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Why everyone is moving to Queensland

Queensland is winning Australia’s real estate popularity contest, and it is not just because of our enviable weather.

New research by Propertyology has revealed that the sunshine state is not only the destination of choice for the majority of interstate migrators, but those that already live here are in no hurry to cross the border.

Propertyology head of research Simon Pressley said analysis of ABS data had confirmed that many Australian residents were choosing satellite cities on the outer-fringes of capital cities, and major regional cities.

He said that Queensland, Hobart and parts of regional Victoria and New South Wales were the big winners.

“Number one on Australia’s popularity winners list is the Gold Coast,” he said. “With a median house price that’s only 60 per cent the cost of Sydney, the Gold Coast attracted 7441 new residents from other parts of Australia last year.”

Mr Pressley said that interstate migration continued to accelerate in Queensland, contributing 28,668 new residents to the state’s population growth for the year ending June 2018.

He said that the last time Queensland saw such high migration levels — either from interstate or within the state — was back in 2005.

“But only 10 per cent of Queensland’s internal migration gain chose digs in Brisbane City Council — home to 25 per cent of the state’s total population,” he said.

Of the cities seeing the biggest gains in new residents, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions were the most popular destinations in Queensland.

The findings come after another report predicted that Brisbane would see a massive jump in house prices over the coming three years.

The latest analysis by BIS Oxford Economics has forecast a massive 20 per cent growth in house prices in Brisbane, with demand being driven by its relative affordability compared to other capitals and a pick-up in positivity.

The Residential Property Prospects 2019—2022 has the city’s median house price growing at almost double the speed of the nearest growth capitals Adelaide (11 per cent) and Canberra (10 per cent). In contrast, prices in Sydney (6 per cent) and Melbourne) were set to remain in single digits in terms of percentage growth over the three years.

BIS Oxford Economics associate director Angie Zigomanis said he expected Brisbane to be a big winner by the end of 2022, bucking the slow recovering coming out of southern markets.

“The next 12 months we still expect (house price growth) to be fairly weak in Brisbane but moving into 2020 is when it will pick up,” he told The Courier-Mail. Source:

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