5609.0 - Housing Finance, Australia, September 2017 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/11/2017   
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SEPTEMBER KEY FIGURES

Trend estimates
Seasonally adjusted estimates
Sep 2017
Aug 2017 to Sep 2017
Sep 2017
Aug 2017 to Sep 2017

Value of dwelling commitments(a)(b)

$m
% change
$m
% change
Total dwellings
33 112
-0.1
32 502
-3.6
Owner occupied housing
20 985
0.2
20 665
-2.1
Investment housing - fixed loans(c)
12 127
-0.5
11 837
-6.2

Number of dwelling commitments(a)(b)

no.
% change
no.
% change
Owner occupied housing
56 508
0.7
55 812
-2.3
Construction of dwellings
6 353
0.4
6 162
-2.6
Purchase of new dwellings
3 191
1.4
3 206
1.8
Purchase of established dwellings
46 964
0.7
46 443
-2.6

(a) Includes refinancing (see Glossary).
(b) Excludes alterations and additions.
(c) Excludes revolving credit.

Value of dwelling commitments, Total dwellings
Graph: Value of dwelling commitments, Total dwellings

No. of dwelling commitments, Owner occupied housing
Graph: No. of dwelling commitments, Owner occupied housing




SEPTEMBER KEY POINTS


VALUE OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

September 2017 compared with August 2017:
  • The trend estimate for the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions fell 0.1%. Owner occupied housing commitments rose 0.2% while investment housing commitments fell 0.5%.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions fell 3.6%.


NUMBER OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

September 2017 compared with August 2017:
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for owner occupied housing finance rose 0.7% in September 2017.
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for the purchase of new dwellings rose 1.4%, the number of commitments for the purchase of established dwellings rose 0.7% and the number of commitments for the construction of dwellings rose 0.4%.
  • In original terms, the number of first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner occupied housing finance commitments rose to 17.4% in September 2017 from 17.2% in August 2017. The number of first home buyer commitments decreased 6.3% to 9,627 in September; the number of non-first home buyer commitments decreased 8.0%.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
October 2017 8 December 2017
November 2017 17 January 2018
December 2017 9 February 2018
January 2018 13 March 2018
February 2018 12 April 2018
March 2018 11 May 2018



IMPORTANT QUALITY NOTICE: FIRST HOME BUYERS NUMBERS

The number of loans to first home buyers has recorded strong growth in recent months. The increase has been driven mainly by changes to first home buyer incentives made in July by the New South Wales and Victorian governments. The ABS is working with APRA and the financial institutions to establish the size of the increase in first home buyer lending in recent months and improve the quality of first home buyer statistics more broadly. These numbers may be revised and users should take care when interpreting recent ABS first home buyer statistics.


REVISIONS

In this issue, revisions have been made to the original series as a result of improved reporting of survey and administrative data. These revisions have affected the following series:
  • Owner occupied housing for the periods June 2017 to August 2017.
  • Housing loan outstandings to households for owner occupation series for the period January 2017 and for investment housing series for the periods December 2016 and January 2017.
  • Investment housing for the period August 2017.


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