Articles by Louis Christopher

Louis Christopher

Louis is recognised as one of Australia’s most respected and impartial research property analyst. He has extensive knowledge and experience of property and is regularly quoted in the media on his insights and is director of SQM Research.


Brisbane Vacancies on the Rise

Over the past 5 years, the sunshine states capital has experienced a surge in residential apartment constructions; fuelled predominantly by the mining sector as well as a slight pick-up in foreign tourism numbers, however, with the rapid decline of the mining and commodities industries, is tourism enough to solely drive the economy? SQM Research recently…


Vacancy Rates Fall in January after seasonal rises over Holiday period

Housing data released by SQM Research have revealed that the number of national residential vacancies fell in January, with 78,364 rental homes vacant and available for rent, giving a national vacancy rate of 2.4%. Year on year, National vacancies are steady.   Key Points • Nationally, vacancies rose slightly during January 2017, recording a rate…

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Oversupply Looms in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne

SQM Research forecasts an oversupply of new residential property led by Brisbane, Sydney and to a lesser extent, Melbourne, which will keep rental growth down in 2018. In this year’s Housing Boom and Bust Report, we have crunched the numbers on the much talked about apartment oversupply while also predicting total supply by measuring new…