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5609.0 - Housing Finance, Australia, Apr 2015 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/06/2015   
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APRIL KEY FIGURES

Trend estimates
Seasonally adjusted estimates
Apr 2015
Mar 2015 to Apr 2015
Apr 2015
Mar 2015 to Apr 2015

Value of dwelling commitments(a)(b)

$m
% change
$m
% change
Total dwellings
32 109
1.4
32 712
2.9
Owner occupied housing
18 924
1.3
19 218
3.1
Investment housing - fixed loans(c)
13 186
1.4
13 494
2.6

Number of dwelling commitments(a)(b)

no.
% change
no.
% change
Owner occupied housing
53 546
0.7
53 951
1.0
Construction of dwellings
5 947
-0.2
6 121
4.3
Purchase of new dwellings
2 696
1.1
2 766
1.6
Purchase of established dwellings
44 903
0.8
45 064
0.5

(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




APRIL KEY POINTS


VALUE OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

April 2015 compared with March 2015:
  • The trend estimate for the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions rose 1.4%. Investment housing commitments rose 1.4% and owner occupied housing commitments rose 1.3%.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions rose 2.9%.


NUMBER OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

April 2015 compared with March 2015:
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for owner occupied housing finance rose 0.7% in April 2015.
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for the purchase of new dwellings rose 1.1% and the number of commitments for the purchase of established dwellings rose 0.8%, while the number of commitments for the construction of dwellings fell 0.2%.
  • In original terms, the number of first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner occupied housing finance commitments rose to 15.2% in April 2015 from 15.1% in March 2015.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
May 2015 10 July 2015
June 2015 7 August 2015
July 2015 9 September 2015
August 2015 9 October 2015
September 2015 10 November 2015
October 2015 9 December 2015



REVISIONS

In this issue revisions have been made to the original series as a result of improved reporting of survey and administrative data, and modelled first home buyer estimates. These revisions have impacted on:
  • First home buyers owner occupied housing for periods March 2014 to March 2015
  • Owner occupied housing for periods March 2014 to March 2015
  • Housing loan outstandings to households for owner occupation and investment housing series for the periods April 2009 to December 2009 and March 2015
  • Investment housing for the periods March 2014 to March 2015


FIRST HOME BUYERS

Information relating to changes to the method of estimating loans to first home buyers, introduced from the December 2014 issue can be found under the First Home Buyers web page and on Page 5 of the PDF. Monthly First Home Buyer Statistics are likely to be subject to future revision, as the modelled component is adjusted to reflect improved reporting by lenders.


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