As it transpired, she was correct, with prices in the inner west rising relentlessly since that time and vacancy rates remaining wretchedly tight.
It just goes to show how a little bit of legwork can give you a genuine feel for what's happening in suburbs at a micro level, to add to what is being reported on a macro level.
“Sydney is going backwards in regard to properties available for rent. Something must be done to ensure that there is a greater level of choice for those seeking to secure a rental property in Australia’s biggest city."
In Sydney's inner 10km ring, vacancy levels have fallen to desperately low levels of only 1.3%, which would come as no surprise whatsoever to anyone who ventures to actually look at what's happening in the market.