Demand for home loans dropped in February, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
ABS data showed the total number of home loans granted in February fell 2.5%, compared to January.
In seasonally adjusted terms, the number of loans for owner-occupied housing fell 2.5%.
Total housing loans by dollar value slid 1.3% in February to $20.295 billion.
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Loans were expected to have risen by 5%, according to CommSec analysts.
The number of first-home-buyer loans, as a percentage of total owner-occupied housing, fell to 17.2% in February from 20.3% in January.