5609.0 - Housing Finance, Australia, Oct 2018 Quality Declaration 
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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS


DWELLINGS FINANCED

Value of Dwellings Financed

The total value of dwelling commitments excluding alterations and additions (trend) fell 1.0% in October 2018 compared with September 2018, while the seasonally adjusted series rose 2.6% in October 2018.

The total value of owner occupied housing commitments (trend) fell (down $210m, 1.0%) in October 2018. Falls were recorded in commitments for the purchase of established dwellings (down $162m, 0.9%), commitments for the purchase of new dwellings (down $27m, 2.5%) and commitments for the construction of dwellings (down $21m, 1.1%). The seasonally adjusted series for the total value of owner occupied housing commitments rose 3.5% in October 2018.

The total value of investment housing commitments (trend) fell (down $101m, 1.0%) in October 2018 compared with September 2018. Falls were recorded in commitments for the purchase of dwellings by individuals for rent or resale (down $56m, 0.7%), commitments for the construction of dwellings for rent or resale (down $29m, 3.1%) and commitments for the purchase of dwellings by others for rent or resale (down $16m, 2.1%). The seasonally adjusted series for the total value of investment housing commitments rose 0.6% in October 2018.

Further detail can be found in Tables 11, 1 and 2 on the downloads tab of this release and in the PDF.

INVESTMENT HOUSING - TOTAL
Graph: INVESTMENT HOUSING - TOTAL



Number of Owner Occupied Dwellings Financed

The number of owner occupied housing commitments (trend) fell 0.1% in October 2018, following a fall of 0.1% in September 2018. Falls were recorded in commitments for the purchase of new dwellings (down 38, 1.5%) and commitments for the construction of dwellings (down 28, 0.5%), while commitments for the purchase of established dwellings was flat. The seasonally adjusted series for the total number of owner occupied housing commitments rose 2.2% in October 2018.

Further detail can be found in Tables 1 and 2 on the downloads tab of this release and in the PDF.

Graph: Graph shows number of owner occupied dwellings financed


Number of Owner Occupied Dwellings Financed - State

Between September 2018 and October 2018, the number of owner occupied housing commitments (trend) fell in New South Wales (down 98, 0.6%), Victoria (down 89, 0.6%), Queensland (down 37, 0.4%) and the Northern Territory (down 7, 2.6%), while rises were recorded in Western Australia (up 47, 1.0%), the Australian Capital Territory (up 26, 2.3%), Tasmania (up 20, 1.8%) and South Australia (up 18, 0.5%).

The seasonally adjusted estimates rose in Victoria (up 746, 5.1%), South Australia (up 246, 7.1%), the Australian Capital Territory (up 114, 10.1%), Tasmania (up 95, 8.7%), Queensland (up 75, 0.8%) and New South Wales (up 45, 0.3%), while falls were recorded in the Northern Territory (down 25, 10.3%) and Western Australia (down 19, 0.4%).

Further detail can be found in Tables 5 and 6 on the downloads tab of this release and in the PDF.


First Home Buyer Commitments

In original terms, the number of first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner occupied housing finance commitments rose to 18.1% in October 2018 from 18.0% in September 2018. Between September 2018 and October 2018, the average loan size for first home buyers rose $600 to $338,900. The average loan size for all owner occupied housing commitments rose $2,400 to $386,300 for the same period.

Further detail can be found in Table 9a on the downloads tab of this release and in Table 9 of the PDF.


Number of Owner Occupied Dwellings Financed Excluding Refinancing

The number of owner occupied housing commitments excluding refinancing (trend) fell 0.3% in October 2018, following a fall of 0.4% in September 2018. The seasonally adjusted series rose 2.3% in October 2018, after a fall of 0.2% in September 2018.

Further detail can be found in Tables 1 and 2 on the downloads tab of this release and in the PDF.

Graph: Graph shows number of owner occupied dwellings financed, excluding refinancing


PURPOSE OF FINANCE (OWNER OCCUPATION)

Construction of dwellings

The number of finance commitments for the construction of dwellings for owner occupation (trend) fell 0.5% in October 2018, following a fall of 0.3% in September 2018. The seasonally adjusted series rose 3.2% in October 2018, after a fall of 2.9% in September 2018.

Further detail can be found in Tables 1 and 2 on the downloads tab of this release and in the PDF.

Graph: Graph shows commitments for construction of dwellings for owner occupation


Purchase of new dwellings

The number of finance commitments for the purchase of new dwellings for owner occupation (trend) fell 1.5% in October 2018, following a fall of 1.9% in September 2018. The seasonally adjusted series fell 0.5% in October 2018, following a fall of 4.2% in September 2018.

Further detail can be found in Tables 1 and 2 on the downloads tab of this release and in the PDF.

Graph: Graph shows commitments for the purchase of new dwellings for owner occupation


Purchase of established dwellings (including refinancing across lending institutions)

The number of finance commitments for the purchase of established dwellings for owner occupation (trend) was flat for both September 2018 and October 2018. The seasonally adjusted series rose 2.2% in October 2018, after a fall of 0.6% in September 2018.

Further detail can be found in Tables 1 and 2 on the downloads tab of this release and in the PDF.

Graph: Graph shows number of owner occupied established dwellings financed, including refinancing


Refinancing

The number of refinancing commitments for owner occupied housing (trend) rose 0.3% in October 2018, following a rise of 0.4% in September 2018. The seasonally adjusted series rose 1.9% in October 2018, after a fall of 2.5% in September 2018.

Further detail can be found in Tables 1 and 2 on the downloads tab of this release and in the PDF.

Graph: Graph shows number of owner occupied dwellings refinanced


TYPE OF LENDER (OWNER OCCUPATION)

Banks

The number of commitments for owner occupied dwellings financed by banks (trend) was flat in October 2018, after a fall of 0.1% in September 2018. The seasonally adjusted series rose 2.3% in October 2018, after a fall of 0.5% in September 2018.

Further detail can be found in Tables 3 and 4 on the downloads tab of this release and in the PDF.

Graph: Graph shows number of owner occupied dwellings financed by banks


Non-banks

The number of commitments for owner occupied dwellings financed by non-banks (trend) fell 1.1% in October 2018, following a fall of 0.9% in September 2018. The seasonally adjusted series rose 1.7% in October 2018, after a fall of 5.5% in September 2018. The number of commitments for owner occupied dwellings financed by permanent building societies (trend) rose 0.8% in October 2018, following a rise of 1.4% in September 2018.

Further detail can be found in Tables 3 and 4 on the downloads tab of this release and in the PDF.

Graph: Graph shows number of owner occupied dwellings financed by non-banks


HOUSING LOAN OUTSTANDINGS

At the end of October 2018, the value of outstanding housing loans financed by Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs) was $1,695b, up $5b (0.3%) from the September 2018 closing balance. Owner occupied housing loan outstandings financed by ADIs rose $5b (0.4%) to $1,130b, while investment housing loan outstandings financed by ADIs was flat at $566b.

Bank housing loan outstandings rose $5b (0.3%) during October 2018 to reach a closing balance of $1,658b. Owner occupied housing loan outstandings of banks rose $5b (0.5%) to $1,100b, while investment housing loan outstandings of banks was flat at $557b.

Further detail can be found in Table 12 on the downloads tab of this release and in the PDF.