With the recent rise in interest rates, and a reduction in buyers borrowing capacity, further falls in house prices have been predicted by property experts.
Financial comparison site Canstar said this will place increased pressure on first home buyers who are judging when to enter the housing market or not.
NAB forecasts property price falls of around 20% across the capital cities from the peak in April of this year to trough. Declines across the whole of 2022 and 2023 are predicted to be down by around 17.9%.
This forecast follows ANZ’s 20% price decline prediction from the peak of housing in April this year through to the end of 2023.
Westpac predicts a 16% peak-to-trough fall, while CommBank expects a 15% fall over the same period.
Steering clear of the market
interest rates resulting in reduced borrowing capacities, a growing number of buyers have steered away from the market.
This is reflected in ABS data which shows that
lending for new loan commitments has fallen for three consecutive months, with the value declining from $32.39 billion in May 2022 to $27.39 billion in August 2022.
first home buyers, however, picked up for the first time in three months, with a 10% rise in August. The value of these new loans rose by 7% to reach $4.35 billion.
Steve Mickenbacker, Canstar’s finance expert, said the decision to buy while
prices are predicted to fall has clearly made firth time buyers cautious when weighing up risks when to buy.
“A move to buy too soon will
see first home buyers’ equity plummet alarmingly and leave them with a large debt,” he said.
“Conversely being conservative may see them miss out if price projections have been too alarmist.
“The big banks are predicting that house prices are set to fall a lot further. The latest to join the crystal ball club is NAB, which predicts total falls of around 20% from the peak in April this year to the bottom, meaning big falls are yet to come,” added Mr Mickenbecker.
“Jumping in at today’s valuations will see buyers facing equity uncomfortably close to negative in all capitals by the end of 2023.
“Low equity and even negative equity, though unpalatable when your savings have been washed away, isn’t the end of the world provided borrowers can still meet their repayments.
“Housing price falls too will pass and borrowers who can afford repayments can wait it out, even if it may take years before they are ahead of their buying price. But borrowers who aren’t able to meet their repayments and who have low equity, can’t expect generous patience from their lender.
Mr Mickenbacker concluded by remarking that buyers will sooner or alter start to fear missing out, making it wise to suggest a price line in the sand.
“Rather than aiming for the bottom of the market they might consider entering when prices
fall to within 5 percent of predictions or within 5 percent of the market turning up.
“Either entry point reduces the risk.
“The only certainty about house prices is that there is no sure thing. Most house price predictions were wrong when COVID started and could be wrong again. What is important is that first
home buyers go into the buying decision eyes wide open to the risks.”