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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.

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Monday, 9 September 2013

Low interest rates to stimulate dwelling construction?

There's been a lot of debate as to whether low interest rates will start to stimulate dwelling construction as intended, or simply lead to speculation in the housing markets.

To date, dwelling construction has only shown a moderate increase, but today's data from the ABS suggests that stimulatory monetary policy will begin to work as more Australians are buying new dwellings.

The number of loans for the purchase of new dwellings have increased for 17 consecutive months and are now +37% y/y.

The value of those loans is up by some +33% in just the past year.

Graph: Purchase of new dwellings

Source: ABS


"The number of finance commitments for the purchase of new dwellings for owner occupation (trend) rose 1.4% in July 2013, following a rise of 2.1% in June 2013. This is the seventeenth consecutive rise since March 2012."

It looks to be a very positive trend to me.