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MARKET PLACE Brisbane and Queensland hit record property rises
The REIQ’s March quarter Queensland Market Monitor found that against a backdrop of cooling southern markets and falling listings volumes, Brisbane house sales demonstrated “admirable” resilience, buoyed by steady population growth driving demand and underpinned by good economic fundamentals.
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Gold Coast property market starts to slow – good news for those looking to buy
SIGNS of a Gold Coast property market slowdown are starting to show but there is no need to panic just yet.
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Brisbane units struggle to sell but house prices set new record
Brisbane’s property market has set a median house price record for the past 12 months, hitting $670,000, but units continue to struggle as median prices fall.
The 3.1 per cent price increase reported in the March quarter showed Brisbane’s “resilience” against market challenges, the Real Estate Institute of Queensland said.
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RENTAL RETURN: Gladstone's healthy return to market
DATA from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland shows renters moving to Gladstone are often becoming buyers within six to 12 months.
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REIQ report ranks five top selling suburbs across the region
BRINSMEAD is ranked the fastest selling suburb in Cairns.
Twomey Schriber Property Group sales agent Olivia Thompson is not surprised that homes in the popular suburb are snapped up by buyers.
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Brisbane units struggle to sell but house prices set new record
Brisbane’s property market has set a median house price record for the past 12 months, hitting $670,000, but units continue to struggle as median prices fall.
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REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella on What’s Next for Brisbane’s Property Market
After five years of booming apartment construction, Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella says Brisbane is now entering a new era of game-changing mixed-use development that has the potential to propel the city into a sophisticated lifestyle destination.
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How to earn $100k in your sleep
What if you could start your life again, knowing what you now know?
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What has happened to Saturday open homes?
FOR as long as I can remember, Saturday open homes have been a staple of the realty profession. I was taught to fish where the fish are and for many years weekend opens attracted most of the lookers.
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Developers, builders call for grant extension
Developers are throwing everything they have got at first home buyers ahead of the looming reduction of the $20,000 grant.
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Units becoming a popular choice as Coast population grows
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows Queensland’s projected population is set to reach five million this month, translating to a strong demand for property throughout the state.
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Robert Maher moves to @realty
Robert Maher, one of Australia's top performing commercial real estate agents, has joined @realty.
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CRS Property bolsters sales and leasing division
CRS Property is growing its team with the appointment of Marc Carbone as executive sales and leasing consultant.
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Marshall makes dream come true with property purchase
THEY say your house is your castle and for first-home property buyer Rodney Marshall that sentiment rings true.
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REIQ blames increasing affordability pressure on rising state taxes
Residential real estate affordability in Queensland is under threat as state taxes continue to take money out of the property sector, the REIQ has said.
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Call for stronger investor activity
The Sunshine Coast hinterland is the easiest area in the region to find a rental property, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s Q1 2018 Vacancy Rate report.
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Developer in bid to provide hundreds of Brisbane CBD car parks
Hundreds of new car spaces could soon be available in Brisbane's CBD as a developer has proposed making its unused car parks available to the public.
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REIQ Gold Coast chairman shares property market outlook
WOW! Our Commonwealth Games were amazing.
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Should Stamp Duty Be Abolished In QLD?
Residential housing affordability is under threat in Queensland due to the state government’s stamp duty hikes. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the government’s take rose by $273m from FY2016 to 2017.  
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Property buyers are helping boost the State Government coffers by billions
HOME buyers are boosting the state government’s coffers big time with new figures revealing stamp duty payments have soared.
Vendors look to social media for faster results
New data shows vendors can potentially sell their home faster by choosing to list their home through @realty’s new Home Booster social media platform.
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What $1 million buys you in Townsville
HIGH-end buyers with $1 million to splash on Townsville property are being told to buy now with value for money at the high end of the market at its peak.
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Developer to host open day for renters
The scaffolding is coming down and construction is nearing its end, with prospective renters invited to check out the finished product next month.
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Tide turns for growth corridor
The sun is well and truly shining on the property market in the Moreton Bay region.
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Conditions yet to improve for those looking for Cairns rental properties
THE tight rental market in Cairns, responsible for keeping rental yields very competitive compared to the rest of the state, has eased slightly but experts say the change is minimal.
Mt Sheridan, Redlynch, Edmonton, Bentley Park and Smithfield top-selling Cairns suburbs
HOME buyers are being enticed to the newest residential housing zones in Cairns as experts talk up the region as potentially the strongest performing market in Queensland this year.
High-end buyers with $1 million to splash on Townsville property being told to buy now
HIGH-end buyers with $1 million to splash on Townsville property are being told to buy now with value for money at the high end of the market at its peak.
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Whitsunday vacancy rates drop in Cyclone Debbie's wake
WHILE the crossing of the Whitsunday coast by Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March last year was bad news for most, a silver lining for property owners was confirmed this week at the release of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland's March quarter vacancy rate report.
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Rental disputes push tenants to brink of homelessness: QSTARS
AN alarming number of renters on the Sunshine Coast are facing homelessness as tenancy disputes escalate, according to a local community legal centre.
The infrastructure projects the Coast needs right now
URBAN farming, ocean/wave-powered electricity and artificial intelligence to manage big data are all part of a 50-year vision of our future imagined by architect and urban futurist Phillip Daffara.

The tips to get the best bang for your buck when renovating
Renovation is big business in Queensland, and it is easy to see why.

Closure of CQ mining town business shocks community
RESIDENTS of a Central Queensland mining town are shocked as a business announces its closure just days after another outlet closed its doors.

Character home sells
HIGH-END properties are continuing to sell in Townsville, with a historic Queenslander in one of the city’s most enviable locations being snapped up.

Celebrity appeal, lure of Noosa help light fuse on market
CELEBRITY appeal, cashed-up visitors and a limited supply of land have combined to light the fuse on the Noosa property market.

Population growth will boost demand for QLD property
Queensland’s population is projected to reach 5 million by May, according to new data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This strong growth is likely to translate to a stronger demand for property.

GALLERY: Incredible transformation of 88-year-old Rocky home
PAINSTAKING renovations have transformed an 88-year-old home on The Range into a compelling masterpiece that's unrecognisable to its former self.
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Opinion: Why job trends are gold for property investors
A riddle: Brisbane and Perth in 2002, Townsville and Mackay in 2004, Sydney and Melbourne in 2013, Hobart in 2016 – what was the common denominator to cause a significant property boom at different times in these different cities? The answer is jobs!
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Maple puts down roots in Brisbane apartment sector
A Chinese company with extensive agricultural interests in Queensland is branching into the local property market with its first apartment development in Australia.
You Know You're Getting The Best At Property Management Specialists
Managing your own property can be quite daunting and can carry the constant fear of getting ‘the tenant from hell’, and managing a tenancy is not for the unwary! It would be great to take a prospective tenant on face value, receive the rent on time without question, have the property well cared for all of the time and all expectations met. But, as Sarah of Property Management Specialists says, “We know this is not reality”.
Innovative business model nets @realty $2 million in sales per day
National real estate network @realty have reported $2 million in sales per day in 2017 using a new business model, which has been awarded the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) Innovation award.
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Queensland proving to be one of the most popular places to live in Australia
It plays host to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April and the Australian state of Queensland is set to see it population continue to soar.
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Cairns developer reveals plans for 6ha residential estate at Stoney Creek
THE developer of a new 6ha residential estate planned for Stoney Creek in Kamerunga is hoping to start construction on the rainforest property later this year.
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Gold Coast sees spike in first home buyers
THE State Government is on track to approve $20 million in first-homeowner grants this financial year after a 30 per cent spike in applications.
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Real estate agency fined for tenancy clauses
A TOWNSVILLE real estate agency has been fined for putting unlawful clauses in tenancy agreements and entering a property without the tenant’s permission.
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Record Gold Coast real estate and development sales expected during Commonwealth Games
MORE than $1 billion in real estate is hitting the market just in time for the Commonwealth Games, in what city property bigwigs say will be the “Sale of the Century”.
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Cutting commute times a buyers priority
Buyers and renters are seeking out new homes with the goal of cutting their commute, with some ditching cars altogether.
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Apartment project aimed at investors
A tight rental market has prompted a developer to take a strong investor focus for its latest Sippy Downs project on the Sunshine Coast.
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Gympie's house price growth among the state's strongest
GYMPIE'S residential real estate growth in the past year ranked among the strongest in the state, according to the Queensland Market Monitor.
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Bundy's rental shortage is bad news for tenants
IN A red-hot Bundaberg rental market, renters are filling out applications in the hope that a suitable property will become available.
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Fast rail to light spark of development in desolate fields
THE North Coast Connect rail bid could be the catalyst for transforming a swathe of hinterland into an urban hub of 20,000 new homes.
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Queenslanders to be 5m strong within weeks, and real estate is set to reap the rewards
QUEENSLAND will hit the magic five million headcount in May, official figures show, a milestone helped by a surge in births and migration – putting real estate in the crosshairs.
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Queenslanders to be 5m strong within weeks, and real estate is set to reap the rewards
QUEENSLAND will hit the magic five million headcount in May, official figures show, a milestone helped by a surge in births and migration – putting real estate in the crosshairs.
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Freedom the innovative driver to $2m-a-day success for rising agency
A new business model helped generate an incredible $2 million in sales per day in 2017 for a relative newcomer to the real estate game.
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Council to close controversial carpark deal within month
SUNSHINE Coast Council said it would conclude negotiations within a month with the Abacus Property Group for the controversial redevelopment of the Brisbane Rd carpark site in Mooloolaba.
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Is council signing off on 'poor deal' for major development?
I HAVE been in property my whole working life starting as a registered Rural and Urban Valuer during which time I was a member of the then Australian Valuation and Land Economics Institute.
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Esplanade beachfront set to sizzle at auction
A BEACHFRONT property on the Esplanade is expected to fetch upwards of $700,000 when it goes under the hammer next week.
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Multiple awards for Grafton real estate agency
ELDERS Real Estate Grafton took out 14 awards including being named in the top 10 offices nationwide at the Northern NSW/Queensland Annual Elders awards.
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Livingstone house prices surge in Dec quarter
THE LIVINGSTONE region has seen a significant jump in the real estate market with a 6.2 per cent house price rise to $375,000 in the December quarter.
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RENTAL DEMAND: Vacancies tighten on the Fraser Coast
A STEADY rental supply and an increase in demand has helped tighten rental vacancies on the Fraser Coast.
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Analysis questions Coast council development deal
I HAVE been in property my whole working life starting as a registered Rural and Urban Valuer during which time I was a member of the then Australian Valuation and Land Economics Institute.
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12 property-buying tips from an expert
Education is key and it is not just about listening to a few of my videos. There is so much to know in this industry and so many decisions you need to make along the way. 
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Why Noosa’s prestige property market has hit a hot streak
When a $22 million Sunshine Beach trophy home was snapped up by a mystery buyer last month, it didn’t just set a new record for the Sunshine Coast – it absolutely smashed it.
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No better time to buy in Burnett
There has never been a better time to buy in North Burnett, at least that's what the numbers are saying.
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Something isn’t adding up with vacancy rates!
The flood of additional stock added to rental pools from Sydney and Melbourne’s four consecutive years of record high volumes of property investor transactions has not translated into significant increases in vacancy rates as would ordinarily occur.
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How much Ipswich house prices have grown in one year
IPSWICH'S property market recorded the strongest average price increase in the greater Brisbane area across the past year, a new report found.
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Experts reveal Rocky house prices set to stabilise this year
FRENCHVILLE has reigned as the highest-selling suburb in Rockhampton of 2017.
With 116 sales, its annual sale volume averaging $330,000.
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Gangbusters: Coast property market surges
SUNSHINE Coast property prices are closing the gap on big brother, with the region's blue-chip market making ground on Brisbane's median property prices.
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Seachange driving demand for Qld property
The seachange lifestyle appears to still be driving demand for property in southeast Queensland, with latest figures showing both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts outperforming the Brisbane property market.
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Coastal is king when it comes to Queensland’s property market
COASTAL is king when it comes to Queensland’s property market with new figures revealing both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast have outperformed Brisbane.
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Where you can still buy beachfront on the Gold Coast without winning Lotto
Property prices on the Gold Coast have been the best performing of anywhere in Queensland recently, but there are still a couple of pockets where you can snag a bargain near the beach.
Coasts outperform the capital in Queensland for 2017
The beachfront markets of the Gold and Sunshine Coast, and Noosa, have finished 2017 with the strongest growth in the state, significantly outperforming Brisbane.
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CoreLogic’s Regional Market Update shows mixed results for Cairns
THE latest data on Cairns’ property market show mixed results but experts remain upbeat about this year’s outlook.
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 How Gold Coast real estate became a ‘gold mine’
HOMEOWNERS are sitting on real estate gold mines as the Gold Coast defies a nationwide slowdown of property prices.
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Gold Coast defies nationwide slowdown of property prices
HOMEOWNERS are sitting on real estate gold mines as the Gold Coast defies a nationwide slowdown of property prices.
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SUPER DUMP: What it means for Ipswich property prices
A REAL estate expert says the establishment of a new super dump won't necessarily impact Ipswich property prices.
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Gold Coast agencies win at ‘Oscars’ of real estate industry
FORGET the Academy Awards — two Gold Coast real estate agencies have scooped glittering accolades in the Queensland real estate industry’s biggest night.
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Rookie agent's incredible rise to the top
A YOUNG man arriving on the Sunshine Coast with not much more than some boardshorts and T-shirts ... and a backpack full of ambition.
Townsville’s market hard to pick
THE most common question I get asked when I’m out and about, or at a family barbecue, or at the pub with friends, is: “How’s the market, Nicho?”, writes REIQ Townsville zone chairman Wayne Nicholson.
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Real estate faces an Uber-like disruption according to US guru
IT COULD soon be time for an Uber-like disruption of the real estate industry with technology taking away power from the established players and towards the consumer.
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Palaszczuk Government securing payment for subbies
The Palaszczuk Government’s landmark building industry fairness reforms mark an important milestone today with the commencement of Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) as part of the Building Industry Fairness Act.
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Turnbull failing to close the gap on housing
The Turnbull Government’s decision to end the 50 year old commitment to federal funding for remote indigenous housing will have devastating consequences for Queensland.
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Six Coast homes found with disturbing meth levels
SIX Sunshine Coast properties have been found with disturbing levels of ice and methamphetamine residue, a company that tests homes for the substances has confirmed,
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The middle-ring Brisbane suburbs ripe for investment
Inner-city suburbs always seem to get the media love, but it’s Brisbane’s middle-ring which could be about to steal the investment limelight.
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Why owning 2 investment properties can be better than owning 10
In 2011 when I started my property investment journey I thought success was measured by how many properties I owned.
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Do not to forget big fat middle of property market
HIGH-end properties are aspirational. Everyone likes to dream about the beachfront location, the classic design, the chic fixtures, furnishings and fittings.
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Top industry names to host exclusive REIQ lunch
An international heavyweight and a renowned coach will host an exclusive lunch at the REIQ’s upcoming summit, where they will share their intimate thoughts on some of the industry’s most pressing issues.  
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A stones throw away: The inner city Brisbane suburb making a comeback
When I think of visiting Stones Corner back in its hey-day, I remember meeting my mum there when I was a uni student.

Negative gearing negativity on the nose
It appears that negative gearing negativity is here to stay.
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No stopping Kokoda in Brisbane as GoldmanS Sachs funded construction on landmark project commences
There is no stopping the forward momentum of Kokoda Property’s $248m project in Newstead, Brisbane, with the luxury developer breaking ground in the Queensland capital.
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Why The Portals Are Worried About Facebook – Kylie Davis
The real estate industry has always had a love hate relationship with the portals. While it’s the portals that own the best audience for property buyers – and are therefore an important part of any vendor’s marketing spend – the charging models and sense of dependence has always irked agents. No-one likes being obliged to pay for a service you feel you have little control over.
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Coast agents in line for REIQ honours

COAST real estate agents are up for a swag of awards at this year's industry awards.
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Buyers rights on moving day
RECENTLY, I had a buyer leave me four messages while I was in a meeting, each more frustrated than the last.
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More than a quarter of new QLD homes sell to foreign buyers: ANZ

MORE than a quarter of new homes built in Queensland are being bought by foreign buyers, according to new research from one of Australia’s big four banks.
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Time for a Christmas property check
IF you’re not buying or selling property during the Christmas period, it can be a perfect time to give your housing situation some attention.
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Airbnb spike hurts long-term renters on Gold Coast
GOLD Coast Airbnb listings are rocketing, with the Commonwealth Games promising to be a bonanza that outstrips the traditional Christmas-New Year holidays for mums and dads who have jumped on the short-term rental bandwagon.
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How long it really takes buyers to save for first Coast home
SUNSHINE Coast couples will scrimp and save for more than five years to have a house deposit of 20 per cent.
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Will you spend two years saving for a house deposit?
GLADSTONE couples will scrimp and save for more than two years to have a house deposit of 20 per cent.
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Five things you didn’t know about Manly, Brisbane
It might not be home to a rugby league team or a ferry like its namesake, but the Brisbane suburb of Manly has many strings to its waterfront bow.
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Brisbane councillor Jonathan Sri lives on a houseboat so he can donate half his pay
Brisbane’s most colourful councillor has taken to living in a houseboat, well beneath his means.
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New home value in Cairns rises to $500K: Cairns Watch report
A RISE in the value of new homes in the Far North could trickle through to established homes in more good news for the Cairns property sector.
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Christmas season heats up for Cairns home buyers and sellers
ALL David Spizick and Merilyn McDonald want for Christmas is to watch the hammer go down on their Cairns CBD unit.
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REIQ 2018 Awards for Excellence Finalists Announced

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland has announced its 2018 Awards for Excellence finalists, representing the best in the Queensland real estate profession for the year.
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Bank of Queensland boss flags concern with Brisbane unit market but rentals show signs of recovery

Bank of Queensland chairman Roger Davis has indicated his company will continue to keep apartments at an arm’s length because the property market continues to look risky in the short-term.
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Pensioners pushed out of Gold Coast property market

PENSIONERS are the worst hit by the Gold Coast rental crisis, as rents surge across the city.
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Affordable rental housing tough to find on Queensland's Sunshine Coast
Welcome to Queensland's Sunshine Coast — where having a full-time job, degree and trade qualification is not enough to fund rental housing.
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Gold Coast’s top family suburbs: how does your neighbourhood rate?
FAMILIES are flocking to the northern Gold Coast in droves with three suburbs making the region’s top five suburbs for families, new data reveals.
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New REIQ zone chair for Townsville
A REAL ESTATE agent and business owner who has been in the industry for nearly 40 years has been appointed the REIQ’s Townsville Zone Chair.
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Coast rentals in high demand
The rental market on the Sunshine Coast is the strongest it has ever been, with Caloundra taking out the title of the tightest vacancy rates in the state in the Real Estate Industry Queensland’s latest figures.
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 Brisbane development: Nundah high rise projects increasing
AS plans ramp up for more highrise projects at Nundah Village the community is asking if developers are sacrificing the suburb’s charm to build a trendy hotspot.
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 Queensland’s nation leading remote housing at risk from Federal cuts
The Federal Government’s Report on Government Services has again awarded Queensland top marks for remote indigenous housing, just weeks after withdrawing funding from the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Housing, putting the state’s progress towards Closing the Gap at risk.
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 Downsizers a market driver for Bundaberg
THE Bundaberg property market could benefit from Federal Government legislation designed to encourage retirees and pre-retirees to downsize the family home.
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 Third of Ipswich renters struggling to pay rent
ONE third of Ipswich residents are struggling to pay their rent.
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 High-Speed Rail Could Soon Travel Between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast in 45 Minutes
Currently vying for funding, a new proposal would improve existing lines, build a new line to Maroochydore, and connect the actual coast to Brisbane for the first time ever.
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Historic home sets auction record in North Toowoomba
A FEDERATION-ERA home in Gentle St has set a new record for a property sold at auction in Toowoomba's north-east. 
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Find out what’s tipped to define the Gold Coast market in 2018
THE GOLD Coast is known for its glitzy property appeal but a more solid foundation is tipped to define the market in 2018. Find out more.
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High-end sales provides optimism to real estate market
AFTER a "period of hibernation" in Toowoomba's high-end real estate market, Toowoomba and Darling Downs REIQ zone chairman David Snow believes sales will heat up in the New Year. 
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Report shows the CQ towns bouncing back from mining bust 
AN INFLUX of retirees, young families and people looking for an affordable home is driving property confidence in the Central Highlands the likes of which haven't been seen for many years. 
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 It’s the vibe: With or without the Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast is flourishing
In 1997, a classic line was coined in the closing scenes of the movie The Castle, when Denis Denuto said: “In summing up, it’s the constitution, it’s Mabo, it’s justice, it’s law, it’s the vibe and aah, no that’s it, it’s the vibe.”
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 REVEALED: Mackay's most in demand suburbs
"ONCE you live in West Mackay, you never want to live anywhere else” -- that's according to Mackay real estate agent Mark Daniel, but he might be onto something. 
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 These are the Queensland areas where houses sell the fastest
THEY might not be the sexiest suburbs in Queensland, but buyers were falling over themselves to snare a house in Beerburrum, Thuringowa and Ferny Hills this year.
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 See what your Central Qld home is worth: State comparison
ROCKHAMPTON is still the best place in the state to get bang for your buck according to a just released property report. 
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 REVEALED: How Mackay real estate market stacks up
WHILE neighbours to the north and south in Townsville and Rockhampton continue to struggle in terms of rental vacancy rates and house prices, Mackay is starting to find its feet, according to Real Estate Institute of Queensland's quarterly results. 
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 Cairns property performing well but investors slow off mark
MIXED sentiments from property investors have been reported from real estate agents despite a recent report talking up the city’s attraction for non owner-occupiers.
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 These are the areas where buyers were still keen to get their own piece of land
LAND is still in demand with a new report revealing not everyone was chasing an inner city unit lifestyle.
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 These are the suburbs where rents have fallen the most in Brisbane
TENANTS are saving up to $120 a week in rent in some parts of Brisbane, where prices have fallen by as much as 25 per cent in the past year.
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 Beachside suburbs lead house price surge in Queensland’s southeast: REIQ
SOUTHEAST Queensland’s world-class beaches are driving a surge in home prices in the state’s coastal property markets, as Brisbane and the Gold Coast break house price records.
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 'Yet to turn the corner': Market still struggling
RENEWABLE energy could help power Gladstone's property market, the Real Estate Institute of Queensland has said.
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Pensioners pushed out of Gold Coast property market
PENSIONERS are the worst hit by the Gold Coast rental crisis, as rents surge across the city.
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Bank of Queensland boss flags concern with Brisbane unit market but rentals show signs of recovery

Bank of Queensland chairman Roger Davis has indicated his company will continue to keep apartments at an arm’s length because the property market continues to look risky in the short-term.
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REIQ 2018 Awards for Excellence Finalists Announced
The Real Estate Institute of Queensland has announced its 2018 Awards for Excellence finalists, representing the best in the Queensland real estate profession for the year.
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Christmas season heats up for Cairns home buyers and sellers

ALL David Spizick and Merilyn McDonald want for Christmas is to watch the hammer go down on their Cairns CBD unit.
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New home value in Cairns rises to $500K: Cairns Watch report

A RISE in the value of new homes in the Far North could trickle through to established homes in more good news for the Cairns property sector.
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Brisbane councillor Jonathan Sri lives on a houseboat so he can donate half his pay
Brisbane’s most colourful councillor has taken to living in a houseboat, well beneath his means.
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Five things you didn’t know about Manly, Brisbane
It might not be home to a rugby league team or a ferry like its namesake, but the Brisbane suburb of Manly has many strings to its waterfront bow.
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Will you spend two years saving for a house deposit?
GLADSTONE couples will scrimp and save for more than two years to have a house deposit of 20 per cent.
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How long it really takes buyers to save for first Coast home

SUNSHINE Coast couples will scrimp and save for more than five years to have a house deposit of 20 per cent.
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Airbnb spike hurts long-term renters on Gold Coast
GOLD Coast Airbnb listings are rocketing, with the Commonwealth Games promising to be a bonanza that outstrips the traditional Christmas-New Year holidays for mums and dads who have jumped on the short-term rental bandwagon.
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Time for a Christmas property check

IF you’re not buying or selling property during the Christmas period, it can be a perfect time to give your housing situation some attention.
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More than a quarter of new QLD homes sell to foreign buyers: ANZ

MORE than a quarter of new homes built in Queensland are being bought by foreign buyers, according to new research from one of Australia’s big four banks.
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Buyers rights on moving day

RECENTLY, I had a buyer leave me four messages while I was in a meeting, each more frustrated than the last.
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Coast agents in line for REIQ honours

COAST real estate agents are up for a swag of awards at this year's industry awards.
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Why The Portals Are Worried About Facebook – Kylie Davis

The real estate industry has always had a love hate relationship with the portals. While it’s the portals that own the best audience for property buyers – and are therefore an important part of any vendor’s marketing spend – the charging models and sense of dependence has always irked agents. No-one likes being obliged to pay for a service you feel you have little control over.
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No stopping Kokoda in Brisbane as GoldmanS Sachs funded construction on landmark project commences

There is no stopping the forward momentum of Kokoda Property’s $248m project in Newstead, Brisbane, with the luxury developer breaking ground in the Queensland capital.
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Affordable rental housing tough to find on Queensland's Sunshine Coast
Welcome to Queensland's Sunshine Coast — where having a full-time job, degree and trade qualification is not enough to fund rental housing.
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REVEALED: toughest places to pay the rent in Queensland
VULNERABLE Queenslanders are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, with barely enough money for necessities like food and medicine after paying rent, a new report reveals. 
Update Before You Innovate: Kylie Davis
People now spend nearly an hour a day on Facebook and social media, scrolling through posts and chatting on Messenger. This figure is up from 20 minutes a day back in 2015 and is a number Facebook is intent on increasing further. Kylie Davis therefore asks the question: Why do agents still invest so much time and money in outdated practices like letterbox drops?
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Rental affordability improves but some Queenslanders still facing housing crisis
VULNERABLE Queenslanders are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, with barely enough money for necessities like food and medicine after paying rent, a new report reveals. 
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Old Toowoomba bus terminal site offers yields of 10pc without too much outlay, agent says
The landscape of Toowoomba has been evolving over recent years with increased residential and commercial development as well as the construction of Australia’s first greenfield public airport in more than 40 years.
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Shire estate agents shine
Noosa shire real estate agents have been marked out among the top performers in the state as the Real Estate Institute of Queensland released its finalists in the 2018 annual Awards For Excellence.
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The Next Step for Sydney and Melbourne Investors
There’s no question Sydney and Melbourne property owners have been riding the golden wave of property price glory for quite some time now. And we all know that good things eventually come to an end.
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How a council grant will help people get into housing market
A NEW building grant from the Fraser Coast council will soon help aspiring local homeowners take their first step into the market. 
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Buy this sprawling Gold Coast mansion in digital currency Bitcoin
A FINANCIAL planner has taken a bit of a gamble, putting his Gold Coast home up for sale for 500 Bitcoins. 
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Technology impacts Gold Coast real estate market
GOLD Coast agents are thinking outside the box when it comes to property marketing.
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Gold Coast summer auction blitz before Commonwealth Games
HUNDREDS of properties will go under the hammer on the Gold Coast over summer in a final selling blitz before the Commonwealth Games.
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Cooling property market presents opportunities for first-home buyers
Young professionals locked out of red-hot property sectors are ­returning in search of a bargain as the market cools. 
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Property industry cries foul on new taxes Labor says won't affect '99% of Qlders' 
Labor's announcement that it would implement two new taxes on the top end of Queensland's property market has incensed the state's property industry.
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Queensland election 2017: Property industry cries foul on Labor’s proposed new taxes
Labor’s announcement that it would implement two new taxes on the top end of Queensland’s property market has incensed the state’s property industry.
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Property industry cries foul on new taxes Labor says won't affect '99% of Qlders' 
Labor's announcement that it would implement two new taxes on the top end of Queensland's property market has incensed the state's property industry.
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Mainstays still tourism & property
The Gold Coast property market is emerging from its boom and bust past, while the looming Commonwealth Games is expected to strongly boost already healthy tourism numbers
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Palaszczuk Government extends First Home Owner's Grant
More Queenslanders will be helped to enter the housing market through an extension of the $20,000 Queensland First Home Buyer's Grant.
Affordable housing hard to find for Noosa’s low income families
Housing affordability in Noosa is developing as a major problem which State and local authorities must do more to address, says Independent candidate for Noosa Sandy Bolton.
Call to free up vacant land to create jobs
TENS of thousands of jobs could be generated around Queensland by freeing up vacant or under-utilised government land for homes and commercial developments to boost the economy.
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Top 10 Queensland suburbs: Oh it does pay to be beside the seaside!
WHEN it comes to buying a home in Queensland, turns out it really does pay to be beside the seaside.
The Townsville suburbs homeowners don’t want to leave
OONOONBA, Balgal Beach and Wulguru have topped the list of suburbs where Townsville homeowners hold on to their properties the longest.
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Avoid these Christmas mistakes when selling your home
CHRISTMAS  decorations are popping up all over Townsville as sales pick up in the year’s closing weeks. If you’re preparing your home for sale, here are a few things to remember when you’re bedecking the halls for the Christmas holidays.
Why Investors Would Be Wise To Review Regional Locations
A lot of city folk are quick to pass off regional areas as “no-man’s land”, implying there’s not much reason for anybody to live or invest there. But this stereotype is certainly not true. In Australia, we’re lucky to have an abundance of rich regional areas that make ideal locations for people to live, work, play, and invest.
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Lower vacancy rates good sign for Fraser Coast
FIGURES from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland show the Fraser Coast rental market is tightening. 
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Brisbane’s time in the sun just beginning: Why affordability will reignite the market
It’s a sad fact that there are no suburbs within about 50 kilometres of the Sydney CBD with a median house price of less than $500,000.
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House-hunting in 2017: The Brisbane suburbs with the best internet 
An analysis of completed and planned NBN and fibre connections has revealed which Brisbane suburbs have the (theoretically) best internet connections, and the worst.
Queensland vacancy tax a big mistake, says industry body
The Green Party’s so-called “vacancy” tax is poorly researched, lacks credible data and is deeply flawed, the REIQ has said.
Rocky's rental vacancy makes mega turn-around
ROCKHAMPTON'S rental market suffered in a year of economic struggles but the pendulum has finally shifted. 
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Why the property portals are worried about Facebook: Kylie Davis
The real estate industry has always had a love hate relationship with the portals. While it’s the portals that own the best audience for property buyers – and are therefore an important part of any vendor’s marketing spend – the charging models and sense of dependence has always irked agents. No-one likes being obliged to pay for a service you feel you have little control over. 
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Brisbane property market cannot afford the Green vacancy tax: REIQ
The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) has slammed the Green Party’s “vacancy tax” as poorly researched, deeply flawed and not suited to Brisbane’s property market.
Qld’s peak real estate group has come out swinging ahead of the state election
QUEENSLAND’S peak real estate group has come out swinging ahead of the state election attacking The Greens for “deeply flawed’’ policies based on “bad data”.
Queensland election 2017: Greens’ social housing plan slammed
HUNDREDS of thousands of units would be built under a Greens social housing policy reminiscent of Cold War Eastern European cities. 
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Landlords licking lips as rental crisis set to spiral out-of-control 
Gold Coast landlords are licking their lips as a major rental crisis is set to spiral out-of-control, experts have warned.
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Gold Coast Hamptons mansion smashes Mermaid Waters sale record
A GRAND Hamptons-inspired Mermaid Waters mansion has sold for $3.25 million, smashing the suburb record.
'Basically nothing' up for rent
THE Airlie Beach and Cannonvale rental market is in a state of crisis, a local real estate agent has said.
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Burleigh Waters poised to record first $2 million sale
REAL estate agents are tipping Burleigh Waters to record its first $2 million sale.

The prediction comes after a house sold for $1.95 million in September — the highest sale ever recorded in the beachside suburb.
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Queensland property: industry seeks stamp duty relief
Queensland’s property industry has unveiled a wish list of policies for the next state government such as abolishing foreign tax ­surcharges, expanding first-home buyer grants and the ambitious hope of removing stamp duty.
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Positive trends emerge in Mackay property market
FROM commercial sales to residential rentals, all signs are pointing to a resurgence in the Mackay property market.
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Push for leg-up on established homes
A TOWNSVILLE real estate leader is calling on the State Government to extend the First Home  Owners’ Grant to established homes to help stimulate the region’s struggling property­ market.
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Real estate a booming profession
The property market within Noosa and the Sunshine Coast has boomed in recent years, and the number of real estate professionals has boomed along with it.
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Why Property Investors Need To Think Differently
More than any other person in the world, I would have loved to have spent a few hours one-on-one with Apple founder, the late Steve Jobs. I’ve read his book, I’ve seen You Tube clips of him presenting, and I’m forever grateful for the extra conveniences in my world because of Apple’s technology. I’m fascinated by how Jobs’ mind worked. Jobs refused to follow conventional wisdom; it was his nature to constantly challenge the status quo.
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Chinese buyers love Melbourne
As we reported previously – inquiries about Australian property overall are down 9.7 per cent. Juwai say that a series of foreign buyer restrictions and taxes recently imposed in Australia, with little prior warning, had made some Chinese property-hunters conclude Australia is not as welcoming as before.
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Business Confidential: Brisbane property, development, business news and gossip
THE rumour mill has gone into overdrive after TechnologyOne this week began to whittle down a long list of submissions into a shortlist for the location of its future headquarters.
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REIQ wish list ahead of election
With the state election called for November 25, the REIQ is urging candidates to consider the needs of one of the state’s biggest employers and one of the Government’s largest single sources of revenue, the real estate sector.
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REIQ hopes for real estate sector improvements with state election looming
The REIQ is urging candidates for the Queensland state election next month to consider of the state’s biggest employers and one of the government’s largest single sources of revenue, the real estate sector. 
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Hard slog to rent as Noosa's vacancy rates stay tight
NOOSA rental vacancies for the REIQ's September quarter are among the tightest in the state coming in at 1.5%, further fuelling concerns about finding places for our local hospitality workers to live. 
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Queensland Election 2017: Business groups push for less tax, cheaper energy and reduced red tape
INDUSTRY groups are calling for bold plans to reduce energy costs, build infrastructure and cut taxes to get the state moving, as the LNP impressed with its first pitch for the business vote.
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Beach home dreaming? There's more to the Sunshine Coast than Noosa
Ask most southerners about the Sunshine Coast and they'll probably mention something about Noosa.
MAYOR'S MESSAGE: Positive signs for Fraser Coast economy
THERE are positive signs of growth all around us - from multi-million-dollar developments proposed for Maryborough and Hervey Bay, to falling rental vacancy rates across the region.
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REIQ Announces New Board of Directors
The REIQ has announced a new Board of Directors following its Annual General Meeting at the Cannon Hill offices last week.
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Short-term median price rises tipped for Cairns, but buyers and sellers urged to remain wary
MEDIAN house prices in some Cairns suburbs could jump by more than $20,000 within the next six months, according to a new realestate.com.au analysis.
A new breed of developers are descending to the Gold Coast market
JASON Drummond is among the new wave of developers cashing in on the hot Gold Coast property market, but he doesn’t even own his own house.
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Townsville real estate agents gets seat on REIQ board
TOWNSVILLE real estate agent Damien Keyes has been elected as The Real Estate Institute of Queensland regional director.
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'Confidence is back': Gladstone on track as vacancy rates drop
REIQ data shows Gladstone's residential vacancy rate has fallen for the September quarter to 5.7 per cent. 
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REA Group re-launches Advantage Program
REA Group has re-launched their Advantage program to help agents get more out of their realestate.com.au partnership. The program gives them access to exclusive events, professional development opportunities, industry sponsorships, community grants and funding.
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'Confidence is back': Gladstone on track as vacancy rates drop
REIQ data shows Gladstone's residential vacancy rate has fallen for the September quarter to 5.7 per cent. 
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Disputes between Queensland landlords and tenants at record high
DISPUTES between tenants and landlords have reached an all-time high with renters sick of dealing with bullying tactics and unfair treatment.
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Cost of living in Queensland: Why people are selling and moving to Bundaberg
City dwellers are flocking to Queensland's Bundaberg region to snap up houses for half the price of what they would pay in a capital city.
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REVEALED: Mackay's dramatic rental market turn around
INDUSTRY experts have suggested Mackay could soon have to build more houses as the region's rental property pool shows signs of drying up. The REIQ has released its September quarter vacancy rate data, revealing a major tightening of the Mackay region rental market, so much so Mackay experienced the largest improvement in all of regional Queensland with vacancies falling 1.7%.
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CQ's rental vacancy market showing signs of recovery
THE worst is behind us.
That is the opinion of several experts when it comes to CQ's rental vacancy market which is rebounding strongly in the wake of the positive Adani FIFO news and several other helpful factors. 
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Aspiring homeowners could be in for long wait
IF you're dreaming of a new home but struggling to raise a deposit, a property expert says you might have to wait a while before things get easier.
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$320 million development boom on Fraser Coast
THE latest approval of a high-rise complex in Urangan could mark the start of a development boom for the Fraser Coast. 
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Brisbane rental markets soften as regional Queensland rises
The REIQ has released its September quarter vacancy rate data, revealing a general tightening in the regional areas and an easing in the metros.
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Gold Coast houses to soar by 2020 according to latest report
THE median price for a house on the Gold Coast is expected to exceed $650,000 for the first time in the next three years.
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Brisbane residential vacancy rises in September quarter
Brisbane's residential vacancy rate lifted in the September quarter, driven by "unprecedented" levels of apartment supply.
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These are the suburbs where it is hardest to find a rental property
WHILE an oversupply of units within inner Brisbane has resulted in a lift in vacancy rates, it’s some of the further out suburbs were tenants are struggling to find a place to call home.
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Brisbane rental markets soften as regional Queensland shines: REIQ
Most rental markets in regional Queensland saw a general tightening in the September quarter as more job opportunities arise, while Brisbane LGA and Greater Brisbane eased slightly, according to the REIQ’s latest vacancy rate data.
Apartment approvals fall as market hit top of supply cycle
Apartment approvals have plummeted across the eastern seaboard as the market stabilises in Sydney and Melbourne but falls in Brisbane.
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Investors take notice as Gold Coast property’s medal-winning prospects running high
You could be forgiven for believing that the fastest vehicle on the Gold Coast is a V8 Supercar haring around the Surfers Paradise street circuit as part of the Gold Coast 600 festival.
Grant will support building industry but not so good for first home buyers
EXTENDING the first-home owners grant to include existing properties had the potential to put significantly more people into their own home, according to Queensland's peak real estate industry group.
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Real estate profession growing in Queensland and women dominate the industry
The real estate profession is booming in Queensland, growing more than 25 per cent since 2011 and it remains an equal opportunity profession, with women making up about 58 per cent of all workers in the property operators and real estate services category, according to REIQ.
The four Coast suburbs you want to buy in now
THE Sunshine Coast has been singled out as the new real estate hotspot with four suburbs topping a list Queensland's boom areas. 
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Allowing first time buyers to purchase existing homes would help more get into the market: REIQ
EXTENDING the first-home owners grant to include existing properties had the potential to put significantly more people into their own home, according to Queensland’s peak real estate industry group.
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What the 2011 floods mean for property prices, six years on
THE Ipswich property market still has a long way to go before the devastating impacts of the 2011 floods are forgotten.
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Mackay real estate agent urges banks to move
BANKS are playing catch-up with a resurgent Mackay economy, and aspiring home owners still face excessively restrictive policies, a local real estate guru says. 
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Coast's hottest school zones driving property prices up
THEY'RE the Sunshine Coast schools helping to keep property prices pumped up. 
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Cost of living in Queensland: Why people are selling and moving to Bundaberg
City dwellers are flocking to Queensland's Bundaberg region to snap up houses for half the price of what they would pay in a capital city.
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Crunch time for Brisbane with 100 city apartments yet to settle
More than 100 apartments in a high-profile inner-city Brisbane development are yet to settle amid warnings it is “crunch time” for ­developers in the Queensland capital.
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Real estate warning as 'dodgy cowboys' arrive in Rocky
"DODGY cowboys” installing non-complaint smoke alarms have appeared in Rockhampton, a real estate industry representative says.
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Whitfield property sets new 2017 benchmark after fetching more than $2 million under the hammer
A PALATIAL Cairns property has eclipsed the $2 million mark in setting a new house sales yardstick for 2017.
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Sherrie Storor launches national coaching business
One of Queensland’s most prominent real estate agents has officially launched her national coaching business.
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Why you should do your homework before buying off the plan
FOR some, buying a house or unit that does not yet exist can be intimidating. As consumers we are conditioned to inspect goods before we buy so we know exactly what we’re getting.
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Luxurious home listing one of many in region
WITH A price tag of $1.25million for a four bedroom, three bathroom home, you would expect nothing but the best - and 41 Portside Place does not disappoint. 
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Luxurious home listing one of many in region
WITH A price tag of $1.25million for a four bedroom, three bathroom home, you would expect nothing but the best - and 41 Portside Place does not disappoint. 
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What jobs confidence is doing for Mackay real estate
INDUSTRY experts believe the Mackay real estate market is gaining strength following a challenging time. 
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'Safer to buy in Gladstone than Sydney' says local expert
AT FIRST glance, the latest real estate figures numbers continue to paint a fairly grim picture for Gladstone, but a local expert says there is light at the end of the tunnel. 
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 The project that could lure home buyers to Toowoomba
THERE is steady growth in the Toowoomba real estate market medium term, although there have been some short-term bumps in the road.
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Signs of upturn ahead for Rockhampton market
WHILE hopes that the extended first home buyer's grant will boost Rockhampton house sales have not yet been fulfilled, the market for units is gaining strength. 
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Two reasons city buyers are eyeing off Warwick real estate
THE country charm and cheap prices have been drawing city dwellers to Warwick, where decent houses cost a fraction of what they do in Brisbane. 
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Interstate Migration to Queensland on the Up
The number of Australians making the move up in the world to Queensland to settle and live is the highest it’s been in eight years, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told State Parliament today.
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What the Adani announcement has done to CQ house market
DESSERTED Rockhampton open houses have turned into bustling hubs of investors all keen to secure a slice in the region's potential mining boom. 
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Home for a lifetime: The Brisbane suburbs where no one leaves
If you live in Highgate Hill, Wilston or even Carindale, you’re probably not moving anywhere anytime soon.
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The market that's looking up in Gympie
UNITS continue to be a strong performer for the Gympie region with new Real Estate Institute of Queensland sales data showing a 32.1% increase on prices from five years ago. 
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Why it's sunny days for these Coast growth suburbs
HOUSE prices on the Sunshine Coast remain solid, as they have for the past five years, with property experts expecting the region's growing population will fuel further demand from buyers looking for the "lifestyle factor". 
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Adani FIFO Hub best news for Rockhampton rental sector
SUZY McNamara received her first phone call at 8am yesterday from an investor who wanted to check out what properties she had for sale in Gracemere when he arrived in town today. 
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Sunshine Coast remains top property market
Despite quarterly contractions, the Sunshine Coast remains one of the top performers in the Queensland market, according to the REIQ’s Queensland Market Monitor report for the June quarter.
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New development delivers housing for booming region
A new integrated residential development has been planned for Narangba to release much-needed housing for a booming population.
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Brits own small piece of paradise
Around six per cent of Queensland is foreign-owned – and the largest proportion of that is by owners from the United Kingdom.
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Mackay topping list of nightmare tenants
NIGHTMARE tenants are leaving property investors thousands of dollars out of pocket, with a surge in the number of landlords trying to claw back unpaid rent and property damage costs.
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Mackay topping list of nightmare tenants
NIGHTMARE tenants are leaving property investors thousands of dollars out of pocket, with a surge in the number of landlords trying to claw back unpaid rent and property damage costs. 
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Nightmare tenants leaving landlords thousands of dollars out of pocket
NIGHTMARE tenants are leaving property investors thousands of dollars out of pocket, with a surge in the number of landlords trying to claw back unpaid rent and property damage costs.
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The FNQ properties fit for a musical king
SIR Elton John’s penchant for opulence is well-known, so could the music legend splash some cash on Far North property as a result of his tour Down Under?
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Is Spring the best time to sell my home?
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the spring selling season and what a great time it is to be out in the marketplace. Certainly, here in Townsville we’ve seen a couple of big million-dollar plus sales in the past couple of weeks and there is some promising indicators that it’s going to be a good season.
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Property upgrades key to rental success
HOMES that are well presented and fully airconditioned, in suburbs close to amenities, are succeeding in attracting tenants in Townsville’s weak rentals market.
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Competition heats up in battle for listings
IPSWICH is facing a housing shortage with buyer demand for established homes outstripping supply. 
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Brisbane top pick for property investors despite fresh warnings over apartment risk
Brisbane is still the top pick for property investors despite concerns over an apartment glut, a new survey out today reveals.
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Quirks in the QLD property market investors should be aware of 
Many interstate investors are eyeing Queensland for its relative affordability and potential for growth. However, it’s important to remember that the Sunshine State has plenty of quirks that you need to be aware of and anticipate in order to prevent investment blunders, according to Antonia Mercorella, CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ), and Bryce Holdaway, partner at Empower Wealth.
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Shark loving estate agent John Natoli calls time at McGrath Surfers Paradise
The McGrath Group has lost its veteran Surfers Paradise agent John Natoli who has told clients he intends to pursue his passion for underwater photography.
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Brisbane faced with prospect of apartment oversupply as new units flood market
Brisbane’s apartment market will see a flood of newly built units over the next 12 months, putting pressure on the city’s apartment vendors and confirming the Reserve Bank’s fears.
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Brisbane apartment prices in “free fall”
Apartments bought off the plan at the start of Brisbane’s unprecedented unit-construction wave are selling at losses of up to 36 per cent, underscoring concerns from the Reserve Bank about the city’s concentrated inner-city market.
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Six things that interstate buyers must understand about Queensland
More interstate investors are eyeing off the Sunshine State because of its affordability but buying in Queensland is different than elsewhere.
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Brisbane off-the-plan unit losses affirm RBA fears
Apartments bought off the plan at the start of Brisbane’s unprecedented unit-construction wave are selling at losses of up to 36 per cent, underscoring concerns from the Reserve Bank about the city’s concentrated inner-city market.
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Alyce Keegan from Kit and Clowder a finalist in Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards
ALYCE Keegan has built a global network of more than 15,000 members by offering online craft and colouring classes.
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Industry groups pleads with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for certainty on Queensland election date
INDUSTRY groups are pleading for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to name the poll date and put an end to the election-timing limbo they say is strangling business growth across the state. 
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Sails Restaurant on the market 
The owners of the Sails Restaurant in Noosa, with its 180 degree views of Laguna Bay, have put the renowned eatery on the market.
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REIQ boss says RBA’s Brisbane unit market concerns “overly cautious”
THE boss of Queensland’s peak real estate body says the Reserve Bank’s warning that Brisbane’s apartment market is at risk of crashing this year is “overly cautious”.
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Drying up fast: less than 20 Gold Coast houses listed for $400k on Realestate.com.au
BLINK and the $400,000 house price on the Gold Coast could be as extinct as the Dodo bird or the Tasmanian tiger.
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Waterfront Noosa restaurant hits the market
The owners of Noosa’s renowned Sails Restaurant plan to sell their prime waterfront site, with expectations the bay-front land will reach $11 million.
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Real estate insider's in-depth look at Cap Coast property market
YEPPOON has tipped the real estate scales in its favour, outshining Lammermoor as the Capricorn Coast's top performing suburb for sales.
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Cairns the standout performer when it comes to mortgagee sales as other Northern cities struggle
THE stagnant property market in Cairns is showing further signs of imminent growth as forced mortgage sale levels return to pre-global financial crisis figures.
Apartment surge tipped to swamp Brisbane market
Pressure is mounting for Brisbane apartment vendors, with a wave of newly constructed units about to saturate the already falling market. 
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Townsville unit prices rise in June quarter
MEDIAN unit prices have jumped 14 per cent in Townsville during the June quarter and the property market is predicted to strengthen with millions being poured into the region through public and private investment.
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Estates outside Brisbane are luring wealthy property buyers
Families wanting a leafy retreat are choosing acreage lifestyle estates just 20 minutes from Brisbane city for a prestige home that can have it all.
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An 1885 iconic Rocky home suddenly on market
IT DOESN'T take an agent or auctioneer to realise just how iconic to Rockhampton, 165 Caroline St, The Range is. 
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Gladstone real estate market on a steady incline
EVIDENCE is emerging that Gladstone's real estate market has bottomed out, or at the worst, the decline is slowing. 
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Rocky expert report: How much your home is worth
"RELENTLESS pressures" on Rocky's housing market have rendered it Queensland's cheapest, but our units buck the state trend for the better. 
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Queensland beats Victoria for apartment living: Who’d have thought?
QUEENSLAND is now second only to New South Wales when it comes to the number of people living in an apartment, with more of us ditching a house with a big backyard for a unit.
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Townsville property tops realestate.com.au search
BUYER interest in Townsville is causing a stir online with the city boasting the number one searched property going to auction in Queensland last week on realestate.com.au.
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Workers relocating boost rental demand in Bundy
MEDICAL professionals and construction workers moving to Bundaberg for work are snapping up our rentals, leading to a 1% tightening of the rental market.
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How Toowoomba's housing market is performing
THE Real Estate Institute of Queensland's (REIQ) quarterly market review shows that Toowoomba's housing market has experienced a decline over the last financial quarter.
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Townsville unit prices rise in June quarter
MEDIAN unit prices have jumped 14 per cent in Townsville during the June quarter and the property market is predicted to strengthen with millions being poured into the region through public and private investment.
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Family pays almost $3 million in cash for this Gold Coast home
THE sale of a waterfront mansion on a half acre block in Mermaid Waters has smashed the house price record for the Gold Coast suburb.
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The regional towns where house prices are going up
QUEENSLAND'S southeast housing market might be booming, but the state's regions are still suffering from the mining boom hangover - battling low unemployment and falling home demand. 
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Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast named top-performing QLD markets
Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast are Queensland’s powerhouse markets driving sustainable capital growth for property owners, the latest REIQ Queensland Market Monitor has found.
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Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast remain Queensland’s powerhouse markets
Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Sunshine Coast are Queensland’s powerhouse markets driving solid capital growth for property owners, according to the REIQ June quarter market data report.
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Regional house prices still hurting, but there is one standout
QUEENSLAND’S southeast housing market might be booming, but the state’s regions are still suffering from the mining boom hangover — battling low unemployment and falling home demand.
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Brisbane unit glut to hit prices
Losses in Brisbane’s apartment market are expected to continue for the coming three years as the “completely over the top” number of new apartments swells the ­market.
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Business Confidential: Queensland property and developer news
WHAT goes on behind the closed doors of Queensland’s biggest boardrooms? Our insiders are here to spill the beans on all that’s happening in the world of business and property.
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Bundy property market experiencing some volatility
THE Bundaberg house and unit market is unpredictable, according to the June quarter of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland's market report. 
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Brisbane house prices hit new record high in ‘unbeatable market’
HOUSE prices in Brisbane have hit a new record high with some suburbs in the the sought-after inner-city ring increasing by more than 20 per cent in the last year.
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South-east Queensland house price growth not extending to state's regional cities
There is a two-stroke economy in Queensland's property market, with the state's south-east booming while many regional markets struggle, a report by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) has revealed.
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REVEALED: How much your home is worth right now
NOOSA is the shining light of Queensland property according to the REIQ's Market Monitor, with the state's second most expensive house prices after Brisbane and the most expensive unit prices.
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Brisbane house prices hit new high, Gold Coast surges in growth: REIQ
Brisbane, Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast continue to drive the property market growth in Queensland, according to a new report from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland.
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Future Brisbane: 22-point action plan maps out the road ahead
AS THE culmination of The Courier-Mail’s Future Brisbane series, we’ve compiled a 22-point action plan covering what the experts believe is the way forward for our great city...
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Future Brisbane: Our city harbours the ideas, talent and ambition to be a truly great future city
THE Future Brisbane campaign has highlighted a great many opportunities and challenges if we are to shape the city we want to become.
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Future Brisbane: Rio Games advisors to study Games plan for Brisbane
A COMPANY that helped win the Olympics for Rio de Janeiro has been hired to investigate whether Brisbane should mount a bid for the 2032 Games.
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REIQs most capped Auctioneer wins again
Justin Nickerson is crowned back-to-back winner of the REIA Australasian Auctioneer of the Year championship
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Toowoomba households feel mortgage stress: report
STACEY Gwatking knows how hard it is to run a family budget in Toowoomba, especially when you have a mortgage. 
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It pays to appreciate the fine art of recognising and keeping a genuine buyer
Australia and New Zealand's top auctioneers will battle it out at the 2017 Australasian Auctioneering Championships, being held this year on 5-7 September, hosted by the Real Estate Institute of South Australia.
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QLD Excerpt from the 2017 September Market report
The Sunshine State records a spotty performance as it works to mitigate oversupply in the inner city
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Booming Gold Coast real estate market bucks trend
THE Gold Coast has shed its notorious winter property coat, with real estate agents each recording up to $250 million in sales in a midyear boon.
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Greens unveil $60b push to build one million houses by 2050
The Queensland Greens have promised to push for the construction of one million social housing properties by 2050, if they win seats in the upcoming state election.
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REIQ Host Real Tech 2017 and launch Agent.ID
The REIQ Real Tech 2017 Conference was created to fill a gap in the Queensland market – a conference that was solely dedicated to bringing only relevant technology to the real estate practitioner.
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The Brisbane suburbs where half the homes are mortgage-free
Less than a third of Australians own their home outright, but in the quiet Logan acreage suburb of Park Ridge, 66 per cent of homeowners are mortgage-free.
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Finding a real estate professional
Industry leaders know that the current level of training that is required to receive a licence or certificate to operate as a real estate agent is very basic and does not reflect the importance of the duties carried out by agents in assisting buyers and sellers through a very complex and high value transaction.
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Does a perfect auction exist? Auctioning your property in Brisbane 
Auctions are becoming a more popular sales method in southeast Queensland but not all properties or sellers are the right fit.
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New home sales in Queensland in free-fall, leading to possible boost to values
QUEENSLAND homeowners could be in for a spring surprise as a plunge in the number of new homes coming to market is predicted to lead to a surge in existing home values.
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Greens’ rental policy threatens rental market: REIQ
The REIQ has labelled the Greens’ “Renter’s Rights” policy as unworkable and, if implemented, would pose a threat to the health of the rental market. 
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Buyers back in charge as Toowoomba's house prices stall
TOOWOOMBA'S residential real estate market has entered a correction phase, which has caused a tightening across the market. 
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Greens’ policy ‘out of touch’ with Queensland rental market
The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) has declared the Greens’ “Renter’s Rights” policy as detrimental to the rights of landlords. If implemented, they believe the market would be damaged.
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New home building rate in holding pattern
NEWLY released research predicts fewer than 260 total houses a year will be built across the entire Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac region. That's just 10% of the number of houses built in 2013.
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Logan rental vacancy rate drops to 2.2% as southside market tightens
The REIQ quarterly rental vacancy rate data for the June quarter has revealed a tightening in inner Brisbane, as well as in Logan and much of regional Queensland.
Hammer falls on $1.825 million home
TOWNSVILLE’S famous white house on the hill has sold under the hammer for $1.825 million.
Cairns property market experts believe it is only a matter of time before prices start to bounce back
THE stars have aligned for the Cairns property market and real estate experts believe it is only a matter of time before prices start to bounce back.
Profit-making property numbers down in Townsville
MORE than 40 per cent of residential properties sold at a loss during the March quarter but industry leaders tip the number of profitable sales in Townsville will rise.
Sting in Dragon’s tail for Chinese buyers clears path for bargain hunters
BRISBANE real estate deals are collapsing after a new Chinese Government sting on offshore investment.
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Malcolm Snow leaves National Capital Authority to head Canberra's city land agency
National Capital Authority head Malcolm Snow will head the new City Renewal Authority, in charge of the development of Northbourne Avenue, the city and the lakeside.
30-Storey Mixed-Use Tower In Brisbane Proposed To Replace Suncorp
Turbit Nominees, with the consultation of Urbis, have proposed a new commercial tower at 343 Albert Street with the intention of providing a central premium office grade building to the Brisbane CBD.
REIQ says Queensland Greens rental policy would ‘decimate’ rights of landlords
The state’s real estate industry body has hit out at the Greens for a recently unveiled rental policy, which it said was “ludicrous” and would decimate landlords’ rights.
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Industry experts pan a QLD Greens plan to strip back landlords’ rights
LANDLORDS couldn’t charge the rent they wanted to and it could take up to 12 months to evict a tenant under a Queensland Greens proposal to transform rental laws.
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With beautiful homes on offer for much less than you would pay in Brisbane this regional town could be the place to invest
IT has major employment hubs, all the modern amenities and its property market is offering a lot more bang for your buck than Brisbane.
Toowoomba vs Brisbane: Why it's better to buy here
THERE are many benefits to living in Toowoomba, but the bang you get for your buck in the Garden City housing market is attracting buyers in waves.
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Hervey Bay property market on target
RENTAL vacancy rate data has revealed a recovering market in Hervey Bay.
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Justin Nickerson takes home REIQ auctioneering prize for a record fourth time
Justin Nickerson, the REIA's reigning Australasian auctioneering champion, has won the Queensland heats for the fourth time, putting him in the running to defend his national title.
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Townsville’s rental market showing signs of recovery
TOWNSVILLE’S rental market is showing signs of recovery with vacancy rates falling to the lowest levels since December 2014.
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House on the hill to go to auction
ONE of Townsville’s most iconic homes is about to go under the hammer after receiving huge interest from potential buyers.
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Pensioners hurt by Gympie's growing rental market
GYMPIE'S aging residents could find themselves squeezed out of the region's booming rental market.
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New rules regarding Australian citizenship declaration
We answer Dave’s question about who is responsible for declaring foreign ownership, in the purchase and sale of a property. Head of the REIQ, Antonia Mercorella has the answer.
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REIQ Auctioneer of the year wins title for fourth time
Mr Nickerson is the reigning REIA Australasian Auctioneer of the Year and has won the state event in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
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Rise in prices tipped for Townsville
A LEADING real estate ­expert says an increase in sales volumes in Townsville is pointing to a rise in prices.
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These are the suburbs where prices are tipped to grow
AS southern property markets start to cool, the market is heating up in dozens of Brisbane suburbs.
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REIQ says Redland rental market is in good condition
REDLAND rental vacancies remain tight to good, according to REIQ quarterly data.
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Gladstone rental vacancy rates show improvement
THE Real Estate Institute of Queensland's quarterly rental vacancy rate data for the June quarter has revealed a tightening through much of regional Queensland, including Gladstone, indicating a recovery is on the cards in the state's weaker markets.
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The community rallied to find a new name for our region
THE name Sunshine Coast is now well known, but back in the 1950s and early 1960s, when the area was known as the Near North Coast, there was a grassroots movement in the community to find a more appealing and memorable name that would help attract tourists and investment to the area.
Cairns rental vacancy rate remains tight with new unit stock in short supply
A SOFT Cairns unit market, compounded by a nationwide crackdown on investment loans, is expected to keep rentals in short supply for the foreseeable future.
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It pays to understand the checks and balances when subleasing for AirBnB
THE  popularity of AirBnB continues to grow and the opportunity to make some extra cash is appealing to many, whether they are homeowners or renters. This leads to the question of can a tenant legally sublease part or all of their rented property on AirBnB? And, if so, under what circumstances can they do so?
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Gold Coast’s Glitter Strip is shining again as market heats up
The Commonwealth Games might be just over a year away but it is the Gold Coast’s property market that’s making up serious ground with a resurgence in vendor confidence and buyer interest.
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Oversupply of Rocky homes good news for renters
IN GOOD news for rental tenants and bad news for landlords and property developers, Rockhampton has an oversupply of vacant rental properties according to the latest REIQ property data.
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North Queensland's property market shows signs of improving, but island apartments still cheap
When it comes to real estate you would be lucky to find a decent property in a capital city for under $320,000.
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A life of love for community
THE Granite Belt has repeatedly reinvented itself through the evolution of its key industries.
City's rental market 'strong' despite rise in vacancies
RENTAL vacancy rates in Toowoomba may have increased in the past financial year, but the region could be on the precipice of a potential real estate revival.
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Milestone: Sunshine Coast marks 50 years
August 1 marks 50 years since the Sunshine Coast was officially named. With the anniversary upon us, MWP takes a look back at the region’s history.
Stockland’s Mark Steinert cools on Brisbane apartments
The chief of Australia’s biggest property company, Stockland’s Mark Steinert, has declared Brisbane’s inner-city apartment market oversupplied and will hold off on constructing a major mixed-use development until the short-term issue is resolved.
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Queensland vacancy rates tighten as does Inner Brisbane vacancies
The REIQ quarterly rental vacancy rate data for the June quarter has revealed a tightening in inner Brisbane.
Growth in Queensland employment over inflated, Propertyology
The growth in Queensland employment is being artificially inflated by one sector, according to research from Propertyology, a professional services property investment firm.
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Capital city buyers fed up with unaffordable property prices are heading to Townsville
TOWNSVILLE is attracting the attention of home buyers from capital cities drawn to the region’s affordable property market.

Owner-occupiers, investors and people looking to buy land and build their dream home are eyeing off opportunities in Townsville.
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Should you rent out your own home? Property expert Peter Koulizos gives his thoughts
When it comes time to move out of home or change rental accommodation, one of the biggest considerations is to whether to live alone or to share with housemates. Strong arguments can be made for both and it comes down to the lifestyle you want to have.
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Strong Growth Hidden In Brisbane’s Middle Ring: Everton Park Suburb Profile
Driven by a combination of land scarcity, population growth and a strong economic outlook, Brisbane’s housing market has shown no signs of slowing down – and it’s this positive outlook that is propelling investors and developers into Brisbane’s middle-ring.
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House prices up on the Gold Coast as it ‘clearly outpaces’ Brisbane
The year-on-year price rise of 7.4 per cent on the Gold Coast was more than double Brisbane’s, which was at 3.1 per cent, Domain Group data has shown.
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Some short property courses are poor, says REIQ 
Some budding real estate professionals who complete quick courses on offer may not be adequately prepared for the demands of the job they have trained for, the REIQ has said following the release of a new report which has called into question the legitimacy of unduly short professional courses.  
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Pine Rivers’ rental market is ‘tightest in the state’ according to new CoreLogic figures
NEW figures have revealed the hardest place in Queensland to find rental accommodation.
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Housing revival tipped for Townsville
DEVELOPERS are eyeing unit projects in Townsville as a series of major developments and an uplift in inner-city home sales point to a much-anticipated recovery.
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Market insight with REIQ Zone Chair Damien Keyes
CONSUMERS are increasingly invited to publicly judge the service and quality of the product they receive by posting to online and social media review sites.
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Why the Gold Coast is a rental hotspot
IT HAS never been easier to find tenants on the Gold Coast with seven suburbs featuring in the nation’s top 10 rental hot spots.
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Cool Cairns weather boosts FNQ real estate sale numbers
MID-WINTER in Far North Queensland, with hotels at ­capacity and glorious weather, is also considered a prime time for selling real estate.
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Townsville in top 10 best places to buy
INVESTORS are eyeing cheap houses in Townsville, with the city named among the top 10 best places to buy in Australia.
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Tenants are forking out as much as $3000 a week for Queensland’s ritziest rentals
TENANTS are forking out as much as $3000 a week to rent some of Queensland’s most luxurious homes.
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Have your say on body corporate issues
Queenslanders are invited to have their say on body corporate procedural issues, with the release an independent report that is now available for consultation.
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Consumer sentiment in Qld among the highest of the States
Consumers in Queensland has grown again, rising 3.3 per cent in the month according to the latest Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index.
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Units affordable but rents rising
MANLY West is among Brisbane’s most affordable suburbs to buy a unit, according to new research.
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Property investors to prevent pension time bomb
The aged pension is an unsustainable financial time bomb that may bankrupt the country in the years ahead, according to research by Propertyology.
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Market glut hits apartment demand
When unit owners contact Frank Gosdschan’s office looking to put their properties on the market, the Brisbane real estate agent asks: “Do you really need to sell?”
 
Traffic congestion, bottlenecks and car crashes not putting Brisbane buyers off
While plenty like to complain about the traffic, Brisbane buyers are not deterred when it comes to buying properties at notorious traffic “choke points”.
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Market wrap: How Townsville property is performing
IT’S tough going for Townsville’s property market despite having cashed in on more than $258 million worth of property sales in the past six months. 
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Tax Hikes Are Driving Chinese Investors Away
An avalanche of government changes imposed on foreign property investors risks “killing the golden goose,” warned Victorian property developer Tim Gurner.
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Toowoomba ranked third-strongest performing regional housing market in Queensland
Toowoomba’s property market continues to perform strongly, according to REIQ's latest Queensland Market Monitor’s quarterly report.
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Better planning for Queensland starts today
The Palaszczuk Government’s new planning system has commenced today ensuring the community is at the forefront of the planning process across Queensland.
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Tips for settlement — why Tuesdays are better than Fridays
THE most common day to settle a property is Friday, chosen by purchasers in order to move into their new home over the weekend — however, the REIQ advises that purchasers may want to consider a either a settlement in the early half of the week.
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Price boom: How this became Coast's most exclusive suburb
THE property market in Alexandra Headland is booming thanks to a pristine location that combines beach, dining and entertainment.
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These Townsville suburbs are turning a profit for investors
DO you own an investment property in Cosgrove, Horseshoe Bay or Shaw?

If so, you’re in luck with the popular suburbs having recorded a significant jump in weekly rental returns.
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Affordable and beautiful, Cairns delivers the goods for former Sydney locals
A LARGE house with a swimming pool and deck was once a pipe dream for Skye and Elliot Quinn, former Sydneysiders turned proud Brinsmead homeowners.
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Revive 2017 Round Table Series: Queensland
Elite Agent is following the Revive 2017 Wellness and Wellbeing Round Table Series tour as it makes it’s way across four of Australia’s capitals. The was at the brand new REIQ House in Queensland yesterday, and with only one more stop to go in Sydney today, we look at some of the ideas for wellness initiatives that can help create well-beings in your office. 
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Gold Coast hits $615,000 median house price
The Gold Coast housing market is the juggernaut of the southeast, reaching a new high median house price of $615,000 for the March quarter, according to REIQ's latest Queensland Market Monitor quarterly report.
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Homebuyers still the big winners in Townsville property market
HOMEBUYERS continue to be the big winners in Townsville’s property market as the city records a 43.2 per cent loss of all resales in the last quarter.
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REVEALED: Unexpected jump in number of homes sold this month
MORE homes are selling in Gladstone in a relieving change for real estate agents and the property market.
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Toowoomba buyers willing to wait
SWITCHED-on buyers are looking for property in Toowoomba, but they are happy to wait until the price is right.
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REVEALED: Five Mackay suburbs to watch as buyers return
BUYERS are returning to the Mackay real estate market.

Although prices have not yet rebounded, Real Estate Institute of Queensland Mackay zone chair Peter McFarlane said he was seeing more people looking to get into the housing market.
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Government 'wrong' on home buyer's grant
THE Queensland Government needs to extend the first home buyer's grant to cover existing properties, Ray White Gladstone director John Fieldus says. 
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Nine out of ten Gold Coast sellers made a tidy recent profit
GOLD Coast homeowners have chalked up more than $490 million in profits in just three months.

Figures released today reveal nine out of ten sellers made a profit when they sold their property during the March quarter.
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First home buyer's grant should boost market
THERE are hopes the extended first home buyer's grant will boost Rockhampton property sales over the coming months.
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Why Toowoomba housing market is strong performer
TOOWOOMBA still has a strong housing market but demand is slowing, according to the state's peak real estate body.
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Miami homeowners the big winners of Gold Coast property boom
HOMEOWNERS in Miami are the big winners of the Gold Coast property boom, enjoying a 65 per cent increase in houses prices since 2012.
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Mackay's housing median price sees second-largest annual fall
Mackay's housing market has had its second-largest annual housing median price fall, according to the REIQ'S Queensland Monitor Market's latest report.
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