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Capital city vacant land selling prices continue to rise as prices fall in regional Australia

The median selling price of vacant land continued to climb in capital city markets throughout 2016 while in regional areas prices have fallen.  The other big shift over the past 12 months has been the fairly significant increase in lot sizes after they have trended lower over many years. Throughout 2016, the median selling price […]

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Tourism boom: Short-term arrivals to Australia continue to grow at a faster pace than short-term departures, providing good news for the tourism sector

Earlier today the Australian Bureau of Statistics released overseas arrivals and departures data for December 2016.  The data is important because it provides insight around how many people are coming to and leaving from Australia.  It also provides some insight into where they come from, why they are coming to Australia, how long they intend […]

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Mortgage demand for established housing stock continues to climb

Housing finance data for December 2016 was released earlier today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  Demand for mortgage finance continues to increase over the month reflective of the ongoing growth in home values currently being experienced. Unlike the rest of the charts throughout this post, the above chart does not use seasonally adjusted figures.  […]

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Since 2008 only four capital cities have recorded real growth in home values

With the Australian Bureau of Statistics releasing the Consumer Price Index for the December 2016 quarter recently, using the CoreLogic Home Value Index we can adjust changes in dwelling values for the effects of inflation.  The value of looking at inflation-adjusted or ‘real’ home value changes is that it highlights whether housing values are moving […]

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New lending to investors in New South Wales has accounted for more than half of all new lending for 42 of the past 48 months

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released lending finance data earlier today and when it is paired with the earlier housing finance data release, the figures provide insight into the value of mortgage lending over the month in each state and territory.  Over recent months investor demand for mortgages has been trending higher and this […]

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Has developer confidence taken a hit as dwelling commencements sag?

Building Activity data for September 2016 was released earlier today by the Bureau of Statistics.  While this is not one of the major economic releases each quarter, it does include a lot of really important data relating to housing construction.  Therefore, it is important to unpack the release and have a look at what the […]

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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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Stock levels remain well below average across the hot housing markets, but are close to record levels in Perth and Darwin.

With the spring ‘selling season’ done and dusted and Christmas rapidly approaching, it is worthwhile having a look at how stock levels have tracked over the season and year relative to previous years. One of the key facets of the housing market over the last year has been the shortage of advertised stock that has […]

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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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