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Housing Affordability A Struggle For Aussies

Buyers and renters alike have more pain ahead according to the REIA.

By Kanebridge News
Thu, Jun 9, 2022Grey Clock 2 min

The proportion of income required to make loan repayments increased 0.2% points to 37.3% over the March quarter, while the proportion required to meet median rent jumped 0.5% to 23.5% according to the Real Estate Institute of Australia.

REIA President Hayden Groves said housing affordability nationally has become increasingly unaffordable, pressure eased in some locations.

“Housing affordability improved in New South Wales and the Northern Territory, remained stable in the Australian Capital Territory but declined in all other states,” Mr Groves said.

“Rental affordability declined in all states and territories except the Northern Territory.

“Tasmania remains the most unaffordable state to rent with income to rent needed sitting at a huge 30.8 per cent.”

Despite this, the number of first home buyers has decreased to 29,093 a drop of 22.5% in the quarter and a fall of 33.9% over the past 12 months.

“First home buyers now make up 31.6 per cent of owner-occupier dwelling commitments, a decrease of 2.7 percentage points over the quarter and 8.7 percentage points over the year,” he said.

“The number of first home buyers fell over the March quarter in all states and territories.

“Declines ranged from 10.5 per cent in Western Australia to 40.2 per cent in the Northern Territory.”

According to Mr Groves, the average loan size for first home buyers increased by 0.9% over the quarter and 11.7% in the past year to $474,54.

The total number of loans for owner-occupied dwellings decreased in all states and territories over the March quarter, ranging from 8.2 per cent in Western Australia to 21.3 per cent in New South Wales.

With house prices rising so sharply, the average loan size rose to $603,395 in the March quarter, an increase of 2.1 per cent over the quarter and an increase of 19.2 per cent over the past 12 months, making it the largest annual increase since the current ABS series began in 2002.

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It comes as falling volumes and declining prices reflected a weakness likely to continue in the established homes market.

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The nation’s housing sales fell by $8 billion in the three months to March when compared to the previous quarter according to data provider CoreLogic’s quarterly Pain & Gain report.

It comes as falling volumes and declining prices reflected a weakness likely to continue in the established homes market.

The fall in nominal profits from $38 billion in December echoed the decline in loss-making sales to $261 million from $355 million. Declines in housing values only kicked in after the March quarter, with the extent of loss-making sales predicted to increase.

CoreLogic’s analysis of 106,000 establish home sales in the March quarter showed the proportion of profit-making sales fell to 92.7% from the December quarter’s 94% peak figure.

The March quarter saw the first time profitable housing sales fell in a year and a half — unit profitability declining faster than houses.

The pandemic was the last cause of such a decline, in the three months to August 2020.

The major markets of Sydney and Melbourne are the cities most at risk due to higher interest rates, and therefore made the biggest contribution to loss-making sales over the quarter — the rate of unprofitable sales in both cities rising to 4.8%.

 Hobart was the city with the highest proportion of profit-making sales for the 15th straight quarter. Just 1 per cent of the Tasmanian capital’s sales made a loss in the March quarter, down from 1.6 per cent in December. 

Further the report fleshes out the different pace of growth between houses and apartments that has made units more affordable into the March quarter. Between the onset of Covid-19 in March 20202 and this year’s March quarter, combined capital city house values rose 25.8% compared to units at 10.6%.

As part of the NSW government’s budget, changes have been made to the tax.

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NSW first home buyers will be given the choice to pay stamp duty or an annual land tax under a major reform by the Perrottet government in a test to move away from transfer duties.

In Dominic Perrottet’s first budget as the NSW premier, he has proposed an overhaul of property and housing taxes.

Under the new $730 million property tax plan — that sits at the core of the NSW Budget — first home buyers will have the option of paying the upfront cost of stamp duty, or an annual property tax payment of $400 plus 0.3% of the land value of the property. It will be available on homes valued at less than $1.5 million.

Ahead of the budget, Mr Perrottet said the initiative is aimed at aiding first-home buyers get into the market.

“We want to lower the barriers to owning a home for first home buyers seeking a place of their own,” Mr Perrottet said. “In the past two decades, the share of first home buyers under 35 years of age has declined from 67 per cent to 61 per cent.”

The scheme put forward by the Liberal state government is the second of its kind in the country, with the ACT halfway through a 20-year transition away from stamp duty. There, once a buyer accepts the land tax option it is permanently removed from the stamp duty system.

The NSW model will differ from the ACT scheme in that homes can revert to stamp duty once they are sold to a new owner.

Legislation for the new plan will be introduced into parliament in the second half of the yar, with eligible first home buyers to apply to opt into the program from January 16 in 2023. Any home buyers who purchase in between the laws being passed and the program coming into effect will be able to have their stamp duty payments refunded.