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New home starts hit all-time high

By Staff Reporter
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Total dwelling commencements jumped 26.4 per cent over the year to reach record levels in the September 2014 quarter.

There were 52,380 new home starts between July and September, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Commencements for new private sector houses climbed 15.3 per cent, while commencements for other new residential buildings increased by 47.5 per cent.

There was also $22.3 billion of building activity over the quarter, which represented 5.1 per cent growth.

That included an 8.9 per cent rise in new residential building to $11.6 billion, a 1.3 per cent rise in non-residential building to $8.9 billion and a 1.1 per cent rise in residential renovations to $1.8 billion.

Housing Industry Association senior economist Shane Garrett said the quarterly record was driven by NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia, which all posted all-time highs for multi-unit dwelling commencements.

"Furthermore, another incremental increase in detached dwelling starts sees this part of the market record the strongest quarterly result since 2010," Mr Garrett said.

"This result confirms that residential building activity was tracking along at a very strong level during 2014."

However, Mr Garrett said that part of the strong September quarter result can be attributed to a 'catch-up' after a disappointing June, when the number of starts fell well short of expectations.

"Following the surge in residential buildings approved in late 2013 and early 2014, there was a substantial accumulation of multi-unit residential building projects that had obtained approval but did not commence construction in the first half of the year," he said.

"The figures released today confirm that much of the activity in the pipeline entered the construction phase in the September quarter."

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