Building approvals fall for sixth straight month

Peter Terlato 9 January 2017

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Declines across all states, except Tasmania and WA.

The total number of dwelling approvals fell 2.9% in November 2016, marking the sixth consecutive month of decline, according to the latest data.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reports building approvals decreased in the Northern Territory (-5%) NSW (-4.3%), Queensland (-3.9%), ACT (-3.4%) Victoria (-2.5%) and South Australia (-1.1%).

Tasmania remained flat and the only state or territory where approvals rose was Western Australia (1.9%).

The continued slump in dwelling approvals mirrored a slight fall in approvals for private sector houses, down 0.4% month-on-month in November.

The value of total buildings approved fell 2.6% in November, marking the fourth straight month of decline.

Residential building values fell 2.8% in November, while non-residential values fell 2.3% month-on-month.

New research suggests house prices will keep rising throughout 2017 before grinding to a halt in 2018.

To capitalise, Aussie banks kicked off the year by hiking variable home loan rates.

Banks enjoyed moderate monthly rises in the value of both owner-occupied loans and housing investment in November, while credit card debt increased, according to the latest data.

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