Housing no impediment as Reserve Bank prepares to cut interest rates

  • Apparent strong house price growth in Sydney and Melbourne is unlikely to dissuade the Reserve Bank from cutting interest rates on Tuesday, in part because it’s not what it seems.

The CoreLogic home price index jumped 3.1 per cent in Sydney and 1.6 per cent in Melbourne after the Reserve Bank cut rates in May, and then a further 1.2 per cent and 0.8 per cent in June sparking fears that the Bank had ignited a new house price boom.



The August meeting is RBA Governor Glenn Stevens’ second-last before he is replaced by his deputy, Philip Lowe.  Photo: Rob Homer

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