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NSW first home buyer demand set to surge post July 1

Abolishing stamp duty for first home buyers is likely to create some headaches for eligible buyers who have recently entered into contracts. Additionally we can expect first home buyer activity to stall before surging higher on July 1 2017. The long term outcome may be self-defeating due to higher demand pushing up prices. The decision […]

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How much do you need to enter the housing market?

In this week’s Property Pulse we take a look at the true cost of saving for a deposit and the impost of stamp duty for first home buyers trying to buy a home for owner occupation. The first chart highlights the 25th percentile prices for houses and units across each of the capital cities.  The […]

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The mortgage lending landscape has changed substantially over the past week

On Friday of last week the banking regulator, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) wrote to all authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) announcing further measures to reinforce sound residential mortgage lending practices.  Since then we have seen the CoreLogic home value index showing that capital city dwelling values are increasing at their fastest annual pace since […]

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The investor surge continues at the expense of first home buyers

Housing finance data for January 2017 was released earlier today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  The data showed the over the month there was $33.9 billion in housing finance commitments which was 1.5% higher than the previous month.  The value of housing finance commitments in January 2017 was 11.0% higher than it was […]

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Deteriorating housing affordability in Sydney and Melbourne due to both demand and supply

Housing affordability is becoming a very hot political topic at the moment and it is no wonder why.  When we look at the latest CoreLogic Home Value Index results for February 2017, they show that combined capital city home values increased by 1.4% taking them 11.7% higher over the past year.  Since the end of […]

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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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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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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 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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Real home values have continued to surge in Sydney and Melbourne

Earlier this week the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released consumer price index (CPI) data for the June 2016 quarter.  The data showed that inflation rose by 0.4% over the quarter, however over the 12 months to June 2016, inflation has only increased by 1.0%, its lowest annual increase since June 1999. From a housing […]

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