10 Things You Must Know Before Investing in Brisbane – Part 1


Are you considering investing in the Brisbane property market?

I know many investors are looking to Brisbane, thanks to its relative affordability compared to our Sydney and Melbourne markets.

BrisbaneThere is also a buzz in Brisbane with a host of new and exciting projects being undertaken and now there’s the news that we’re hosting the Olympic Games

Sure there is the “it’s time” factor, but that is more emotional sentiment and you need to dig a little deeper to ensure there are some facts and data to support it.

To give you the edge, I am happy to share 10 things you need to know before investing in Brisbane.

This week I’ll share the first 5 and watch out for the second part of this 2 part series tomorrow.

My Qualifications

What makes me qualified to talk about the Brisbane market and what separates me from the other 25 million property “experts” in Australia.

Well, firstly I have been assisting our clients to buy in Brisbane for over a decade now, as a Buyers Agent, Property Strategist and now as the Director of Metropole’s Brisbane office.

While most people are lucky enough to buy 2 or 3 properties in their lifetime, we buy more properties than that in Brisbane every week.

Even more importantly, I have personally been investing for around two decades myself and have an extensive property portfolio.

1. Where are the jobs being created?

If you follow the simple equation that jobs create demand for housing.

All you will need to do is find out where the bulk of jobs are being created.

Naturally, people will want to live closer to their work for a shorter commute and having access to public transport.

Demand will be stronger, closer to major employment hubs and right now in Brisbane, there are 50,000 jobs being created between the CBD and the Airport.

So, in Brisbane, stick to the 10km ring to encompass the CBD, Hospitals and the Airport precincts.

2. Suburbs within a school catchment will continue to attract a premium

Once people are settled in a job, as many will be young professional families and couples starting families, next on the list will be schools.

It will pay off handsomely if you understand the catchment and boundaries for the most in demand schools.

I will make two points – 1) not all schools are equal and 2) do not just assume buying in a suburb gives you access to that school.

Missing the catchment by a single house or street, could mean a difference of $50,000, so it pays to get it right!

So, paying slightly more to get into the right catchment will greatly benefit future growth.

3. People are not wanting to move further out and away from the City

The tide has turned here.

I know when I was younger people wanted land, the big backyard and their own house.

The next generation are trading big backyards for balconies or small courtyards, likewise older generations.

Talk of a sea change or tree change has not eventuated and they are tending to stay put or downsize into smaller, low maintenance accommodation.

While accommodation is smaller, there needs to be more happening outdoors, think lifestyle and entertainment precincts, green space and convenience.

Walkscore can be an invaluable tool for this.

4. Public Transport is a MUST – Our roads will get busier

The only large scale infrastructure projects over the last decade have been our tunnels, they have taken some pressure of a busy transport network.

Herston Brisbane SuburbBut recent studies suggest our tunnel benefits are over and we are back to where we were.

So, with half a million more cars expected on our roads over the next decade, public transport is a must!

There is probably an 80/20 rule here in Brisbane for public transport.

Inside the 10km ring there is an 80% chance of having some form of public transport, that drops to as low as 20% when you start getting out past the 15km to 20km ring.

Moving forward, identifying a location close to a bus, train or even ferry, will be critical as commute times balloon!

5. Flooding and Stormwater is common

Big WARNING signs about Brisbane when it comes to flooding.

There have been several major floods over the last century and while they generally only come along every 20 – 30 years, it still must be on your radar.

Even more common though are Brisbane’s storms and stormwater runoff – overland flow.

This is probably something that we are even more aware of for our clients and this is also a form of flooding.

Keep away from lower lying areas or heavily sloping blocks where water can sit and cause problems.

Many experts will mention river and creek flooding, but stormwater runoff can be just as damaging, so do your checks.

In Conclusion

If you are considering your next investment in Brisbane, it is important to take a strategic approach.

BrisbaneFirstly, define Brisbane and the areas you will target.

For me, the most important thing is to understand supply and demand.

Find out where the most jobs are being created (demand) and combine it with a location where there is almost no available land (supply).

Then things like school catchments and public transport then become key components.

With all types of investments there will be risk, so there is a need to understand the way people are living and demographic trends.

Once you have narrowed your search, be sure to understand flooding and stormwater issues and you will be one step closer to finding the most important aspect to your investment – the location.

Perhaps creating wealth or investing is one of those things, but maybe you don’t know where to start – why not get the Metropole Brisbane team on your side.

Now is the time to take advantage of the opportunities the current property markets are offering.

Metrople Team

Sure the markets are moving on, but not all properties are going to increase in value. Now, more than ever, correct property selection will be critical.

You can trust the team at Metropole to provide you with direction, guidance, and results.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced investor, at times like we are currently experiencing you need an advisor who takes a holistic approach to your wealth creation and that’s exactly what you get from the multi award-winning team at Metropole.

We help our clients grow, protect and pass on their wealth through a range of services including:

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Brett Warren is Director of Metropole Properties Brisbane and uses his 13 plus years property investment experience to advise clients how to grow, protect and pass on their build their wealth through property. Visit: Metropole Brisbane

'10 Things You Must Know Before Investing in Brisbane – Part 1' have 2 comments

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    July 11, 2020 Ben

    All sound advice.

    Interesting comment about school catchments. Very valid however catchment boundaries are not set in stone. Something to be aware of.


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