The latest interest rate rise, the fourth in the last six months and eleventh straight since 2002, will add about $100 a month to my mortgage repayments.Read more
NEW figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show 60,000 fewer first home buyers entered the mortgage market for the year to May.
This reflects a drop of 5000 loans a month, and comes despite the low interest rate environment.
The ABS says rising costs of living, and interest rates, are factors negatively affecting sentiment in the market.Read more
Jingle bells are ringing for South Australian homeowners after the Reserve Bank of Australia decided not to raise interest rates at its December meeting, the Real Estate Institute of SA (REISA) said.Read more
THE Reserve Bank kept official interest rates unchanged at 3 per cent, at its August meeting.
Below is a statement by RBA governor Glenn Stevens:Read more
ALMOST 12,000 Australians who took advantage of the ALP Government’s First Home Owner’s Grant are struggling to meet their mortgage repayments.
Adviser Fujitsu Consulting says 45 per cent of the 26,000 borrowers it surveyed, who had entered the market since mid 2008, were experiencing “mortgage stress” or “severe mortgage stress”.
Mortgage stress refers to a situation where a household spends a third of their income on home loan repayments.Read more
Today the Reserve Bank governer Glenn Stevens made a surprising announcement that the official cash rate was to remain on hold at 3.75%Read more
LAST year was the weakest year for rental growth since 2002, and the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to a new report by Australian Property Monitors.
The latest APM report shows a 2 per cent national increase for rents, down on the rate of 12 per cent, during the “boom” 2007 and 2008 conditions.
The winding down of the first home buyers grant, better employment prospects, strong house price growth and low vacancy rates will all contribute to a stronger year for rental growth in 2010, The Australian reports.Read more
HIGHER interest rates, and a winding-down of government grants for new homes, have contributed to a contraction of housing finance, for the second successive month in November, 2009 (released January 2010).
Strong population growth, pent-up demand, and re-interest in real estate, by investors, is expected to result in the RBA increasing interest rates when it meets next month – making it an unprecedented fourth straight interest rate rise since late last year.
It’s been speculated interest rates could rise between 1 and 3 per cent this year.
According to the recent ABS statistics, the number of housing finance approvals fell 5.6 per cent (seasonally adjusted) in November from October.Read more
THE Reserve Bank of Australia has given mortgage holders an early Christmas present, by increasing interest rates just 0.25 per cent this week.
The RBA meeting, the last one for what has been a strong year for major residential markets, will see the official cash rate increase to 3.75 per cent. The RBA meets again on February 2, 2010.
It’s the first time the RBA has increased interest rates for three consecutive months. Some analysts were speculating interest rates may increase by more than 0.25 per cent, on the back of strength in the residential sector.Read more
AUSTRALIA’s major banks wasted no time passing on Tuesday’s Reserve Bank of Australia lift in the cash rate.
ANZ and the Westpac are reported to have increased their variable mortgage rate to 6.31 per cent, while Commonwealth Bank and the NAB rates will rise to 6.24 per cent.
The banks passed on the RBA cash rate increase by the close of business Tuesday. The RBA met at 2:30pm, raising the official cash rate 0.25 per cent to 3.5 per cent.Read more
The Reserve Bank of Australia lifted official interest rates by 25 basis points today, to 3.25 per cent. The move will add about $40 to the average monthly payment, of a $300,000 mortgage. The RBA meets next on the afternoon of November 3 (Melbourne Cup Day) 2009.Read more
AUSTRALIANS will pay higher borrowing rates than they need to, and any economic recovery may be slower than it could be, as a result of Rudd government’s recent $A315 billion spending spree.
RMIT University economists Steven Kates and Sinclair Davidson have joined a chorus of experts at a Senate inquiry warning the Labor Government’s decision to control fiscal policy, now puts it at odds with monetary policy, with mortgage holders one of the big losers expected to pay, moving forward.
The amount of public debt incurred by the Labor government’s program is unjustified, and the stimulus money is being spent on goods and services “that will give no economic momentum”, Professor Kates told the inquiry.
“[Interest] Rates will go up because we’ve taken our national pool of savings and we’ve spent it”.Read more
AT its September 2009 meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia has left the official cash rate unchanged at 3 per cent, for the sixth month in a row.
The decision to keep rates on hold was expected, but many analysts anticipate the RBA will start increasing the official cash rate before the end of the year. Most of the major banks have already started increasing fixed and variable interest rates independent of the RBA over the last few months.
The next RBA meeting is scheduled for October 6.
Below is the statement by RBA governor Glenn Stevens:Read more
ANZ Banking Group chief executive Mike Smith has warned mortgage holders that bank funding costs, and not the Reserve Bank of Australia’s position on official rates – will be the big influence affecting bank’s position on rates, moving forward.
Mr Smith told a crowd at the Australian British Chamber of Commerce function in Sydney: “I think that banks will have to raise rates if their (wholesale) funding rates get higher.”
“If that’s out of cycle, that’s out of cycle. It could happen.”Read more
NEW figures from the New South Wales Sheriff’s office show home repossessions in the state have fallen substantially since last year.
The office figures show between January and July 2009, home repossessions were 30 per cent lower than during the same period last year. In total 300 fewer homes were forcibly taken from their owners.
The one big difference to the economic backdrop, is interest rates which have successively and sharply fallen over the past twelve months to be at record lows.Read more
THREE DAYS after banking giant Commonwealth Bank announced a surprise increase of its fixed interest rate, rival banks Westpac and National Australia Bank have followed suit.
Westpac yesterday informed its mortgage holders of interest rate increases of between 0.1 per cent and 0.5 per cent, for most of its loans. The bank’s four and five year loan rates have ballooned from 6.69 per cent to 7.19 per cent.
Westpac was followed by the National Australia Bank, which also lifted rates on its four and five year loans, by between 0.15 and 0.4 per cent.Read more
The Commonwealth Bank today announced that although its standard variable home loan interest rate will increase by 0.10 per cent per annum, its rate is still the lowest of the major banks.
Ross McEwan, Group Executive Retail Banking Services said, “This is a decision the Bank has made reluctantly. During most of the past 18 months, Commonwealth Bank customers have had the benefit of the lowest standard variable home loan rate on offer from the major banks. However, given our increasing funding costs, it has become necessary to make this increase.”Read more
REINSW has welcomed the Reserve Bank of Australia’s recognition that the low level of rental vacancies is likely to lead to significant rent increases.Read more
The decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia to hold interest rates at their current level has been welcomed by REINSW as it will help sustain a recent pick up in the residential property market.Read more
INTEREST rates are likely to stay at or slightly above current levels until 2009 before heading down, according to property experts at a seminar hosted by the Urban Development Institute of Victoria at Crown Casino earlier this week.Read more