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5609.0 - Housing Finance, Australia, Jun 2014 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/08/2014   
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JUNE KEY FIGURES

Trend estimates
Seasonally adjusted estimates
Jun 2014
May 2014 to Jun 2014
Jun 2014
May 2014 to Jun 2014

Value of dwelling commitments(a)(b)
$m
% change
$m
% change
Total dwellings
27 713
0.3
27 748
1.0
Owner occupied housing
16 967
0.4
17 070
1.8
Investment housing - fixed loans(c)
10 746
0.1
10 678
-0.3
Number of dwelling commitments(a)(b)
no.
% change
no.
% change
Owner occupied housing
52 248
0.2
52 153
0.2
Construction of dwellings
6 248
0.3
6 255
1.1
Purchase of new dwellings
2 759
0.8
2 854
4.6
Purchase of established dwellings
43 241
0.1
43 044
-0.3

(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




JUNE KEY POINTS


VALUE OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

June 2014 compared with May 2014:
  • The trend estimate for the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions rose 0.3%. Investment housing commitments rose 0.1% and owner occupied housing commitments rose 0.4%.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions rose 1.0%.


NUMBER OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

June 2014 compared with May 2014:
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for owner occupied housing finance rose 0.2%.
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for the purchase of established dwellings rose 0.1%, the number of commitments for the purchase of new dwellings rose 0.8% and the number of commitments for the construction of dwellings rose 0.3%.
  • In original terms, the number of first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner occupied housing finance commitments rose to 13.2% in June 2014 from 12.6% in May 2014.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
July 2014 9 September 2014
August 2014 10 October 2014
September 2014 10 November 2014
October 2014 10 December 2014
November 2014 12 January 2015
December 2014 11 February 2015



REVISIONS

In this issue no revisions were made to the original series.

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


FIRST HOME BUYERS

An investigation is underway to evaluate the robustness of estimates of loans to first home buyers (Table 9). In collecting this information, lenders are asked to report all loans to first home buyers. Concerns have been raised that under-reporting could occur if some lenders were only able to accurately report on those buyers receiving a first home buyer grant.

Most data on first home buyers are collected by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) under the Financial Sector (Collection of Data) Act 2001. APRA is contacting lenders on behalf of the ABS to investigate whether lenders experience any difficulties reporting on loans to first home buyers.

The outcomes from the investigation will be published on the ABS website.


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