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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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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 Dip in March
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Vacancy Rates Dip in March

Data released by SQM Research this week has revealed the national residential vacancy rate slipped to 2.1% in March 2018, with the number of vacancies Australia-wide falling to 68,964, down from 2.2% in February when 69,727 properties were available. Capital city asking rents have been pressured in Melbourne where the vacancy rate is just 1.4%….

Vacancy Rates Dip in February
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Vacancy Rates Dip in February

Data released by SQM Research this week has revealed the national residential vacancy rate fell to 2.2% in February 2018, with the number of vacancies Australia-wide falling to 69,727, down from 2.3% in January, led by a sharp drop in Melbourne rental properties. Melbourne’s vacancy rate dropped to 1.4% from 1.8% while Canberra’s vacancy rate…