Building approvals ‘back with a vengeance’

n building approvals are “back with a vengeance”, with official data striking its third-highest level on record in November, marking a 15-month high.
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But the latest figures from the n Bureau of Statistics show the charge is being led solely by Victoria, which recorded a stunning 37.9 per cent gain in the month, compared with a 2.3 per cent fall in NSW.

The Victorian figures pulled the national approvals data higher, with the construction of new homes nationally rising a seasonally adjusted 11.7 per cent in November to 21,055, strongly outperforming market expectations of a 1 per cent decline and eclipsing the previous month’s 0.9 per cent gain.

Meanwhile, in the year to November, building approvals gained 17.1 per cent, the ABS reported in Tuesday’s release.

Approvals for private sector houses were down 2 per cent in the month, and the “other dwellings” category, which includes apartment blocks and townhouses, was 30.6 per cent higher.

“After a faltering about nine or 12 months ago, building approvals have come back with a vengeance,” Market Economics chief economist Stephen Koukoulas told Domain.

Assuming the approvals turn into construction, the news will boost economic growth and employment figures, according to Mr Koukoulas, and so will be taken as welcome news by the Reserve Bank or .

A spike in supply could also lead to dwelling price weakness.

“[The jump in building approvals] is good news in terms of adding to GDP, and for those hoping for as moderation in home prices it’s probably going to be good news because we’ll likely have a lift in supply coming though.”

Melbourne had powerful growth, with 14,858 dwellings approved in just two months, which might usually be taken as a warning of a looming oversupply, but roaring population growth seems to quieten those concerns. Something weird in the latest building approvals data. Either a typo or Melbourne has gone mad. #auseconpic.twitter老域名出售/jNiI2WTXDM??? Jason Murphy (@jasemurphy) January 9, 2018In the space of TWO months, Melbourne approved: 14,858 dwellings (including 9754 units & townhouses) Airport train would be good…#ausbizpic.twitter老域名出售/hCFNteCJVf??? Pete Wargent (@PeteWargent) January 9, 201821,055 dwelling approvals in November highest number since Aug-16, 3rd highest number of monthly approvals on record #ausbiz??? Cameron Kusher (@cmkusher) January 9, 2018

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