Home loan deferrals continue to decline from May peak

The share of loans deferred has fallen from above 10 per cent at the May 2020 peak

Home loan deferrals continue to decline from May peak
Home loan deferrals continue to decline from May peak

Home loan deferrals secured early during the pandemic continued to decline in November.

They are now down to 2.8 per cent of home loans and 2.3 per cent of all loans, according to the latest APRA data..

The share of loans deferred has fallen from above 10 per cent at the May 2020 peak. 

Home loan deferrals continue to decline from May peak

Source: APRA

While Victoria retained by far the highest share at nearly four per cent, following the state's lockdown, there was also a sharp decline among Victorian borrowers. 

Home loan deferrals continue to decline from May peak

Source: APRA

Property commentator Pete Wargent expects deferrals will be back into the normal range by the end of March, “assuming lockdown measures don't encroach again.”

Tim Lawless at CoreLogic noted “the significant reduction in deferred loans implies the risk of a surge in distressed properties coming on the market has reduced substantially.”

“However there are likely to be some key precincts where distressed property sales will be more common, such as inner city high rise apartment markets where vacancy rates have risen substantially and rents have reduced,” Lawless said.

APRA calculated as at 30 November, according to data submitted by ADIs with over $20 million in loans subject to repayment deferral, a total of $60 billion worth of loans are on temporary repayment deferrals, which is around 2.3 per cent of total loans outstanding. 

Exits from deferral continued to outweigh new entries for the fifth straight month in November, with $32 billion in loans expiring or exiting deferral and $7 billion entering or being extended. 

Victoria remains the state with the highest proportion of loans subject to deferral amongst the states and territories, with 3.2 per cent of loans deferred compared with the rest of the country at 1.7 per cent. 

 

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.

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