ABS housing finance figures released today show that dwelling construction loans to both investors and owner occupiers increased at the end of 2014, pointing to ongoing strength in new home building in 2015.

In December 2014, the number of loans to owner occupiers for the construction of dwellings edged higher by 0.8 per cent. Over the December 2014 quarter, these loans increased by 1.1 per cent to a level 9.8 per cent higher than in the December 2013 quarter. Lending to owner occupiers…