New home sales falling from record highs: HIA

New home sales falling from record highs: HIA
New home sales falling from record highs: HIA

The HIA New Home Sales report has found sales volumes declined by 3.7 percent during July 2017 compared with June 2017 nationwide, with ales for the first seven months of this year 4.6 per cent lower than in the same period of 2016.

Tim Reardon, principal economist, HIA said a drop in new apartment sales have contributed to the continuing decline in new home sales nationally since they peaked in mid 2015.

“July’s result was driven by a 15.7 percent decline in multi-unit sales and a more measured reduction in detached house sales," he said.

"The large drop in multi-unit sales this month is in contrast to strong sales volumes late in 2016 and early 2017.

“This trend is consistent with HIA’s expectation that activity will decline modestly from these record high levels over a number of years.

“Victoria was the notable exception – as the only state to grow sales during July 2017. Sales were up by 9.8 per cent on what is already a very high level of activity.

“On the other hand, the Western Australian Government’s First Home Buyers grant ended on 30 June 2017 and as a consequence sales in July fell sharply from what was already a very low base.

"Sales of new detached houses during July 2017 fell by 0.4 per cent nationally to their lowest level since October 2014. Victoria was the only state to experience growth (+9.8 per cent). Detached house sales fell in South Australia (-16.2 per cent), Queensland (-16.1 per cent), Western Australia (-9.1 per cent) and New South Wales (-5.2 per cent) during the month. "

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New home sales falling from record highs: HIA

 

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