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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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Vacancy Rates Dips in October
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Vacancy Rates Dips in October

Data released by SQM Research this week has revealed the national residential vacancy rate was 2.1% in October 2017, with the number of vacancies Australia-wide falling to 67,781 – a slight drop on the month of September. Hobart’s vacancy rate fell to a record low of 0.3%.   Hobart’s vacancy rate is now the lowest on…

Property Listings Fall in October
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Property Listings Fall in October

Figures released today by SQM Research reveal national residential listings fell in October 2017 by 1.4% to 324,228, with stock levels decreasing in most capital cities. Melbourne posted the biggest drop of 3%, but listings bucked the national trend in Sydney and Canberra, and rose as some homeowners took profits on their homes. Listings also…

Property Listings Rise in September
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Property Listings Rise in September

Figures released by SQM Research reveal national residential listings rose in September 2017 by 3.1% to 328,751, with stock levels rising in most capital cities, led by a jump in Sydney and Melbourne.  Despite this, asking prices for dwellings rose during the month for all capital cities including the two largest cities, indicating that sellers…

Vacancy Rates Fall in July
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Vacancy Rates Fall in July

Data released by SQM Research this week has revealed the number of national residential vacancies was 75,733 homes in July 2017, giving a national vacancy rate of 2.3%, down from 2.4% in June. The vacancy rate remained very tight at 0.5% in Hobart, down from 0.7% a month earlier, while it was slightly lower in…

National Property Listings Fall in July
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National Property Listings Fall in July

National residential listings fell in July 2017 by 5.1% to 316,748, with stock levels down in all capital cities during the more quiet winter month of July.  Hobart led the drop in property listings at 10.5%, followed by a 7.4% fall in Melbourne. Listings in both cities were down sharply from a year earlier, keeping…

Vacancy Rates Rise in June
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Vacancy Rates Rise in June

Data released by SQM Research has revealed the number of national residential vacancies was 78,314 rental homes in June 2017, giving a national vacancy rate of 2.4%, up from 2.2% in May, led by a jump in Sydney vacancies.  Vacancies rose in Sydney to 13,215 in June, up from 11,153 in May, giving a vacancy…