Fixed rate demand hits three year high

Fixed rate demand hits three year high
Fixed rate demand hits three year high

Home loan approval data for July shows  fixed rate home loans accounted for 29.63 percent of all loans written throughout the month according to Mortgage Choice.

This is its highest level in more than three years, say Mortgage Choice.

John Flavell, Mortgage Choice chief executive officer said this is the highest level of demand we have seen for fixed rate home loans since December 2013, when fixed rate home loans accounted for 33.06 percent of all loans written.

“The surge in popularity for this type of product does not come as much of a surprise when we look at what’s been taking place in the market in recent weeks," he said.

“A few of Australia’s lenders have lowered the interest rates charged on some of their fixed rate products, with some trimming up to 10 basis points from their four and five year rates.

"As a result, many of the fixed rate home loans now on offer are very competitively priced.

“Of course, this isn’t the only activity taking place in the market.

"In recent weeks, many of Australia’s lenders have introduced a raft of other policy and pricing changes.

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Fixed rate demand hits three year high

“Some lenders have significantly increased their interest only pricing across both their investment and owner-occupied products.

"These changes have helped make the mortgage market more complex than ever before.

“Subsequently, borrowers wanting certainty and security over their repayments for a set period of time are increasingly turning to a fixed rate mortgage.

"Fixed rate demand rose in every state throughout the month of July. 

"Western Australia had the highest proportion of borrowers opting for a fixed loan, with the product making up 35.77 percent of loans written throughout July.

"Not far behind was New South Wales, where fixed rate loans accounted for 33.59 percent of all loans written, and Queensland, where fixed rate loans accounted for 28.08 percent of all loans written.

"Overall, variable rate loans remained the most popular product for borrowers in Australia, particularly ongoing discount loans.

"It remained to be seen whether borrowers continued to flock towards the perceived safety of fixed rate home loans, or ride the changes in the market by selecting a variable rate product.

“Borrower demand for certain products will be dictated by what happens in the market.

“For example, if we continue see added complexity in the market - with lenders making changes to their pricing and policy - I would expect to see more borrowers opting for the security of a fixed rate loan.

"Borrowers and prospective buyers needed to remember that home loan rates are still hovering around historically low levels.

“Whether you’re looking to buy your first property, upgrade, refinance or even renovate, now it a great time to make your property goals a reality.”

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