Tuesday, January 14 2014
First-home buyers are being attracted to affordable master-planned communities on the outskirts of Brisbane, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland and St George Bank. The Courier-Mail reported that North Lakes and Springfield head the list of outlying suburbs with a median house price below $450,000. North Lakes, 25km north of the Brisbane CBD, recorded 377 sales in the 12 months to September. Forest Lake and Springfield Lakes, 22km west, achieved 600 sales between them. St George Bank head of retail Ross Gillam says loan applications are up 20% across Brisbane's western corridor. "The region has huge potential for growth, with concentrations of employment, retail services, infrastructure and transport links," Gillam says.