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.

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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…

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Housing Bubble Inflating, RBA Needs to Curb Demand

The Reserve Bank of Australia will need the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority to reign in home lending once again, or lift interest rates, or do both to avert a dangerous housing bubble. The housing market is currently at its second most overvalued point on record and now, given a combination of factors including loose monetary…


Australian residential asking property grows in October

Figures released by SQM Research reveal residential asking property prices grew in most Australian cities in October, led by Melbourne and Hobart, with prices driven higher by low interest rates and a surprise fall in property listings. Year-on-year results reveal Melbourne median asking prices have jumped 13.3% for houses to $792,000 and 5.4% for units…

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The end of winter sees a rise in rents and fall in vacancy rates

Figures released by SQM Research this week have revealed that the number of national residential vacancies dropped in August. 73,451 vacancies, giving a vacancy rate of 2.3%, with vacancies dropping in all capital cities, pushing up rents in most locations, especially in Sydney and Melbourne where the vacancy rates are now below 2%. Key Points…

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Will Australia’s Property Markets collapse in 6 weeks?

AUSTRALIA has roughly “six weeks” to prevent a housing market collapse caused by the banks’ crackdown on foreign investment, a US-based security think tank has warned, according to a News Limited press report.  Quite clearly, you can tell from the website of the think tank, the International Strategic Studies Association, are not exactly experts in…


Last month of winter brought chills to the property sale listings

The number of Australian residential property sale listings decreased in all capital cities during the month of August 2016.   The number of national residential property listings fell as a result of decreasing stock, with August recording just 333,123 listings, a fall of 4.3 percentage points. The year on year results indicate that national sales…