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Survey reveals Aussies’ response to mortgage repayment increases

Some 26% of Australians see mortgage repayments as a significant cost-of-living concern – that means 5.05 million people may be worried about keeping up with mortgage repayments in the coming months, a survey conducted by online financial broker Savvy has shown.

Of the 25- to 34-year-old and 35- to 44-year-old age groups, 38% said mortgage repayment rises are a significant concern when it comes to their ability to keep up with the cost of living. Other age groups expressed a lower level of concern about mortgage repayments: 25% of 18-24s, 32% of 45-54s, 18% of 55-64s, and only 6% of those aged 65 and over.

Survey findings showed that 43.86% of mortgage holders fork out between $251 and $500 on repayments each week, while 23% spend between $501 and $750. A further 18% claimed to pay $751 or more per week to cover their mortgage.

Some 8.1 million Australians were identified as having a mortgage.

“If that 23% who said they have mortgage repayments $500 to $750 per week were single income households, they would be in real trouble,” said Bill Tsouvalas, CEO of Savvy. “The COVID mortgage holidays are over and for some families, there may not be much left in the tank when it comes to covering mortgage repayments.”

The respondents also revealed their top three responses to mortgage repayment increases resulting from an interest rate rise. Some 53% said they would try to cut down on their other expenses to prioritise their mortgage, 28% said they will absorb the increase, and 26% said they will simply grit their teeth and experience mortgage stress. Meanwhile, 20% said they’re prepared to change lenders or refinance and 13% will lock in a fixed rate with their current lender.

“If you can refinance on a lower rate – lock it in now,” Tsouvalas said. “Nought point eight five per cent is still a record low; so get around to refinancing or fixing your rate as a first priority.”



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