Brighter Buying

Top #7 suburbs to cash in on splitter block gold

by Kate Watt, Marketing Manager 25 May 2016

Savvy real estate investors are making over $100,000 in a few months buying and selling splitter blocks, according to a report this month on Nine News.

Typically older homes on larger blocks can be property gold if they sit on two lots already holding two separate titles.

One splitter block buyer told Nine News he expected to make between $120,000 to $130,000 by demolishing the house on his bayside property and selling the two blocks of land separately.

Because the property already had two separate titles he did not need development approval.

According to the report “thousands of opportunities” exist in southeast Queensland to cash in on the strategy.

So where to start hunting? Nine News recommended the following suburbs.

  • Mitchelton
  • Wavell Heights
  • Mount Gravatt
  • Rocklea
  • Ormiston
  • Wynnum
  • Ashmore

But this seemingly straightforward strategy can have some hidden tricks for new players. You may have to fork out hefty costs to connect water and electricity to both blocks if it’s not already in place.

And local councils will have different rules and regulations so you will need to check what approvals may be required.

If you plan to demolish the existing house, make sure it is not protected.