Savvy’s survey investigates the impact of interest rate rises on mortgage holders to learn how much repayments have risen and how Australians plan to cope with the increase.
- 52% of Australian mortgage holders have had repayments rise up to 5%
- 18.1% of mortgage holders have seen repayments rise from 6-10%
- 6.26% of mortgage holders have seen repayments rise from 11-20%
- 1.34% of mortgage holders have had repayments rise by 21% and over
- 60% of mortgage holders will “spend less” to prioritise mortgage if rates rise
A recent survey conducted by Savvy on the cost of living (n=1,003) showed that 77% of mortgage holders (n=447) have experienced some form of rate rise, with 25.7% of those seeing their repayments rise above 5% in a worrying trend of inflation impacting the cost of living.
18.1% of mortgage holders have experienced repayment rises from 6-10%. 6.26% have had to deal with a rise of 11%-20%; 1.34% have reported increases in excess of 21%.
As for corresponding pay increases, 34% of all Australians surveyed said their pay has not changed since 2021. 26% report a pay rise of up to 5%, and 7% say it’s gone up between 6-10%.
Rate Rises and Inflation: Working as Intended?
60.6% of mortgage holders said they would “spend less” on consumer and other goods and reprioritise the mortgage if rates rise, the survey has revealed.
Interest rate rises, according to economic theory, are a curb on inflation. As the money supply gets tighter and borrowing costs rise, it naturally discourages the purchase of risky assets and eventually, consumer and business spending.
32% of homeowners said they would rely on savings to fund the increase; the same proportion would try to increase their income.
The RBA increased the official cash rate by 50 basis points to 1.85%p.a. at their 2nd August board meeting. The current inflation rate is 6.1%, up 1% from last quarter.
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Savvy – 2022 Cost of Living Survey – 2 (n = 1003)