The Top 10 Best Property Articles of 2020

From bushfires to COVID-19, global protests, an economic downturn, the United States presidential election and much more, it’s safe to say 2020 is a year we won’t forget any time soon. When it comes to Queensland’s property market and real estate industry however, a different breed of stories made the headlines – tales of resilience, tight vacancy rates, revolutionary proptech and a hot property market, just to name a few. Here’s the REIQ’s top 10 best property articles of 2020 as decided by you – our readers.

1. EVERYONE MATTERS IN REAL ESTATE: reiq demands recognition for landlords by Olivier Björksäter-Bleylock

In April, the REIQ launched an industry campaign, Everyone Matters in Real Estate, targeting the Queensland Government and its proposed Special COVID-19 Protections for Residential Tenants and Owners. Deemed to be one of the shortest grassroots campaign in the history of the REIQ, it only took three days for the Palaszczuk Government to conceded. Read the full article here.

2. OPEN & CLOSED: The Impact of Border Closures on QLD’s Property Market by aislinn dwyer

During the thick of the border closure debate, the REIQ explored the impact on Queensland’s property market and broader economy if the borders remained off-limits to domestic travelers. Learn more here.

3. helping vulnerable tenants during COVID-19 by Aislinn Dwyer

The height of COVID-19 was a very confusing and overwhelming time for tenants. However, for tenants with a disability, low levels of literacy and numeracy skills or who may not speak English as their primary language, an extra layer of confusion and stress was added. Find out why. 

4. Rentvesting: What Is It? And How Does It Work? We Crunch the Numbers by james hawes

The REIQ caught up with Ayda Shabanz, Managing Director at Grow Property Group, to discuss a growing trend: rentvesting. To check out the article and recorded video chat, click here.

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5. 5 key takeaways from the 2020 budget by Zoe du Plessis

How does the Federal Government’s 2020-21 Budget impact real estate professionals and the broader property sector? We have the lowdown here.

6. QCAT Sanctions Property manager by andrew persijn, special counsel, carter newell

In a recent Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal decision of Chief Executive, Department of Justice and Attorney-General v Tomic [2020] QCAT 83, the Tribunal considered a disciplinary action brought against a former property manager. It was alleged that the former property manager had committed numerous breaches of the Property Occupations Act 2014 (Qld), including the misappropriation of monies from her employer’s trust account. Full story available here.

7. two-year jail sentence for trust account misuse by brian bauer, executive director, Office of Fair Trading (oft)

The OFT has prosecuted a Cairns resident letting agent who misused trust account money and lied to property owners. Read about the extensive OFT investigation here.

8. Career change to Real Estate pays off by James Hawes

Almost 50 years ago, when the REIQ opened its Spring Hill office, its president was a gentleman named Lloyd Olsen. Today, his grandson is an REIQ graduate, member, and accomplished real estate agent. Read Daniel Brisblat’s story here.


The REIQ profiled five women bossing it in their real estate careers despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the stories of Jamie Billerwell, Sonya Treloar, Amber Werchon, Tina Nenadic and Alana Johnston.

10. What Does The RBA Cash Rate Cut Mean For the Queensland Property Market? by zoe du plessis

Stealing the limelight from the race that stops the nation, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut the cash rate to a historic low of 0.10 per cent in early November. The cash rate cut and package was a welcome attribution to the post-pandemic economic recovery – find out why.

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