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Moderate rise for October new home sales
Released 30 November 2011

A survey of Australia’s major residential builders showed the number of new homes sold in the month of October 2011 increased by 5.5 per cent.     

Despite the rise the latest HIA - JELD-WEN New Home Sales Report Despite found sales remained down by 8.0 per cent over the three months to October.

HIA Chief Economist Harley Dale said it is encouraging to see a modest lift in new home sales at the start of the December quarter.

“With falling interest rates, a competitive building market, and a greater availability of skilled trades amidst soft housing conditions, now is certainly a good time to build a new home for those who are financially set to take that decision,” noted Dale.

“As it stands the profile for new home sales remains very weak, despite this latest monthly increase. In October 2011 the volume of detached house sales was 29 per cent below the average of the last fifteen years,” Dale said.
He added there is a compelling case for another, larger interest rate cut next week, while any logic behind achieving a swift return to budget surplus in 2012/13 is spurious given current global economic conditions.”

Detached house sales increased by 5.1 per cent in October 2011 following a 3.3 per cent decline in September. Sales of multi-units rose by 9.0 per cent in October following a 5.5 per cent dip in September.

The volume of detached house sales improved in four out of five mainland states in October 2011, rising by 20.8 per cent in Queensland, 4.9 per cent in Western Australia, 1.4 per cent in South Australia, and 1.1 per cent in New South Wales. Sales fell by 1.2 per cent in Victoria.