarterly declines, while Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, the ACT, and the regions experienced modest rises. 

According to the ABS, 303,700 people are predicted to move to our shores in the year ending June 30, 2022; a larger proportion of them than the average population is likely to seek rental accommodation.

Meanwhile, advertised rental prices on realestate.com.au rose 2% nationally in the first quarter of 2023 to a median of $500 per week, representing an 11.1% increase over the previous year and the fastest rate of rent growth since well before the pandemic. 

“Given how tight rental markets are and how competitive they are, we’re seeing rents grow extremely quickly across the country.”

“The only long-term solution is more housing.” “And more investors are purchasing such homes.”

 Investor demand is expected to rise.

According to Warren Hogan, an economic advisor with Judo Bank, the present rental problem would certainly encourage additional investors to enter the market.

“We know there will be a supply squeeze and that the population numbers are there.” Rents will continue to climb, as will rental yields; prices will not fall much further and will most likely begin to rise. 

“This is an excellent time to enter the market for a long-term investment.”

Some investors appear to be in agreement.

Despite borrowing less, their share of all borrower-accepted loans is increasing. 

According to the ABS, investors accounted for 33.7% of all transactions in February 2023, up from 24.2% in February 2021 and 27.3% in February 2020.

Property Managers in Brisbane. Rent Crisis, leaders to step up

Property Managers in Brisbane. Rent Crisis, leaders to step up

Property Manager Brisbane
Property Manager Brisbane

Many Brisbane tenants are having trouble making ends meet due to the city’s housing affordability crisis. Property managers in Brisbane have a critical role to play in tackling these issues, even as governments and industry bodies attempt to develop solutions. 

A property manager in Brisbane, like Suzana Wade of Locate Property, points out that people in the property management industry should stop waiting to be told what to do, start to implement changes, and take the initiative to put down solutions that have a lasting impact on the coal face.  

Too many property managers are claiming expert status and offering nothing to the solution..  Leadership in this crisis means doing what needs to be done and doing it in a way that has an impact that counts for both tenants and landlords.  This involves providing renters with flexible rent payment options, integrating necessary services, and making every effort to ensure their safety and property security. 

Property managers in Brisbane that show real concern for their tenants’ welfare typically attract and retain renters who are more loyal, trustworthy, and proud of their rental homes. This has a knock-on effect for those owners lucky enough to have a property manager who sees the value in providing these solutions for the current crop of tenants.  

High property prices, increasing credit scores and finance requirements, and inflation that diminishes purchasing power are all obstacles for many Brisbane tenants hoping to one day own their own home. That’s why it’s more important than ever to have access to rental housing, especially affordable rental housing. Working with tenants, governments, and industry groups, property managers can take the lead in finding solutions to the housing affordability challenge.

Individuals and families, the housing market, and policymakers all need to work together to solve the housing affordability challenge. Property managers in Brisbane have a responsibility to meet the needs of their tenants, who should continue to put their necessities ahead of their wishes. Property managers in Brisbane may lead the way towards a more just and sustainable housing market by seizing the reins and making the necessary adjustments now.

While the REIQ is fighting the good fight against these crazy new rent reform laws that will only worsen the housing supply and therefore place more pressure on rental prices, property managers in Brisbane need to be next in line to effect change. For more Articles on trending real estate topics like this, follow me HERE

Renting in Brisbane – Prices to hit further highs within 12 months

Renting in Brisbane – Prices to hit further highs within 12 months

Renting in Brisbane
Renting in Brisbane

Locate Property’s Suzana Wade predicts that renting in Brisbane is about to get even harder with record rent increases over the next 12 months. According to recent PropTrack statistics, tenants across the nation have another challenging year ahead of them as rental costs rise. According to the data, rentals across the country have increased by 2 percent in the first quarter, to a median of $500 per week.


In the past year alone, rents have increased by 11%, which is the biggest annual increase seen since before the epidemic. Rents in the nation’s capital increased by 4% from the last quarter of 2022 to the March quarter, bringing the yearly increase to an astounding 13%. Meanwhile, rents in the region have climbed by 2.2% from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the first quarter of 2018 (an annual increase of 4.5%).


Particularly in Brisbane but also in Sydney, Adelaide, and Perth, rents are rising “at an extremely rapid pace,” as the paper emphasises. In fact, Perth rents increased by 9 percent in the most recent quarter. PropTrack’s analysts are sounding the alarm that rent increases are likely to persist due to the current tight rental market. Particularly true in nation’s capital, where rent hikes have remained steady since they first began to accelerate in early 2022. As the pandemic has progressed, rent rises have slowed in the regions.


Except for the Australian Capital Territory and remote South Australia, rental prices rose across the country in the March quarter. The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has lately paused its long-running cycle of interest rate hikes, opting to maintain a cash rate of 3.6 percent instead of raising it. However, rising rental costs show little signs of slowing down. Therefore, renters everywhere will be hit even harder than usual this year.

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Property Management Fees Qld :-  How to choose the right agency

Property Management Fees Qld :- How to choose the right agency

Property Management Fees Qld
Property Management Fees Qld

Locate Property’s principal and licensee, Suzana Wade, explains the property management fees in Queensland and how they tend to operate, particularly in Brisbane.  

As a landlord in Brisbane, you should know that the cheapest option is not always the best when it comes to hiring a professional management company.

The company offering the lowest prices may appear to be the best choice, but you shouldn’t automatically assume that this is the case. 

We’ll explain the various components of property management fees in Queensland and why you shouldn’t base your decision solely on the bottom line.

The first order of business is to figure out what kinds of services the property management company offers. A property management company will charge you a management fee for their services. These costs may vary widely depending on factors like the company, the location, and the nature of the services rendered.

The monthly management fee for a rental property in Queensland is typically a combination of a flat rate and a percentage of the rental income collected by the owner. This figure typically falls between 6 and 12 percent, though it can be higher or lower depending on the nature of the business and the services it offers. Some companies, especially those that advertise themselves as “full service” property management firms, may charge extra for services like inspections, reports, maintenance, and access to technology. 

Other property management fees in Qld may include but not be limited to, the following:

Letting Fee 

Reletting Fee

Rent Collection Fee 

Admin Fee

Court Appearance or QCAT fees

File Closure Fees 

Technology fee (depending on the additional services that may be on offer ) 

Renovation/Maintenance% over a certain dollar value.

A successful property management firm will reinvest its earnings to attract and retain a more talented workforce and to expand the range of services it offers to its clients (the building’s owners and tenants). The success of any modern business depends on its ability to attract and retain highly skilled employees.

What you, as the owner, want to do is find a happy medium between service costs and service offerings. The key, according to Suzana Wade, when entrusting someone with a valuable asset like an investment property is to find a middle ground where you can get great value and a comprehensive set of services at a fair and realistic price. 

If you can’t decide between two or more agencies, Suzana advises you to trust your instincts and work with the one that feels right, regardless of how much it costs.  

The following list will offer you some additional points to look into. 

  • Do they view property management as their main line of business or more as an add-on to their sales department? 
  • Does the principal have a background and work history in property management or sales? 
  • Have you had the opportunity to speak with and meet the person who will be in charge of looking after your property? 
  • Are their reviews accurate and do they mention the names of the people you’ve met and you will be working with.
  • Maintaining excellent lines of communication between all members of the team and the owners and tenants is essential to the success of any business.  

Choosing a property management company is a very individual process, your interaction with the company’s day-to-day operations and how you are treated by its employees will determine how satisfied you are with the service you receive.  

Just remember that a few dollars saved now may amount to thousands that a poor appointment will cause over the longer term. Loss of rent, unattended maintenance , poor tenant selection one that here at Locate see all the time, little or no rent reviews, leaving thousands of dollars on the table.

Just remember a sign of a good property management firm is that when it is running well, everything works as it should, updates come through, reports are on time and accurate and you will hear less and less from your property management firm. Just ensure that your checks and balances are in place to ensure they are doing the job that you are paying them to do and once you have built up this trust, this is how it should be.

In conclusion, it is essential to weigh the quality of services against the cost when evaluating property management fees in Qld. Choosing the right agency based on the property management fees Qld alone might result in subpar service and damage to your bottom line. If you want your investment property to succeed over the long run, you need hire a management firm with a solid reputation, knowledgeable employees, and extensive offerings where you are getting VALUE which will never be the cheapest.

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Brisbane Real Estate & Interest Rates Rises. A Market Review.

Brisbane Real Estate & Interest Rates Rises. A Market Review.

Brisbane Real Estate Review

Suzana Wade, Principal of Locate Property says that the current batch of buyers is responding to interest rate hikes by purchasing Brisbane real estate at the lower end of the market.

There’s no denying that the increase in interest rates is working, but thus far it seems to be affecting only the higher end price range. As people consolidate or relocate to the properties that represent the best value on the market, the lower end of the spectrum has remained stable, and in certain circumstances a marginal increase in value has been witnessed.

It is now far more difficult for customers to be approved for high-end loans, and most lenders blame APRA for making banks more cautious than before. APRA has set the serviceability buffer at 3% for the time being.


Ms. Wade explains that rising interest rates have a knock-on effect in that “when the financing capability of a buyer declines, this will produce higher demand for residences at the lower end of the property market.”

The data show that, since the end of 2022, high-end housing prices have fallen 3.8% while low-end home prices have risen 12.8%.

According to data from CoreLogic’s national House Value Index, property values in Sydney and Brisbane fell the most among the nation’s capitals in September (HVI).
Tim Lawless, director of research at CoreLogic, says it’s too soon to say the housing market has fully recovered from the recession.


Mr. Lawless speculated that the market had recovered from the “initial shock” of a rapid rise in interest rates and that borrowers and prospective homebuyers had already “priced in” more rate hikes.
Nevertheless, if interest rates keep climbing as rapidly as they have since May, the rate at which property prices are falling could accelerate once more.

What does the near future hold for buyers?
Ms. Wade claims that additional interest rate increases are possible in the near future, so buyers may not have much wiggle room for a while.


There will come a day when the market is unaffordable to first-time purchasers. As a result, there should be less upward pressure on prices at the lower end of the market.
We don’t expect a major price decrease at the bottom of the market until then.

In order to make smart decisions in this market, first-time buyers need to know what they want and how flexible they can be with their offer.


If their demand is highly malleable, they can further navigate by weighing the cost-benefit of lesser borrowing power versus the purchase price.

Your borrowing power could decrease by 5% if interest rates were to rise in the future, but you’d still come out ahead if the median home price in the areas you’re interested in buying into dropped by 7% to 8%.

So to conclude, Brisbane Real Estate has been quite resilient. Owners with buffers that have budgeted well will remain relatively unaffected in the short to medium term, however, clients that took out mortgages in the high end or are coming off fixed interest rates later this year will continue to experience further pressures. Long story short, the competition remains feirce in the lower price point that are in blue chip suburbs or offer great rental yields.

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Brisbane Best Suburbs to Buy in 2023

Brisbane Best Suburbs to Buy in 2023

Suzana Wade, Principal of Locate Property has compiled a list of the best suburbs to buy in Brisbane for 2023. The list is broken down into two sections. Established versus emerging These are based on Suzana’s experiences as a Brisbane Property Management expert and someone who is regarded as Brisbane’s Best Property Manager or BDM

Best suburbs to buy in Brisbane “Established”

New Farm. With a median home price of $1.65 million, is a highly sought-after neighbourhood approximately 2 kilometres from Brisbane’s central business district. New Farm provides a cosmopolitan lifestyle and high rental yields. It is well known for its hip cafés, bars, and restaurants as well as for its lovely parks and river vistas.

Wilston. A lush, family-friendly neighbourhood with a median house price of $1.14 million, located only 5 kilometres north of Brisbane’s central business district. Wilston provides a high-quality lifestyle and robust rental income. It is well known for its superior schools, parks, and boutique shopping districts.

Wynnum Manly– A lovely bayside suburb with a median home price of $900,000. It is situated 15 kilometres east of Brisbane’s central business district. Wynnum Manly offers a laid-back coastal lifestyle and high rental yields. It is well-known for its breathtaking water views, parks, and beaches, as well as for its lively restaurant and cafe scene.

Bulimba – An upscale, trendy neighbourhood with a typical home price of $1.47 million, is situated 6 kilometres east of Brisbane’s central business district. Bulimba, which is well-known for its upscale commercial districts, riverside parks, and top-notch schools, provides a cosmopolitan lifestyle and high rental returns.

Camp Hill– A family-friendly neighbourhood with a median home price of $1.1 million and is situated 6 km south-east of Brisbane’s central business district. Camp Hill provides a comfortable lifestyle and high rental yields. It is well known for its top-notch schools, parks, and commercial districts as well as for its simple access to public transportation.

“Suburbs Emerging”

Narangba– A fast developing neighbourhood with a typical home price of $540,000, is situated 26 kilometres north of Brisbane’s central business district. Narangba, which is well-known for its top-notch schools, parks, and shopping areas, provides a family-friendly way of life and high rental returns.

Ripley- 39 kilometres south-west of Brisbane’s central business district lies Ripley, a master-planned neighbourhood with a median home price of $390,000. Ripley offers a laid-back lifestyle and high rental returns, and is well-known for its inexpensive housing alternatives, parks, and recreational facilities.

Ipswich, a historic city with a median home price of $350,000, lies 40 kilometres west of Brisbane’s central business district. Ipswich, which is well-known for its quaint heritage structures, green spaces, and cultural attractions, provides a distinctive way of life and high rental yields.

Redland Bay is a lovely bayside neighbourhood with a median house price of $590,000. It is situated 35 kilometres south-east of Brisbane’s central business district. Redland Bay, which is well-known for its breathtaking water views, parks, and beaches, provides a laid-back lifestyle and high rental yields.

Birkdale- A family friendly suburb 19 kilometres east of Brisbane’s central business district, has a median home price of $615,000. Birkdale, which is well-known for its top-notch schools, parks, and closeness to the lake, provides a high-quality lifestyle and good rental returns.

A notable mentioned just outside of the Brisbane jurisdiction is Pimpama. Pimpama in the past has had outrageous number of tenants competing for properties which is our view would be a great addition to the must buy suburbs list

Pimpama Just 45 minutes from Brisbane lies the northern Gold Coast community of Pimpama. In recent years, this area has grown quickly, adding new housing developments and infrastructure. Ms. Wade says Pimpama is a fantastic choice for investors searching for reasonably priced homes with good rental yields. In Pimpama, the median home price is around $515,000, and the rental return is roughly 5.7%.

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