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Dwelling approvals bounce in November but don’t expect it to continue

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) November 2016 building approvals data there were 17,569 houses and units approved for construction across the country over the month.  Based on the seasonally adjusted series, the number of dwelling approvals rose by 7.0% over the month due to a substantial rebound in unit approvals.  Despite an […]

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Sharp fall in unit approvals in October likely marks the peak of the residential construction cycle

The Australian Bureau of Statistics October dwelling approvals data likely marks a significant turning point for unit supply, with the latest numbers showing unit approvals have plunged to their lowest levels in 2 years. The October data showed unit approvals have consistently trended lower since reaching a recent high point in July earlier this year. […]

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The slide in construction work done continues over the September 2016 quarter

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released data on construction work done over the September 2016 quarter earlier this week.  The data showed that the value of work done fell to its lowest level since December 2010. Over the September 2016 quarter, $46.1 billion worth of construction was completed.  The $46.1 billion in work was […]

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Mortgage demand from investors continues to lift

The September 2016 housing finance data was released earlier today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  The data showed that there were $32.3 billion worth of housing finance commitments in September 2016 nationally which was the highest monthly value since June 2016.  The value of housing finance commitments increased by 2.3% over the month […]

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The differences between unit supply in Sydney compared with Melbourne and Brisbane

In the recently released Financial Stability Review (FSR) the Reserve Bank (RBA) talked about the supply risks surrounding the inner city apartment markets however, they did point to the fact that they see more potential risk in Melbourne and Brisbane.  In this blog we explore the differences in pending apartment supply across the key capital […]

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Investor housing demand rises as owner occupier fades

Earlier this week, housing finance data for August 2016 was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  Over the month there was $31.4 billion worth of housing finance commitments which was -1.0% lower over the month and -5.1% lower than it was at its peak in April 2015. The $31.4 billion worth of commitments […]

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Although dwelling approvals fell in August they remain at very high levels

Earlier today the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the latest building approvals data for August 2016.  The data showed that the strength in residential dwelling approvals is continuing.  Over the month there were 20,788 dwellings approved for construction which was a moderate -1.8% lower over the month but 10.1% higher than the number in August […]

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Victoria remains the powerhouse of population growth

Demographic data for the March 2016 quarter was released last week from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  The data showed that over the 12 months the national population increased by 1.4% which translates into an increase of 327,610 persons. Looking at the two components of national population growth, they show that over the year […]

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Investors are re-entering the housing market but should do so with caution

At the end of 2014, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) wrote to mortgage lenders reinforcing what they saw as sound mortgage lending practices.  The key points from that letter were that serviceability policy limits should be based on mortgage rates at least 2% above the product loan rate with a minimum floor assessment of […]

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Investor housing demand continues its bounce-back

Housing finance data for July 2016 was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) earlier today.  The release showed that the total value of mortgage lending in July 2016 was recorded at $31.8 billion which was -1.8% lower compared to the $32.4 billion worth of mortgage lending in June 2016.  The value of mortgage […]

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