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.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

From Ley buy to bye-bye

Snouts in the trough

Former Health Minister Sussan Ley has stood aside over the purchase of a $795,000 Gold Coast property on a taxpayer-funded trip. 

I was quoted in today's New York Times story here (note the quoted prices in the article are of course in US dollars). 

For the record, the purchase was a rather nice 149sqm apartment on the 8th floor of the 31 storey 'De Ville' complex, with an ocean view from Main Beach Parade, and picked up for less than its last sold price in 2006 before apartments on the Goldie underwent a significant cyclical correction. 

With the lower dollar supporting tourism in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games it may prove to be an astute real estate purchase, if a career-limiting one. 

Obviously buying an investment property or a holiday unit on a taxpayer funded trip was a significant error of judgement, and there may be more to come out from this story yet. 

But the most deflating part of all this entire episode will be the dredging up of endless cheap shots from left-leaning commentators with short or selective memories. 

Obviously it was stupid, but I find it hard to stomach that the Coalition are not any worse than the ALP in this regard. 

My 'hot take': they're all as bad as each other.