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Pensioners pushed out of Gold Coast property market

first_imgBrent Martens said rental prices have skyrocketed. Picture Mike Batterham“I had two owners who have recently sold and are looking to rent for a year or two, and they are shocked at how much rent has increased in even just a couple of years,” he said.CoreLogic shows the median house rental price on the Gold Coast has increased to $530 in the last twelve months to August, 2017, an increase of almost four per cent.Units are up to $410, an increase of 3.79 per cent. Demand far outweighs supply of rental accommodation. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT“We were not surprised by the affordability issues on the Gold Coast, as identified by the National Shelter report,” she said. “However, we do expect a small reprieve once the Comm Games have passed. The accommodation built for the Games will be converted to student accommodation and this will go some way to easing those tight conditions in this market, albeit briefly.”The REIQ agreed there was a need for more affordable accommodation for pensioners. Most of the Gold Coast is reportedly unaffordable. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)National Shelter executive officer Adrian Pisarski said the report showed “most of the Gold Coast is moderately unaffordable” to an average annual household income of $80,000.“When you drop the income down to $60,000 a year, the whole of the Gold Coast is unaffordable to severely unaffordable to renters,” Mr Pisarski said.Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella said the Gold Coast vacancy rate is 1.9 per cent in the September quarter and the market remains in tight range with demand for rental accommodation outstripping supply. It’s beautiful, but it costs more than a pretty penny to rent here.PENSIONERS are the worst hit by the Gold Coast rental crisis, as rents surge across the city.New figures in the national Rental Affordability Index revealed Surfers Paradise, Southport and Robina lead “extremely unaffordable” suburbs for single pensioners receiving $25,000 in benefits a year.center_img Anne Parker has launched her own website to help other battling renters.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoMs Parker is now looking to rent in a senior sharehouse with many other women in her position.“It’s just not feasible, everyone is getting squeezed out of the market,” Ms Parker said. “Prices have gone up astronomically.”But it’s not just seniors doing it tough. Harcourts Coastal business development manager Brent Martens said all rentals in a 10km radius of Surfers Paradise have skyrocketed. An aerial view of residential apartments and housing on the Gold Coast , Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt) NO ARCHIVINGAnne Parker spent 35 years on the Gold Coast, working in IT for Gold Coast City Council and police prosecution.But the mother-of-three is now living with her aunty in an Eagleby retirement village, after she fell sick and was forced to retire.“Life has changed from being independent to begging,” Ms Parker, 52, said. “I’ve been struggling ever since, I’ve been homeless.”last_img read more

Beckham’s Miami picks top US college scorer in MLS draft

first_imgDavid Beckham’s Inter Miami selected US collegiate leading goalscorer Robbie Robinson with the first pick in Thursday’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft – and Beckham even called to congratulate him. The 21-year-old American scored 18 goals and set up nine others in 19 matches for Clemson University, which lost to Stanford in the national tournament quarter-finals. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art20+ Albino Animals That Are Very Rare And Unique9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooJason Statham Bought And Sold A Multi-Million Dollar HouseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit Retired English football star Beckham, president of the Inter Miami expansion team that will debut March 1 at Los Angeles FC, praised the striker in a video chat after the selection. “Welcome to Miami,” Beckham said. “It’s a very exciting year for us. You had a great season. It was a joy to watch. We’re very excited for you to bring your skills to our city. “We’re excited about you being able to contribute to the team and develop as a player and we’re excited to have you in our club.” Inter also chose right-back Dylan Nealis of US college champion Georgetown with the number three overall selection.Advertisement Read Also: Beckham to appoint ex-EPL manager son at Inter Miami Beckham’s long-delayed MLS expansion club, obtained as part of the deal which saw him play for the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2007-2012, will kick off in Fort Lauderdale with plans to open a new stadium in Miami for the 2022 campaign. Inter Miami’s first home game is set for March 14 against Beckham’s former club, the Galaxy. Argentine teen Julian Carranza is expected to secure a forward spot with Colombian-born American Juan Agudelo and German-born US national team forward Jerome Kiesewetter likely to line up down the wings. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Beckham’s Miami picks top US college scorer in MLS draft https://t.co/TTvSTIauV0 pic.twitter.com/BxUcWtYlsI— Scoopwithchris.com (@scoopwithchris) January 9, 2020last_img read more