Latest Property News

Housing affordability pressures create pain for apartment upgraders

Rapid growth in Australian housing values and rents over the past year has contributed to greater affordability pressures for households. ABS lending data shows first home buyer finance commitments have fallen -22.8% since January 2021, and rising rent prices have created housing stress for tenants, particularly in parts of regional Australia.  Perhaps a more bizarre outcome of the…

Australian housing values rising at the fastest annual pace since June 1989, but the monthly rate of growth continues to lose steam

CoreLogic’s national home value index rose another 1.5% in September, taking Australian housing values 17.6% higher over the first nine months of the year and 20.3% higher over the past 12 months.  The annual growth rate is now tracking at the fastest pace since the year ending June 1989. The monthly change in housing values…

The impact of macro-prudential policies on the housing market

Credit standards remain prudent, but higher household debt levels or a further rise in high-debt-to-income ratio lending could be a trigger for tighter credit conditions down the track. The focus on housing credit policies is becoming more intense as property values continue to rise and mortgage debt levels increase faster than their long-term averages. It’s…