Foreign buyers account for the purchase of about one in seven new properties and one in 10 established homes, the National Australia Bank (NAB) quarterly Australian residential property survey shows.
It says foreign buyers made up 13.5 per cent of total demand for new housing in the quarter, compared with 11 per cent in the December 2013 quarter.
NAB group chief economist Alan Oster said foreign buyers were especially active in Queensland.
“A big pickup in foreign buying activity was noted in the market for new property, especially in Queensland, and for established housing, especially in NSW,” he said.
About 24.4 per cent bought new property in Queensland while 12.7 per cent bought established property in NSW.
The outlook for house prices has lifted in all states except Victoria, with price growth tipped to be the fastest in Queensland (3.5 per cent) and NSW (3.3 per cent).
NAB also sees house prices rising fastest in Brisbane (6.4 per cent) and Perth (5.6 per cent), while lagging in Adelaide (3.0 per cent) and Melbourne (4.3 per cent) in the year to March 2015.