Highest weekly value of mortgage approvals, at NZ$1.361 bln, approved last week since March 2007

Highest weekly value of mortgage approvals, at NZ$1.361 bln, approved last week since March 2007

A total of NZ$1.361 billion worth of residential mortgages were approved last week, according to Reserve Bank data, the highest weekly value for more than five years.

Meanwhile, the week ended June 29 was the 19th out of 20 where the value of approvals topped NZ$1 billion, the first time this has happened since 2007.

The volume of approvals last week was 7,911, the highest since 10,843 in the week ended April 3, 2009. Last week's volume was up 29.8%, year-on-year based on a comparison of the most recent 13 weeks of data to the same 13 weeks last year.

The NZ$1.361 billion value, up 46.1%, was the highest since NZ$1.427 billion worth of approvals in the week to March 30, 2007.

The Reserve Bank defines a mortgage approval as a firm commitment to provide credit for the purchase of housing, which has been accepted by the borrower. It says a commitment exists once the home loan application is approved, and a loan contract or letter of offer has been issued to the borrower. Seven banks respond to the Reserve Bank's survey, between them representing 99% of registered bank lending for housing, and about 94% of total housing lending.

Included in the data is the refinancing of other banks customers, any loan where the security changes, and any loan where the liability holder changes. Excluded is own customer refinance, business borrowing where the security is the owner’s home, and when the underlying value of a loan is “topped up," with only the topped up portion included. See more detail in the Reserve Bank's description of the data series here.

The Reserve Bank has been tracking the data since October 2003.

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Great so now we have both private and public debt increasing as levels never seen before, congratulations John Key and Bill English you both are a total failure.
Why not go for broke and see how many billions of dollars you can lose the country by destroying our agricultural industries, from your short sighted cutbacks in bio security.

We've had PSA, a Queensland Fruit Fly... Now for a little foot and mouth and we've got the hat-trick of bio security incompetence!

And of course none of it has had anything to do with these muppets making cut backs in biosecurity.

Indeed... I was shocked at how lax bio security was at Auck Int when I came through a few weeks ago... And I had ticked I'd been on a 3rd world piggery. Fortunately I care and took the necessary precautions, what about the folk who don't give a toss?

Or perhaps it's because the metric isn't clear. Is this net lending? Or simply approvals that demonstrate that the market is working and there is a serious amount of refinancing going on out there. Hell, for $2k and 25bps off my mortgage there isn't much I wouldn't do...

Careful of the sensational headlines. You could be forgiven for thinking the boom times are here again. RBNZ is the feelgood arm of the "ministry of truth"
In the month of June Barfoot and Thompson (Auckland's largest RE) sold 994 properties. That's for the whole month of June. (How representative of the whole country is B&T). How many properties were "actually" sold in NZ in June?. Last week of June, according to RBNZ there were 7,911 approvals. That's in just one week.
According to RBNZ, rollovers within the same bank are excluded from the numbers. The number of approvals are "new" approvals to each bank. That suggests there is a lot of customers switching from their favourite banker to another. How promiscuous. Back offices must be busy.

There were 29,807 "new approvals" for the month of June. Excluding same-bank approvals.

Expect to see more results like this - paid $690,000 2008 now resold $1,089,000 June 2012