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The ABS released the Lending to Households and Businesses data for February 2022 today. The data provides statistics on housing finance commitments.
“This leaves the number of loans for new homes up by 11.4 per cent on pre-COVID levels,” added Mr Devitt.
“The value of lending fell by 3.7% in February but remains well above the value of lending in previous years.
“The pandemic trend of homebuyers seeking more space and amenity continues to be reflected in the data almost a year after the end of the HomeBuilder grant.
“Owner-occupiers are dominating the market, with the value of loans to this group up by 55.7 per cent on pre-COVID levels.
“First home buyers too, despite pulling back from the market after the HomeBuilder grant closed, accounted for $15.9 billion worth of the market, up by 29.9 per cent on pre-COVID levels.
“Loans to investors, despite being around record highs, only account for around a third of the market.
“Lending for renovations has also maintained record high levels. The value of loans in the last three months were 141.8 per cent above pre-COVID levels.
“Home ownership matters – it is the basis of a stable household and a stable economy,” concluded Mr Devitt.
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.