Digital Finance Analytics released some eye-opening statistics last week around mortgage stress in Australia current as June 2018.
What shocked me was that “across Australia over 977,000 households are estimated to now be in mortgage stress (up from 966,0000 last month). This equates to 30.3% of owner occupied borrowing households. In addition, more than 22,000 of these are in severe stress”
So, what is mortgage stress and severe stress?
“Households are defined as “stressed” when net income (or cash flow) does not cover ongoing costs. They may or may not have access to other available assets, and some have paid ahead, but households in mild stress have little leeway in their cash flows”
“Severe stress [households] are unable to meet repayments from current income”
“In both cases mentioned above, households manage this deficit by cutting back on their spending, putting more on credit cards and seeking to refinance, restructure or sell their home. Those in severe stress are more likely to be seeking hardship assistance and are often forced to sell.”
Households are really struggling with the increased costs of child care, fuel, groceries and utilities. The more Women I see in this community the greater the rate of deficit in their budgets. Some of the biggest areas I see people saving are to reviewing their grocery budget, presents, utilities and interest rate on your mortgage.
Digital Finance Analytics states “Rate pressure will only increase as higher bank bill swap rates (BBSW) will force more lenders to life their mortgage rates, as a number of smaller players already have done” a couple of weeks ago.
Below is a table from the report dated July 2018 from Digital Finance.
In Victoria, 266,958 households are in mortgage stress with 14,207 risking a 30 day default on their current home loans and estimated write off for the banks of $927,000,000!!
In our budgeting and debt workshop we speak about the rise in interest rates and the financial pressures on the family budget. It is time to take action and plan for increased rate rises within your own budget, so you are prepared if this does occur.
Speak to me today to arrange a Wealth Mentoring appointment or attend one of our budgeting and debt workshops to start learning about the impacts of these statistics on your current debt.
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