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RBA rate announcement - April 2014

The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced the outcome of its monthly board meeting.

News Staff Reporter 01 April 2014
— 1 minute read

The central bank left the official cash rate on hold at 2.5 per cent as most experts had predicted.


However, it may not be long before interest rates start to rise.

RP Data’s head of research, Tim Lawless, said the latest housing market statistics could force the Reserve Bank to lift rates in the near future.

Mr Lawless noted that selling values had increased 15.8 per cent since June 2012. He also said investors now represent 38 per cent of all new housing finance commitments – a level not seen since just before the housing boom peaked in 2003.

“Clearly the rate of value appreciation across the Australian housing market has been unsustainably strong over the short term,” he said.

“However, the national economy is seeing a great deal of benefit from the increased level of both developer and buyer confidence, which the RBA is likely to see as a positive outcome from the currently exuberant housing market conditions.

“If value growth continues along the current trajectory, I think the Reserve Bank will be forced to take action to quell the level of exuberance via higher interest rates.”

LJ Hooker’s deputy chairman, L. Janusz Hooker, also said the next move in the cash rate was likely to be up.

He said a rate rise would not impact the market, as buyers understood that rates were at an all-time low and were likely to rise in the next year.

“We have been seeing the benefits of those [rate] cuts every weekend at open inspections. People are still out house hunting or looking for investment properties,” he said.

“From all indications, we are anticipating a very busy Easter and a strong market heading into winter.”

RBA rate announcement - April 2014
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