New home sales rise in August, but still trending down: HIA

New home sales rise in August, but still trending down: HIA
New home sales rise in August, but still trending down: HIA

New home sales rose 9.1 per cent in August, powered by strong results in Victoria and Western Australia, but over the year sales continue to slow, according to Housing Industry Association (HIA).

The HIA New Home Sales report is a monthly survey of the largest volume home builders in the five largest states and is an indicator of building approvals and activity in the building industry. 

“The jump in sales in July confirms our forecast of a slowdown in building activity through until 2018/19. The increase in sales in August offsets larger declines in sales in recent months, but it is not sufficient to reverse the decline in sales that is evident since early 2016,” said HIA’s principal economist, Tim Reardon.  

“Results in July and August have been affected by government interventions in NSW and Victoria which have seen first home-buyers returning to the new home market. 

For the three months to August compared with the same period last year, house sales in Victoria were up 15.7 per cent while in South Australia the figure rose 9.2 per cent. 

However, sales declined in Queensland (-7.3 per cent), WA (-15.4 per cent), NSW (-17.4 per cent) and Queensland (-37.9 per cent). 

“Victoria has seen record numbers of new building approvals and new home sales are continuing to drive even higher. Strong population growth and employment growth, fortified with enhanced first home buyer incentives, is prolonging the boom in building activity.” 

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 New home sales rise in August, but still trending down: HIA

“The trend in new home sales continues to provide a strong leading indicator of the trend in residential building approval figures from the ABS as can be seen in the chart,” said Reardon. 

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