CHINESE buyers losing faith in their own property market are looking to Brisbane for a safer investment – and they have expensive taste.
Singapore might be the home of ‘Crazy, Rich Asians’, but new data reveals some of the Queensland capital’s most exclusive suburbs are attracting the attention of deep-pocketed investors from China with money to burn.
The research by Chinese international real estate website, Juwai.com, shows Kangaroo Point had the highest number of inquiries from Chinese investors in the first half of 2018, followed by Newstead, Sunnybank, South Brisbane, Indooroopilly and Ascot.
That’s in contrast to Chinese demand for property in Brisbane in the first half of 2017 when the outer suburbs of Calamvale, Park Ridge and Rochedale were the most popular.
Juwai.com chief executive Carrie Law said the top suburbs list revealed the importance of new development, education, and convenience to Chinese buyers.
“Brisbane is attractive due to its easy lifestyle, beautiful water views, and quality English language educational institutions,’ Ms Law said.
“If you have a moderate, high-rise apartment in Brisbane, you can generally snap a beautiful selfie at the window or on the balcony
with gorgeous water or district views in the background to show off to your friends at home in China.”
Ms Law said suburbs with new developments or large numbers of new house and land packages for sale were also in demand.
“Because of foreign investment rules, offshore buyers are pushed into new property to support the construction of new housing,” she said.
“That explains why Newstead and Kangaroo Point are on the list. There is plenty of new development underway and our buyers are curious about it.
“It is a revelation for Chinese buyers that they can obtain a new house on its own land in Brisbane for about half the price of an inner-city apartment in Shanghai or Beijing.”
Last week, protesters ransacked a number of new apartment sales offices in China angry their investments were being sold for much less than they paid for them.
The unrest is a further sign China’s property market is beginning to cool, prompting investors to turn to places like Brisbane.
“Brisbane feels like a safe, desirable place to live,” Ms Law said.
“It often starts with a property purchase for sending a child to study or work in Brisbane. “Over time that can lead to additional
investments, starting local businesses, and eventually the whole family moving to live in Brisbane.
“These buyers look for established homes with land and relatively new or like-new construction in areas with good schools for proximity to good private schools or universities.”
Brisbane is the third most popular city in Australia among Chinese property buyers.
It ranks just below Melbourne and Sydney and just above Adelaide and the Gold Coast.
Chinese buyer demand for Australian property remains strong, increasing 10.1 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 and 4.4 per cent in the second.
But it’s a more sustainable growth rate than what the country experienced in 2016 when there was a massive run-up in Chinese demand for Australian property.
Zhen Luo and his fiancee, Yihan Lin, have just bought their first home in Sunnybank Hills, which is one of the most popular in Brisbane among Chinese buyers.
The couple from China had been looking for about six months, but eventually settled on a townhouse in the suburb with the help of Belle Property Calamvale.
Mr Luo said he thought Australia, particularly Brisbane, was a safer place to invest in property than China at the moment.
He said Sunnybank Hills was attractive because of its convenience, its proximity to shopping centres and the fact it was within the Sunnybank Hills State School catchment.
In Bardon – one of Brisbane’s most desirable suburbs – one of two architect-designed homes dubbed the Minka Twins has just sold for $1.888 million – 8 being the luckiest number in Chinese numerology.
Sold to an Asian family, the house is one of two still under construction in the suburb.
Marketing agent Di Anderson of Position Property said the new owners had two young children attending Brisbane Grammar, and were keen on securing a home that would suit Brisbane’s subtropical climate.
“They were keen to purchase prior to completion to ensure they secured the property,” Ms Anderson said.
“As a result, the developer agreed to a small discount for buying during construction.”
TOP BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR CHINESE BUYERS IN H1 2018
- Kangaroo Point
- South Brisbane/West End
- Sunnybank Hills
- St Lucia
TOP BRISBANE SUBURBS FOR CHINESE BUYERS IN H1 2017
- Fortitude Valley
- Park Ridge
- East Brisbane
- Russell Island
(Source: Juwai.com, ranked by number of purchasing inquiries)
Courier-Mail/ OCTOBER 21, 2018