The Reserve Bank of Australia and the Government may be lamenting the fact that lower interest rates and personal tax cuts haven’t had the desired effect on consumer spending, but combined with relaxed lending standards on mortgages, they have accelerated the housing market recovery.
With the cash rate falling by 75 basis points over the last 6 months, home loan interest rates are now at levels not seen since the 1950s and since APRA’s (Australian Prudential and Regulatory Authority) decision to relax the buffer borrowers are required to keep in the event interest rates go up the value of loans is rising. Owner occupier loan values were up 1.9% in August with investor loans up a higher 5.7%1, although softer rental yields mean investors are slower to return to the market than owner occupiers overall.
Confidence returns to the property market
Median prices had fallen 10% below their peaks in our largest housing markets, Sydney and Melbourne in the two years to May 2019, but have steadily increased since. Auction markets have strengthened with national clearance rates remaining above 70%2 for most weeks since mid-September and volumes set to remain high through Spring.
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Source: CoreLogic Property Market Insights, Changes in Dwelling Values by State, November 2019
Opportunities in an improving market
The improving market is good news for property owners and can bring further opportunities depending on the sustained rate of recovery in your part of the market and your current and future goals. These include:
Refinancing your mortgage:
Changes to lending standards, RBA rate cuts and digital disruption in the mortgage market are combining to make the mortgage market extremely competitive. It’s a great time to see if you can get a better rate or terms on your mortgage, even from your existing lender.
Clients who have been considering downsizing but were waiting for the market to show signs of recovery may now want to consider how the numbers stack up with increased equity in their home and significant superannuation incentives on offer for those who are ready to make the move.
If you have any question about what an improving property market may mean for you, please contact your FMD adviser.
 CoreLogic: Monthly value of new house finance commitments, national
 CoreLogic: Weekly clearance rates, combined capital cities
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