Australia’s mortgage market is experiencing a significant shift, with many homeowners coming off two year and three year fixed rate loans onto much higher variable rates today.
Starting during the 2020 pandemic, there was a boom in fixed rate borrowing, as Lenders slashed their fixed rates to record low levels and many Borrowers took advantage.
At the peak, almost 40% of outstanding home loans in early 2022 were fixed, which was “roughly twice their usual share from prior to 2020,” according to a research paper published by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA).
As of March 2023, about 25% of fixed rate loans outstanding in early 2022 had expired. By the end of 2023, another 40% will expire; and by the end of 2024, another 20%. This is what the media has been referring to as the ‘fixed-rate cliff’.
Here are three tips if you’re about to revert from a fixed to a variable loan:
- Start budgeting right now for higher interest rates
- Contact us to discuss whether you could refinance to a new Lender with a more suitable fixed or variable rate
- Limit your spending to increase your chances of qualifying for a new loan
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