Articles by Pete Wargent

Pete Wargent

Pete Wargent is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary and has a Financial Planning Diploma. He’s achieved financial freedom at the age of 33 - as detailed in his book ‘Get a Financial Grip – A Simple Plan for Financial Freedom’. Pete now manages his investment portfolio, travels and works as a consultant in the finance industry from time to time. Visit his blog


Half-decade low for Melbourne vacancies?

Vacancies trending down Interesting statistics from the Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV), which suggest that record population growth in Melbourne is absorbing the new supply of apartments. In fact, the 6-month average trend for vacancy rates is sitting at its lowest level across the chart which spans half a decade. This mirror a similar…

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Is this the Queensland recovery? The Good and the Ugly

Each fortnight I update my chart of the titles registry figures for Queensland, although I don’t post the results here all that often.  When figures aren’t seasonally adjusted, it pays to be wary of drawing conclusions from individual weeks or months of data. After all how many times have new home sales figures “peaked” in…

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The politicians are looking at tweaking the dials on property investment again

Investors pile in In the first quarter of 2016 the Australian Labor Party (ALP) announced as part of its ‘positive policies’ manifesto that if elected it planned to wind back certain tax benefits for property investors. At that point, investor housing finance was down 22 per cent year-on-year at just $10.8 billion, following on from…