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How much time do you need to raise a house deposit?

  • February 08 2021
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How much time do you need to raise a house deposit?

By Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
February 08 2021

Half a year has been cropped off the time Aussies need to raise a house deposit as a result of a rapid increase in housing affordability, which pursued significant declines in median house prices in Sydney and Melbourne.

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How much time do you need to raise a house deposit?

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  • February 08 2021
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Half a year has been cropped off the time Aussies need to raise a house deposit as a result of a rapid increase in housing affordability, which pursued significant declines in median house prices in Sydney and Melbourne.

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The Australian housing market featured diverse changes in the affordability of both housing deposits and repayments in certain cities in the third quarter of 2020, as the market adjusted to the impacts of the COVID pandemic, new research by a local conservative think tank showed.

Figures published by the Australian Institute for Progress revealed a drop in the total number of weeks it takes to raise a deposit, with the national average now sitting at 764.9 weeks, having decreased by 8.9 weeks over the September quarter.

In Sydney, a $21,000 drop in house prices saw the time required to raise a deposit shrink by 23 weeks. Similarly, in Melbourne this number was brought down by 22 weeks following a price decrease of $20,000.

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Deposits also dropped in Hobart where the median house price shrunk by $9,700, but rose in Brisbane, Adelaide, Darwin, Canberra and Perth, where house prices clocked increases.

On the back of the AIP’s research, executive director Graham Young said: “The least affordable city is Hobart, followed by Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide. Most affordable is Perth, followed by Brisbane and then Sydney.”

On Friday, RBA governor Philip Lowe has said that the Reserve Bank is not responsible for targeting house prices, after questions were raised about the creation of a raging bull market against the backdrop of low interest rates.

“The RBA does not, and should not, target housing prices. Instead, our focus is on the lending that is used to purchase housing,” Dr Lowe said in front of Parliament’s standing committee on economics on Friday.

Questioned about the point at which the RBA will act to prevent the creation of “unsustainable prices”, Mr Lowe reiterated that the issue for the central bank would be if people didn’t borrow sensibly.

“We shouldn’t try and control asset prices,” the governor said.

According to analysts, the record-low interest rate will send property prices soaring.

Shane Oliver, chief economist at AMP Capital, expects that the RBA’s decision to keep interest rates at 0.1 of a percentage point will leave mortgage rates at record lows, which, along with government home-buyer incentives and economic recovery, will continue to push average property prices higher.

“Headline inflation will rise due to base effects as the collapse in petrol prices and childcare costs drops out of annual comparisons, but underlying inflation will remain low at around 1.5 per cent or less out to next year,” Mr Oliver said.

“This, in turn, will see the RBA leave rates at 0.1 [of a percentage point] probably out to end 2022 at least.”

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Maja Garaca Djurdjevic is the editor of nestegg and Smart Property Investment. Email Maja at [email protected]

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