If you want to make sure your possessions are safe as houses, Rockhampton or Warwick are the best place to buy a property in Queensland. According to the 2013 RACQ Insurance Home Security Index which calculates the number of home theft claims made per 100 RACQ policies in each postcode.
The Queensland Police Service’s new Crime Maps which are available online, detail suburb-by-suburb and incident-by-incident, crimes reported across the state in the past 13 years an it is updated nightly. For a homebuyer moving to a new neighbourhood, these Crime Maps are a potentially game-changing research tool but Real Estate Institute of Queensland says it doesn’t believe the newly-accessible statistics would influence property prices.
Still in Queensland – with first-home buyers conspicuously absent, overseas and interstate tourists are tipped to be the next group of potential buyers to boost the property market. It appears the ice cream licker buyers – as they are often called – are using their Gold Coast holiday to invest in homes and apartments. Gold Coast Buyers’ agent Simon Pressley believes it won’t just be visitors buying property, which will boost the market, but the flow on effect of their visits. He says with Asia’s middle class growing rapidly, many would have the money to travel the world and Australia would figure prominently. Any upswing in tourist numbers will filter money through to local businesses, resulting in employment for locals and the capacity and confidence to buy, upgrade, or renovate.
As well as international tourists Australian buyers are coming from Victoria and New South Wales as the Gold Coast is still considered good value according to Ray White Surfers paradise CEO Andrew Bell. Tourism figures show a 10 per cent rise in domestic visitors and a 3 per cent rise in overseas visitors to the Gold Coast in the past 12 months. At the same time, tourism numbers dropped slightly on the Sunshine Coast and in north Queensland.