Investors push house prices higher

FHBA Market Update: 21/03/2017

19%….according to the latest CoreLogic Daily Home Value Index reading, that is how much dwelling prices have increased in Sydney over the last 12 months. Sydney isn’t the only capital city seeing high price growth either….Melbourne, Canberra and even Hobart are seeing strong gains as well.

And….according to Cameron Kusher, the Head of Research Australia at CoreLogic……the surge in investor activity is to blame for the big increases in property prices. Kusher analysed recent finance statistics obtained from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to display the recent spike in investor lending.

“Clearly, investor lending is still very strong. We believe more measures are required to reduce investor lending” said FHBA co-founder Taj Singh. “And as for Turnbull, Morrison and the federal government, we are calling on them to admit that negative gearing and the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Discount is adding fuel to investor demand, thereby adding pressure to property prices. It is time the Coalition admitted that these policies are pricing out first home buyers, they need to be reformed”.

In today’s FHBA Market Update you will learn more about the surge in investor lending, how FHBA is pushing the agenda for negative gearing & CGT discount reductions, as well as some special (rare) opportunities for first home buyers to buy a First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) eligible property that isn’t off-the-plan!

Enjoy your weekly FHBA Market Update.

News affecting first home buyers

In the past week, housing affordability has yet again continued to dominate headlines:

Daniel Cohen [Left] and Mark Latham [Right] at Sunday’s Housing Affordability Debate in Sydney

Capital City Price Movements

The CoreLogic Daily Home Value Index (as at 21/March/2017):

  • Adelaide – 480.29 (Qtr + 1.4% / Yr + 3.1%)
  • Brisbane – 551.37 (Qtr + 0.2% / Yr + 4.6%)
  • Melbourne – 900.46 (Qtr + 5.0% / Yr + 15.0%)
  • Perth – 573.71 (Qtr – 1.0% / Yr – 3.8%)
  • Sydney – 1106.28 (Qtr + 5.2% / Yr + 19.0%)

(Source: CoreLogic)

Preliminary Weekend Auction Clearance Rates (18th – 19th of March, 2017)

Source: CoreLogic

Interest Rates Update

In the last week, both NAB and Westpac have announced an increase to home loan interest rates due to the cost of funding rising.

New Homes of the Week (ed. 46)

You see so many first home buyers every week buying properties ‘off-the-plan’ in order to get a FHOG eligible property under the FHOG threshold cap these days. But did you know you can buy properties already constructed and get the FHOG? The key is that the property still needs to meet the ‘new’ definition….that is, that property has never been lived in before you buy it.

In this week’s edition of FHBA New Homes of the Week we selected 4 first home home buyers where construction is completed, they are FHOG eligible, and all that’s left is for you to make the purchase, apply for the FHOG and move in!

See this week’s best first home buyer homes

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First Home Buyers Australia

First Home Buyers Australia
First Home Buyers Australia

Australia’s leading organisation specialising in assisting first home buyers achieve the great Australian dream of property ownership.