SQM: Rental vacancies are falling

SQM Research’s managing director, Louis Christopher, reported on Twitter that rental vacancies have hit an apparent “trend reversal” and are now falling:

Total rental listings update through to 26 June 2020. Looks like a trend reversal here. Numbers have been checked. It means we will likely record a fall in rental vacancy rates for June 2020…

We know rents have fallen, so one theory here is a movement down along the supply curve.  Less weekly $$ rents = less landlords keen to rent at those lower levels. Unless they are forced to, of course.

It could also be that Airbnbs that were placed on the long-term rental markets after travel was banned have been placed back on the short-term holiday rental market as restrictions have eased.

Whatever the reason, it is an interesting development.

Unconventional Economist

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