New home sales trend in accelerating decline: HIA

New home sales trend in accelerating decline: HIA
New home sales trend in accelerating decline: HIA

2016 will be a record year for new dwelling building, however may turn for the worse in 2017 according to a new report from the Housing Industry Association.

The HIA's New Home Sales Report found over July 2016 detached house sales fell in all five mainland states, after rising everywhere in June. Sales dropped by 12.6 percent in South Australia,  8.7 percent in Queensland, 8.2 percent in Western Australia, 6.2 percent in NSW, and 6.0 percent in Victoria. 

Harley Dale, chief economist, HIA, said The short term outlook for healthy levels of new home construction remains intact – calendar year 2016 will be a record year for new dwelling commencements, but the situation could look very different from next year.

“The monthly HIA survey of Australia’s largest volume builders reveals that total seasonally adjusted new home sales fell by 9.7 percent in July 2016 following an increase of 8.2 percent in June," he said.

"The overall trend decline in new home sales is accelerating, signalling a relatively sharp drop (from a record high) in new dwelling commencements from 2017.

“New home construction has been the kingmaker of the Australia economy, but the cycle has peaked.

In all likelihood we will experience sharper falls in new home construction in both 2017 and 2018. The magnitude of decline in new home construction in coming years will of course be exaggerated by where we are coming from record levels of medium/high density construction and historically healthy levels of detached/semi-detached dwelling construction.

“There will no doubt be a tendency to sensationalise any negative results for new housing as the trajectory of the down cycle unfolds. We would do well to remember that this down cycle is following a record high that is some 24 per cent higher than the previous (1994) peak and that there is an unprecedented degree of uncertainty this time around as to how the next few years of new home building unfold."

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New home sales trend in accelerating decline: HIA

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