Demographic data for the March 2016 quarter was released last week from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The data showed that over the 12 months the national population increased by 1.4% which translates into an increase of 327,610 persons.
At the end of 2014, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) wrote to mortgage lenders reinforcing what they saw as sound mortgage lending practices.
Housing finance data for July 2016 was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) earlier today. The release showed that the total value of mortgage lending in July 2016 was recorded at $31.8 billion which was -1.8% lower compared to the $32.4 billion worth of mortgage lending in June 2016.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) released its June 2016 quarter property exposures data earlier this week. The data looks at exposure to the property market by Australian Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADI).
The housing market appears to be responding to a number of factors which have spurred further growth in home values. Official interest rates are at historic low levels which has encouraged borrowing for housing and driven housing debt to record-high levels.
Late last week the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) published lending finance data for June 2016. When this data is paired with housing finance data it provides valuable insights about the value of housing finance commitments across each state and territory.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics released housing finance data for June 2016 earlier this week. The data showed that the value of housing finance commitments was recorded at $32.6 billion which was the highest value since August 2015 but still -2.1% lower than its record high of $33.3 billion in April...
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released building approvals data for June 2016 earlier today. Over the month there were 18,693 dwellings approved for construction nationally. National dwelling approvals are currently 26% higher than the decade average.
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...
With the national housing market having experienced more than four years of ongoing value rises, affordability in certain areas is deteriorating and sales that were once considered to be at the top end of the market are now becoming more common.
Over the month there were $32.3 billion in housing finance commitments which is 1.0% higher over the past month. Although the value of housing finance commitments increased in May 2016, they are now -4.6% lower than their August 2015 peak of $33.8 billion worth of commitments.
Building approvals data for May 2016 was released earlier this week by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). According to the data there were 19,276 dwellings approved for construction over the month. The 19,276 approvals in May 2016 the lowest number of monthly approvals in four months.