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The ABS released the Lending to Households and Businesses data for November 2021 today. The data provides statistics on housing finance commitments.
“The value of loans to owner occupiers increased by 7.6 per cent in the month of November. This leaves the value of loans to owner occupiers 46.0 per cent higher in the 12 months to November 2021 compared to the previous 12 months,” added Mr Ward.
“The number of loans to first home buyers increased in November and accounted for 34 per cent of owner occupier loans. This remains above the average of the past decade,” stated HIA Senior Economist, Nick Ward.
"The number of loans issued to owner-occupiers to construct a new dwelling was up 48.3 per cent in the 12 months to November 2021, compared to the previous 12 months,” added Mr Ward.
“The value of loans to investors were 69.5 per cent higher in the 12 months to November 2021, compared to the previous 12 months, as investors respond to the very tight rental markets around the country,” continued Mr Ward.
“The boom in renovations also looks set to continue with lending for renovations up by 91.4 per cent in the 12 months to November compared to the previous 12 months,” concluded Mr Ward.
The Liberal Party’s announcement today that if re-elected they will allow Australians to access up to $50,000 from their superannuation to fund a deposit to help them buy their first home is a welcome one, and an initiative that HIA has championed.
Western Australia is one of just two states to see an increase in new home sales in April, recording a significant increase in the amount of new activity from the same period prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has welcomed the ongoing support for Western Australia’s residential building industry in the 2022-2023 State Budget, including a number of targeted initiatives aimed at attracting more skilled workers into the state amid record high levels of detached construction.
The ACT Government has announced an implementation schedule and transition rules for Variation 369 to the Territory Plan.