Is Transport Infrastructure Important When Investing?

Is Transport Infrastructure Important When Investing?

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Have you heard what is going on in Queensland and the South East….. Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast? We are having a transport infrastructure boom!

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There is the new second runway at Brisbane Airport being built which will bring millions of new passengers and $Billions into the economy – as well as the brand new airport at Toowoomba that has just been built to accommodate large international aircraft plus the planned expansion of the little Sunshine Coast Airport! The Gateway Motorway extension and widening to cope with the ever growing traffic trying to get either North or South of the Brisbane River along with the Bruce Highway upgrades to the Sunshine Coast as well as the expansion of many of the roads and interchanges in the Sunshine Coast region. The Gold Coast Light Rail project and its expansion meeting up with the heavy rail train and airports and the new Moreton Bay Rail Link that is due to open at the end of 2016. As I mentioned…. there is a BOOM happening!!

So what does this mean for you the property investor?

When ever we see the building of new airports or runways, train lines, roads, bridges or tunnels – that is a clear sign there is forecast for massive growth of that region.

This creates;

  • more jobs
  • more trade
  • faster transport corridors
  • more development
  • and many more benefits to the economy

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All this means great returns for your investment property and a good solid portfolio that is going to continue producing for the long term. Do your research or talk to professionals and most of all take action and don’t over micromanage the investment process – look at all the big macro and purchase, as these people are the one that make the largest returns.

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Is Transport Infrastructure Important When Investing?

Echo Entertainment has won the right to build new Brisbane Casino

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Echo Entertainment, which currently runs Sydney’s ‘The Star’, Gold Coast’s ‘Jupiters’ and Brisbane’s ‘ Treasury Casino’ is part of the Destination Brisbane Consortium and has been announced as the winning bidder to develop the new Brisbane Casino.

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The independent panel that made the decision on Monday afternoon, was impressed by the amount of public space Echo’s plans included, the greater number of restaurants and the four, five and six-star hotel options. The panel went through a number of criteria but one of the signature efforts was the large amount of dedicated public space that all families will be able to enjoy.

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The multibillion-dollar development will stretch 10 blocks across the far end of the city, reaching from Queen Street to Alice Street and completely reshaping George Street to the river. The run-down area off William St around the heritage-listed Commissariat Building would be converted into a major public area with markets, a water playground, food stalls and outdoor amphitheatre as well as parkland built on the river

Echo will transform the current historic Lands Administration Building which houses its existing Brisbane Treasury Casino into a boutique department store and hotel.

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CEO Matt Bekier said the consortium wanted to create Australia’s best integrated resort.

“It will be an asset for this state that will compete with anything around the world – a development of which the people of Brisbane will be immensely proud,” he said.

“This is an exciting announcement for us, and for Queensland, when you consider the infrastructure, job and public amenity opportunities that are part of the overall Queen’s Wharf plan.”

Echo Entertainment states the development will provide 8000 jobs and attract an additional 1.39 million visitors to Brisbane every year.

Plans for this exciting new development include

~ An underground shopping mall

~ Publicly accessible skydeck containing restaurants and bars

~ Five new hotels, with three to be rated six stars

~ River front moonlight cinemas

~ 50 food & drink outlets

~ Pedestrian cross-river bridge

~ Three residential towers

~12 football fields of public space.

Construction is due to begin in 2017 and is expected to take between six and 10 years.

Property Market on the Rise Property Clock

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A market on the rise sits at about 9 o’clock on the property clock.  Look at the property market just in your local area right now.  Is there flurry of sales activity, new constructions commencing or increased consumer confidence in the economy?

These are all signs of a rising market heading towards the next BOOM!!

And, if you find these signs in your local area, you can bet your last dollar that other markets across Australia are feeling it too!

This is definitely the most opportune time to buy as stock is coming back on to the market as confidence increases and prices are still relatively stable as the market continues to heat up.

My advice to you is this:  in a rising market, don’t delay your purchase as strong growth is just around the corner!

Do you think that Brisbane, Sydney and Perth might be in this space on the property clock?

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The Bottom of the Market

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Boom, Bust, Downswing, Upturn

When to buy property and the timing in the market.

As I explained last week, a market on the downswing is heading towards the bottom.  The bottom of the market, or 6 o’clock on the property clock, is when prices are at their lowest, consumer confidence is virtually non-existent and the real estate market is at a standstill.

In 2010-11, it was safe to say that the Australian property market was hitting the bottom.  Housing prices were levelling out and in most cases, fell.  As an investor, this is usually a great time to buy as property is cheaper and there is greater chance to make returns as the market rises.

However, the one thing to remember about the bottom of the market, is that the quality of stock on the market can be hit and miss.  So it is important when buying property at the bottom of the market, that you do your homework on the property you want to invest in and the area to ensure it will make the returns you want in the future.

Today however, the news is better.  Real estate analysts have announced the market is on the rise with property prices slowly on the increase in many areas across Australia and consumer confidence back on the boil.

Maybe now is the right time to buy?

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The Property Clock Australia: Downswing

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Property Clock

Last week, I explained the property clock and the peak or 12 o’clock on the property clock.  Let’s look now at the downswing or declining market on the property clock.  Some property analysts also refer to this as 3 o’clock on the property clock.

But what does this mean?  A downswing is just that – property prices and sales are falling, building projects are being abandoned and rental yields are not competitive.  Is this a great time to buy?  Maybe not.  If the property market is in a downswing, then it needs to complete the cycle and bottom out before it moves upwards again.

One key to investing is to identify when a property market is falling and stake it out until you feel that the time is right to buy.  The downswing and bottom of the market is the time when bargains are easier to come by.

However, I do need to add a little warning here! I cannot emphasise enough the importance of having a property investment strategy and knowing what your goals are and the timeframes to achieve them.  Just because the market says the time is right to buy, doesn’t necessarily mean it is the right time for you!   Successful property investment is more about good decisions & management and sticking to your strategy.

But it does help to be able to read the time!!!

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Keep watch on the Property Clock …

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The property clock shows buyers, sellers and investors where the property market is at any given time across Australia.   It is not a one size fits all proposition. All cities and towns will be at different points in the clock at any given time.

Understanding the Property Clock is important in trying to identify areas that have possibility of strong future growth.

The property clock is generally divided into 4 sections: peak, declining (or downswing), bottom, rising (or upswing).  Over the next month, I will take you through each section.


This is also known as 12 o’clock on the property clock.   Generally, this is the time when the market is at its highest, prices are increasing and there is an under-supply of stock on the market.

Is being at the peak, the best time for an investor to buy or sell?  Well, that depends on your individual circumstances and property strategy.

Knowing when to hold ‘em and knowing when to fold ‘em, is an important aspect of property investment.  By understanding the property clock for your particular market/s, you can add value to your portfolio.

Next week, I will look at the declining market.  Stay tuned…..