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28 May What’s in the news in May

What’s in the news in May

Crunch time for election property promises for first home buyers

QUEENSLAND’S peak real estate body has come out swinging ahead of Aussie’s going to the polls this weekend, and has wielded a giant auction-style gavel at Labor’s property policies.

Read the full article by Samantha Healy at Realestate.com

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Ray White New Farm auctioneer Haesley Cush talks to new owners Susan McNeil and Hugh Patterson at the auction of 139 Sirius St, Coorparoo. (AAP image, John Gass)

Take a hammer to your auction day fears

Queenslanders are shying away from auctions with a study finding more than half of buyers in the Sunshine State are too scared to buy property under the hammer. See why homebuyers are feeling this way.

Read the full article by Courtney Todd from Realestate.com

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Old and new apartments compared: Which one is the better buy?

There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing between old and new apartments. Some buyers may be steered towards an older apartment by their budget, while others may be looking for the kind of communal amenities most commonly found in new developments.

These are some of the pros and cons of both so you can go apartment shopping armed with more knowledge.

Read the full article by Kate Farrelly from Domain

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Tenants are usually prepared to pay more rent for a newer apartment. Source: Domain.com
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The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games athletes village has been transformed into Australia's first build-to-rent project. Photo: Supplied by Catch Kiss Photography

Australia’s first build-to-rent project brings new life to Gold Coast athletes’ village 

A year on from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the athletes’ village has been transformed into the first housing development of its kind in Australia. The largest urban renewal project on the Gold Coast, Smith Collective, offers 2500 apartments and townhouses which are only available to rent, with leases ranging from six months to two years.

Get the full story from Anna Levy from Domian.com

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Aussies more property geeks than fitness freaks: HSBC study

The housing market might be cooling, but it seems Australia’s obsession with property is hotter than ever.

New research from HSBC reveals Aussies spend twice as much time looking at buying property than they do at the gym — even if they are not in the market for a new home.

Read the full story by Elizebeth Tilley from news.com

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A new study reveals Aussies spend twice as much time looking at property than at the gym.Source:ThinkStock