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Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place), & 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's one of the finest property analysts in Australia" - Stephen Koukoulas, MD of Market Economics, former Senior Economics Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard.

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

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Friday, 15 April 2016



Looks like someone forgot to tell Sydney's inner west about its alleged oversupply of apartments.


St. Peters.

You can also add to this Haberfield, Stanmore, Sydenham, Five Dock, Canada Bay, Abbotsford, Chiswick, etc. etc. all of which have remarkably tight vacancy rates of 1 per cent or under.

In fact, stretching the tarp out a bit further, and while on the subject, you might also add Surry Hills, Ultimo, Darlinghurst, Botany, Banksmeadow, Roseberry, Eastlakes, Redfern, Waverley, Bronte, Coogee, South Coogee, Pagewood, Maroubra...

Heck even Waterloo and Zetland have a vacancy rate of 0.5 per cent (OK, so that one might not a real number).

Maybe when we start to see some numbers beginning with a 4-handle it might start to get interesting, but if anything, for quality properties at least, the rental market actually seems to be tightening and rents rising.

Out west? Maybe a different story there, granted.

Chinese impact

The Reserve Bank made reference to the monumental Chinese demand for apartments and a possible oversupply risk in its Financial Stability Review (FSR) this week.

But are Chinese owners really renting them out, or are they just leaving them vacant for future capital growth, or for their children to use when they come to Australia as international students, or for using during the odd holiday trip?

Wealthy Chinese investor see Sydney and Melbourne as far better value than local "tier one" cities.

Note how a high percentage of empty homes in cities such as Sydney have been found to be in the areas targeted by Chinese buyers e.g. Haymarket.

As for whether Chinese owners will sell when the cycle next turns down? Anything is possible, but I'd suggest that financial returns are only one aspect of Chinese demand, and not necessarily the primary motivation.


Data sourced from SQM Research.