Pete Wargent blogspot

Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place), and CEO of WargentAdvisory (providing subscription analysis, reports & services to institutional clients).

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

"Unfortunately so much commentary is self-serving or sensationalist. Pete Wargent shines through with his clear, sober & dispassionate analysis of the housing market, which is so valuable. Pete drills into the facts & unlocks the details that others gloss over in their rush to get a headline. On housing Pete is a must read, must follow - he is one of the finest property analysts in Australia" - Stephen Koukoulas, MD of Market Economics, former Senior Economics Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard.

"Pete is one of Australia's brightest financial minds - a must-follow for articulate, accurate & in-depth analysis." - David Scutt, Business Insider, leading Australian market analyst.

"I've been investing for over 40 years & read nearly every investment book ever written yet I still learned new concepts in his books. Pete Wargent is one of Australia's finest young financial commentators." - Michael Yardney, Australia's leading property expert, Amazon #1 best-selling author.

"The most knowledgeable person on Aussie real estate markets - Pete's work is great, loads of good data and charts, the most comprehensive analyst I follow in Australia. If you follow Australia, follow Pete Wargent" - Jonathan Tepper, Variant Perception, Global Macroeconomic Research, and author of the New York Times bestsellers 'End Game' and 'Code Red'.

"The level of detail in Pete's work is superlative across all of Australia's housing markets" - Grant Williams, co-founder RealVision - where world class experts share their thoughts on economics & finance - & author of Things That Make You Go of the world's most popular & widely-read financial publications.

"Wargent is a bald-faced realty foghorn" - David Llewellyn-Smith, MacroBusiness.

Monday, 27 July 2015


A quick scan around the Darling Harbour skyline from the weekend.

Lend Lease (LLC) is making some progress on the ICC Sydney Hotel, a luxury 5 star affair due to open in December 2016.

This forms part of the massive Darling Harbour Live project, which will also incorporate a new convention centre and a residential and commercial urban village at the Darling Square end of the harbour.

The daytime view:

View from the Pyrmont Bridge (it's also the Sydney International Boat Show this week):

Across to the left of shot below, at the city side of the harbour, the new suburb of Barangaroo is now also emerging apace.

Another Lend Lease development, this will be based around a range of 6 star office suites as part of 320,000 square metres of harbourfront office space.

The development will also incorporate retail space, a hotel and some luxury residential apartments.

Towers 2 and 3 have been awarded 6 star status, now up to Level 39 and counting. Note that the suburb is primarily commercial in nature, rather than residential.

View from the harbour side:

Rapidly escalating land values in Pyrmont and its surrounds was something I anticipated years ago, much discussed on this blog and in my first book.

Plenty disagreed with me, based on some theory or other related to population growth per square, hang on, it was the density of population to land val...something or other, anyway.

Meanwhile, new apartments at Barangaroo are being priced at $1 million per bedroom, while escalating commercial resales have pointed towards values rising at a pace of close to 25 per cent per annum.

Property prices in Pyrmont have been some of the fastest growing in Sydney since the 2000 Sydney Olympics, particularly those which have a point of difference.

And this is only set to continue as Lend Lease completes its amazing transformation of the harbour area over the next couple of years.