Resurgence in multi-unit dwelling approvals: HIA

Resurgence in multi-unit dwelling approvals: HIA
Resurgence in multi-unit dwelling approvals: HIA

Data from the ABS show residential building approvals increased by 3 percent in April, exceeding a monthly total of 20,000 according to the housing Industry Association.

HIA economist Geordan Murray said approvals for multi-unit dwellings drove the headline growth in April, with approvals growing by 8.1 per cent during the month.

“The growth in multi-unit approvals was driven by the eastern sea-board states, where we saw multi-unit approvals jump by 20 percent in Queensland, 19 percent in New South Wales, and 7 percent in Victoria. South Australia also posted an increase of 3 percent," he said.

Approvals for detached houses continue to flow through at a steady rate. While there was a decline of 2 percent in the month, there were a total of 9,695 detached dwellings approved which is still on par with the monthly average over the last couple of years.

“In contrast to the situation with multi-unit approvals, the number of detached house approvals fell across the eastern sea-board states while all other states and territories posted improvements. It’s pleasing to see the likes of South Australia post the strongest month of detached house approvals in more than two years.

"We maintain our view that the level of new home building activity in to 2016 is likely to be lower than we saw during 2015, however this result suggests the 2016 level may be closer to the peak than initially expected.”

According to the HIA, during April 2016, total seasonally adjusted new home building approvals saw the largest increase in South Australia (+13.7 percent) with growth in Tasmania (+13.6 percent), New South Wales (+10.4 percent), and Queensland (+6.7 percent).

Approvals fell by 2.7 percent in Victoria and by 0.6 percent in Western Australia. 

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Resurgence in multi-unit dwelling approvals: HIA

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