New home sales hit a four-year high


New home sales hit a four-year high

Posted on Wednesday, May 06 2015 at 4:18 PM

A survey by industry group Housing Industry Australia (HIA) shows strong new home sales growth in March 2015 has taken sales volumes to their highest level since early 2010.

Diwa Hopkins, an economist with HIA, says the
New Home Sales Report shows the residential construction sector continues to be a bright
spot in the broader domestic economy.

“Following Monday’s positive
update to ABS residential building approvals, today’s results show total
seasonally adjusted new home sales increased by 4.4 per cent in the month of

The March result for total new home sales
consists of an 11.3 per cent rise in multi-unit sales and a 2.6 per cent rise
in detached house sales.

“The monthly rise in both the detached and
multi-unit segments of the market is an encouraging result.

“However, the broader trend is that growth
over the past year has been driven by multi-unit sales, while detached house
sales have tracked sideways.”

March 2015 private detached house sales increased by 5.9 per cent in Victoria,
4.2 per cent in New South Wales and 4.2 per cent in Western Australia.

The HIA says yesterday’s interest rate cut is
also a welcome boost for the industry.

“Lower lending rates will provide added
support to residential construction activity, which is emerging as a key area
of growth mitigating the effects of the downturn in mining investment and

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