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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The national residential rental vacancy rate declined in February 2020 to 2.0% from 2.1% recorded in January, with the total number of vacancies Australia-wide now at 68,079 vacant residential properties. Most states recorded minor declines in vacancy rates with the exception of Hobart which recorded a 0.3% increase.  Adelaide remained stable at 1.0% vacancy rate….

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National residential property listings increased marginally in February by 0.2% from 295,295 in January 2020 to 295,969. Compared to 12 months ago, listings were down by 13.8%. Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra were the only capital cities to experience increases in property listings over the month with the largest increase in Melbourne of 10.0%, followed closely…

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The national residential rental vacancy rate decreased in January 2020 to 2.1% from 2.5% recorded in December, with the total number of vacancies Australia-wide now at 72,422 vacant residential properties. All states recorded decreases in vacancy rates with Darwin recording the highest vacancy rate at 3.2% followed by Sydney at 3.1%.  Hobart’s vacancy rate remains…

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National residential property listings increased in January by 2.2% from 288,966 in December 2019 to 295,295 according to SQM Research. However, compared to 12 months ago, listings were down by 10.0%. The month of January traditionally records small falls in properties listed for sale as the market is still in a summer holiday mode however,…

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New data released by SQM Research has revealed the national residential rental vacancy rate increased marginally in December 2019 to 2.5% from 2.2% recorded in November, with the total number of vacancies Australia-wide now at 84,591 vacant residential properties. The December 2018 vacancy rate was also 2.5%. All states recorded marginal increases in vacancy rates…

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Figures released by SQM Research reveal national residential property listings decreased in December by 14.8%, falling from 338,971 in November 2019 to 288,966. Compared to 12 months ago, listings were down by 12.0%. All capital cities experienced decreases in property listings over the month with the largest decrease in Sydney of 28.7%, followed closely by…

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Data released by SQM Research has revealed the national residential rental vacancy rate increased marginally in November 2019 to 2.2% from 2.1% recorded in October. The total number of vacancies Australia-wide is now at 75,947 vacant residential properties.  November 2018’s vacancy rate was 2.3%. All states recorded an increase in vacancy rates with Darwin and…

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Figures released reveal national residential property listings increased in November by 6.3%, from 318,874 in October 2019 to 338,971. Compared to 12 months ago, listings were down by 6.3%. All capital cities experienced an increase in property sales listings over the month with the exception of Darwin which continues to experience decreases in listings, with…

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Data released by SQM Research has revealed the national residential rental vacancy rate remained steady in October 2019 at 2.1% from September. The total number of vacancies Australia-wide is now at 69,951 vacant residential properties.  October 2018’s vacancy rate was 2.0% with 67,337 vacant dwellings. Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart recorded minor decreases in vacancy rates…

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Figures released by SQM Research reveal national residential property listings increased in October by 2.0%, up from 312,754 in September 2019 to 318,874. Compared to 12 months ago, listings were down by 4.8%. All states experienced an increase in property sales listings over the month except for Darwin which experienced a decrease of 2.4%. Sydney…