The Housing Construction Recovery Will Spread It’s Wings in 2014

The Housing Industry Association predicts a gradual broad based recovery in residetnial constrauctions over the next few years in its recently released National Outlook.

HIA Senior Economist, Shane Garrett said:

“Today’s report outlines the continuing, albeit gradual broad based recovery in residential construction and the challenges that are likely to hold it back.  Residential construction investment will account for a growing share of the economy in 2014, and should fill some of the gap left by the decline of mining investment,”

Our latest set of forecasts suggests that the housing industry will be one of Australia’s good news stories over the next twelve months.

New dwelling commencements are forecast to break the 165,000 threshold for only the second time in a decade.[sam id=41 codes=’true’]

This will be driven by much stronger activity in markets like NSW, Queensland and Western Australia. However, challenges will remain in other states, more notably Victoria and Tasmania.

We believe the RBA will leave its interest rate unchanged for the remainder of this year at least. This will underpin strengthening activity in housing, and arrest the deterioration in housing undersupply experienced over the past decade.

Renovations activity has struggled over the past five years, but we see light at the end of the tunnel here also.

Stronger prices will speed the accumulation of home equity, facilitating more home renovation loans.

In advance of the federal Budget in May, we intend to emphasise the role a stronger housing industry can play in supporting economic growth at this time. Reforms targeting planning, infrastructure charging and taxation of the sector will enable housing to make a larger contribution to boosting the economic outlook.”

Housing starts increased by 11.7 per cent to 161,970 during 2012/13, following two consecutive years of decline.

Activity is forecast to rise again in 2013/14 by 2.8 per cent, going on to reach over 170,000 by 2016/17.

On the renovations side of the market, the volume of activity fell by 8.9 per cent in 2012/13 to $28.3 billion.

This represents a low point for the sector, with activity expected to expand by 1.9 per cent in 2013/1




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