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 vacancy rate has remained steady at 2.2% in February 2019, with the total number of vacancies Australia-wide now at 72,333. Perth is the only capital city to increase its vacancy rate from 1.1% in January to 1.2%, resulting in 2,197 properties available for rent in February 2019. Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin and Hobart…

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National residential listings increased by 4.6% in February 2019 to 343,190 from 328,089 in January 2019 as homeowners re-emerged from the summer break to list their properties for sale.  All states experienced an increase in listings except for Darwin which was down 0.8% in February and down 1.6% year-on-year. Canberra recorded the highest increase in…

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The national residential vacancy rate declined to 2.2% in January 2019, from 2.5% in December 2018, with the total number of vacancies Australia-wide declining to 72,574 – 9,984 less properties are now available for rent since December 2018. All capital cities, except Hobart experienced a decline in their vacancy rates in January with Darwin currently…

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Figures reveal national residential listings declined marginally by 0.03% in January 2019 to 328,089 from 328,203 in December 2018. Both Sydney and Melbourne were down 2.3%, whilst Canberra dropped 2.0%. However, all other capital cities were marginally up on residential listings in January.  Hobart recorded the largest increase at 1.4%. Seasonally it is normal for…

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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…