The following release is from the REIQ on 7 June, 2010
Queensland’s residential property market has returned to a more usual pattern of sales following a year of increased first home buyer activity, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ).
The REIQ’s March quarter 2010 report found preliminary sales numbers to second and third home buyers increased as demand for affordable stock by first home buyers decreased.
Historically low interest rates and first home buyer incentives underpinned this fluctuation in buyer demand during 2009.
“This is the second consecutive quarter where the return to this more common type of buyer demand has been recorded and helps to explain the fluctuation in median house prices we have experienced over recent times,” REIQ managing director Dan Molloy said.
Brisbane’s median house price remained flat at $535,000 during the March quarter, as did the Gold Coast on $510,000. The Sunshine Coast posted a small 1.1 per cent rise to $480,000.
The modest results also show that – unlike some other parts of the country – Queensland’s property market did not get ahead of itself earlier this year.
While preliminary sales activity increased slightly over the March quarter, agents across the State are now reporting less demand from buyers.
“The series of six interest rate increases in seven months has really put the brakes on the market with agents reporting significantly less activity since Easter,” Mr Molloy said.
“Indeed, the May interest rate hike may well be the one that broke the camel’s back as the market had already slowed substantially by that point in time.”
Over the March quarter, the Gladstone region posted the strongest result with a median house price increase of 7.9 per cent to $383,000.