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Borrowers feel pain of rate rises

Staff Reporter 1 minute read

It seems that the four rate rises in six months are starting to have an impact on potential home buyers.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed home loan approvals dropped in January –the fourth consecutive decline.

Home loan approvals plummeted by 7.9 per cent in January, the biggest fall since June 2000.

''This marks the fourth consecutive decline in housing finance since the Reserve Bank of Australia commenced tightening monetary policy, suggesting momentum in the property market is fading,'' Moody's Analytics economist Matthew Circosta said.

RP Data’s senior research analyst Cameron Kusher agreed that while the market is currently being fuelled by strong migration and insufficient housing supply, higher interest rates are likely to dampen property value growth.

“Over the next year we anticipate a lower level of growth nationally (anticipated to be single figure) which will be bought on by tighter lending requirements and higher interest rates,” Mr Kusher told The Adviser.

Borrowers feel pain of rate rises
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