Dr Hopkins’ background has focused on investment analysis, statistical analysis and information systems, analysis of residential property markets and providing direct advice to investors.
He has pioneered much original research including the application hedonic price trends and GIS systems to the residential property market. He is author of best-seller, The House Seeker’s Price Guide to Melbourne, many articles on market trends and investment in residential property in the major dailies, and 27 scientific peer- reviewed papers in animal breeding.
As head of research at Property Investment Research, Ian had overall responsibility for PIR’s research function, PIR’s Agribusiness Division, and for IT development. He was the architect of PIR’s unique rating system which customised ratings to investor profiles enabling investors to compare investments across a diverse range of asset classes.
He was also involved in hands-on consultancy in writing research reports on projects covering a wide range of investment classes such as those involving residential Shares, serviced apartments, hotels, retirement villages, land subdivisions, mortgage funds management and viaticals.
At least 75% of these developments will be retained for affordable housing or sold under affordable Finance Packages.
Ian has also developed new approaches to risk profiling of investors which combines the investor’s individual situation and variance of outcome to determine level of risk. Risk profiling results are directly applied to portfolio ranking utilising Markowitz’s principles of portfolio selection.
Since the 1970s Ian has been an active investor in residential property and during the 1990s designed a co-ownership model for affordable housing.