Articles by Louis Christopher

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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.


Vacancy Rates Fall in January after seasonal rises over Holiday period

Housing data released by SQM Research have revealed that the number of national residential vacancies fell in January, with 78,364 rental homes vacant and available for rent, giving a national vacancy rate of 2.4%. Year on year, National vacancies are steady.   Key Points • Nationally, vacancies rose slightly during January 2017, recording a rate…

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Oversupply Looms in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne

SQM Research forecasts an oversupply of new residential property led by Brisbane, Sydney and to a lesser extent, Melbourne, which will keep rental growth down in 2018. In this year’s Housing Boom and Bust Report, we have crunched the numbers on the much talked about apartment oversupply while also predicting total supply by measuring new…

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Housing Bubble Inflating, RBA Needs to Curb Demand

The Reserve Bank of Australia will need the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority to reign in home lending once again, or lift interest rates, or do both to avert a dangerous housing bubble. The housing market is currently at its second most overvalued point on record and now, given a combination of factors including loose monetary…


Australian residential asking property grows in October

Figures released by SQM Research reveal residential asking property prices grew in most Australian cities in October, led by Melbourne and Hobart, with prices driven higher by low interest rates and a surprise fall in property listings. Year-on-year results reveal Melbourne median asking prices have jumped 13.3% for houses to $792,000 and 5.4% for units…