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5609.0 - Housing Finance, Australia, Apr 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/06/2009   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

Trend estimates
Seasonally adjusted estimates
Apr 2009
Mar 2009 to Apr 2009
Apr 2009
Mar 2009 to Apr 2009

Value of dwelling commitments(a)
$m
% change
$m
% change
Total dwellings
21 020
2.6
21 547
3.6
Owner occupied housing
15 883
2.9
16 050
1.9
Investment housing - fixed loans(b)
5 136
1.5
5 497
8.9
Number of dwelling commitments(a)
no.
% change
no.
% change
Owner occupied housing
60 407
2.2
60 395
0.9
Construction of dwellings
5 539
5.1
5 641
1.3
Purchase of new dwellings
2 616
3.1
2 589
-0.5
Purchase of established dwellings
52 251
1.8
52 166
0.9

(a) Includes refinancing.
(b) 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




APRIL KEY POINTS


VALUE OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

APRIL 2009 compared with MARCH 2009:
  • In trend terms, the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions increased 2.6%. Owner occupied housing commitments increased 2.9% and investment housing commitments increased 1.5%.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions increased 3.6%. Investment housing commitments increased 8.9% and owner occupied housing commitments increased 1.9%.


NUMBER OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

APRIL 2009 compared with MARCH 2009:
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for owner occupied housing finance increased 2.2%. The number of commitments for owner occupied housing finance excluding refinancing rose 3.1%.
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for the construction of dwellings increased 5.1% and purchase of new dwellings increased 3.1%.
  • In original terms, the number of first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner occupied housing finance commitments continued to rise, increasing from 27.3% in March 2009 to 28.0% in April 2009.
  • In original terms, the number of fixed rate loan commitments as a percentage of total owner occupied housing finance commitments increased from 2.4% in March 2009 to 4.2% in April 2009.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2009 8 July 2009
June 2009 10 August 2009
July 2009 9 September 2009
August 2009 7 October 2009
September 2009 9 November 2009
October 2009 9 December 2009



REVISIONS

Minor revisions to March 2009 data have been made in this month's issue.


INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Philip Beresford on Canberra (02) 6252 6052.


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