Suburb Profile Report for Moranbah QLD (4744)

Moranbah House: Median price $170,000, Annual capital growth -2.40%, Number of sales 40, Weekly median advertised rent $275

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Moranbah, 4744 ranked 852th in QLD when comparing growth in median property values or capital gain over the last 12 months. Moranbah is one of 2415 in our list for QLD

Moranbah,4744 was ranked 3998 in Australia by increase in median property value over the quarter.

When looking to buy, or assessing what properties are really achieving at sale, it's essential for property investors to take into account what discounts are being offered in Moranbah, 4744. Typically our figures indicate that -23.19% is being offered, which puts this QLD suburb at 4th most discounted overall in Australia.

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Moranbah doesn’t have the same amount of headline grabbing resource projects that Gladstone has for example, but it’s a suburb whose yields and potential for future growth certainly warrant a closer look.
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Moranbah doesn’t have the same amount of headline grabbing resource projects that Gladstone has for example, but it’s a suburb whose yields and potential for future growth certainly warrant a closer look.
Given its Bowen Basin location, the main industry here is mining, and Moranbah Real Estate principal (and former mine worker) Bella Exposito notes that it’s an industry that’s currently very much in expansion mode.
“The mines are expanding. They’re looking at having 16,000 workers in 2012, and there are only 11,000 at the moment, so that’s 5,000 new residents in one year.”
And with rental properties already getting snapped up like hotcakes by the town’s tenants, this is a town whose excellent yields could be set for a major boost.
“We advertised three rental properties today and by about 10 o’ clock they were all taken,” explains Exposito. “Tenants are mainly families – about 95%. And the rest are single people that are in shared housing – three or four to a house.”
She admits however that Moranbah is a high-risk high-reward investment hotspot, likening it to the share market.
She estimates that the area’s property market is dominated by landlords – with as much as 95% of properties being sold to interstate property investors – and points out that the health of Moranbah’s rental market is tied to that of the local mining industry.
“Moranbah had a very strong increase in 2008, and then in 2009 it crashed,” she explains. “But now it has some of the highest investment returns in Australia.
“It has stabilised at the moment, so a lot of new people are now purchasing for investment purposes. Why would you invest in Brisbane or Sydney, where property’s returning 4%, when you can get 12-13% here?”
$170,000 N/A
-10.53% N/A
-20.93% N/A
-2.40% N/A
$275 N/A
40 N/A
8.41% N/A
130.31 N/A

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DSR Score for property investment : Below average (H), Balanced (U)
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Total population 8965
Median household income ($/weekly) 2778
Median age of persons 29
Median housing loan repayment ($/monthly) 2340
Average household size 3
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    0-4 years 994 11.1
    5-14 years 1490 16.6
    25-34 years 1788 19.9
    35-44 years 1637 18.3
    45-54 years 1165 13.0
    Others 1891 21.1
    Age Group
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Registered Married 2817 53.1
    Not Married 1592 30.0
    Defacto Relationship 896 16.9
    Social Marital Status
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    Australia 7203 87.3
    Papua New Guinea 357 4.3
    Philippines 111 1.3
    United Kingdom 133 1.6
    Other 143 1.7
    Others 300 3.6
    Country of Birth
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Buddhism 67 0.8
    Christianity 5749 72.3
    Hinduism 38 0.5
    Other Religious Groups 30 0.4
    No Religion 2056 25.8
    Others 15 0.2
    Religious Affiliation
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    $1,500-$1,999 215 9.4
    $2,000-$2,499 179 7.8
    $2,500-$2,999 735 32.1
    $3,000-$3,499 323 14.1
    $4,000 or more 321 14.0
    Others 516 22.5
    Gross Household Income (Weekly)
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Employed, worked full-time 3661 62.2
    Employed, worked part-time 902 15.3
    Not in the labour force 838 14.2
    Employed, away from work 374 6.4
    Unemployed, looking for work 110 1.9
    Person Characteristics
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    Professionals 611 12.4
    Technicians & trades workers 1224 24.8
    Clerical & administrative workers 502 10.2
    Machinery operators & drivers 1138 23.0
    Labourers 499 10.1
    Others 964 19.5
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Pre-school 115 5.6
    Infants/Primary 1066 52.2
    Secondary 469 23.0
    Technical or Further Educational Institution 148 7.3
    University or other Tertiary Institutions 189 9.3
    Others 54 2.6
    Type of Educational Institution Attending
  • Census Count Percent(%)
    Separate house 7143 90.6
    Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse 482 6.1
    Flat, unit or apartment 47 0.6
    Caravan, cabin, houseboat 172 2.2
    House or flat attached to a shop, office 39 0.5
    Others 4 0.1
    Dwelling Structure
    Census Count Percent(%)
    Rented 1762 68.6
    Being purchased 409 15.9
    Fully owned 384 14.9
    Other tenure type 14 0.5
    Tenure Type
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