The head of the Reserve Bank says the booming Sydney property market gets far too much attention, and further interest rate cuts are possible.
Two years of double digit home price growth in Sydney have heightened fears of a property bubble, which may prove a deterrent to cutting record low interest rates.
But Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens says too much attention is given to Sydney, while prices in other capital cities remain under control.
"Popular commentary is, in my opinion, too focused on Sydney prices and pays too little attention to the more disparate trends among the other 80 per cent of Australia," he told a function in New York.
Rates are only one factor driving house price rises, and they need to be balanced against other financial considerations, he said.
That has been behind the RBA’s decision to maintain the cash rate at record lows since August 2013, and its willingness to cut again if necessary, Mr Stevens said.