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5609.0 - Housing Finance, Australia, Jan 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/03/2011   
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

Trend estimates
Seasonally adjusted estimates
Jan 2011
Dec 2010 to Jan 2011
Jan 2011
Dec 2010 to Jan 2011

Value of dwelling commitments(a)(b)
$m
% change
$m
% change
Total dwellings
20 914
0.2
20 290
-5.3
Owner occupied housing
14 371
0.4
13 959
-4.6
Investment housing - fixed loans(c)
6 543
-0.4
6 331
-6.8
Number of dwelling commitments(a)(b)
no.
% change
no.
% change
Owner occupied housing
50 223
0.4
48 871
-4.5
Construction of dwellings
4 839
-0.5
4 561
-9.4
Purchase of new dwellings
2 243
-1.5
1 984
-13.5
Purchase of established dwellings
43 142
0.6
42 326
-3.5

(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




JANUARY KEY POINTS


VALUE OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

January 2011 compared with December 2010:
  • The trend estimate for the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions rose 0.2%. Owner occupied housing commitments rose 0.4%, while investment housing commitments fell 0.4%.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions fell 5.3%.


NUMBER OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

January 2011 compared with December 2010:
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for owner occupied housing finance rose 0.4%.
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for the purchase of established dwellings rose 0.6%, while the number of commitments for the purchase of new dwellings fell 1.5% and the number of commitments for the construction of dwellings fell 0.5%.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the number of commitments for owner occupied housing finance fell 4.5%.
  • In original terms, the number of first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner occupied housing finance commitments fell from 15.8% in December 2010 to 15.2% in January 2011.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
February 2011 6 April 2011
March 2011 16 May 2011
April 2011 8 June 2011
May 2011 11 July 2011
June 2011 9 August 2011
July 2011 7 September 2011



IMPACT OF THE FLOODS

Extensive flooding began in late December 2010 in Queensland, and was more extensive in both Queensland and other states in January 2011. The collection and processing of data included in this publication were not disrupted.

On a month to month basis, original and seasonally adjusted series can be impacted by a number of factors including interest rates, supply constraints, consumer confidence and unusual influences. In January 2011, in seasonally adjusted terms, the number of housing finance commitments fell in a number of states including Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. However, the specific impact of floods on these estimates can not be quantified.

The trend series provide an estimate of the underlying behaviour of a series over time but, in the short term, may be distorted by unusual influences impacting on the original and seasonally adjusted estimates. Trend series will be subject to revision in future issues as additional monthly original estimates become available. Users are advised to exercise caution when using the most recent trend estimates.

For further information please refer to page 3 of the August 2009 issue of Australian Economic Indicators (cat. no. 1350.0).


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 impact on:
  • Owner occupied housing for the period September 2010 to December 2010;
  • Housing loan outstandings to households quarterly series for the period June 2009 to September 2010; and
  • Housing loan outstandings to households monthly series for the period July 2010 to December 2010.

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

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Wolfgang Hertel on Canberra (02) 6252 7883.


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