Four out of Five Stars for our Property Services

30/10/2015   John Hopkins, Executive Chairman

John Hopkins Property and Lantern Property Partners have been awarded four out of five stars by SQM Research Pty Ltd.

Excellent; we are thrilled for our property team.

SQM Research is led by Louis Christopher. It would be fair to say his organisation could reasonably lay claim to being Australia’s preeminent property industries rating house. 

SQM researches everything from the economy, the property market around Australia, individual properties, general investment vehicles through to organisations in the investment world, including property organisations.

In order to assure the various individuals and organisations (both large and not so large) that accept our advice with property recommendations and due diligence processes, we undertook this lengthy, arduous and intrusive process. We put ourselves, our past and our present out there to be exposed and to be judged by the best.

This meant the collation of a mountain of documents, thorough inspection of everything from our financials and our balance sheet to our staff and our leaders, contracts and relationships with external organisations and individuals, lists of properties purchased by our clients over thirty five years, our philosophies and values and systems. Ten months later, we have been rewarded with a brilliant result.

Now our aim is to improve even further. Although Louis rang me prior to the formal disclosure of our rating score to explain that his organisation had never delivered a four out of five star rating for an organisation first time up, and he was very pleased to tell me in person.

I really hope you don’t think I am skiting too much, it is just that we are so thrilled and so proud.

We have been involved in property for a long time and to have an independent house with the credentials of SQM recognise our commitments to our clients, associates and the property industry at large is really heartening.


General Advice Warning: This advice may not be suitable to you because it contains general advice that has not been tailored to your personal circumstances. Please seek personal financial advice prior to acting on this information.

SQM Research Star Rating:

Investment products are awarded a star rating our of a possible five stars and are placed on

Following are descriptions for each of the star ratings, which have been developed as a guide for dealer group research teams and investment committees:

- 4.5+ stars - Outstanding. Highly suitable for inclusion on APLs.

- 4 stars to 4.25 stars - Superior. Suitable for inclusion on most APLs.

- 3.75 stars - Favourable. Consider for APL inclusion.

- 3.5 stars - Acceptable. Consider for APL inclusion, subject to advice restrictions.

- 3.25 stars - Caution required. Not suitable for most APLs.

- 3 stars - Strong caution required. Not suitable for most APLs.

- Below 3 stars - Avoid or redeem. Not suitable for APL inclusion.

SQM Research has no involvement with Lantern Property Partners, The Hopkins Group, or any of the organisations contained in their product disclosure statement. This assessment does not constitute an investment recommendation. It is designed to provide investment advisers with a third party view of the quality of this fund, as an investment option. SQM Research charges a standard and fixed fee for the third party review. This fee has been paid under the normal commercial terms of SQM Research.

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