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SQM Research Residential Newsletter - 
Tuesday 8 December 2020
Property Explorer
Research Reports
Distressed Properties Report
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Boom and Bust 2021 Report
Black Dragon's
Words for the Week

If you want to feed the homeless, feed the homeless BUT the moment you put it on social media, you’re also feeding your ego.  Everything you do doesn’t need to be seen or heard. 


Real Estate Realities 

Eliminating most homelessness is achievable. It starts with prevention and ‘housing first’

The stereotype of a homeless person – those living in tents or sleeping in parks or doorways – is just the visible tip of the much larger crisis of homelessness in Australia.

For every one of about 8,000 “rough sleepers” there about 14 others staying in temporary accommodation or with others in severely crowded dwellings. That’s a total of more than 116,000 homeless Australians, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics census data.

About 60% are under the age of 35, though the number of homeless aged 55 and older has been steadily increasing. About a quarter are women and children fleeing domestic violence.

The causes of homelessness are complex. The stereotype is that it involves mental illness and substance addiction. But the more common denominators are poverty, unemployment and a lack of affordable adequate housing.

Whatever the cause, research by myself and colleagues for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute proposes a path forward to reduce, and even eliminate, homelessness in Australia.

To do so requires moving away from treating the problem in an uncoordinated manner at the point of crisis and investing in an integrated system that prioritises prevention, fast rehousing and an adequate supply of affordable long-term housing.



Want to know the outlook for the Australian property markets in 2021?

Well Louis Christopher's 2021 Housing Boom & Bust Report was released on 3 December 2020.

As the nation works its way out of the worldwide pandemic and out of Australia’s first recession in 30 years, forecasting the property market will be difficult but the 2021 Housing Boom and Bust report will provide an accurate, impartial and detailed guide to the Australian property market in 2021.  

Key features of the 2021 Boom & Bust report will include:

  • Louis Christopher's personal take on the markets 
  • Capital city forecasts 
  • Main drivers of demand and supply at present and going forward 
  • All leading indicators such as stock on market, vacancy rates etc
  • Nearly every city and regional postcode covered re: property stats plus ratings outlook

If you are interested in where the market is heading on a national level, then this is the report for you from one of the most accurate housing market forecaster in the country. 

If you’re a real estate professional, financial planner or a regular mum and dad residential property investor, you will not want to miss this report, still only priced at $59.95.  Click here to purchase your report.


AUCTION RESULTS for week ending 6 December 2020

Full individual auction results can be found on our website: 

AUCTION LISTINGS* for week ending 13 December 2020



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Sydney 881 180   All NSW 1052 326 Auctions in NSW
Melbourne^ 1054 154   All VIC 1138 170 Auctions in VIC 
Brisbane 95 59   All QLD 168 122 Auctions in QLD 
Perth 13 16   All WA 18 22 Auctions in WA 
Adelaide 71 35   All SA 72 39 Auctions in SA 
Canberra 88 20   All ACT 88 20 Auctions in ACT 
Darwin 2 4   All NT 2 5 Auctions in NT 
Hobart 0 0   All TAS 3 0 Auctions in TAS

* The above counts of auctions represent most recent known auction dates for the coming week.  ^As at 18-Oct-20, Melbourne outdoor auctions will be allowed (max. 10 people).


67 Blackadder Road, Swan View, WA 6056
This 3-bedroom brick home located in the Perth suburb of Swan View, approx. 20 km from Perth CBD and 13km from Perth Airport, is selling for offers from $300,000.  It last sold for $345,000 in June 2015.
The home sits on a large 731 sqm corner block and has spacious living areas, 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, recently remodelled kitchen, floorboards and air-conditioning.  The property is fully fenced with a rear patio, shed and parking for 4 cars.
This house could represent a good opportunity for families, first home buyers and investors alike.  Sitting on a large corner block, the home also presents an opportunity to either sub-divide, develop, renovate or knock-down and rebuild (STCA).
Centrally located, the home is close to all amenities including a short distance to the local IGA, Coles, Swan View Shopping Centre, Midland Gate and Centrepoint shopping centres; local schools, Midland TAFE; public transport; pubs and restaurants. It is also a short drive to the Swan Valley region with its world-class wineries and breweries, top-notch eateries and bustling markets.

Asking prices for 3-bedroom houses in postcode 6056 have increased 2.1% over the last month.  Units have also seen an asking price increase of 7.0% for 2-bedroom units.  Compared to 12 months ago, 3-bedroom house asking prices were down 0.3% and unit sales down 1.6%. 
total property sales listings in this postcode is down 2.4% in November compared to the previous month, new listings (30 days) has increased by 8.4% in November.

Asking rents in this postcode have also increased by 0.2% for 3-bedroom houses and 3.9% for units over the month.  Compared to 12 months ago, the increase for 3-bedroom houses was 14.7% and 10.3% for units.

Vacancy rates have declined from 3.1% in October 2019 to 1.0% in October 2020 indicating higher demand in this area and potential for better yields. Currently a gross rental yield of 5.3% can be achieved for 3-bedroom houses, up from 4.6% in December 2019.  Unit gross rental yield is currently 5.8% for units, up from 5.2% in December 2019.

Rental listings in the area decreased 2.5% in November when compared to the previous month, and levels are 50.6% lower than November 2019. 
Overall, the Perth property market has begun to recover and is set to rise in 2021. Louis Christopher’s
Housing Boom & Bust Report 2021 states, “Perth remains our number one value and risk/reward play for 2021 and beyond, and all reliable indicators suggest the recovery is here.

You can monitor this market with SQM Research’s free property data. Also consider the SQM Property Explorer product for more in-depth data and property price estimator.


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SQM Research Weekly Asking Prices Index
Week ending: 8 Dec 2020 Asking Price    Chg on
prev wk
   Rolling month
% chg
   12 month
% chg
Sydney  All Houses    1,382.0 6.0  2.1%  5.5% 
All Units 671.1 -0.1  -0.2%  -5.9% 
Melbourne  All Houses 1,023.3 3.2  -0.4%  2.7% 
All Units 576.3 -1.2  0.1%  4.2% 
Brisbane  All Houses 655.8 1.3  0.1%  3.1% 
All Units 379.1 -0.3  0.0%  2.1% 
Perth  All Houses 664.5 -5.0  -1.5%  1.8% 
All Units 380.6 0.8  0.3%  0.7% 
Adelaide  All Houses 536.7 -1.6  1.3%  3.1% 
All Units 316.5 -1.3  0.9%  4.7% 
Canberra  All Houses 816.4 2.9  1.0%  -0.8% 
All Units 475.2 1.5  0.7%  8.6% 
Darwin  All Houses 584.1 -9.1  0.6%  2.1% 
All Units 355.7 0.8  1.2%  14.2% 
Hobart  All Houses 588.0 6.5  0.1%  9.2% 
All Units 389.7 -4.7  -0.5%  14.9% 
National  All Houses 636.5 0.6  1.0%  8.5% 
All Units 410.4 -0.6  1.0%  6.9% 
Cap City Average  All Houses 993.0 4.5  1.2%  3.8% 
All Units 564.9 -0.9  -0.4%  -2.1% 

Next update: 15 Dec 2020

SQM Research Weekly Rents Index
Week ending: 4 Dec 2020       Rent          Chg on
prev week
   Rolling month
% chg
   12 month
% chg
Sydney  All Houses    637.7 2.3  1.9%  -7.2% 
All Units 447.1 -0.1  -0.6%  -9.7% 
Melbourne  All Houses 512.0 0.0  -0.5%  -4.5% 
All Units 384.1 -1.1  -1.3%  -6.1% 
Brisbane  All Houses 467.4 1.6  -0.1%  0.2% 
All Units 376.8 0.2  -0.2%  -0.3% 
Perth  All Houses 485.5 0.5  2.3%  10.3% 
All Units 365.0 0.0  0.4%  9.2% 
Adelaide  All Houses 420.6 2.4  0.2%  5.0% 
All Units 314.6 2.4  1.2%  0.0% 
Canberra  All Houses 647.6 6.4  3.0%  0.1% 
All Units 476.7 -0.7  -1.0%  2.4% 
Darwin  All Houses 579.8 11.2  7.1%  19.3% 
All Units 390.4 7.6  4.1%  3.1% 
Hobart  All Houses 456.3 6.7  3.8%  0.8% 
All Units 403.0 5.0  5.6%  -7.0% 
National  All Houses 484.0 1.0  -0.4%  7.8% 
All Units 382.0 -2.0  1.1%  4.4% 
Cap City Average  All Houses 540.0 4.0  0.6%  -2.4% 
All Units 408.0 0.0 -0.7%  -6.0% 

Next update: 12 Dec 2020

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