Important Investment Choices on the Gold Coast

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Commercial and Retail Property on the Gold Coast offers plenty of opportunity for investors now and over the coming years.  Look at the facts about the region. There is the population growth underpinning the market, and the greater variety of property available.  So, what choices will you make when it comes to property investment?

Where will you start your property investment choices?  Do you prefer:

  • Shopping Centres?
  • Industrial property?
  • Office property?

From those questions, you can consider the precincts of the northern M1 corridor, the central Gold Coast, or the southern regions around the border and Tweed Heads.  Invest in the properties that you understand and can afford.  It is interesting to note that on the scale of ‘complexity’, retail property and shopping centres can be the more complex. 

As part of that fact, the retail shopping industry is under a shift with the pressures of the internet and the way in which customers purchase goods today.  Shopping centres will not disappear, but they are changing. 

Retail Property Changes Today

Consider these facts as part of retail shopping centre ownership and investment activity:

  • Department stores are less important as anchor tenants and are a declining tenant type
  • Customers are looking for entertainment and or convenience as they shop
  • Fashion tenants are best located and are more suitable in larger regional shopping centres
  • Some tenant types are still active occupants but are reducing in size (ie newsagents)

So what can you do with all of this?  Consider upgrading your assets from time to time and or diversifying your asset classes. 

Diversity generally brings with it more stability when some property types are more or less desirable to invest in, or when oversupply impacts occupancy and income.

Contact John Highman on 0417221108 for help with your next Gold Coast Sale or Leasing decision.

Why Commercial or Retail Property is a Good Investment Vehicle in Queensland

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Its times like this that we can easily see the benefits of investing long term in Brisbane property and particularly commercial and retail property.  On average, investors keep the commercial property for about 5 to 7 years; sometimes longer.  After that, they know what they can do with it when it comes to diversity, enhancement, or repositioning.  That is where investment strategies can bring value to a property or property portfolio

Investment changes can be in buying more properties, and or to sell, develop, or refurbish.  Some property owners use the capital gain from their investments over time to refinance or improve their portfolio.  Commercial and retail property is interesting and sometime challenging.  It is supported by business sentiment and local area demographics.

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Quality property assets are always of interest.

Investment Strengths and Weaknesses

Certainly, mistakes are made by some investors (as in all investments) but the retail and commercial property market remains a solid investment vehicle over time for many astute investors.  Why is that? It is not hard to understand; it just takes a bit of knowledge and ongoing market research.  The returns from commercial and retail property are generally better than residential property over time although the higher cost of the asset class can delay some people from entering the market.

Know Your Location and Property Types

What can you do with this in Queensland?  Do your research into the property types and see what appeals to your plans.  Find a good real estate agent that knows the location, the property types, rents, prices, and the changes of activity in a location.  Here is a checklist to help you do that:

  • What property types do you know something about?
  • Can you focus on quality investment property in your location?
  • Have you visited your bank or financier to assess your lending position?
  • Can you hold your assets for the longer term or are you a short-term holder?

If you need help with any of these concepts in Brisbane or Queensland, contact Specialist Commercial Agent, John Highman on 0417221108

Proven Property Successes are Important

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As a commercial or retail property owner, if are considering listing the property for sale or lease, ask your agent about their successes in the local area with property that is specifically like yours.  Selling or leasing a property is not an experiment in marketing; it is a significant business and investment decision that is supported by strategies and target marketing.  The real estate agent you choose to list and market your property will be critical to the outcomes achieved in several ways.

An experienced real estate agent will know about the following:

  • Existing properties on the market at the moment that will compete with your property
  • The asking rents and prices in the market at the moment on comparable property
  • The supply and demand for space in your area that can impact on the price or rent outcome now and in the future
  • The target market that would be most interested in your property for sale or lease.
  • Marketing methods that work in this property market without wasting time or money
  • They should have an extensive database of existing property enquiry from qualified buyers and tenants as the case may be
  • The agent should know about the existing time on market for properties given the prevailing market conditions
  • The best choice of method of sale or lease that should be applied to your property to get momentum.

Any commercial investment property can sell today or in the future.  The results that you get are driven from your choices today and just how you list your property.  A good real estate agent that knows your area will help with that.