5609.0 - Housing Finance for Owner Occupation, Australia, Nov 2003
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/01/2004
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NOVEMBER KEY FIGURES
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED ESTIMATES
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
The series for total housing commitments (number and value) have been revised upwards from July 2003 to October 2003, due to revised data supplied by some lenders. Estimates for the bank series for established dwellings and refinancing are the most affected.
The value of commitments for the construction or purchase of dwellings for rent or resale is published in the monthly Lending Finance, Australia (cat. no. 5671.0).
SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
Number financed including refinancing
Total housing commitments (seasonally adjusted) decreased for the second consecutive month, decreasing by 3.9% in November 2003 after a fall of 1.3% in October 2003. The decrease was mainly due to the fall in the purchase of established dwellings excluding refinancing (down 2159, -6.2%). There were also falls in construction of dwellings (down 293, -5.1%) and purchases of new dwellings (down 9, -0.5%). Refinancing commitments increased slightly (up 76, 0.4%). The total housing commitments trend increased slightly in November (up 220, 0.4%).
There were decreases (seasonally adjusted) in NSW (down 640, -3.2%), Queensland (down 394, -3.1%), Victoria (down 370, -2.8%), SA (down 229, -4.4%), Tasmania (down 173, -12.9%), ACT (down 65, -7.7%), and WA (down 32, -0.4%). The only increase was for NT (up 6, 1.5%). The trend series increased in November 2003 for most states and territories, with Tasmania and the ACT being the exceptions with small decreases.
In original terms, the percentage of first home buyers continued its pattern of general decline since a record high of 25.8% in July 2001, declining marginally to a record low of 13.1% in November 2003. The percentage of commitments at a fixed rate of interest (for at least two years) increased from 12.7% in October 2003 to 15.2% in November 2003, the fifth successive monthly increase.
Number financed excluding refinancing
The number of dwellings financed excluding refinancing (seasonally adjusted) decreased in November 2003 (down 2461, -5.8%), after a 2.4% fall in October. The trend series decreased by 0.8% in November.
Value of commitments
The total value of commitments (seasonally adjusted) decreased by 3.4% in November 2003, after a decrease of 0.5% in October. The trend series eased to an increase of 0.8% in November.
PURPOSE OF FINANCE
Construction of dwellings
Construction commitments (seasonally adjusted) fell by 5.1% in November 2003,following increases in eight of the previous ten months. The trend series decreased by 0.3% in November.
Purchase of new dwellings
The number of finance commitments for the purchase of new dwellings (seasonally adjusted) fell by 0.5% in November 2003, after an increase of 2.3% in October. The trend series rose 0.6% in November.
Purchase of established dwellings
The seasonally adjusted established dwelling finance series decreased by 3.9% (down 2083) in November 2003, the second consecutive month of decreasing commitments after five months of strong growth. The trend series growth slowed to 0.4% in November, continuing a run of increases since November 2002.
The number of refinancing commitments (seasonally adjusted) increased by 0.4% in November 2003, following larger increases over the previous six months. As a result, trend growth eased to 2.8%.
In November, a record 32.7% of all loans (seasonally adjusted) were for the refinancing of existing dwellings.
TYPE OF LENDER
Bank finance (seasonally adjusted) decreased significantly (down 2177, -4.8%) in November after growth in nine of the previous ten months. Growth in the trend series eased to 0.3%.
Non-bank lending commitments decreased for the second consecutive month, following increases in the ten months up until September 2003. The decrease in the seasonally adjusted series for non-banks (down 208, -1.3%) was due to decreases recorded for permanent building societies (down 88, -3.8%), and wholesale lenders (down 59, -0.6%). The non-bank trend series eased to a growth of 0.6%.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact Darren Page on Canberra 02 6252 6731, or the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
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