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Sales of new homes weak for the start of 2024

Media release

Sales of new homes weak for the start of 2024

Media release
“The prospect of a pick-up in home building activity in 2024 is not likely given the low volume of new homes sales in the first three months of 2024,” stated HIA Senior Economist, Tom Devitt.

The HIA New Home Sales report is a monthly survey of the largest volume home builders in the five largest states and is a leading indicator of future detached home construction.

“New home sales increased by 4.9 per cent in March compared to the previous month. This increase kept sales flat in the first three months of 2024 compared to the previous quarter,” added Mr Devitt.

“Concerningly, sales in the first three months of this year remain 41.3 per cent below the same quarter in 2021, 18.2 per cent below the same quarter in 2020, and 18.9 per cent below the same quarter in 2019.

“There is an increasing divergence at a state level, as those markets with higher land prices endure a larger downturn in home sales.

“Sales in New South Wales and Victoria in the first three months of 2024 remain down significantly compared to recent years, including sales falling by 48.7 per cent and 32.7 per cent respectively, compared to the same quarter in 2019.

“The higher land costs in New South Wales and Victoria is the principal reason why sales in these markets are more significantly affected by the rise in the cash rate.

“Lowering the cost of delivering new homes to market is essential to achieving the Australian government’s target of 1.2 million new homes over the next five years,” concluded Mr Devitt.

New home sales in the month of March declined only in New South Wales (-21.6 per cent). The rest of the large states saw monthly increases, led by South Australia (+14.2 per cent), followed by Western Australia (+10.3 per cent), Victoria (+10.1 per cent) and Queensland (+2.3 per cent).
Sales in the three months to March 2024 increased compared to the previous year in Queensland (+41.0 per cent), Western Australia (+25.6 per cent), New South Wales (+21.3 per cent) and South Australia (+4.4 per cent). Victoria was flat (-0.2 per cent) over the same period.

Private New House Sales - Australia (seasonally adjusted)

Source: HIA

For more information please contact:

Thomas Devitt

HIA Senior Economist

Tim Reardon

HIA Chief Economist
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