Australian Home Prices May Rebound on Low Rates, Easy Credit

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a house with trees in the background: Residential properties stand along a street in Brisbane, Australia, on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Australian central bank chief Philip Lowe dashed expectations of an interest-rate cut, looking through recent weakness in inflation to hitch the policy outlook to a labor market that he says remains strong.


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Residential properties stand along a street in Brisbane, Australia, on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Australian central bank chief Philip Lowe dashed expectations of an interest-rate cut, looking through recent weakness in inflation to hitch the policy outlook to a labor market that he says remains strong.

Australian home prices may have bottomed out and could be set to rise through the end of the year on the back of lower interest rates and easier credit, according to Bloomberg Intelligence.

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Property prices have fallen just 3% since the Covid-19 crisis began, defying concern of a steeper slide. A plan to ease responsible-lending rules and mounting speculation for further loosening of monetary policy in coming months may unleash a wave of borrowing, Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Mohsen Crofts said in a report Wednesday.

What Bloomberg Intelligence says:

Home prices may have reached a near-term bottom in most

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a person sitting on a cart: Congress should include practical, easy improvements to Social Security programs in next CR


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