Housing demand on the rise as population growth at highest rate in three years: Tim Lawless
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The latest demographic update released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics late last month provides an overview on population growth and migration flows up to March 2012. The data revealed the rate of population growth, at 1.49%, was the highest rate of growth since the last quarter of 2009 and net overseas migration was at the highest level in two years, with just over 197,000 net overseas migrants arriving in Australia over the twelve months to the end of March. That’s 18% higher than what was recorded a year ago, highlighting how significantly Australia’s rate of net migration growth has turned around.Click to enlarge
Every state has seen an increase in the level of overseas migration, with New South Wales and Victoria attracting the largest raw numbers. Western Australia has seen the most significant uplift in overseas migrants, with the net number of new residents from overseas up 49% over the year to March 2012.Click to enlarge
The trends in interstate migration are the most interesting, at least in my view. Phil Lowe, the deputy governor of the Reserve Bank, included a great series of graphs in his recent speech in Hobart (speech is here) that makes it very easy to compare the interstate migration trends (below).Click to enlarge
The Mark at Sydney's Central Park
Much has been spoken about the global property market and that our market will ultimately follow a similar fate and I am always at pains to point out not all property is created equal.
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