Home builder AV Jennings sees big jump in house sales

AVJennings is cautiously optimistic that the recovery will consolidate through 2021

Home builder AV Jennings sees big jump in house sales
AV Jennings Wollert, VIC project Lyndarum North Townhomes

The home builder AVJennings, spurred by the Homebuilder grant, has seen a 47 per cent year on year jump in house sales.

The details were revealed when AVJennings reported its results for the six months to December 31.

It has 12,700 lots in its portfolio.

2021 will see the commencement of three new projects, Prosper at Kogarah in Sydney; Rosella Rise at Warnervale on the NSW Central Coast; and Aspect at Mernda in Melbourne’s strong northern corridor.

All are due to commence on-site development. Last year saw its Bethania project in Queensland recommence with construction after a three year hold.

Home builder AV Jennings sees big jump in house sales

Its managing director Peter Summers forecast an even better second half for the company given new-home buyers remain active. It had 408 pre-sales carried over at 31 December 2020.

It has 331 contracts signed at 31 December 2020 with a pre-sale value of $121 million expected to settle before 30th June 2021. Around 118 additional contracts were signed in 2021 to 23 February 2021. It typically sells to owner occupiers, with some 46 percent being first home buyers during the first year of the financial year.

During the last financial year FHBs sat at 35 percent of their buyers. Over the period investors fell from 11 percent to 9 percent, while builder/developers fell away to constitute 14 percent of the market rather than its prior 21 percent take up.

HomeBuilder and other government support/stimulus had been "vital" in encouraging existing underlying demand to continue with their buying intentions, the report noted. It also noted the resumption and level of immigration into Australia, and New Zealand, will be important drivers of activity for the sector.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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