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5609.0 - Housing Finance, Australia, Jan 2013 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/03/2013   
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JANUARY KEY FIGURES

Trend estimates
Seasonally adjusted estimates
Jan 2013
Dec 2012 to Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Dec 2012 to Jan 2013

Value of dwelling commitments(a)(b)
$m
% change
$m
% change
Total dwellings
21 427
0.6
21 485
2.4
Owner occupied housing
13 779
0.0
13 764
1.3
Investment housing - fixed loans(c)
7 648
1.7
7 721
4.4
Number of dwelling commitments(a)(b)
no.
% change
no.
% change
Owner occupied housing
45 139
-0.7
44 383
-1.5
Construction of dwellings
4 871
-0.3
4 925
-0.2
Purchase of new dwellings
2 526
0.2
2 499
2.3
Purchase of established dwellings
37 742
-0.8
36 959
-1.9

(a) Includes refinancing (see Glossary).
(b) Excludes alterations and additions.
(c) Excludes revolving credit.

Value of dwelling commitments, Total dwellings
Graph: Value of dwelling commitments, Total dwellings

No. of dwelling commitments, Owner occupied housing
Graph: No. of dwelling commitments, Owner occupied housing




JANUARY KEY POINTS


VALUE OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

January 2013 compared with December 2012:
  • The trend estimate for the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions rose 0.6%. Investment housing commitments rose 1.7%, while owner occupied housing commitments was flat.
  • In seasonally adjusted terms, the total value of dwelling finance commitments excluding alterations and additions rose 2.4%.


NUMBER OF DWELLING COMMITMENTS

January 2013 compared with December 2012:
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for owner occupied housing finance fell 0.7%.
  • In trend terms, the number of commitments for the purchase of established dwellings fell 0.8% and the number of commitments for the construction of dwellings fell 0.3%, while the number of commitments for the purchase of new dwellings rose 0.2%.
  • In original terms, the number of first home buyer commitments as a percentage of total owner occupied housing finance commitments remained at 14.9% in January 2013.


NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
February 2013 15 April 2013
March 2013 13 May 2013
April 2013 11 June 2013
May 2013 12 July 2013
June 2013 7 August 2013
July 2013 9 September 2013



REVISIONS

In this issue revisions have been made to the original series as a result of improved reporting of survey and administrative data. These revisions have impacted on:
  • Owner occupied housing for the period October 2012 to December 2012
  • Investment housing for December 2012
  • Housing loan outstandings to households for the period December 2011 to December 2012.

Seasonally adjusted and trend series have been revised as a result of revisions to the original series, the incorporation of estimates for the latest month and the revision of seasonal factors due to the concurrent seasonal adjustment methodology.


INQUIRIES

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