Broken Hill has country's highest arrears in property mortgages

Broken Hill has country's highest arrears in property mortgages
Broken Hill has country's highest arrears in property mortgages

NSW’s Broken Hill has the highest mortgage arrears in the country followed by Queensland’s Armstrong Beach, followed by South Australia’s Currency Creek and Butler in Western Australia, according to S&P.

“Mortgage delinquencies in regional areas traditionally have outpaced metropolitan areas,” the latest report said.

“This often has been the case because regional centres are more vulnerable to a downturn.”

Erin Kitson, an analyst for S&P, says that mining and manufacturing regions, especially those in Queensland and Victoria, are struggling due to job losses.

The Australian also noted that Geelong was experiencing a sharp increase in mortgage arrears rate due to job losses.

State

Suburb

Loans in arrears (%)

NSW

Broken Hill

                           8

QLD

Armstrong Beach

                           7

SA

Currency Creek

                           5

WA

Butler

                           5

QLD

Bucasia

                           4

QLD

Blenheim

                           4

WA

Maddington

                           4

QLD

Emerald

                           4

TAS

Dowsing Point

                           4

QLD

Alexandra

                           4

“The non-metropolitan regions of Australia tend to have economies which are less diverse compared to metropolitan areas, which means if you lose your job in Wide Bay there are going to be less opportunities than if you lost your job in Sydney or Melbourne.”

The number of regional homeowners in arrears has increased by 18% in the past year compared with only 2 percent for metropolitan mortgagees.

The percentages of loans in arrears in the most affected postcodes are 8.27 percent in Broken Hill, 7.42 percent in Armstrong Beach, 5.44 percent in Currency Creek, and 5.43 percent in Butler.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

Tags: 
Broken Hill Loans And Mortgages

Comments

Be the first one to comment on this article
What would you like to say about this project?