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 »»»»
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 »»»»
The Bureau of Statistics Housing Finance data shows that the number of new mortgages to owner occupiers dropped by 3.9 percent in August to 49,912, seasonally adjusted. The value of loans to property investors held steady.
In the three months to August, the number of loans to owner occupiers for the construction and purchase of new homes rose by 0.3 per cent and was 13.3 per cent higher than the same period in 2012.
This included a 0.2 per cent increase in the number of loans for the construction of a new dwelling during the three months to August, with lending in this segment up 3.6 per cent compared with the same period of 2012. The number of loans for the purchase of new homes was 0.6 per cent higher in the three months to August :: Read the full article »»»»
Figures from the RBA show total lending to the private sector grew 0.4 per cent in December, with the amount Australians borrowed rising by only 3.6 per cent in 2012. It’s not all doom – though mostly – the RBA data shows housing credit remains the most consistently robust category of borrowing, with a 4.5 per cent rise over the 12 months.
But, that annual housing credit growth rate is the slowest in RBA recorded history, admitedly the figures only go back to 1977.
Home lending growth of 0.3 per cent in December is also one of slowest monthly increases recorded :: Read the full article »»»»
Australia’s Reserve Bank chief, Glenn Stevens says Australians are too pessimistic on the state of the country’s economy, Stevens reckons that we should be much more optimistic over the nations prospects.
Speaking at the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia luncheon in South Australia, Stevens described the nations better than expected growth figures as “quite respectable”. The reserve bank chief said that changes in the world economy present challenges that can easily be overcome.
Stevens said Australia is in a good position to tackle possible world recession sparked by the debt woes facing Europe. He said that economic indicators show that Australia has handled the global financial crisis of 2008 well :: Read the full article »»»»