Covid-19 protections for Queensland residential tenants and landlords

Covid-19 protections for Queensland residential tenants and landlords The Queensland state government has unveiled a $400 million package to encourage tenants, property owners and agents to work together to sustain tenancies during the Coronavirus pandemic. Deputy Premier and Queensland Treasurer, Jackie Trad, announced the package on Thursday, 9 April which also includes incentivises for landlords...

Preparing your house for sale during lockdown

Even if you’re not planning to sell your home until after the Covid-19 pandemic, preparing your house for sale during lockdown could give you the upper hand when the time comes to list your property online. Here are some of the things you can do to make your home stand out.  Make sure your home...

Should I wait until after the Covid-19 pandemic to sell my property?

While the Covid-19 pandemic has altered the way Australians buy and sell property, it hasn’t put a stop to it altogether. But is now the best time to sell your property? Let’s break it down.  How many people are still house hunting? Consumer confidence and job security are two major purchasing factors buyers consider when...

How to clean your house to prevent Covid-19

Whether you’re selling your home and having people enter your property for a private inspection, or you’re rethinking your cleaning techniques, with the Coronavirus pandemic forcing the majority of the world into isolation, it’s now a good time to understand how to properly clean your house to prevent Covid-19.  What could be contaminated in my...

Measure your Mortgage Stress

Mortgage stress is the point where a borrower breaches his or her level of home loan affordability. Personal circumstances significantly affect what is and isn’t affordable, so the one size fits all approach simply doesn’t work when measuring mortgage stress. Peter Boehm – Consulting Finance Editor with, provides tips on how to measure your own...

Identify Investment Hot-spots Before a Suburb Gets Hot

The best time to buy into a suburb is before it becomes popular and prices start to take-off. But how do you find a hidden gem?To help you find the best location for your next property investment, Peter Boehm – Consulting Finance Editor with, provides his top tips on identifying the signs that indicate a...

Mermaid Waters – Suburb Statistics Report

The size of Mermaid Waters is approximately 6 square kilometres. It has 7 parks covering nearly 10% of total area. The population of Mermaid Waters in 2006 was 11,647 people. By 2011 the population was 11,796 showing a population growth of 1% in the area during that time. The predominant age group in Mermaid Waters is 0-14 years.

Households in Mermaid Waters are primarily couples with children and are likely to be repaying between $1800 – $2400 per month on mortgage repayments.

In general, people in Mermaid Waters work in a non-specific occupation. In 2006, 66.8% of the homes in Mermaid Waters were owner-occupied compared with 64.9% in 2011.
Currently the median sales price of houses in the area is 630,000.


The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) has welcomed landmark property and real estate reforms passed by the Queensland Parliament.

The long awaited split of the Property Agents and Motor Dealers Act has resulted in the creation of industry specific legislation, including the Property Occupations Act.

REIQ chairman Rob Honeycombe said the simplified laws would deliver important benefits for both real estate professionals and consumers.


The majority of Queensland’s rental markets have returned to tighter conditions, according to the REIQ’s latest Residential Rental Survey.

REIQ CEO Anton Kardash said the survey, carried out in March across all REIQ accredited agencies, found that the majority of the state recorded lower vacancy rates compared to three months ago.

“Queensland is seeing a return to a tighter rental market,” he said. “Stronger tenant demand and a decrease in the availability of stock are the common themes across the State.”