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Apartments boosting building approvals in May: ABS

Housing loan values and construction approvals trend upwards leading into tomorrow’s RBA Board meeting on the cash rate

By KANEBRIDGE NEWS
Mon, Jul 3, 2023 12:41pmGrey Clock 2 min

The residential property market has bounced back strongly ahead of tomorrow’s RBA Board announcement on interest rates, data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today shows.

In signs that housing sales have rebounded, the value of new loans for housing rose by 4.8 percent in May, the equivalent of $24.9 billion. New owner-occupier loan commitment values went up by 4 percent to $16.4 billion while the value of new investor loan commitments increased by 6.2 percent to $8.5 billion.

Building approvals also rose during May, with the number of total dwelling approved up by 20.6 percent. This has overwhelmingly been driven by approvals in the apartment sector, ABS head of construction statistics, Daniel Rossi said.

“The rise in total dwellings was driven by the more volatile dwellings excluding houses series, which rose 59.4 per cent. This increase reflected a large number of apartment developments approved in New South Wales in May,” he said. “Approvals for private sector houses remain more subdued, rising 0.9 percent, following a 3.0 percent fall in April.”

All the action has been on the east coast, with total dwellings approved rising by 52.9 percent in NSW, followed by Tasmania, up by 41.1 percent and Victoria, which saw an increase of 15 percent. Total dwelling approvals fell in Western Australia (-11.1 percent) and South Australia (-4.8 percent). In the strongest indication that the residential apartment construction sector is forging ahead, building  Approvals for private sector houses fell in South Australia (-7.2 percent), Western Australia (-4.5 percent), NSW, and Queensland (-1.8 percent). 



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Property values have experienced strong growth around the country, but there are two highly desirable areas where oversupply is putting downward pressure on sales

By Bronwyn Allen
Tue, Jun 18, 2024 2 min

While property values are rising strongly in most markets across Australia, it’s a vastly different story in Victoria and Tasmania, new data from CoreLogic shows. Over the 12 months to May 31, the median house price lifted just 1.8 percent in Melbourne and fell 0.6 percent in regional Victoria. The median dipped 0.1 percent in Hobart and ticked 0.4 percent higher in regional Tasmania. This is in stark contrast to Perth, where values are up 22 percent, and regional Western Australia, up 14.8 percent; as well as Brisbane, up 16.3 percent, and regional Queensland, up 11.8 percent.

CoreLogic Head of Research, Eliza Owen says an oversupply of homes for sale has weakened prices in Victoria and Tasmania, creating buyers’ markets.

On the supply side, there has been more of a build-up in new listings than usual across Victoria, even where home value performance has been relatively soft,” Ms Owen said. Victoria has also had more dwellings completed than any other state and territory in the past 10 years, keeping a lid on price growth. The additional choice in stock means vendors have to bring down their price expectations, and that brings values down.”

Melbourne dwelling values are now four percent below their record high and Hobart dwelling values are 11.5 percent below their record high. Both records were set more than two years ago in March 2022. The oversupply has also affected how long it takes to sell a property. The median days on market is currently 36 in Melbourne and 45 in Hobart compared to a combined capitals median of 27. It takes 55 days to sell in regional Victoria and 64 days in regional Tasmania compared to a combined regional median of 42 days.

Changes in population patterns have also contributed to higher numbers of homes for sale in recent years. Since COVID began in early 2020, thousands of families have left Melbourne because working from home meant they could buy a bigger property in more affordable areas. While many relocated to regional Victoria, a significant proportion left the state altogether, with South-East Queensland a favoured destination. Meantime, Tasmania’s surge in interstate migration during FY21 was short-lived. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows the island state has recorded a net loss of residents to other states and territories every quarter since June 2022.

Record overseas migration has more than offset interstate migration losses, thereby keeping Victoria’s and Tasmania’s populations growing. However, the impact of migrants on housing is largely seen in the rental market, so this segment of population gain has done little to support values. Growth in weekly rents has been far stronger than growth in home values over the past year, with rents up 9 percent in Melbourne and 4.8 percent in regional Victoria, and up 1 percent in Hobart and 2.7 percent in regional Tasmania.

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