This week’s property market wrap from RPData- Tim Lawless

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) released information earlier this week on the exposure of Australian Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADIs) to property at the end of March 2013.

You can read a lot more about it on the RP Data Research Blog however, the key findings were:

  • $1.2 trillion worth of residential loans outstanding to Australian households.
  • 35.4% of outstanding loans had an offset facility and 35.4% were interest-only mortgages.
  • The average outstanding balance of these loans was $235,000, loans with an offset facility had an average balance of $281,400 and interest-only mortgages had an average of $297,200.
  • Over the first quarter of 2014, 39.4% of new loans were interest-only loans.
  • 34.8% of new loans over the quarter had an LVR of more than 80% which is at its highest level since the December 2011 quarter.
  • Although lending at above 80% LVR is rising, the proportion of loans with an LVR of more than 90% was just 13.5% of all loans.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released data on construction work done over the March 2014 quarter earlier this week. Over the quarter, the value of total construction work done was $53.621 billion up 0.3% and 2.6% higher year on year.[sam id=43 codes=’true’]

Of this work done, $31.854 billion or 59.4% was engineering construction, $13.055 billion or 24.3% was residential building and $8.712 or 16.2% was non-residential building.

Over the quarter, engineering construction fell by -1.6%, residential building rose by 6.8% and non-residential building fell -1.5%. Year-on-year, engineering construction is 0.2% higher, residential building is 8.4% higher and non-residential building is 3.1% higher.

The Reserve Bank has stated repeatedly that as mining investment (engineering construction) falls, they are hoping for a pick-up in residential building.

This is occurring at the moment however, residential building still only accounts for 24.3% of work compared to engineering construction which is 59.4%. Depending on how big the fall is in engineering construction, the pick-up in residential building may not be enough to pick-up the slack.

Weekly Clearance Rates

Auction activity increased last week with 2,786 auctions across the combined capital cities, up from 2,194 the previous week. The weighted average capital city auction clearance rate was recorded at 67.1% last week which was up from 66.6% the previous week.

Melbourne is the country’s largest auction market and the clearance rate was recorded at 66.6% which was down from 68.8% the previous week. Melbourne auction volumes were higher last week (1,211) than over the previous week (1,068).

Across Sydney, 1,115 auctions were held and the clearance rate was recorded at 73.1% compared to 796 auctions and a 69.6% clearance rate over the previous week. Auction volumes are set to be higher over the current week, with 2,855 capital city auctions currently scheduled.

Weekly auction clearance rates

Weekly Advertised Listings

Over the four weeks to 25 May, there were 44,848 newly advertised properties listed for sale nationally. The number of newly advertised property listings increased by 0.4% over the week and they are currently 12.4% higher than at the same time last year.

Across the combined capital cities, new listings were 1.8% higher over the week and 17.5% higher than a year ago.

There are currently 248,905 properties listed for sale across the country. Total listings at a national level were 0.5% higher over the week and are at a similar level to what they were at the same time last year.

Across the combined capital cities, total listings have increased by 1.1% over the week however, they are -4.1% lower than they were at this time a year ago. Capital city listings account for just 42% of all listings nationally.

Advertised listings 


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Tim heads up the Core Logic RP Data research and analytics team, analysing real estate markets, demographics and economic trends across Australia. Visit

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