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5609.0 - Housing Finance, Australia, Dec 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/02/2013   
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DECEMBER KEY FIGURES

Trend estimates
Seasonally adjusted estimates
Dec 2012
Nov 2012 to Dec 2012
Dec 2012
Nov 2012 to Dec 2012

Value of dwelling commitments(a)(b)
$m
% change
$m
% change
Total dwellings
21 165
0.4
20 836
-2.6
Owner occupied housing
13 748
-0.1
13 498
-2.7
Investment housing - fixed loans(c)
7 417
1.3
7 339
-2.4
Number of dwelling commitments(a)(b)
no.
% change
no.
% change
Owner occupied housing
45 968
-0.1
45 335
-1.5
Construction of dwellings
4 834
-1.1
4 894
1.2
Purchase of new dwellings
2 529
0.4
2 432
1.9
Purchase of established dwellings
38 606
-0.1
38 009
-2.1

(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




DECEMBER KEY POINTS


VALUE OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

December 2012 compared with November 2012:
  • The trend estimate for the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions rose 0.4%. Investment housing commitments rose 1.3%, while owner occupied housing commitments fell 0.1%.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions fell 2.6%.


NUMBER OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

December 2012 compared with November 2012:
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for owner occupied housing finance fell 0.1%.
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for the construction of dwellings fell 1.1%, the number of commitments for the purchase of established dwellings fell 0.1%, while the number of commitments for the purchase of new dwellings rose 0.4%.
  • In original terms, the number of first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner occupied housing finance commitments fell to 14.9% in December 2012 from 15.8% in November 2012.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
January 2013 13 March 2013
February 2013 15 April 2013
March 2013 13 May 2013
April 2013 11 June 2013
May 2013 12 July 2013
June 2013 7 August 2013



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 impacted on:
  • Owner occupied housing for November 2012.

Seasonally adjusted and trend series have been revised as a result of revisions to the original series, the incorporation of estimates for the latest month and the revision of seasonal factors due to the concurrent seasonal adjustment methodology.


INQUIRIES

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