Podcast | Future Cities

The ‘metro-fication’ of Sydney

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The image shows a photo taken inside Central Station in Sydney, NSW.

Major infrastructure can have an outsized impact on our cities. And nowhere is that becoming more apparent than in Sydney as the new Metro rail network transforms suburbs, drives up property prices and creates more vibrant communities. 

In this latest Talking Property episode, we speak to CBRE’s Pacific Head of Research Sameer Chopra and REA Group Economist Anne Flaherty to discover just how significant the Metro’s impact will be and the opportunities that it will create for investors and developers. 

In their wide-ranging discussion, Sameer and Anne assess the scale of the price gains that buyers can expect from living near the Metro and why shorter commutes are such a drawcard, particularly for Gen Y and Gen Z. And it’s not just a Sydney-centric trend, with rail projects set to benefit many other major Australian cities. 

If you have any questions regarding this episode or property topics that you’d like CBRE to address in future episodes, please email us at: [email protected]. And you can read our Metro – Transforming Sydney Precincts report here.


Anne Flaherty

Property Economist, REA Group

Anne Flaherty is an economist at REA Group, where she examines the macroeconomic and demographic trends that shape Australia’s residential and commercial property markets. Anne has worked in property economics for over a decade and regularly provides market commentary across TV, radio, and print media, as well as writing a fortnightly column in The Australian. Prior to joining REA Group, she was a Research Manager at CBRE. Anne holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and Master of Applied Econometrics.

Sameer Chopra

Head of Research, Pacific & ESG, Asia Pacific, CBRE

Sameer is responsible for framing the real estate market outlook and developing economic and property sector forecasts. He is proud of the unique insights he brings to the market, which are cutting edge. 

Kathryn House

Pacific Communications Director, CBRE

Kathryn joined CBRE in 2007 following a 15-year career in property journalism working for some of Australia's leading newspapers, including the Australian Financial Review and the Sydney Morning Herald. She works closely with CBRE’s CEO and senior executive team to promote the company’s brand, platform and corporate values.

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