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 has recorded a minor decrease over the month from 2.6% in April to 2.5% in May 2020, with the total number of vacancies Australia-wide now at 86,398 vacant residential properties. However, the largest rental markets of Sydney and Melbourne recorded rises in rental vacancies. Sydney rose to 4.0%, making…

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National residential property listings increased in May by 3.9% from 292,775 listings in April 2020 to 304,137. Compared to 12 months ago, listings were down by 12.0%. All capital cities experienced increases in property listings over the month except for Canberra which posted a marginal 0.8% decrease. The largest listings increase was in Melbourne and…

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New data released by SQM Research today has revealed the national residential rental vacancy rate has remained stable in March 2020 at 2.0% since last month, with the total number of vacancies Australia-wide now at 67,371 vacant residential properties. Most states recorded minor 0.1% declines in vacancy rates with the exception of Sydney, Melbourne and…

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National residential property listings increased in March 2020 by 3.7% from 296,770 in February to 307,847. Compared to 12 months ago, listings were down by 13.2%. All capital cities experienced increases in property listings over the month with the largest increase in Darwin of 15.6%, followed closely by Canberra with a 11.0% increase and Sydney…

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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…