Auction volumes may be down for obvious reasons but the clearance rate continues to hover above 70 percent, highlighting the resilience of the market. We expect this trend to be replicated again this week.
The Reserve Bank will almost certainly leave interest rates unchanged again tomorrow to continue the low cost of borrowing environment buyers have been taking advantage of throughout the current boom.
The influence of low rates on the surprising house price growth figures unveiled last week is significant, but the fallout is not all positive.
While first home buyers can access cheap finance, the more prices go up, the greater the deposit they will need to accumulate.
The Sydney median house price has topped $1.4 million, according to Domain, and for many first home buyers, the interest rate they could potentially access is irrelevant without the large deposit they need.
Add to this the removal of the temporary stamp duty concessions for first home buyers at the end of July, and the capacity for first home buyers to compete is further limited.
As such, while first home buyers have played an active part in the current buying cycle, it appears this trend is unlikely to continue at the same pace.
Nevertheless, there are still plenty of existing property owners looking to upgrade or downsize to keep the demand equation stacked in the favour of vendors. Lockdown is proving no barrier to the willingness of buyers to act.
But they need more choice. The housing market is critically undersupplied and while this is widely recognised, the proposed solutions are taking too long to materialise.
More choice through a greater diversity of housing typologies focused in metropolitan and regional areas is needed now.
Some people are reportedly giving up on the idea of owning a home, but more choice might mean others won’t abandon their dreams.