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...
Data released by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) earlier this week has shown that high loan to value ratio (LVR) lending continues to fall indicating new buyers are in many instances using larger deposits.
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.
Most mining towns have seen their property prices crushed over recent years as commodity prices have fallen and investment has dried up. In this week’s Pulse we take a look at how some of these major mining regions are faring.
According to the latest housing finance data release for March 2017 there was $33.2 billion in finance commitments over the month. The monthly value of commitments increased by 0.9% to be 5.3% higher year-on-year. While the value of commitments to investors has slowed over recent months, owner occupier...
Based on the relationship between demonstrated housing demand and advertised stock levels we are seeing relatively more stock available for sale compared to demand for that stock across the capital cities at the moment.
Monthly building approvals shows that the recent contraction in approvals has continued. In fact, the number of dwellings approved for construction in March 2017 was -23.7% lower than its historic peak which occurred in August of last year.
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) released their taxation statistics for the 2014-15 financial year last week, and from a housing market perspective it provides some really valuable data on property investor behaviour. Over the 2014-15 financial year, property investors claimed $11.120 billion in net rental...
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.
It seems that lenders were already scaling back their appetite for investment lending as early as January this year, with the value of housing finance commitments for investment purposes falling by almost 6% in February; the largest fall in lending for investment purposes since September 2015.
Demographic data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed that Australia’s estimated resident population was 24,220,192 persons at the end of September 2016. Overt the 12 months to September 2016 the national population increased by 1.5% or by 348,695 persons.
Over recent years the level of investor participation in the national housing market has hit historic high levels and at the same time, housing finance commitments to owner occupier first time buyers has shrunk.