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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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