Like House Prices, Home Loans Are At Record Levels
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Like House Prices, Home Loans Are At Record Levels

The increase in loans has led to the fastest price gains in three decades.

By Terry Christodoulou
Wed, Feb 2, 2022Grey Clock < 1 min

Last year, Australian’s borrowed a record near-$270 billion in new home loans last year as they took advantage of record-low borrowing costs resulting in property prices rising at the fastest rate in more than three decades.

New mortgage commitments over the 12 months to December jumped 51% from the 2020 calendar year — gaining 4.4% in December alone for a monthly record of $32.8 billion— according to official figures.

This total was driven by a 5.3% month-on-month rise in owner-occupier and first home buyer loans and a 2.4% gain in investor mortgage borrowing, which underpinned the capital city average growth over the year of 21% — the biggest annual gain since 1998.

Separate figures from data researchers CoreLogic indicates a curb in price growth in January, with house prices up 1.1% in January, with the longer-term trend showing a weakening in growth across the capitals

Brisbane and Adelaide led the charge, up 2.3% and 2.2% respectively while Hobart and Canberra gained more than 1% each.

Sydney and Perth were also up 0.6% each, Darwin was up 0.5% and Melbourne up 2%.


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The waterfront residence is one of Port Stephens’ finest homes.

By Kanebridge News
Fri, Aug 12, 2022 2 min

In the coastal township of Salamander Bay — nearby to Port Stephens — comes a unique home crafted to take full advantage of unbroken ocean vistas across three levels.

With one-of-a-kind flair, the stunning 5-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 3-car garage home of 52 Randall Drive Salamander Bay is nestled on a private 577sqm plot, optimised through intelligent design to take advantage of the Port Stephens landscape and lifestyle.

Within the home sees the typically coastal textures of natural oak floor and timber feature walls take hold while stone and tiled adornments add layers of luxury.

The open plan living, kitchen and dining areas incorporate a fireplace and near floor-to-ceiling glass that opens to create a seamless indoor-to-outdoor dining and entertaining space on the home’s top floor.

The heart of this area is the kitchen, centred around a marble-topped island, state-of-the-art European appliances and an attached bar area, with built-in refrigeration, accompanied by a butler’s pantry.

Also here comes a grand outdoor spa, central to the balcony, while another outdoor entertaining area with a pizza oven is found on the middle floor.

Downstairs once again comes a second living space replete with the perfect wine cellar — cooled by the natural rock foundation of the home — offering an array of entertaining options

Of the home’s accommodation comes a private and luxurious master retreat with expansive ocean views, a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite, here, speckled with grey terrazzo tiling and timber joinery vanities.  A further four bedrooms are found throughout the home along with two family bathrooms rounding out the offering.

Less than a five-minute walk from nearby amenities of shops, restaurants, cafes and beaches the home offers the best of the Port Stephens area.

The listing is with PRD Port Stephens’ Dane Queenan (+61 412 351 819) and Erin Sharp (+61 499 912 311) and is heading to auction;