First-home buyers surge back for a foothold as market rises

Original article by Nila Sweeney, Larry Schlesinger
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 7-Nov-19

Real estate developers note that their recent land releases in new housing estates have attracted strong demand among people who are buying their first home. Nigel Edgar of Frasers Property says first-home buyers now account for 35-45 per cent of its sales, compared with just 15 per cent when the residential market was at its peak in 2017. Likewise, Luke Fryer of Metricon says sales to first-home buyers increased by 25 per cent in the three months to September. Off-the-plan apartments are also attracting interest among first-home buyers.

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FRASERS PROPERTY AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, METRICON HOMES, HIGHLAND PROPERTY GROUP, VIRGATE, WOLFDENE, BIS OXFORD ECONOMICS PTY LTD, JINDING DEVELOPMENTS

$9b tax hole linked to Airbnb-style deals

Original article by Duncan Hughes
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 9 : 6-Nov-19

The Australian Taxation Office estimates that some property owners have undeclared income of more than $70,000 a year in earnings from short-term rental platforms such as Airbnb. This has contributed to an income tax shortfall of around $9bn. The ATO has used data-matching technology to compare income from tax returns with financial records provided by rental platforms. The ATO will write to home owners asking them to review their tax return, their income earned and the expenses they have claimed.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, AIRBNB AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, STAYZ PTY LTD, HOMEAWAY.COM INCORPORATED, FLIPKEY, BOOKING.COM (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, IBISWORLD PTY LTD, BNBGUARD

New housing approvals jump 7.6pc in September

Original article by Michael Bleby, Matthew Cranston
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 7 : 1-Nov-19

Official data shows that residential building approvals rebounded in September, with overall growth of 7.6 per cent in seasonally adjusted terms. Approvals for detached dwellings increased by 2.6 per cent, and approvals apartments and townhouses rose 16 per cent. Meanwhile, dwelling approvals totalled 176,638 in the year to September, compared with 179,924 in the year to August. Separate data from the Reserve Bank shows that there was an 0.2 per cent increase in housing credit in September, and annual growth of 3.1 per cent.

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RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITED – ASX NAB, COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA – ASX CBA, BIS OXFORD ECONOMICS PTY LTD

House prices regain a third of downturn losses

Original article by Ingrid Fuary-Wagner
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 34 : 24-Oct-19

Data from Domain Holdings shows that house prices in Sydney increased by 4.8 per cent in the September quarter. Nicola Powell of Domain says the median house price in the New South Wales capital rose by $49,000 over the period, after falling by around $167,000 during the 18-month property market downturn. House prices in Melbourne gained 4.1 per cent over the quarter, but house and apartment prices fell in Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.

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DOMAIN HOLDINGS AUSTRALIA LIMITED – ASX DHA, CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ

Housing construction ticks up slightly in June

Original article by Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 26 : 10-Oct-19

New figures show that residential building starts increased by 1.1 per cent in the June quarter, following declines in the previous two quarters. A 10.6 per cent decline in detached-housing starts was offset by a 21 per cent increase in apartment starts. Meanwhile, housing starts for the year to June totalled 196,867; this was the first year-on-year fall since September 2014. Ernst & Young’s chief economist Joanne Masters expects a further decline in residential construction activity.

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ERNST AND YOUNG, HOUSING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION LIMITED, COMMONWEALTH SECURITIES LIMITED, TAMAWOOD LIMITED – ASX TWD

Price rises set housing up for new boom

Original article by Sarah Turner
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 30-Sep-19

Data to be released by CoreLogic on 1 October is expected to show that house prices in Sydney and Melbourne have increased by 3.2 per cent and 3.4 per cent over the last four months. Prices rose by 1.6 per cent in Sydney and 1.4 per cent in Melbourne during August. Yarra Capital’s Tim Toohey has flagged the potential for a housing bubble in the medium-term, particularly if the Reserve Bank further eases monetary policy, while the ANZ Bank’s David Plank says regulatory intervention may be necessary if prices keep rising and there is an upturn in mortgage lending.

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CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, YARRA CAPITAL PARTNERS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, RESERVE BANK OF AUSTRALIA, MORGANS FINANCIAL LIMITED, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, WESTPAC BANKING CORPORATION – ASX WBC, BANK OF AMERICA AUSTRALIA LIMITED, MERRILL LYNCH (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, BIS OXFORD ECONOMICS PTY LTD, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED, GOLDMAN SACHS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN PRUDENTIAL REGULATION AUTHORITY

Sydney median house price rises in June quarter

Original article by Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: Online : 18-Sep-19

The median price for Sydney homes rose $5,000 to $875,000 in the June quarter, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, while Melbourne’s median house price held at $680,000. Prices for prices for detached dwellings fell nationally by 0.6 per cent, compared to a 3.1 per cent decline in the March quarter, while prices for attached dwellings fell by 0.8 per cent, compared to a three per cent decline in the March quarter.

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AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS

Auction clearances hit a ceiling

Original article by Michael Bleby
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 2 : 16-Sep-19

Data from Corelogic reveals that Sydney recorded a preliminary auction clearance rate of 80.3 per cent on 14 September, while Melbourne recorded a preliminary clearance rate of 75.7 per cent. Nationally, the preliminary auction clearance rate came in at 75.7 per cent, down from the previous weekend’s preliminary clearance rate of 77 per cent. Industry observers note that general fears about a weak economy are prompting potential vendors to hold back on listing their property.

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CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Clearance rates show a market in turnaround

Original article by Su-Lin Tan
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 9-Sep-19

Data from Corelogic reveals that Sydney recorded a preliminary auction clearance rate of 83.1 per cent on 7 September, while Melbourne recorded a preliminary clearance rate of 76.6 per cent. As in previous weeks, the number of homes listed for sale was over 20 per cent down in both cities when compared to the same time in 2018. Meanwhile, QBE’s latest Housing Outlook indicates that Sydney house prices will rise around 1.2 per cent in the year to June 2020, while Melbourne’s prices will be generally flat.

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CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, QBE INSURANCE GROUP LIMITED – ASX QBE

Rebound is on: prices rise across the board

Original article by Mackenzie Scott
The Australian – Page: 5 : 3-Sep-19

New data from CoreLogic shows that house prices rose by 0.8 per cent nationally in August, which is the first increase since October 2017. CoreLogic’s latest Hedonic Home Value Index also shows that house prices in Sydney and Melbourne rose by 1.6 per cent and 1.4 per cent respectively in August, while Perth and Darwin were the only two capital cities to record a fall in house prices. Shane Oliver of AMP Capital says rising auction clearance rates suggest that house prices will continue to increase over the next 9-12 months.

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CORELOGIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, AMP CAPITAL INVESTORS LIMITED