Australia’s residential pricing has reached record highs, with continued strong growth across almost all markets. The national median house price had risen 18.4% over the year to June with the national median unit price up 8.6%. There are signs, however, that price and lending growth is attracting the attention of regulators, with some forms of macro-prudential intervention looming. Initial curbs are likely to target highly leverage borrowers. APRA has already increased the minimum interest rate buffer ADI’s use in assessing loan serviceability from 2.5ppts to 3ppts above the actual loan rate, while Australia’s major banks have begun to take a more cautionary approach to some of their lending criteria.