Ray White Prestige Gold Coast agent Sherry Smith believed interstate buyers were driving demand in Surfers Paradise because lifestyle and prices were attracting them.She said Southport was popular because it was attracting investors and families wanting to be close to schools.Many people were buying a property, then renting it out for a few years before moving in, she said.“A lot of them want to know, what are the returns and what are the cost associations,” she said.“It’s a numbers game as well as (for) the heart.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Southport was the second most searched property on the Gold Coast in the past year.She said some apartments were listed for as little as $300,000 and with cafes, restaurants and the beach so close, people could not go past it.“I’d probably say mainly apartments (were searched) because most people would have that postcard picture of Surfers Paradise in their minds,” she said.“Tourism here is the strongest it’s ever been and I can’t see it slowing down.”MORE NEWS: More buyers turning to Coast’s south She said both suburbs would always be popular among house hunters.Lambert Willcox Estate Agents director Mitchell Lambert said Southport had many different types of properties, from entry-level cottages to prestige mansions.“That’s what sets us apart massively from the other suburbs,” he said.He said the suburb was not always highly sought-after but the popularity of renovations had attracted people to older properties in need of work.“There’s been a big resurgence in the area,” he said.“We’re still selling houses for record prices and they haven’t stopped going up, and why not? It’s a great area.” TOP 10 MOST SEARCHED SUBURBS (number searched Jan-Nov 2018) 1. Surfers Paradise — 267,7092. Southport — 221,4553. Burleigh Heads — 216,4664. Broadbeach — 211,3555. Palm Beach — 194,1766. Robina — 172,5187. Hope Island — 162,4948. Helensvale — 160,8879. Coolangatta — 139,90210. Labrador — 124,319(Source: realestate.com.au) MORE NEWS: Daly Cherry-Evans’ second shot at selling Surfers Paradise was searched in realestate.com.au more times than any other Gold Coast suburb last year.THE Gold Coast’s heart is a paradise for more than just surfers, with new data revealing it is the hottest suburb in the city for property.Latest realestate.com.au data shows Surfers Paradise topped the Glitter Strip’s list of most searched suburbs on the property website.House hunters searched it 267,709 times in the period from January to November last year.Southport came in second with 221,455 searches followed by Burleigh Heads (216,466), Broadbeach (211,355) and Palm Beach (194,176).Harcourts Coastal Broadbeach agent Katrina Keegan, who sells property in Surfers Paradise with colleague Penelope Nicholls, said location and affordability made the suburb so popular.“I would say we’re the most affordable beachside suburb not only in Queensland but Australia,” Mrs Keegan said.