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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 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…

National property listings rise in February
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National property listings rise in February

Figures released by SQM Research reveal national residential listings rose in February 2018 by 4.6% to 317,984. As homeowners re-emerged from the summer break to list their properties for sale amid signs the property market is slowing, with a correction in the market occurring in Sydney.  The rise in listings was led by Sydney with…

Vacancy Rates Drop in January
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Vacancy Rates Drop in January

Data released by SQM Research this week has revealed the national residential vacancy rate fell to 2.3% in January 2018, with the number of vacancies Australia-wide falling to 74,113, down from 2.5% in December 2017, as renters secured homes for the start of the new year. In the big cities, Melbourne’s vacancy rate dropped to…

National Property Listings Drop in January
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National Property Listings Drop in January

Figures released today by SQM Research reveal national residential listings dropped in January 2018 by 4.8% to 303,901, as homeowners took a break and enjoyed summer holidays.  But over the year, listing have jumped in Sydney as some homeowners take profits on their properties. The fall in listings was led by a 13.9% drop in…

Vacancy Rates Increase in Most Cities in December
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Vacancy Rates Increase in Most Cities in December

Data released by SQM Research this week has revealed the national residential vacancy rate was 2.5% in December 2017, with the number of vacancies Australia-wide increasing to 80,092 — an increase on the month of November.  All capital cities have increased their vacancy rates in December however, Hobart’s vacancy rate continues to remain at a record…