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S&P: Despite low interest rates, expect demand for housing should remain subdued in short term

In the view of S&P Global Ratings, despite low-interest rates, the demand for housing should remain subdued in the short term due to the current travel restrictions, weak consumer sentiment due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“Downside risks to Australian property prices not yet alarming for banks.

We currently foresee a downturn in the property sector to be relatively short lived.

Estimate that Australian banks should be able to absorb increased credit losses due tocovid-19 within their annual earnings."

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