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Demand brings opportunity to Queensland

Date: 16/08/2012

Activity in Queensland highlights and brings real estate investment opportunity to Queensland – as both tourists and businesses flock to the state.

It was announced yesterday (August 15) that China’s largest international carrier China Southern Airlines is going to commence flights to Cairns and increase services to Brisbane.

“This commitment will boost visitor expenditure by millions of dollars and support a number of direct and indirect jobs,” said minister for tourism, major events, small business and commonwealth games Jann Stuckey.

“These new travel patterns bring new opportunities for Queensland. We encourage industry operators to focus on packaging dual and multiple destinations to take advantage of these opportunities.”

Resource growth central Queensland has also been creating commercial opportunities for keen investors. An increased need for accommodation is highlighted by recent figures from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) – bringing potential opportunity to Queensland.

The REIQ residential rental vacancy rate was sitting below the market equilibrium of three per cent on average, and well below in the state’s mining hot spots.

Rockhampton recorded the tightest rental market in Queensland, with a vacancy rate of 1.1 per cent, followed by Toowoomba with at 1.2 per cent.

Mackay was not far behind at 1.7 per cent and Brisbane recorded a slight improvement rate of 2.1 per cent.

“What our latest survey shows us is that demand for rental property remained strong at the end of June with vacancy rates generally remaining tight,” said REIQ chief executive officer Anton Kardash.

“While we are seeing an increase in the number of first home buyers and investors in the sales market, their activity will take some time to flow through to the rental market, which should ease some of this pressure on supply and rents we are now experiencing.”

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By Steve McKnight

Steve McKnight, the founder of, is a respected property investing authority as well as Australia's #1 best-selling business author.

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