Will be checking out some real estate to buy around Cleveland, Ormiston, Wellington Point, Birkdale, Manly, Woody Point, Redcliffe, Scarborough and Newport in mid-May. Never been to these places before (except Manly) so wondering what they are like. Picked them out from looking at maps and done the usual googling, most seem very nice but can't really tell until one has actually been or lived there. We have seen the suburbs closer to Brisbane City and have concluded that while some are nice, they don't offer the amenities and outdoor lifestyle that we are looking for. Can someone please enlighten us on how the local property market has been performing over the last few years and what's the forecast like for the next year or two? Has it come down and by how much? In general when making an offer, what discount to asking price would be considered reasonable? Is the council/government valuation generally a good indication of where the market is? Thanks in advance.