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Investor Home Loans Tighten

Posted: May 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Australian Home Prices | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Investor Home Loans Tighten

Investor home loans tighten as regulator APRA clamps downLending for investment properties appears to have suddenly tightened, as the banking regulator’s efforts to rein in the sector appear to be succeeding.

Mortgage brokers are reporting credit conditions in Australian housing lending market have become a lot tougher in the past two weeks according to CLSA’s leading bank analyst Brian Johnson.

Mr Johnson said recent discussions with broking contacts pointed to banks cutting discounts on investment loans and demanding tougher scrutiny on borrowers’ ability to repay their debts.

The crackdown comes only days after data was released showing mortgages had soared to a new record high of $31.3 billion in March.

Lending to property investors is now growing at 21 percent year-on-year, more than double the so-called speed limit of 10 per cent identified by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority – APRA – earlier this year.

Anecdotal evidence is that NAB, Commonwealth and Westpac investor loans will no longer offer additional discounts over and above the published ‘package discount’ rate :: Read the full article »»»»


Housing Investors Spearhead Strongest Credit Growth Since GFC

Posted: February 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Australian Home Prices | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Housing Investors Spearhead Strongest Credit Growth Since GFC

Housing Investors Spearhead Strongest Credit Growth Since GFC via ABC
Housing credit again led the growth, rising 7.1 per cent over 2014, including a 0.6 per cent increase in the month of December.

That sector was led by investor credit, which jumped 10.1 per cent over the past year, including a 0.9 per cent rise in December :: Read the full article »»»»


Building Approvals Bounce Up, But Have They Peaked?

Posted: December 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Australian Home Prices | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Building Approvals Bounce Up, But Have They Peaked?

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The number of dwellings approved for construction has jumped in the latest official figures. The Bureau of Statistics estimates that more than 17,000 homes were approved in October, seasonally adjusted, an 11.4 per cent increase on the previous month.

That recovered the ground lost in September, when approvals fell around 11 per cent. Apartment approvals entirely drove the latest result, jumping by more than 31 per cent as house approvals fell marginally.

The Housing Industry Association is encouraged by the rise in the number of dwellings approved for construction. HIA senior economist Shane Garrett said approvals have been volatile lately, but there are still healthy signs for the sector :: Read the full article »»»»


Building Approval Fall Marks Peak Home Building Boom?

Posted: August 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Australian Home Prices, Real Estate News, Urban Planning | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Building Approval Fall Marks Peak Home Building Boom?

Building Approval Fall Marks Peak Home Building Boom?Official figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics – ABS – on new home approvals have raised questions over whether the building boom is peaking. The ABS figures for June show 15,659 new dwellings were given local government go-ahead that month, down 5 per cent from the month before.

Despite the fall, which was more than twice what economists expected, dwelling approvals are still up by a massive 16 percent on the same time last year. The notoriously volatile apartment approvals figure, which is frequently skewed by large developments, fell 10.5 per cent in June, but still remains more than 23 per cent above last year’s level.

Detached house approvals fell a more modest 2.2 per cent at the start of winter, but are also up a more modest 13.1 per cent over the past year. The Housing Industry Association, which represents residential builders, says slow land release is likely to have capped the most recent construction boom.

Despite the downturn in new builds, home prices surged as the real estate market recovered from it’s autumn slump. Overall Australia’s home price boom shows little sign of slowing, with Sydney and Melbourne again driving price gains after a brief lull :: Read the full article »»»»


Is Australia’s Property Bubble About to Burst?

Posted: June 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Australian Home Prices | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Is Australia’s Property Bubble About to Burst?

Is Australia's Property Bubble About to BurstIs the Australian property market ‘in danger of overheating’ According to New York-based ratings agency Moody’s it’s getting mighty close to bursting, and could seriously affect the country’s economy.

Moody’s warns that the Australian property market is in danger of ‘overheating’ and rising housing prices could also jeopardise the country’s economic and financial stability, the agency blames low interest rates for fueling rising house prices, and says the trend can’t continue.

Despite such warnings, house prices continued their rise in the first quarter of 2014, with average year-over-year growth in Australia’s 8 largest cities crawling up to 8.3 percent, marking the highest growth rate in nearly four years.

House prices in Australia’s most populated city, Sydney, rose 16 percent over the past 12 months, while the Melbourne property market increased to 9.9 percent, according to RP Data figures :: Read the full article »»»»