Australian Property News

Home loan numbers high but investors' loans drop

Posted on Friday, October 09 2015 at 2:16 PM.

Australians' appetite for property shows no signs of slowing, with the value of new home loans surging in August 2015 to a fresh high of $34.6 billion, according to a report released today. Read more

Statistics confirm Perth downturn

Posted on Wednesday, October 07 2015 at 11:23 AM.

The latest statistics on Perth confirm the property market is softening. Read more

RBA announces rates to hold once more

Posted on Tuesday, October 06 2015 at 2:03 PM.

As predicted by the recent Reserve Bank Survey, which found experts were unanimous in expecting no movement to the cash rate at the October meeting, governor Glenn Stevens announced today that the rate will remain at 2.0 per cent for at least another month. Read more

Even more sellers now in Sydney’s market

Posted on Tuesday, October 06 2015 at 12:05 PM.

SQM Research reports that Sydney residential property listings rose 7.6 per cent during the month of September to stand at 23,533 listings. Read more

Detached house new home sales remain high

Posted on Friday, October 02 2015 at 11:40 AM.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) New Home Sales Report, a survey of Australia’s largest volume builders, recorded an increase in August 2015, with the level of activity only just short of the high reached in April this year. Read more

Capital city auction report describes national softening

Posted on Thursday, October 01 2015 at 9:06 AM.

The Domain Australian Home Auction Report indicates an overall slowdown in home auction markets across the nation, with mixed prospects for the remainder of the spring sales season. Read more

Slight shift to favour sellers in property market

Posted on Monday, September 28 2015 at 11:58 AM.

The national property market remains balanced, while Sydney and Melbourne have shifted further in favour of sellers, according to the latest Commonwealth Bank CoreLogic RP Data Home Buyers Index (HBI). Read more

Population growth figures not looking too good

Posted on Friday, September 25 2015 at 11:48 AM.

Australia's population growth rate has slowed to a rate last seen nearly 10 years ago, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Read more

Capital city average home price exceeds $600,000

Posted on Wednesday, September 23 2015 at 4:23 PM.

You’ll need more in your budget if buying in the nation’s capitals according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data – and you can thank our two largest cities. Read more

New Minister for Cities welcomed

Posted on Monday, September 21 2015 at 1:34 PM.

New Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s appointment of Jamie Briggs as Minister for Cities and the Built Environment should lead to a greater focus on funding urban infrastructure, according to Urban Taskforce Australia. Read more

Debate rages around NSW strata reform

Posted on Wednesday, September 16 2015 at 3:06 PM.

The New South Wales chapter of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) says scare tactics and misinformation are being used to argue against strata reform in the state. Read more

Calls for housing completions not approvals to be focus of commitments

Posted on Tuesday, September 15 2015 at 9:52 AM.

The Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW has welcomed the New South Wales state Premier Mike Baird’s commitment to making infrastructure delivery and housing approvals top government priorities. Read more

Annual rental rate drops to record low 0.7%

Posted on Friday, September 11 2015 at 12:58 PM.

A sharp rise in home values in two of Australia’s largest capital cities hasn’t flowed through to rental rates according to the latest CoreLogic RP Data rental review, which reveals that rental increases are now at their slowest pace on record, at 0.7% over the year. Read more

Investor new-build demand remains high

Posted on Wednesday, September 09 2015 at 4:15 PM.

Recent ABS housing finance data shows investors remain keen on new-builds but the full effect of tighter lending guidelines is yet to be felt, according to the Housing Industry Association (HIA). Read more

Qld tipped for nation-leading growth

Posted on Monday, September 07 2015 at 11:02 AM.

In news that will be music to the ears of investors eyeing up the sunshine state, Queensland is said to be poised for nation-leading economic growth according to independent forecaster Deloitte Access Economics. Read more

Property listings across Australia down

Posted on Friday, September 04 2015 at 10:58 AM.

The number of residential property sale listings fell in all capital cities during the month of August according to SQM Research. Read more

Housing affordability improves

Posted on Wednesday, September 02 2015 at 4:55 PM.

New analysis reveals that national housing affordability has improved during the June quarter this year. Read more

Cash rate held for another month

Posted on Tuesday, September 01 2015 at 2:43 PM.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) left the cash rate on hold once again this afternoon, at 2 per cent, which came as little surprise to most, with the survey finding that 31 of the 32 experts asked had expected as much. Read more

Sydney houses surpass $1 million median with 7.58% three-month jump

Posted on Monday, August 31 2015 at 3:14 PM.

Research released today by has revealed that Sydney’s housing market has surpassed even its own average quarterly growth rate of 3.05 per cent, recording an astonishing 7.58 per cent in the three-month period ending July 2015. Read more

UDIA: Time to depoliticise council planning

Posted on Friday, August 28 2015 at 10:42 AM.

The state government’s decision to disallow those with a pecuniary interest to vote on council matters is a good first step but more needs to be done to depoliticise council planning decisions, according to the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) NSW. Read more

Are Brisbane auctions going the way of Sydney?

Posted on Monday, August 24 2015 at 12:16 PM.

A weekend auction in Brisbane’s Dutton Park points to Queensland’s capital pushing past reserves in much the same way Sydney and Melbourne have been doing for some time. Read more

Sydney vacancy rates fall

Posted on Tuesday, August 18 2015 at 2:30 PM.

A tightening in Sydney’s vacancy rate shows supply is meeting demand, according to the Real estate Institute of New South Wales (REINSW). Read more

Renovations rule, not holidays or weddings

Posted on Friday, August 14 2015 at 12:01 PM.

Aussies are more likely to take out a loan for home improvements than they are to borrow money for an exotic overseas holiday or wedding, according to new data from customer-owned lender CUA. Read more

Home reno costs are down in Queensland

Posted on Monday, August 10 2015 at 4:05 PM.

The cost of renovating your home in Queensland has dropped one per cent so that it’s now the most affordable state in which to renovate, according to a new report.

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Better news from the West, with Albany on top

Posted on Friday, August 07 2015 at 12:16 PM.

The area of Albany has emerged as the best performing regional centre for West Australian property over the last financial year, according to the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia (REIWA). Read more

Renters could feel APRA backlash

Posted on Wednesday, August 05 2015 at 10:53 AM.

While it had been fully expected that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) would keep the cash rate on hold at yesterday's board meeting, all eyes are on investment lending as new research by comparison website shows rents are expected to rise by 2.8 per cent. Read more

Cash rate unmoved for another month

Posted on Tuesday, August 04 2015 at 2:41 PM.

In a move that had been widely predicted, the Reserve Bank of Australia announced today that the cash rate will remain at 2.0 per cent. It came down to that level on May 6, 2015, and has remained there ever since. Read more

Property investment body calls for balanced approach

Posted on Monday, August 03 2015 at 11:03 AM.

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) has questioned the move by lenders to increase interest rates to both new and existing property investors, urging regulators and government to take a more balanced approach in working to encourage a sustainable and flourishing property market. Read more

Loans to investors still high – but investors should take care

Posted on Friday, July 31 2015 at 4:13 PM.

Property investors are being warned to watch their home loan interest rates, while new investors will face a tougher time securing an investment loan, following new research into home loan market lending growth by comparison website Read more

Affordability index sees fall in June quarter

Posted on Friday, July 31 2015 at 12:03 PM.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) Affordability Index fell in the June 2015 quarter, signalling a deterioration in affordability conditions. Read more

Another big lender makes investor loan changes

Posted on Wednesday, July 29 2015 at 1:17 PM.

AMP Bank will not be accepting new or assessing existing investor property lending applications from today, it has announced. This is expected to last until later in 2015, depending on market conditions. Read more

50% of investors plan to buy in next year

Posted on Monday, July 27 2015 at 10:11 AM.

Recent research by property investment experts MRD Partners has revealed that more than half of property investors would like to buy a property over the next 12 months, and also that Queensland is the state of choice for property investors looking to buy. Read more

Most still feel now’s a good time to buy

Posted on Friday, July 24 2015 at 1:51 PM.

A majority of survey respondents think it’s a good time to buy property despite rising capital city home values over the past three years according to the CoreLogic RP Data Nine Rewards Consumer sentiment survey, released today. Read more

ANZ increases investor loan rates

Posted on Thursday, July 23 2015 at 3:13 PM.

ANZ today announced interest rates for residential investment property loans will increase to manage investor lending growth targets and in response to changing market conditions. Read more

Sydney median breaks $1m mark

Posted on Wednesday, July 22 2015 at 3:49 PM.

The June House Price Report from has today revealed that house prices in Sydney have surged 22.9 per cent over the last 12 months – double the national median house price growth of 11.7 per cent – to $1 million. Read more

Massive home building boom set to move into oversupply

Posted on Monday, July 20 2015 at 10:56 AM.

According to economic forecaster BIS Shrapnel, the record-beating residential building boom has already reached its peak and will soon begin to run out of steam. Read more

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