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New home building slides

by Staff Reporter8 minute read
The Adviser

Staff Reporter

New home building activity has slumped yet again, according to the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Total seasonally adjusted residential building work done fell by 1.1 per cent to $11.4 billion in the September 2011 quarter.

New residential building work done fell by 1.5 per cent in the September 2011 quarter to be down by 5.2 per cent on the September 2010 quarter while the value of major renovations work done grew by 0.9 per cent to be up by 6.3 per cent on the commensurate quarter one year earlier.

"The 1.5 per cent decline in new residential work done reflects a 2.6 per cent decline in detached housing which was partially offset by a 3.4 per cent increase in 'other dwellings'. Today's result suggests that new dwelling investment will detract from GDP growth in the September quarter national accounts, due for release in two weeks' time," Housing Industry Association's acting chief economist Andrew Harvey said.

"At the national level, new home building has been on a consistent downtrend, while renovations have not only held up well but continue to grow – the renovations side of the home building industry is definitely the shining light at the moment.

"This trend of growing renovations is likely to continue not only because Australians love to renovate but also as households increasingly prefer to direct excessive property transaction costs towards improving their existing homes rather than trading up."

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