What is the average new home loan in Australia?

MICHAEL LUND
If you are in the market for a new home, you might want to know what the average home loan is that people are taking out at the moment. Here we take a look at what the latest figures say about new home loans across Australia, and what the monthly repayments may be for such a loan.
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publishes regular updates on new home loans from across all states and territories.

We can use some of the published data to calculate the average new home loan, and how those figures may have changed over time.

The main figures we are crunching here are new loans (i.e. excluding refinances) for owner-occupiers buying an existing home (one someone else has already lived in), for people buying a newly built home and for those who want to construct a new home. We use the original data, not the seasonally adjusted figures.

We also use Canstar’s home loan repayment calculator to estimate the monthly repayments on those average new home loan figures.

What is the average new home loan?

The ABS data shows a total of 37,300 new loan commitments were issued in April for people buying a home they want to live in, not including loans for land or alterations, at a total value of about $20.1 billion. That’s a drop in the number of loan commitments of 10.7% on the previous month.

Despite this drop in numbers, the average new loan in Australia for people buying an existing property was $563,554 in April 2021, up 5.7% on the month before.

The average figure for a loan for buying a newly built home was $539,819, up 5.2% on the previous month, and $440,769 for a loan to build a new home, up 1.2%.

Across the nation, Tasmania had the lowest April average for an existing home, at just $382,752. The highest was New South Wales at $708,771.

The average home loan for a newly built home was also the lowest in Tasmania at $370,000 and the highest in New South Wales at $668,856.

The average loan for a new construction was the lowest in South Australia at $375,278, while the highest was the Australian Capital Territory at $603,093.

Average new home loan size for owner-occupiers across Australia (April 2021)

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Location Existing
home
Newly built
home
New
construction
ACT $551,920 $476,531 $603,093
New South Wales $708,771 $668,856 $523,826
Northern Territory $397,596 $287,500 $473,810
Queensland $462,590 $461,149 $427,478
South Australia $420,841 $423,567 $375,278
Tasmania $382,752 $370,000 $377,632
Victoria $595,896 $526,606 $450,456
Western Australia $442,324 $417,273 $401,975

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics April 2021 lending indicators, released June 2021, using the original data, not the seasonally adjusted figures. Existing home: An existing home that has been previously occupied. Newly built home: A home that has not previously been occupied. New construction: A new home that has yet to be built.

What are the monthly repayments on an average home loan?

Remember these are only average figures, which means some new loans would be higher and some lower, but they are a guide as to what was happening in the property market in April.

So what would be the typical monthly repayment on such new loans?

Here we use Canstar’s home loans repayment calculator to work out how much people would need to repay each month, based on the average new home loan amount for owner-occupiers in each state and territory, according to the ABS data.

The calculations are based on a loan repayment on principal and interest, paid monthly over 30 years at an interest rate of 3.26% based on Canstar’s estimated average variable rate for April, excluding fees and assuming the interest rate stays the same throughout that time.

Estimated monthly repayments on an average new home loan

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Location Existing
home
Newly built
home
New
construction
ACT $2,405 $2,077 $2,628
New South Wales $3,089 $2,915 $2,283
Northern Territory $1,733 $1,253 $2,065
Queensland $2,016 $2,009 $1,863
South Australia $1,834 $1,846 $1,635
Tasmania $1,668 $1,612 $1,646
Victoria $2,597 $2,295 $1,963
Western Australia $1,927 $1,818 $1,752

Source: The calculations do not take into account all fees and charges and the results are an estimate only. Based on a loan repayment on principal and interest, paid monthly over 30 years at an interest rate of 3.26%.

How have home loans changed over the last 12 months?

In April 2020, Australia was in the early grip of the coronavirus pandemic. The average new loan across all categories nationally took a dip mid-year, but loans for existing and newly built properties did start to rise towards the end of the year.

Nationally, the average loan for new builds dropped to a low of $475,240 in June but have picked up and are now their highest for the 12 months since April 2020.

New loans for existing dwellings have also picked up, and after a dip in February, the figure is again on the rise.

It’s new loans for new constructions that have dipped the most over the past 12 months, but even they have continued to rise since January.

The ABS says these figures may have been influenced somewhat by the HomeBuilder grant, which was reduced from $25,000 to $15,000 effective from 1 January 2021, and was closed to new applications from 14 April 2021.

The next ABS lending data is due out on 2 July 2021.

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