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National Housing Affordability Declines

However, New South Wales and South Australia saw improvements in affordability in the quarter.

By Kanebridge News
Wed, Jun 2, 2021Grey Clock < 1 min

Both housing and rental affordability has declined, the Real Estate Institute of Australia’s Housing Affordability Report has found.

Although housing affordability improved in New South Wales and South Australia and remained steady in Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, it declined in Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

REIA President Adrian Kelly stated that housing affordability across Australia has declined, with the proportion of income required to meet loan repayments increasing to 34.7%, a rise of 0.1 percentage points over the quarter.

However, when compared to the same quarter of 2020 – housing affordability improved by 0.5 percentage points.

Meanwhile, rental affordability declined with the proportion of income required to meet median rents increasing to 24.4%, an increase of 0.4% over the March quarter and an increase of 0.7% over the past 12 months.

Mr Kelly added that the number of first home buyers had decreased by 4.4% over the quarter, but a rise of 62.6% over the last 12 months. Now, first home buyers make up 40.% of owner-occupier dwelling commitments.

“Over the March quarter, the average loan size grew to $506,340, an increase of 1.0% over the quarter and a rise of 2.6% over the past 12 months. During the quarter, the average loan size increased in all states and territories except New South Wales and South Australia. Over the past 12 months, the average loan size rose in all states and territories, ranging from 2.3% in Victoria to 10.8% in Tasmania,” Mr Kelly said.


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