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Vacancy Rates Dip
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Vacancy Rates Dip

Data released by SQM Research has revealed the national residential vacancy rate dipped to 2.1% in August 2018, while Sydney’s vacancy rate remained at its highest level in 13 years as an oversupply of rental property emerges there, which is keeping asking rents down.  The number of vacancies Australia-wide sat at 70,447 properties.  Sydney’s vacancy…

Property listings jump in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra
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Property listings jump in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra

It seems some vendors are trying to jump the gun and list their homes for sale prior to the Spring selling season. Figures released by SQM Research reveal national residential listings rose 5.9% in August 2018 to 332,678, with rises in all capital cities with five weekends falling during the month, and some vendors listing…

Vacancy Rates Dip in July
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Vacancy Rates Dip in July

Data released by SQM Research has revealed the national residential vacancy rate dipped to 2.2% in July 2018. The vacancy rate in Sydney remains at its highest level in 13 years, which has pushed down asking rents in the nation’s biggest city.  The number of vacancies Australia-wide sat at 72,458 properties. Sydney’s vacancy rate was…

National Property Listings Slide in July
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National Property Listings Slide in July

Figures released by SQM Research reveal national residential listings dropped 5.2% in July 2018 to 314,229, with drops in all capital cities after only four weekends falling during the month.  Some sellers vacated the market, escaping the cold for warmer locations during the school holidays. Property listings fell by 6.9% in Sydney, though they are…

Rents Down for the Year
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Rents Down for the Year

The Sydney rental market has recorded the highest vacancy rate in at least 13 years according to SQM Research. Sydney’s rental vacancy rate rose to 2.8% in June with an estimated 19,572 residential rental dwellings sitting vacant and available for rent. The vacancy rate rose from 2.5% recorded in May and 2.0% recorded in June…

National property listings rise in June
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National property listings rise in June

Figures released by SQM Research reveal national residential listings rose 1.9% in June 2018 to 331,407 led by a jump in Brisbane properties hitting the market.  Strong rises were also posted in Sydney and Melbourne, with greater stock in those cities pushing down asking house prices. Property listings rose 3.8% in Brisbane in June, while…

Vacancy Rates Steady in May
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Vacancy Rates Steady in May

Data released by SQM Research this week has revealed the national residential vacancy rate was unchanged at 2.1% in May 2018. The number of vacancies Australia-wide sitting at 69,152 properties, though the vacancy rate inched higher in Sydney and Melbourne, while it fell in Brisbane for the fifth straight month. Sydney’s vacancy rate rose to…

National Property Listings Steady in May
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National Property Listings Steady in May

Figures released by SQM Research reveal national residential listings were steady in May 2018.  Though listings fell again in Hobart exacerbating the shortage of properties available for sale in that city, asking prices for houses rose modestly nationwide over the month.  Property listings fell 4.7% in Hobart in May from April and remain down sharply…

Vacancy Rates Steady in April - While Asking Rents Dip
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Vacancy Rates Steady in April – While Asking Rents Dip

Data released by SQM Research this week has revealed the national residential vacancy rate was unchanged at 2.1% in April 2018, with the number of vacancies Australia-wide sitting at 67,854 properties. There was good news for property investors in Brisbane, where the vacancy rate fell to 3.0%, down from 3.2% in March and 3.7% a…

SQM’s 2018 Housing Price Forecasts Revised Downwards
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SQM’s 2018 Housing Price Forecasts Revised Downwards

SQM Research today has revised down its forecasts for 2018, following recent market evidence that dwelling prices have been falling in Sydney and to a lesser extent in, Melbourne so far this year.  Leading indicators such as auction clearance rates, total aggregated property listings and asking prices suggest further deterioration in market conditions in recent…