What is driving the property market in SEQ? It’s being driven like it was a stolen McLaren.

At the start of the year, many ‘experts’ were making the point that growth in SEQ would slow from the 20+% figures we saw last year, to around 10%. Even back then, I begged to differ.


Let’s have a look at three big factors driving the SEQ property market.

ONE: Winding down off the super crazy Covid, FOMO market.

Looking at Brisbane’s first quarter figures; values increased by 5.7%. Let’s subtract 5.7% from the experts’ 10%…..= 4.3%. So, we now have three quarters of the year left to increase prices by significantly less than the first one quarter. Personally, on current trends, I could see that happening in a few months. I’m thinking an increase of at least 12-15% for the year. We’ve got until at least the end of the year, maybe more, to run out of that crazy market effect. …..interest rate rise or not.

TWO: Immigration.

We all know that the “Mexicans” have been moving  one or two borders north up to the Sunshine State for many years. Currently, they are arriving in higher numbers.

As for the rest of the world, net overseas migration is forecast to increase to 41,000 in 2021-22, 180,000 in 2022-23, and 213,000 in 2023-24, before returning to normal at around 235,000 in 2024-25. This naturally will be spread across more than SEQ, but we will get our share for sure. As can be seen here, this is going to take 3-4 or even 5 years to normalise and for all those with approved visas who couldn’t get out here before…….now they can.

Some say we’ve gone “off the boil”. A bit……maybe, but all I’ve seen of this is that instead of 45-50 groups showing up at open homes,  we’ve only 25-30. If we hadn’t just experienced the super crazy market of the last two years, we’d all be “aahing” and “wowing” about “30 groups!! How hot is the market right now”? Offers are still going in at the first open home at well above the asking price in most cases.

Add the “Mexicans” to the rest of the world coming over and then have a good think about what is going to happen to the numbers of property buyers showing up at the open homes, that are still waaaay above normal. They’re all going to need somewhere to live.

Three: The Olympics

The big one! 2032! Isn’t that going to ramp up the property machine in Brisbane, with the rest of SEQ following along on the heels no doubt with various events located all about the South East? Let’s look at what happened to Sydney in 2000. About five years prior, the property market started to warm up, with buyers getting in to take advantage of the Olympic size crowds, who would all need accommodation for the duration. That didn’t stop until 2 years after the Olympics, when many visitors thought that this was such a good place that they would come back to live.

Sure, there will be areas that plateau and some areas that will continue to fly ahead of the rest, but that is always going to happen with differing socio-demographics. The main thing is that you are in the mix.

If you want to find out how to get in the mix, give us a call at PPBA before you do anything else.

We can make sure you’re in the right mix.

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