Investors are spending money on the property market, hitting an all-time high

ABS loan data released on Friday shows the value of new loan commitments rebounded for homeowners in November as investors let the floodgates open.

ABS data highlights that the value of new loan commitments to investors rose 3.8% to a record high of $10.1 billion in November.

This increase is equivalent to an annual variation of 86.9% over nnew loan commitments accepted by investors and borrowers.

ABS finance and wealth manager Katherine Keenan said lending to investors had increased over the past 13 months, accounting for around a third of the value of new housing loan commitments in November 2021.

“The previous peak in investor lending in April 2015 was 46% of new home loan commitments,” Ms Keenan said.

Increases in loan commitments to investors were strongest in New South Wales up 7.8%, Queensland up 5.0% and Victoria up 3.6%.


Source: ABS

Homeowners are bouncing back

The total value of new housing loan commitments rose 6.3% to $31.4 billion, supported by a 7.6% rebound for homeowners after three months of decline.

“This increase was the first since May 2021 and the largest since January 2021,” Ms Keenan said.

“Increases in homeowner loan commitments were strongest in New South Wales, up 9.6% and in Victoria, up 9.7% in line with the easing of restrictions in these States in October and November.”

Nationally, the average loan size for owner-occupied homes hit an all-time high of $596,000.

First-time home buyers are biting the bullet before the end of the year

New loan commitments for first-time homeowners rose 1.9% in November, breaking a steady downward trend since January 2021.

Still, the number of such commitments was 17.4% lower than a year ago, showing that first-time home buyers are more widely willing to wait for signs of a slowdown in the housing market.

“Victoria had the largest increase in first-time homeownership loan commitments at 12.3 per cent,” Ms Keenan said.

“The number of such engagements was 6.7% lower than a year ago, after falling from record highs earlier in the year.”

Kristina Clifton, senior economist at CommBank, saidNovember showed a rebound, new loans are below their recent peak.

“We expect affordability constraints, slow population growth and rising lending rates to result in a much weaker housing market in 2022 compared to 2021,” Ms Clifton said.

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