1318.3 - Qld Stats, Jun 2008  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/06/2008   
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The number of owner occupied housing commitments in trend estimate terms decreased by -19% to 12,437 in April 2008 when compared with April 2007. There was also a small decrease (-3.7%) between March 2008 and April 2008, the eleventh consecutive monthly decrease.

Housing Finance Commitments (Owner Occupation)(a), Trend - Queensland
Graph: Housing Finance Commitments (Owner Occupation)(a), Trend—Queensland

The trend estimate of the total value of housing finance commitments for owner occupation in Queensland has decreased by -16% to $2,979 million in the 12 months to April 2008. In terms of the trend estimate, the value of housing finance commitments showed a small decrease of -3.7% from March 2008.

Since April 1998, the average home loan commitment for owner occupied dwellings in Queensland has more than doubled from $107,100 to $239,600.

In April 2008, the average loan size for first home buyers ($238,600) was lower than for non-first home buyers ($239,800).

Average Loan Size by Type of Buyer (Owner Occupation)(a), Original - Queensland
Graph: Average Loan Size by Type of Buyer (Owner Occupation)(a), Original—Queensland

Further information on this topic is available in Housing Finance, Australia (cat. no. 5609.0) or ring the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. This publication is released monthly.