What the experts say: Where to buy a home in Brisbane in 2023

It has been a rollercoaster ride for Queensland buyers and sellers over the past few years, with soaring sales highs during the pandemic property boom to daunting lows as interest rates were swiftly ratcheted up and borrowing powers crashed.

But while the red hot heat has come out of the market, buyers now have an opportunity to find a home without the FOMO and stiff competition.

Sellers are also meeting the changing market.

So we asked some of Queensland’s property titans to reveal their suburb picks for 2023, for first home buyers, families and those with deeper pockets.

Here, Ray White Qld CEO Jason Andrew (JA), Belle Property Qld boss Jon Iceton (JI), LJ Hooker Qld general manager Stephen Mutton (SM), McGrath National Manager (Sales) Troy Malcolm, Harcourts CEO Mitch Peereboom and Place managing director Sarah Hackett (SM) share their insider knowledge on the suburbs to watch.

Sarah Hackett, Place

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Frank Lloyd Wright: Striking California farm of famed architect up for sale

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Fawcett farm of Frank Lloyd Wright. Picture credit: Crosby Doe/TopTenRealEstateDeals


The final property of one of the world’s most-celebrated architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, has come up for sale.

A stately home on a 38.8ha ranch in Los Banos, California — known as The Fawcett Farm — was known to be one of Wright’s final projects.

Considered a “Usonian” home, a word coined by the architect to describe the New World character of America’s architectural landscape, it belongs to a group of 60 single-family homes designed in the latter part of Wright’s career.

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Melding elements of the mid-century-modern style with Wright’s Prairie School, the house was completed two years after Wright’s death in 1959.

The house’s original owners, Stanford football-star Buck Fawcett and his

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Ex Wallabies captain selling Camp Hill home as he cuts ties with QLD

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This property at 8 Henderson St, Camp Hill, is on the market.


FORMER Wallabies captain Ben Mowen is preparing to say goodbye to Brisbane, with his Camp Hill Queenslander now on the market.

Mowen and his wife Lauren purchased the two-storey home back in 2015, but with opportunities now beckoning in southern New South Wales, the couple is selling the family home and preparing to move to Gundaroo, just outside of Canberra.

Former Wallabies captain Ben Mowen has put this house at 8 Henderson St, Camp Hill, on the market.


The double-block Queenslander at 8 Henderson Street dates back to 1917 and has been owned by only four families in its 105-year history.

“We’ve inherited lots of photos from previous owners including the original deeds and pictures of each renovation that’s happened along the way,” Mr Mowen

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Cairns real estate: Prestige and luxury homes attract southern buyers

Luxury homes in capital cities routinely command stratospheric prices, but the Far North has its share of dream homes attracting plenty of interest.

Whether it’s a sprawling beachfront residence oozing Hollywood glamour, a private retreat amid woodland on the Cassowary Coast or an imposing new home with stellar views, there are eye-catching homes for an elite echelon of buyers.

While for most of us, it’s a case of Darryl Kerrigan from iconic movie The Castle scoffing ‘tell ‘em they’re dreaming’ as we drool over pictures of vast swimming pools and idyllic bathtubs, for southern buyers, the hefty price tags aren’t so daunting.

Property tycoon Alex Sekler has just relisted his landmark mansion with a swimming pool on the first floor as well as a resort-style pool facing the ocean – it was briefly listed with Sotheby’s before it underwent a makeover from a buttery yellow to crisp white.

Alex Sekler’s

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Victorian homes where sellers took a loss in 2022 after buying in 2021

The agent of 11 Viola Ave, Brooklyn, would not comment on the sale.


Sellers who strike it rich — especially in a short amount of time — are often celebrated in real estate. But there is, of course, a sadder side to the market.

Victorian vendors who copped significant losses on the property market after buying homes in 2021 and then selling in 2022 have been revealed in new PropTrack data.

But, unsurprisingly, real estate agents involved with the sales were not keen to comment when called by the Herald Sun, with sensitive situations including health crises behind the scenes.

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No. 34 Merrin Cres, Wonthaggi, sold for about $120,000 less in the space of a year.


Real Estate Institute of Victoria president Andrew Meehan said

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