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Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property advisory & buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place) - clients include hedge funds, resi funds, & private investors.

4 x finance/investment author - 'Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom’ (2012) rated Top 10 finance books by Money Magazine & Dymocks.

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

SQM: inner west prices going ballistic

I don't want to sound like a broken record, but it's long been my contention that Sydney's inner west has been the place in Australia to invest in property for long-term results.

SQM Research's Managing Director Louis Christopher kindly pointed me here to SQM Research's Vendor Sentiment Index which shows is what is happening to prices.


The inner west markets have gone completely nuts. It's heading out of control and running into overvalued territory. 

Just to clarify the obvious: that ship has now sailed. 

My favourite investment type in inner Sydney tends to be 2 bedroom units (for years I've owned units in Sydney's inner west) because they offer a decent balance between affordability, liveability and yield.

Prices for 2 bedroom units are up 31.3% in 3 years. 

Asking prices for 3 bedroom houses are up 28.3% in the last 12 months...climbing the wall of worry?

Source: SQM Research

Interestingly, Christopher (worth following on Twitter by the way) highlights some of the poor places to invest: Cairns, Rockhampton, Gladstone (2014 to be "ugly"), Townsville, Mackay...and North Queensland in general. All previously nominated by some commentators as hotspots or places to seek higher yields.