Demand for rental properties continues to strengthen with vacancy rates tightening across the State, according to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ). The REIQ March residential vacancy rates, released today, show the majority of regions experiencing strong demand from tenants with vacancy rates in many areas now below 3 per cent. A vacancy rate of 3 per cent is generally considered to be the equilibrium point of supply and demand. REIQ CEO Anton Kardash said the tightening rental market was a result of the slower sales market over the past 12 months in particular.
In Brisbane, the vacancy rate has reduced to 1.7 per cent, from 2.3 per cent in December last year.
Brisbane’s inner-city recorded a vacancy rate of 1.4 per cent, down from 1.9 per cent in December. Agents from REIQ inner Brisbane accredited agencies report supply levels remaining limited as tenants
stay put, students are settled for the year, and potential first home buyers still opt for a wait-and-see
approach. Investment properties currently up for sale are largely being bought by owner-occupiers which
is also contributing to less rental stock overall.
Source: REIQ Press Release
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