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1318.3 - Qld Stats, Apr 2008  
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HOUSING FINANCE COMMITMENTS

The number of owner occupied housing commitments in trend estimate terms decreased by -5.2% to 14,209 in February 2008 when compared with February 2007. There was also a small decrease (-1.1%) between January 2008 and February 2008, the ninth consecutive monthly decrease.

Housing Finance Commitments (Owner Occupation)(a), Trend - Queensland
Graph: Housing Finance Commitments (Owner Occupation)(a), Trend—Queensland


The trend estimate of the total value of housing finance commitments for owner occupation in Queensland has decreased by -0.3% to $3,373 million in the 12 months to February 2008. In terms of the trend estimate, the value of housing finance commitments showed a slight decrease of -1.3% from January 2008.

Since February 1998, the average home loan commitment for owner occupied dwellings in Queensland has more than doubled from $106,200 to $239,700.

In February 2008, the average loan size for first home buyers ($233,500) was lower than for non-first home buyers ($240,900).

Average Loan Size by Type of Buyer (Owner Occupation)(a), Original - Queensland
Graph: Average Loan Size by Type of Buyer (Owner Occupation)(a), Original—Queensland


Further information on this topic is available in Housing Finance, Australia (cat. no. 5609.0) or ring the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. This publication is released monthly.


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