Mortgage stress up despite decline in rates

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 29-Sep-17

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that mortgage stress increased to 17.3% of Australian borrowers in July 2017, an increase of 0.3% points over the last 12 months, despite a decline in home loan interest rates. Over the last 12 months there has been an increase in mortgage stress for both those considered to be "At Risk" (which is based on the amount originally borrowed) and those "Extremely at Risk" (based on the amount currently outstanding). In the three months to July 2016, 17.0% of mortgage holders were "At Risk"; this has increased to 17.3% in July 2017. Over the same period the proportion that were "Extremely at Risk" increased from 12.4% to 12.8%. The main cause of the increase in mortgage stress was the fact that over the last year, the median household income of mortgage holders only increased by 2.0%, well behind the increase in the median amount borrowed (up 7.4%) and the median amount outstanding (up 13.1%).

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED

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