The home lending market rebounded further in November

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on January 16, 2020
The home lending market rebounded further in November

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Released today, national lending data for November indicates a market rebound.

Lending commitments rose 1.8% over November, according to the latest seasonally-adjusted data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 

Total Australian housing loan commitments rose to $18.59 billion, with owner-occupiers the key driver of the rise, making up $13.35 billion of that figure.

ABS Chief Economist Bruce Hockman said loan commitments for owner occupier housing rose 1.6%, representing a record sixth straight month of growth.

“The value of new loan commitments for investor housing also rose in November, up 2.2 per cent, however, over the longer term this series remains down on recent peaks in activity," Mr Hockman said.

Westpac economists said the continued rebound in November was consistent with expectations.

"The recovery since May has been greater for the owner-occupier segment, up 20.5%, with investors up a robust 10.9%, albeit that follows a sharp correction in the investor market from early 2017," Westpac economists said.

Owner-occupier loan commitments fell in November, but the value of the loan per owner-occupier actually rose. 

"The number of loans for owner-occupiers actually moved lower in the month, down 0.7%, following a revised 0.9% fall in October, to be 7.9% higher since May," Westpac said.

"Taken together, this highlights that the average loan size for owner-occupiers is rising, consistent with higher prices in the wake of lower interest rates."

Already, it's been reported that South Australia's property prices have bottomed out, with modest growth projected.

Experts are predicting that if the central bank cuts rates to 0.5% in February, lending commitments - and loan amounts - will continue to rise.

Personal loans stabilising

Today's ABS data for November also indicated that personal loan commitments are stabilising, particularly for loan commitments for the purchase of road vehicles, which experienced falls in recent years.

While personal fixed term loan commitments fell 1.4% in November following a 2.2% rise in October, they were ultimately up 1.4% on November 2018. 

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Harrison is's Assistant Editor. Prior to joining Savings in January 2020, he worked for some of Australia's largest comparison sites and media organisations. With a keen interest in the economy, housing policy, and personal finance, Harrison strives to deliver and edit news and guides that are engaging, thought-provoking, and simple to read.


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