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Australian Property Market Shows Resilience as RBA Holds Rates Steady

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has decided to keep the official cash rate at 4.10% for the fourth consecutive month, providing a welcome relief for the Australian property market. This decision comes amid ongoing concerns about rising inflation and its impact on the economy. As reported by Henry Thai in the recent article “Australian property market relief continues as RBA holds rates at 4.10% again,” the RBA’s new governor, Michele Bullock, cited various factors influencing this decision.

Bullock emphasized that the higher interest rates are crucial in achieving a more sustainable balance between supply and demand within the Australian economy. She stated, “The higher interest rates are working to establish a more sustainable balance between supply and demand in the economy and will continue to do so.” This reflects the RBA’s commitment to managing the economic outlook in a cautious manner.

Despite the recent uptick in inflation, which reached 5.2% in August, well above the RBA’s target range of 2%-3%, rates remained unchanged. Ray White chief economist Nerida Conisbee noted, “The increase in inflation reminds us that we still have some way to go and that there is still potential for more rate rises.”

Property experts, however, see the decision to keep rates steady as a positive sign for the real estate market. Mathew Tiller, head of research at LJ Hooker Group, stated, “Today’s decision gives buyers with pre-approvals the confidence to table offers and bid at auction knowing they can meet serviceability levels of their loan.” This assurance is expected to boost buyer turnout at auctions and open homes in the coming months.

Eleanor Creagh, a senior economist at PropTrack, pointed out that the decision aligns with the ongoing trends in the housing market, where national home prices have reversed last year’s declines. Creagh noted, “National home prices have now reversed last year’s price falls in their entirety, with September marking the ninth consecutive month of national home price growth.”

Moreover, the decision to hold rates steady is likely to support consumer spending. Tim Lawless, research director at CoreLogic, highlighted the impact of mortgage servicing costs and cost-of-living pressures on consumer spending. Lawless stated, “Higher fuel and energy prices, alongside persistently high services and rental inflation have the potential to trigger another rate hike later this year.”

Despite the positive sentiment, it’s essential to remember that the Australian economy is still experiencing below-trend growth, and household consumption growth remains weak. This is expected to continue for some time, as noted by RBA governor Michele Bullock.

In conclusion, the RBA’s decision to maintain the current interest rates provides stability to the Australian property market and offers confidence to both buyers and sellers. While inflation remains a concern, the central bank seems cautious in its approach, considering the overall economic conditions and trends in the real estate sector.

As we move further into the spring season, the property market appears poised for growth and recovery, with the potential for more markets to reach new record levels in the coming months, according to experts like Eleanor Creagh.


“Australian property market relief continues as RBA holds rates at 4.10% again” by Henry Thai 

“Property market rebound: House prices are on the rise, but not in one major city” by SBS News 

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