Increasing loan size brings housing affordability down

December 3rd,2015

A new report released today shows that overall housing affordability in Australia declined over the September quarter with homes becoming less affordable in five out of the eight states and territories.

The latest edition of the Adelaide Bank/ REIA Housing Affordability Report, released today by the Real Estate Institute of Australia, provides a comprehensive update for the sector using the latest data for the September Quarter 2015.

REIA President Neville Sanders says, “The latest REIA Housing Affordability Report shows that the proportion of median family income required to meet average loan repayments was 31.7%. The figure increased 1.4 percentage points during the quarter and 1.3 percentage points compared to a year ago largely due to the increasing size of new loans.”

“Sadly, the deterioration was seen in most states and territories and the overall level of housing affordability now is at its worst level since March 2013. Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory were the only jurisdictions to record improvements while the proportion of the median family income required to meet average loan repayments remained unchanged in the Northern Territory.”

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