Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette : 2018-12-06

REAL ESTATE : 18 : 18


REAL ESTATE 18 THURSDAY DECEMBER 6 2018 PORT DOUGLAS & MOSSMAN GAZETTE Home loan demand decline HOME loan demand fell in September, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), revealing some of the weakest demand in home lending in Australia in more than four years. The latest Housing Finance data from the ABS reveals that, in seasonally adjusted terms, 50,673, home loans were approved throughout September – down 1 per cent from the month prior. The data reveals that $29.1 billion worth of dwelling commitments were made over September, a reduction of 3.8 per cent from the month prior, in seasonally adjusted terms. “In September, we saw a decline in the number and value of home loans approved. In fact, September revealed the lowest monthly value of dwelling commitments since August 2014. Interestingly, this decline had been driven by investors in recent times, but we are seeing a drop in owner-occupier demand as well,” Mortgage Choice chief executive officer, Susan Mitchell said. “Investor activity in the market had slowed considerably following APRA’s cap on investor loan growth. “Looking ahead, there is speculation that investor borrowing could fall further if the Labor Party’s proposed changes to negative gearing are put in place. As a tax concession, negative gearing assists investors enter the real estate investment market by reducing the cost of purchasing and servicing investment properties. Indeed, Mortgage Choice data shows investor borrowing has slowed, however, there is potential for a short-term impetus from investors as we near the upcoming Federal election from investors who wish to secure the grandfathered tax concession.” CoreLogic’s Hedonic Home Value Index reported a 2.7 per cent annual fall in national dwelling values in September. “Softening house prices across the country should continue to support home loan demand from first home buyers across the country who may be able to take advantage of stamp duty concessions and first homeowner grants. I expect these buyers to support owner/ occupied housing commitments over the medium-term,” Ms Mitchell said. “That being said, in an environment of tightened lending where Australian lenders are on a mission to scrutinise home loan applications, it has never been more important for first time borrowers and existing borrowers alike to seek expert advice when applying for housing credit. “A qualified mortgage broker can assist prospective home buyers, and those looking to refinance, into a new home loan by comparing the mortgage products of a variety of lenders to find a loan that is suited to that borrower’s unique financial situation.” - VENDORS do you want to sell your house for the best price? - Fact #4 Let them sell your house, not your home - be detached. *(Ref RP Data) Brought to you by Thanks to Tom Panos for these wise words CRGE01Z01MA - V1

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