As expected, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to leave the official cash rate on hold at 1.5 per cent at their June meeting today.
The RBA has not moved on rates since August 2016, with the objective of stimulating inflation, employment and wages growth through rate stability. However, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is now forecasting official rates should gradually start to rise in late 2018, as these RBA measures start to take effect.
Meanwhile, local analysts are anticipating that lenders will soon start to raise rates outside of RBA movements, due to the rising costs of borrowing. Interbank lending rates (the rates that apply to Australian banks when lending money to each other) are on the rise and are likely to affect home loan interest rates across the board.
If you’re concerned about how this potential rise in rates may affect you, please give us a call.
Winter is here and action in our property markets is starting to slow. Auction clearance rates and home values are weakening, so conditions are currently favouring buyers. If you’re in the market for a new home or investment property, please get in touch now to arrange pre-approval on your loan.
At its May meeting today, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent. Today’s decision makes it 21 months in a row where the RBA has decided to leave the cash rate on hold. It is also the longest period without a cash rate rise in the RBAs history!
Whilst the latest data indicates the economy is slowly improving, analysts predict the RBA will not raise rates anytime soon and no cash rate cuts are on the horizon at all.
Meanwhile, the autumn property market is going strong, with record auction numbers in many cities. Auction clearance rates are slightly down, which is an indication conditions could be moving in favour of property buyers.
At its April meeting today, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent.
While the RBA decided to leave the official cash rate on hold for the 18th consecutive month, quite a few lenders raised their home loan interest rates last month – some by as much as 0.05% p.a.
Lenders quoted the rising cost of funding as the motivation for their upward rate adjustments.
If your home loan interest rate has risen recently, or you’d like us to check the market for a more competitive option, please get in touch.
At its March meeting today, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent.
This is now the 17th consecutive month the RBA have opted to leave the cash rate steady. We can expect this trend to continue, with most analysts predicting no change to the official rate this year.
Even though we’re seeing no movement on the official cash rate, lenders are making their own rate adjustments, especially now the busy Autumn selling season has arrived. If you’d like us to check the market for a more competitive interest rate, please give us a call.
At its first meeting for 2018, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to leave the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5 percent. What does this mean for interest rates?
With the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics' consumer price inflation report (CPI) coming in below expectations last week, few analysts think the economy will improve enough to see any interest rate increases from the RBA this year.
According to some analysts, the RBA won't increase rates until the inflation rate has gone up quite a bit - probably not until June 2019.
Some lenders cut rates on their fixed rate owner-occupier loans in January. There were also some very competitive deals released for principal and interest investment loans. Contact us if you'd like to know more.
With the RBA unlikely to make changes to the cash rate anytime soon, lenders will continue to make their own interest rate adjustments throughout the year. Please stay in touch and we'll help you stay on top of any changes from your lender, or news from the property market in your area.
At its final meeting for 2017, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to keep the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent. The RBA next meets in February 2018.
The good interest rate news for property owners and buyers looks set to continue into 2018. In its Statement on Monetary Policy released in mid-November, the RBA indicated that:
At its November meeting today, the Reserve Bank of Australia has kept the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent for the 15th consecutive month!
What else is happening in our markets?
Future rate movements: Some analysts are speculating we will see our next rate cut in 2018, following recent declines in auction clearance rates, and indications of overseas investors withdrawing from the market.
Interest only loans: Figures released last month revealed our major banks cut back interest only lending by $4.5B over the past year. We know which lenders are still offering these loans, and which ones have the most competitive rates, so get in touch if you need help locating the right product for your needs.
Owner occupier loans: There are some very competitive rates available for those looking to buy their own home right now. Some lenders are also offering special deals to encourage first home buyers to get into the market. Talk to us if you’re looking to put a foot on the property ladder this spring – we’d love to help!
Property market activity: In the last week of October, the combined capital cities saw the number of auctions reach a new year-to-date high, with a total of 3,690! There are plenty of properties available, so please contact us now to arrange pre-approval on your loan.
At its October meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia has again opted to keep the official cash rate unchanged at 1.5 per cent. Economists widely anticipated the RBA’s decision, with many predicting no further RBA rate changes until next year.
What else is happening in the loan market?
Interest only loans: There has been a significant reduction in the number of interest-only loans taken out by borrowers in recent months. This is a result of banks responding to regulatory tightening by APRA. If you need an interest-only loan, talk to us as we know which lenders are still offering these loans.
Fixed interest loans: With interest rates at historical lows, fixed rate loans are becoming increasingly popular. If you’re interested in fixing your rate, it could be a good time to talk with us about how this option could work for you.
At its September meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia chose to keep the official cash rate on hold at 1.5 per cent. How will this affect you this Spring?
Despite the RBA keeping the cash rate unchanged, lenders continued to cut rates on principal and interest loans for owner occupiers during August. Home loan rates are still very low and that means Spring could be the time for a fresh start in a new home!
Property investors are facing interest rate uncertainty as many lenders make adjustments to ensure they are meeting APRA’s lending guidelines. However, there are some lenders who have cut interest rates for new investors seeking principal and interest loans in recent weeks, so talk to us if you’re looking to invest in property.
Spring could also be the time for a home loan health check, so call us now to get it organised! We’re here to compare the market and find you the most suitable loan for your needs. Please get in touch today, we’d love to hear from you.
At its August meeting, the Reserve Bank of Australia chose to keep the official cash rate on hold at 1.5 per cent. How will this news affect your situation?
With no cash rate movement from the RBA, interest rates remain competitive so it could be a good time to purchase a home, investment property or to refinance. Lenders are continuing to make rate moves to encourage interest-only borrowers to switch to principal and interest loans, so call us if you want to find out more.
The Australian dollar soared after last month’s RBA announcement, following media speculation the RBA would like to raise interest rates to 3.5 per cent. However, comments from the RBA indicate it’s unlikely there will be any cash rate movements until late next year