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Location 'no longer top priority' for Brisbane's first home buyers

Posted on 2/08/2016 by Rhiannon Smith
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Loud parties, barking dogs, flushing toilets and excessively vocal “intimate time”, were named as the most complained about issues for strata residents by Queensland body corporate managers, Archers the Strata Professionals.

Noise, not location, is now the most important factor for first home buyers looking at apartments, according to strata leaders.

Loud parties, barking dogs, flushing toilets and excessively vocal “intimate time”, were named as the most complained about issues for strata residents by Queensland body corporate managers, Archers the Strata Professionals.

And now they are pushing the importance of strata noise awareness.

Archers partner Grant Mifsud said noise issues have become top priority for first-time apartment buyers.

“One of the most common issues we deal with is noise complaints, particularly from those living in inner-city hubs,” Mr Mifsud said.

“It’s essential to view the property at different times of day to detect common noises you wouldn’t typically hear upon first inspection.

“We’ve had people purchase an apartment above a railway, and then complain about the noise from the railway. It’s common to dismiss a noise after hearing it once, however when you hear it every day, multiple times, it’s a very different story.”

Now some inner city Brisbane first home buyers are choosing apartments based on noise levels – not location.

Eloise McNee, 24, is on the hunt for a Brisbane apartment, and said location was not a deciding factor.

“I have looked at close to 30 places and location definitely isn’t everything,” Ms McNee said.

“Things like noise and whether I can resell the property in five or 10 years is more important to me.”

She recently put an offer on a Gaythorne apartment after being deterred from other suburbs.

“The place I’ve put an offer on doesn’t have any noise and backs onto a creek,” she said.

Ms McNee said she was turned off another otherwise “lovely” property due to the road noise.

“Everything else was really good about the apartment, but the loud traffic was a deal breaker,” she said.

“I didn’t look at areas like West End because it’s so apartment heavy and it’s almost over-saturated. So, I looked an more established suburbs with less apartments .”

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