Second consecutive rise for home sales


Second consecutive rise for home sales

Posted on Friday, January 23 2015 at 10:48 AM

The latest result for the HIA New Home Sales Report, a survey of Australia’s largest volume builders, highlights a second consecutive rise for sales in the month of November 2014.

upward momentum in the multi-unit segment drove growth in overall new home
sales in late 2014, a trend unlikely to be reversed when the December result
comes through,” HIA chief economist Harley Dale explains.

seasonally adjusted new home sales increased by 2.2 per cent in November last
year following a lift of three per cent the previous month,” Dale notes.

of multi-units surged in both October and November to reach their highest level
since September 2003. Detached house sales dipped by 1.5 per cent in November 2014
and are not displaying the upward punch of their multi-unit counterpart.”

continues: “Upward momentum was evident in both detached house and ‘multi-unit’
construction in 2013/14. However, more recently momentum has been concentrated
in multi-units in a situation akin to stage one of the current up-cycle back in

key leading indicator measures of building approvals and new home sales suggest
this re-concentration of growth in the ‘multi-unit’ segment will persist into

focus on housing policy reform would greatly assist in rebalancing the table,
providing a further burst of growth in detached house construction which would
at the same time provide productivity gains for the broader Australian economy.
That should be a policy no-brainer,” Dale says.

In the month of November 2014, detached house
sales increased by four per cent in Victoria, 16 per cent in Queensland, and
0.3 per cent in South Australia. Detached house sales fell in November in New
South Wales (-5.6 per cent) and Western Australia (-10.6 per cent, following a
+24.8 per cent result in October).

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