About Cameron Kusher

Cameron Kusher is RP Data’s senior research analyst, specialising in primary and secondary data analysis, property market commentary and consultancy. Cameron has a thorough understanding of the fundamentals such as demographics, trends, economics and spacial analysis and is a regular keynote speaker for property-related groups, regulated industry bodies, corporations and the government sectors. Follow Cameron on Twitter @cmkusher

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Inflation adjusted home values lower than previous peaks in all cities other than Sydney and Melbourne

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) data was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the March 2016 quarter earlier this week.  The headline measure of CPI was extremely weak over the quarter, falling by -0.2% to be just 1.3% higher over the past 12 months.  The -0.2% quarterly fall was the weakest result […]

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Why it could be Hobart’s time to shine

The Hobart housing market has been the nation’s weakest performing capital city housing market for more than a decade.  There are now signs that the Hobart (and Tasmania’s) housing market may be in line for a steady improvement. Over the 12 months to March 2016, home values in Hobart have increased by 4.8% while over […]

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Housing finance commitments rise in February however, the value of commitments is still below its peak

Housing finance data for February 2016 was released earlier today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  According to the data, the total value of housing finance commitments over the month was $32.8 billion which was 2.6% higher over the month and 6.0% higher year-on-year.  Although the value of housing finance commitments is higher over […]

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Dwelling approvals rise in February but continue to trend lower

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released building approvals data for February 2016 yesterday.  Over the month there were 18,252 dwellings approved for construction which represents a 3.1% increase in approvals.  Although approvals increased over the month, they continue to trend lower after peaking in March of last year.  In fact, dwelling approvals in February […]

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Population growth continues to slow due to ongoing decline in net overseas migration

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released demographic data for the September 2015 quarter last week.  The data showed a continuation of the trend towards a slower rate of population growth at a national level.  At the end of the quarter, it was estimated that there were 23,860,133 residents of Australia, an increase of just […]

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Net rental losses on residential property slump in 2013-14

At the moment, the issue of negative gearing is extremely topical due to the Federal opposition proposal to change the availability of negative gearing to new properties only.  In data released last week, the Australian Tax Office (ATO) published their annual taxation statistics for the 2013-14 financial year.  The latest data shows that over the […]

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Unemployment rate shifts from 6% to 5.8% in February 2016

Last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released their labour force statistics for February 2016.  The monthly data release is valuable because it highlights factors such as the unemployment rate and changes in both full-time and part-time employment.  From a housing perspective, more employed people, particularly full-time employed, means more capability to pay off […]

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Mortgage demand shrinks in January, will it continue throughout 2016?

Housing finance data for January 2016 shows that the value of housing finance commitments was recorded at $31.9 billion over the month.  Based on this figure, mortgage lending fell by -3.4% over the month.  Even though the data is seasonally adjusted, we often see falls in mortgage lending over January so perhaps we need not […]

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Dwelling approvals clearly now trending lower from record highs

Earlier today the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) published building approvals data for January 2016.  The monthly data release provides valuable insight into just how many new dwellings are being approved for construction. Based on today’s data release there were 17,446 houses and units approved for construction in January 2015.  Dwelling approvals are now -15.1% […]

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APRA data shows a further tightening of lending standards, with fewer high LVR loans and less new mortgages on interest only terms.

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) released its December 2015 quarterly data on property exposures by Australian authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs).  The data is always interesting to analyse in order to get further insight into the current state of the mortgage market. The first data point is residential term loans to households which have a […]

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