Housing affordability improves across Australia

Housing affordability has improved across the country despite falls in Victoria, South Australia and ACT during the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest research.

The March quarter 2018 data from the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) and Adelaide Bank found the proportion of median family income required to meet average loan repayments decreased by 0.3 percentage points to 31.3%.

REIA President Malcolm Gunning said rental affordability declined in all states and territories except for Western Australia and the Northern Territory, where the proportion of median family income required to meet rent payments increasing by 0.1 percentage points to 24.8%.

Gunning also said the number of loans decreased across the country by 16%, with falls in all states and territories including the largest decrease of 17.9% in New South Wales and Victoria.

He added, “Whilst some decline in the number of loans for this period, which includes the summer holiday break, can be expected, the reduction reflects a changing sentiment in the market.

“In Sydney and Melbourne, the two cities which have had the largest price increases over the past few years, the drop-in loans is attributable to APRA restrictions on investment loans and more stringent home lending criteria.

“Since the last edition of this report the east coast residential property market has moved relatively quickly from a seller’s to a buyer’s market.

“The March quarter showed an overall decline in first home purchasers entering the market, with the Northern Territory experiencing the highest decline of 21%. However, the number of first home buyers is 28% higher than in the March quarter 2017 and represents 26.3% of the total, excluding refinancing.”

From “Australian Broker”

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