An analysis of the latest Lending to Households and Businesses data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) from CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher has revealed that the value of housing finance commitments for owner-occupier first home buyers (FHBs) totalled $3.7 billion, up 20.9 per cent from the previous month – the highest monthly value since November 2009.
On a state-by-state basis, the ACT recorded the sharpest month-on-month (June to July) increase in FHB loan commitments (76.4 per cent), followed by NSW (33 per cent), the Northern Territory (27.1 per cent), Western Australia (17.4 per cent), Queensland (17.2 per cent) and Victoria (15.3 per cent).
Tasmania and South Australia were the only states to record declines in the total value of owner-occupied FHB loans, down 14.9 per cent and 0.2 per cent, respectively.
The spike in FHB loan approvals also coincided with an increase in the total value of lending for non-FHB owner-occupied borrowers and investors, up 17.2 per cent and 7.1 per cent, respectively.
Overall, the value of mortgages approved in July rose 5.1 per cent to $17.8 billion – the largest monthly increase since March 2015.
According to Mr Kusher, the improvement in housing finance commitments has “mirrored the jump in auction clearance rates seen over the same period”.
Auction clearance rates have been trending above 70 per cent over the past few months, with the latest data reporting a preliminary clearance rate of 77 per cent across Australia’s combined capital cities in the week ending 8 September.
[Related: Auction clearance rates continue to soar]
Charbel Kadib is the news editor on the mortgages titles at Momentum Media.
Before joining the team in 2017, Charbel held roles with public relations agency Fifty Acres, and the Department of Communications and the Arts.