Has the HomeBuilder stimulus package worked?

By Cameron Micallef 09 July 2020 | 1 minute read

Homebuilders are snapping up properties as the Morrison government’s controversial HomeBuilder scheme helps lift interest in the property market, latest stats have revealed.


According to research by the REA Group, buyer appetite for new homes is surging, with enquiry to developers jumping by 62.8 per cent in June. 

This spike followed on from a bullish 53.9 per cent increase in May.

The research suggests the announcement of HomeBuilder in early June has led to a further surge in the already increasing interest in new properties.

“Not surprisingly, land estate enquiries have recorded the largest jump over the month, up 93 per cent, followed by a 29.4 per cent increase in apartment leads and a much lower 4.3 per cent lift in enquiries for new retirement properties,”  REA Group executive manager, economic research, Cameron Kusher said.

Over the past two months, enquiries for land estates have risen by 222.2 per cent while apartment enquiries are 79.1 per cent higher and retirement enquiries have increased 107.1 per cent.

Nationally, last month saw a record number of developer enquiries.

The Northern Territory was the only state or territory in which enquiries fell last month (-21.2 per cent), while enquiries trebled in Tasmania (203.5 per cent), more than doubled in Western Australia (179 per cent) and almost doubled in Queensland (97.2 per cent) and South Australia (98.8 per cent).

Mr Kusher said the announcement of HomeBuilder could lead to a further surge in the already increasing interest in new properties.

“I expect to continue seeing high levels of enquiry to developers as buyers look to capitalise on government incentives and historic low borrowing costs that are currently available,” Mr Kusher said.

“It’s no surprise that land estate new development is benefiting from HomeBuilder, given the package is geared towards new builds, there are restrictions on construction time frames that inhibit apartment development, and the Australian dream is to own a house.”

About the author

Cameron Micallef

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your... Read more

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