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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.

"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 & 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'.

"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 Hmmm, one of the world's most popular & widely-read financial publications.

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

Monday, 2 May 2016

Sydney unit prices +3.7pc in April

CoreLogic reported Sydney unit prices as rising by 3.7 per cent in March to be 4.4 per cent higher over the quarter and 11.5 per cent higher over the year.

Thus annual unit price growth is now outpacing house price growth in Sydney which has pulled back to 8.9 per cent over the year to April.

Dwelling price growth in Brisbane has moved into third place behind Sydney and Melbourne, with prices up by 6.2 per cent year-on-year to a median price of $465,000.

Brisbane prices have now increased through the current growth cycle to date by 18 per cent.

Brisbane prices since January 2009 have increased by 14.7 per cent, according to CoreLogic.

Source: CoreLogic

Price growth has improved a bit in the "rest of state" regions to rise by 0.7 over the quarter, although regional prices were reported as being down year-on-year in Western Australia (-1.2 per cent) and South Australia (-6.1 per cent).

Overall the results recorded very strong dwelling price growth in the capital cities of 1.7 per cent in the month of April, and 0.7 per cent for the rest of state locations.

The index can be a little seasonal so it would be no surprise to see price growth easing back in May.

For this reason it often makes sense to check how year-on-year growth is tracking:
  • Melbourne 10 per cent
  • Sydney 9 per cent
  • Brisbane 6 per cent