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Builders to remain busy into 2023 - May update

Media release

Builders to remain busy into 2023 - May update

Media release
“Detached house approvals continue to be elevated compared to pre-COVID levels, meaning projects underway and new work entering the pipeline will continue to keep home builders busy into 2023,” stated HIA Senior Economist Nicholas Ward.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics today released data on building approvals and on lending to households and businesses for May 2022.

“Detached house approvals increased by 1.8 per cent in the three months to May 2022 to be 14.7 per cent higher than the same three months in 2019,” added Mr Ward.

“Renovations activity also remains elevated. While the value of renovations approved fell by 1.8 per cent in the three months to May 2022, it is 38.9 per cent higher than the same three months in 2019.”

“At the end of 2021, there were 75.7 per cent more detached homes under construction than at the end of 2019.”

“Activity in 2022 shows the rate of new home building and renovation activity remains strong which will assist in delaying the adverse impact of rising interest rates on building activity, and therefore on the wider economy.

“Encouragingly, investor activity continues to grow. The value of loans to investors in the three months to May 2022 was 36.2 per cent higher than the same three months in 2021. This points to more supply of rental homes in the future, which will help alleviate the severe rental shortage being experienced around Australia,” concluded Mr Ward.

Building approvals - Australia (May 2022)

Source: 8731

For more information please contact:

Nick Ward

Senior Economist
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