More loans for new housing and construction by owner-occupiers were made in Australia over the past three months than for any other quarterly period in more than four years, the latest figures show.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the combined number of loans made for either the purchase or construction of new housing (owner occupiers only) eased back 1.21 percent from March’s 52 month high of 8,928 to come in at 8,818, as the number of loans made for the purchase of new…