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
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
RESERVE Bank of Australia head of economic analysis Tony Richards has warned Australian house prices will rise in the next 12 months, putting pressure on housing affordability – despite imminent interest rate rises.
At a Committee For Economic Development of Australia conference yesterday, facilitated by The Australian newspaper, Dr Richards said: “It is looking increasingly clear that Australia has avoided the large falls in house prices seen in some other countries over the past two years or so.”Read more