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Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property advisory & buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place) - clients include hedge funds, resi funds, & private investors.

4 x finance/investment author - 'Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom’ (2012) rated Top 10 finance books by Money Magazine & Dymocks.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Lending finance up, up and away...

ABS releases its next data set this morning, being the lending finance data.

With the exception of lease finance, everything is on the increase.

Notably housing finance is now some 12.2% higher than a year ago after recording a very strong increase in the month of March - up 5.8% in the month seasonally adjusted.

This is the fastest quarterly rate of mortgage growth to start of the year since 2009 at which time the property market was booming.

Low interest rates are taking effect, dragging savers away from their bank accounts.

Source: ABS

There has been a lot of talk about First Homebuyers 'striking' and refusing to buy.

This has been in true in part, although it should be noted that in absolute terms the number of first homebuyers has been increasing again in response to lower interest rates.

However, as a proportion of the total market percentages have decreased in some states as the number of other homebuyers and investors has increased as the recovery gathers pace.

Source: RBA