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Australian housing boom has peaked:analyst

Australia's housing boom has peaked, with the challenge now to pull off a `soft landing', investment bank Morgan Stanley says as it predicts further interest rates cuts and a mini-budget stimulus.

While official interest rates remain at a record low two per cent, tightened lending standards are prompting a cooling-off period amid slower net migration, its analysts note in a research report.

"We are now calling the peak in the housing cycle, and expect further falls in auction clearance rates and house price momentum, with a negative impact on construction occurring over 2016," the report said.

The analysts say the housing slowdown comes at an awkward time for the Australian economy as it transitions out of the mining boom.

"We believe recession...