Investers Enter Market

January 07, 2014
Robert Harney

Two out of five houses sold to investors last year in Queensland.  Investor interest in townhouses & apartments is much higher, with seven out of ten townhouses selling to investors & 85% of apartments being sold to non-residents.Sales to investors are up on 2012, by about 10%. During 2014 they will get even higher. 


Most houses in Queensland – like the rest of the country – are purchased by owner-residents.  

Investor interest – so far this cycle – has been more limited in the south east corner of the state than in Queensland’s regions.   This is a trend that is somewhat consistent across townhouses & apartment sales as well.


More townhouses sell to investors than to owner-residents.  A trend which is not only evident in off-plan/new townhouse sales, but also for resales too.

Owner-resident interest does increase at resale, but only if the townhouse complex has certain features.  These include:

Three or four-bedroom


Off street parking for two cars

Private courtyards

Smaller complex 

Limited road traffic noise

Again the owner-resident interest in townhouses is highest in the south-east.Townhouse living is becoming more popular in Brisbane & on both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. 

Townhouse development is expected to increase, at the expense of new house/land, across SEQ in coming years/decades.

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