Friday, October 2, 2009

Housing Prices Rebound

"HOUSING prices around the country rose nearly 2 per cent in August, the biggest monthly increase since researcher RP Data-Rismark began its tracking in 2005.

The August increase takes housing value growth to 7.9 per cent for the first eight months of the year, with Melbourne turning in the best performance -- an 11.6 per cent jump. ...

In a note yesterday, Mr Walters said an expected 25 basis-point interest rate rise next week, tighter lending standards, the Commonwealth Bank's move this week to lift its fixed mortgage rate, and the winding down of the first-home owner grant would all affect new development.

David Devine, managing director of Queensland-based residential developer Devine, said it was nearly impossible to secure funding from the banks for apartment and unit projects, irrespective of pre-sales.

Mr Devine said figures from researcher BIS Shrapnel showed there was demand for 175,000 new homes nationally each year."

The Australian

"Unit values marginally outperformed house values in August, with units rising 2.1 per cent while houses gained 1.8 per cent." Source

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