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Is sentiment, particularly housing sentiment, turning negative?

The Westpac and Melbourne Institute’s consumer sentiment index for June 2017 was released earlier this week.  The Index was recorded at 96.2 points which was the lowest monthly reading for the index since April 2016. When the Consumer Sentiment Index sits below 100 points it means that consumers are more pessimistic than optimistic.  The Index […]

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The economic factors to watch for in 2015 that may impact the housing market

The combined capital city housing markers have seen values increase by 7.0% over the first 11 months of 2014.  Throughout the whole of 2013, capital city home values increased by 9.8% indicating that the rate of home value growth is likely to be lower this year than last.  On an annualised basis, combined capital city […]

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Has the housing market moved through the peak of the growth cycle?

The RP-Data Rismark Home Value Index reported its first month on month fall in May after capital city dwelling values consistently rose over the previous eleven months. The extent to which the May decline was a seasonal factor has been a key topic across the media; generally the month of May is a seasonally weak […]

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Lower consumer confidence will dampen the housing market

The latest consumer sentiment data arrived yesterday from Westpac and the Melbourne Institute. The reading of consumer confidence fell for the fourth consecutive month and moved below the 100 mark where optimists and pessimists are equally balanced. With a reading of 99.5, the index is virtually at a neutral setting but more than 10 index […]

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Results from the RP Data – Nine Rewards Survey of housing market sentiment

Is now a good time to buy a property or home? 74% of respondents believe now is a good time to be buying property. While the results show the vast majority of those surveyed think the timing to purchase a home is good, the results are a reduction from our May 2013 results where 80% […]

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National houses as a pc of all dwelling approvals

Strong housing market fuels dwelling construction

The Reserve Bank’s monetary policy settings are working.  Dwelling values are rising, as should be expected when mortgage rates are at historic lows.  But arguably what is more important is that the renewed level of housing market confidence is showing up in improved development activity and demand for new homes. This is exactly what the […]

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Percentage of first home buyer commitments

Why aren’t dwelling values increasing at the same pace as the last growth cycle?

As the housing market recovery continues in a fairly sedate manner, I thought it would be interesting to compare some of the key housing market metrics that we follow to observe the differences in the current market recovery compared with market conditions back in 2009/10 which was the previous recovery/growth phase post GFC.  The analysis […]

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Housing market sentiment remains high, but for how long.

RP Data, together with Nine Rewards, released an update to their housing market sentiment survey this week.  The headline findings showed that housing market sentiment was substantially higher than what it was six months ago, but virtually unchanged from earlier in the year. The survey was conducted across 1,030 respondents who were located across the […]

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Consumers more optimistic about Australia’s housing markets in 2013

Consumers more optimistic about Australia’s housing markets in 2013 Last week Nine Rewards and RP Data undertook our second housing market sentiment survey.  The first survey was in October last year and we intend to run the survey every three months.  The results were stronger than I expected, in the sense that only a very […]

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Consumer sentiment v dwelling sales

Confidence in Australia’s housing markets is gathering pace

The confidence level amongst Australian consumers (as measured by the Westpac-Melbourne Institute Consumer Sentiment Index) has been on an upwards trend since April this year, and over November the Index recorded a sharp rise to reach the highest level since April 2011.  An easy way to interpret the index is when the reading is over […]

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