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APRA data shows that investment lending is starting to slow

Cameron Kusher    |    International

Earlier this week the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) released its September quarter data on property exposures by Australian Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs). The quarterly data provides some very valuable insight into the domestic mortgage lending market. With this data comes a further sign that the recent lending changes from APRA are coming into effect and...

Australia: Inflation Adjusted Home Values

The Australian Consumer Price Index (CPI) came in low over the September 2015 quarter and real home values remain below their previous peak in all capital cities other than Sydney and Melbourne

Cameron Kusher    |    International

Measures of Australian inflation over time

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released quarterly Consumer Price Index data for September 2015 earlier today. The data showed that headline inflation was recorded at 0.5% for the quarter and was 1.5% higher over the year.

As the above chart shows, at 1.5%, headline inflation is below...

Investor Housing Demand Slowing

New data shows that since May 2015 investor housing demand has slowed quite sharply

Cameron Kusher    |    International

Proportion of lending to investos by state and territory, August 2015

Lending finance data for August 2015 was released earlier today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The latest data paired with the previously released housing finance commitments data shows that lending to investors has slowed sharply over recent months following the regulatory changes from APRA and the subsequent changes to lending policies from most mortgage...

Owner Occupier Housing Commitments

Owner occupier housing finance commitments take a step up but all may not be as it seems

Cameron Kusher    |    International

Components of housing finance commitments

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released housing finance data for August 2015 earlier this week. The data broadly showed a further pick-up in owner occupier lending and a slowing in investor lending. It is important to reconcile this against numerous reports that many mortgagees have been quick to advise their lenders that their properties which were formerly investment properties...

Dwelling approvals remain elevated but fall in August

Cameron Kusher    |    International

Monthly dwelling approvals, National

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) published building approvals data for August 2015 earlier this week. The data showed a month-on-month fall in approvals driven by a sharp drop in the number of unit approvals. Keep in mind that unit approvals tend to be much more volatile than house approvals on a monthly basis.

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