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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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The national residential vacancy rate rose to 2.3% in November 2018, up from 2.0% in October, with vacancies jumping in Sydney and edging higher in all capital cities ahead of the summer break. The number of vacancies Australia-wide sat at 74,590 properties. Sydney’s vacancy rate jumped to 3.2% in November from 2.8% in October with…

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Figures released by SQM Research reveal national residential listings jumped 7.9% in November 2018 to 361,619 from 335,014 in October, with stock on market rising in all cities in an expected usual seasonal uplift. Compared to a year ago, national listings rose 8.1%. In Melbourne, listings jumped by 11.6%, to be higher 32.2% from a…

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The national residential vacancy rate fell to just 2.0% in October 2018, its lowest level since March 2014, with vacancies falling in many smaller cities, as well as in Melbourne.   The number of vacancies Australia-wide sat at 67,350 properties. Hobart’s vacancy rate slipped to just 0.3%. Melbourne’s vacancy rate fell to 1.6% in October…

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The national residential vacancy rate was steady at 2.1% in September 2018, though Sydney’s vacancy rate remained at its highest level in 13 years, while Hobart’s vacancy rate slipped to just 0.4% and Canberra’s tightened to 0.6%. The number of vacancies Australia-wide sat at 70,172 properties. Sydney’s vacancy rate was unchanged at 2.8% in September…

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Figures released reveal national residential listings rose a modest 1.0% in September 2018 to 335,854, with a greater rise normally registered for the first month of the Spring selling season. Property listings rose 0.3% in Sydney, to be up 18.7% higher from a year ago. In Melbourne, listings actually fell by 1.8% in September, though…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…