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First home buyers regain market foothold

First home buyers are regaining a foothold in the housing market, enjoying their biggest share of new mortgages in almost five years.

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Qld Greens propose house vacancy tax

Brisbane home owners who deliberately leave properties vacant will be taxed to fund affordable housing for the homeless under a Queensland Greens proposal.

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Falling new home sales yet to hit bottom

New home sales continue to slump but have yet to reach their low point.

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Housing market lifts CSR's HY profit 3.7%

CSR has lifted first-half profit 3.7 per cent to $118.7 million as the building products supplier benefited from a solid east coast residential housing market.

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Mortgages soaking up more income

Dual income households are putting a bigger slice of their monthly wages into mortgage repayments.

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Home loan approvals rise 0.9% in November


The number of home loan approvals rose 0.9 per cent in November, beating market expectations of a 0.3 per cent fall.

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Approvals could hold RBA rate clues


Melbourne was the only capital city where home prices rose last week, but those seeking clues about housing affordability in 2017 may want to widen their search beyond those numbers.

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Approvals hint at gradual home price dip

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Building approvals outside high rises have slightly softened, suggesting that any fall in home prices as more property comes onto the market will be gradual rather than a big crash.

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Home loan approvals fall 1.0% in May


The number of home loans approved fell 1.0 per cent in May, beating market expectations of a 2.0 per cent drop.

The value of total housing finance rose 1.0 per cent in the month, seasonally adjusted data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.

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Building approvals dip but demand is solid


A larger-than-expected drop in building approvals isn't overly concerning because demand for detached homes remains solid, economists say.

Approvals fell 5.2 per cent in May, worse than market expectations of a 3.5 per cent drop.

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Height limits for Melbourne CBD buildings


New super-tall skyscrapers could be banned in central Melbourne unless they include a park, a childcare centre or an iconic city laneway.

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Property confidence is buoyant


Confidence in the property sector has defied official moves to restrain lending to investors.

A survey of businesses by ANZ and the Property Council shows confidence has been little changed at a high level over the past 12 months.

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Mortgage rate rise inevitable, says broker


Mortgage holders should prepare for an inevitable interest rate rise in the next six months, Australia's main finance broker organisation has warned.

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Personal loans fall 3.1% in February


The value of new personal loans has fallen 3.1 per cent to $6.62 billion.

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Building approvals rise 3.1% in Feb


Approvals for the construction of new homes rose 3.1 per cent in February, which was better than market expectations of a three per cent rise.

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RBA's Stevens eyes foreign bank credit


Glenn Stevens is a bit worried about foreign banks lending aggressively in Australia.

Of course, worrying is a big part of a central banker's job.

Sometimes in the world of business and investment, optimism is fashionable.

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Home loans fall 3.9% in January


The number of home loans approved in January fell 3.9 per cent, which missed market expectations of a 2.8 per cent fall.

The value of total housing finance was down 3.4 per cent in the month, seasonally adjusted data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show.

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Consumers upbeat about growth prospects


onsumer confidence has bounced on the back of a more positive outlook about the economy.

The ANZ-Roy Morgan consumer confidence index jumped 3.1 per cent in the week ending March 6, climbing back above its long-term average and reversing a fall of 2.6 per cent the previous week.

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Home loans rise 1.8% in November


The number of home loans approved in November rose 1.8 per cent, which beat market expectations of a 0.5 per cent fall.

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Building approvals to slow in November


Building approvals figures out Thursday are expected to show a very mild downtrend in construction activity.

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