Only 5% of homes in negative equity says RBA

Only 5% of homes in negative equity says RBA
Only 5% of homes in negative equity says RBA

Only five percent of homes are in negative equity, the RBA Governor Philip Lowe advised in his speech to the AFR Business Summit.

"Our estimate is that currently, less than five percent of indebted owner-occupier households have negative equity, and the vast bulk of these households continue to meet their mortgage obligations," Lowe said.

Lowe says one factor that has helped is that the share of new loans with high loan-to-valuation ratios (LVRs) has declined substantially (Graph 15 below).

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Only 5% of homes in negative equity says RBA

"The nature of Australian mortgages – in which there is an incentive to make prepayments – has also helped," Lowe added.

Lowe expects a further tightening of the labour market, which will see a gradual increase in wages growth and faster income growth.

"This should provide a counterweight to the effect on spending of lower housing prices," Lowe suggested.

"Taking these various considerations into account, the adjustment in our housing market is manageable for the overall economy."

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson

Joel Robinson is a property journalist based in Sydney. Joel has been writing about the residential real estate market for the last five years, specializing in market trends and the economics and finance behind buying and selling real estate.

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