Vacancy rate heads upwards in Sydney

Sydney’s residential rental market has dampened for investors, following an increase in available properties in the inner and middle markets, according to the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW).

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The July 2013 REINSW Vacancy Rate Survey has found availability across the Sydney metropolitan area has gone up by 0.1 per cent to 2.2 per cent.

The inner suburbs have grown 0.3 per cent to 2.5 per cent and the middle suburbs have gone up 0.1 per cent to 2.0 per cent. However, the outer suburbs have gone down 0.2 per cent to 1.9 per cent.

“The inner suburbs of Sydney are seeing the highest vacancy rates since January 2006, reflecting an increase in stock entering the marketplace,” REINSW president Christian Payne said.

“While this is positive for those seeking rental accommodation, more support is needed for those seeking to invest in the property market.”


The Hunter region saw an increase of 0.4 per cent to 3.3 per cent, led by a 0.2 per cent increase in Newcastle to 2.4 per cent. The Illawarra saw a rise of 0.5 per cent to 2.8 per cent, with a rise of 0.7 per cent in Wollongong to 3.2 per cent - a level last seen in August 2012.

Coffs Harbour continued to be the easiest place to find rental accommodation, remaining steady at 3.7 per cent. Levels also stayed the same on the Mid-North Coast, Murrumbidgee, Riverina and Orana at 2.9 per cent, 2.4 per cent, 3.0 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively.

The vacancy rate in Albury slipped 0.4 per cent to 1.4 per cent, while the Central Coast dropped 0.6 per cent to 2.6 per cent.

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