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The best suburbs for investment opportunities in Australia in 2024

There’s money to be made in the property market — if you know where to look.

By Josh Bozin
Tue, Mar 19, 2024 9:56amGrey Clock 2 min

If you’re a first homebuyer, owner/occupier or investor, you might feel that the property market is slim pickings in some of your favourite city suburbs. Either there’s no supply or the reserve is well above your budget threshold. However, for those property-savvy individuals prepared to look harder, there’s a growing number of suburbs in Australia’s major cities that are proving to be great investment opportunities…

—…you just need to know where to find them.

Independently-owned real estate agency, Little Real Estate, has released its annual report for the best Australian suburbs for investing. Investors searching for affordability, cash flow, and capital growth potential are being encouraged to consider regional locations, including four in Queensland.

“In 2024, we anticipate a surge in property prices fuelled by the relentless demand for housing outpacing the available supply,” says Little Real Estate executive general manager of sales, James Kirkland. “An exceptionally strong rental market, coupled with a shortage of housing, continues to exert upward pressure on house prices nationwide.”

Real estate analyst Hotspotting’s National Top 10 Positive Cashflow Hotspots echoes the findings of Little Real Estate’s annual report. Its analysis found that Queensland locations showed exponential capital growth, with the Sunshine State securing half of the top 10 locations.

“Cash flow has become increasingly important over the past two years, given the much higher mortgage repayments in play,” says Hotspotting director, Terry Ryder. “It is imperative that investors seek out areas that also offer capital growth prospects, often due to their booming local economies across a diverse range of industries.”

Which location is best for a property investment?

It depends! According to Little Real Estate, in 2024, the Sydney suburbs of Wiley Park and Kensington come out on top, along with Caloundra West and Southport in South East Queensland, and Carlton and Moonee Ponds in Melbourne.

What is the most in-demand suburb in Sydney?

The property market is certainly inflated in Sydney in comparison to other states but investors can still find some gems in certain pockets of the city. Take Penrith, for example. According to REA data, the average cost of a unit in Penrith costs $540,000, with a rental yield of 4.3%.

Which state is best for investment property in Australia?

It’s hard to go past Queensland as one of Australia’s best states for investment properties. With four out of ten suburbs in Queensland appearing in Little Real Estate’s annual report—including Southport, Caloundra West, Coomera and Bulimba—Queensland and its surrounding suburbs, typically regional, are presenting as great investment opportunities.

“Whether you’re an investor, a family looking for a new home, or a professional seeking the ideal work-life balance, these suburbs are the ones to watch for growth and potential in the upcoming year,” says Kirkland.

What is the fastest growing suburb in Australia?

According to Smart Property Investment, the fastest growing suburb in Australia is Chelmer, Queensland – a south-western suburb in the city of Brisbane, with a quarterly price growth of 29.33 per ent. This is followed closely by Frenchs Forrest in NSW, and Greenmount in Queensland.

 



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Whether you prefer the country or the coast, there are plenty of east coast options for cashed up buyers

By Bronwyn Allen
Fri, Apr 19, 2024 3 min

There are 10 local council areas scattered along the East Coast of Australia that offer both affordability and solid fundamentals for sustainable future growth, according to the research team at residential property network, PRD. The areas have been selected based on five criterion. They are affordability – defined as a median house price below $600,000, rising house values, strong rental yields to encourage investment, a strong pipeline of residential, commercial and infrastructure projects to facilitate local economic development, and low unemployment.

Here are Australia’s 10 most affordable regional property markets with great future potential.

Mackay, QLD

Mackay is a tropical coastal area located in north Queensland. It’s known for its closeconnection to the Great Barrier Reef. The median house price is $462,750, up 8.9 percent in 2023. Mackay attracts a lot of interstate migrants and is home to more than 120,000 people. It has a healthy economy with an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent and $1.7 billion worth of projects due to commence this year.

Toowoomba, QLD

The Toowoomba median house price was up 10.9 percent in 2023.

Toowoomba is located west of Brisbane and is known for its Victorian buildings, street artand surrounding national parks. The median house price is $560,000, up 10.9 percent in 2023. The city has a population of more than 180,000. The unemployment rate is 4 percentand there is $6.1 billion in projects commencing in 2024.

Townsville, QLD

Townsville is a coastal city in north-eastern Queensland. The median house price is $420,000, up 5 percent in 2023. It is home to more than 200,000 people. Unemployment is very low at 2.5 percent and there is $3.2 billion of projects commencing this year.

Dubbo, NSW

Dubbo is located west of Newcastle in the Orana Region and is home to the Western Plains Zoo. The median house price is $530,000, up 11.6 percent in 2023. The population has exploded in recent years to more than 56,000 people. The unemployment rate is just 2.2percent and the economy is thriving. There is a pipeline of $4.7 billion in projects commencing this year.

Tamworth, NSW

Located in north-east NSW, Tamworth is known for its popular annual Country Music Festival. It’s also the largest retail centre for the New England and Northwest Slopes regions. The median house price is $490,000, up 14 percent in 2023. With a population of more than 65,000 people, the economy is strong with unemployment of just 2 percent and $112.4million worth of projects commencing this year.

Griffith, NSW

Located west of Sydney and northwest of Canberra, Griffith is known for its prime produce production and wine cultivation. The median house price is $531,000, up 2.1 percent in 2023. Griffith’s population is about 27,000 people. The city boasts high economic resilience with a 2 percent unemployment rate and $258.7 million in projects in the pipeline.

Ballarat, VIC

Ballarat, Victoria

Ballarat is a 1.5hour drive west of Melbourne. It’s popular with city commuters who move here for housing affordability and a relaxed lifestyle with easy access to the city via train. The median house price is $570,000, down 4.2 percent in 2023 but up 92.9 percent over the past decade. The city has the third highest population in Victoria at about 118,000. Ballarat has an unemployment rate of 3 percent and a total projects pipeline worth $2.3 billion for 2024.

Shepparton, VIC

Shepparton is a rural area about two hours north of Melbourne. It is popularly referred to as the food bowl of Australia. The median house price is $475,000, up 4.4 percent in 2023. The population is about 70,000. The unemployment rate is just 2 percent and there is $1.8 billion in projects for 2024.

Wodonga, VIC

Wodonga is located on the border of NSW on the southern side of the Murray River. It is approximately 320km from Melbourne and 345km from Canberra. The median house price is $567,250, up 4.7 percent in 2023. With a population of about 44,000, the city’s jobless rate is 3 percent and there is $388.2 million in development set to commence in 2024, primarily new infrastructure.

Burnie, TAS

Burnie is a bustling port city located in Emu Bay in Tasmania’s north-west. Overlooking beaches and parklands, the area is known for its rich agriculture and mining projects. The median house price is $435,000, up 3.6 percent. Despite a rising population, the unemployment rate is falling and is currently 5.6 percent. In 2024, Burnie’s project pipeline is valued at approximately $1.6 billion. A significant portion is commercial development, primarily renewable energy projects.

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