The pressure to meet tighter lending criteria is not a worry for many Victorian first homebuyers who now occupy 18.5% of the market first time in four years, according to recent figures by the Housing Industry Association and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
During the September quarter, the number of first homebuyers rose by 32.2% and is said to be in response to stamp duty concessions that were introduced back in July.
Put into effect on July 1, the changes mean that Victorian buyers purchasing homes under $600,000 were permitted a stamp duty exemption, along with stamp duty discounts on property buys up to $750,000 - with savings as much as $10,955 up for grabs on a $499,000 home.
“The last time they were at 18.5% of the market was August 2013 and they got down as low as 13.9% of the market in February this year,” said HIA Principal Economist, Tim Reardon.
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According to Reardon, an increase in apartment availability has also “brought (first homebuyers) back to the market”.
NSW also saw a huge boost in buyers by 57.7%, which has also been as a result of stamp duty changes. Queensland experienced a 4.5% increase, 2% in South Australia and a minor 1.6% in Tasmania.
“It’s not surprising to see that the stamp duty concessions have had this effect on the market, plus other factors like coolin investor interest and plateauing prices contributed to the spike in first home buyer activity as well,” said Mozo Property Expert, Steve Jovcevski.
“Now the thing is, with first home buyers who were previously priced out of hubs like Sydney and Melbourne returning to the market and propping up demand, I think prices won’t get much lower. That means young buyers have a limited window to get a foot on the property ladder.”
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