Sales of new homes in Australia rose for the second month in a row on the back of demand for units, according to Australia’s largest volume builders.
The latest result for the Housing Industry Association Home (HIA) Sales Report highlights a 2.2% rise for in November following a lift of 3% the previous month.
A number of indicators have been showing a slowing in growth in Australian housing. Units are popular with foreign investors.
HIA economist Harley Dale says sales of multi-units surged in both October and November to reach their highest level since September 2003.
Detached house sales dipped by 1.5% in November.
State by state results: Detached house sales increased by 4% in Victoria, 16% in Queensland, and 0.3% in South Australia, and fell in New South Wales (-5.6%) and Western Australia (-10.6%).