Renovations the 'shining light' of building

by Adam Smith24 Nov 2011

Renovations continue to drive building activity as homeowners shun new purchases in favour of improving their existing homes.

ABS figures show renovation work grew 0.9% in the September quarter to be up 6.3% on last year. HIA acting chief economist Andrew Harvey said renovations were the "shining light" of the building industry.

"This trend of growing renovations is likely to continue not only because Australians love to renovate but also as households increasingly prefer to direct excessive property transaction costs towards improving their existing homes rather than trading up," he said.

New home building, meanwhile, fell 1.5% in the September quarter, and was down 5.2% on the same period last year. Harvey said new home building was on a "consistent downtrend".

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