As the holiday season rapidly approaches, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) met today for its final meeting of 2018. As expected, they have elected to keep the official cash rate on hold at 1.5%, where it will remain until their next meeting in February 2019. This is the 27th meeting in a row where the RBA has left rates unchanged. Comments from the RBA last month indicated they would wait to review this quarter’s economic data before considering a rate adjustment, and it seems likely that it will be some time away. Meanwhile, home values and auction clearance rates continue to slide in most markets – it could be a great time to grab a bargain if you’re looking to buy a home.