Australian Families Spend 36% Of Income On Mortgage
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Australian Families Spend 36% Of Income On Mortgage

Housing affordability continued to slide in the September quarter.

By Kanebridge News
Wed, Dec 8, 2021Grey Clock < 1 min

The REIA’s Housing Affordability Report found that 36.2% of owner-occupiers’ income went to paying their mortgage — a 3.9%  rise over the past year.

The national median weekly family income increased 1.2% in the three months to September to $2023. However, the average monthly loan repayment jumped 4% in the quarter $3177.

The total number of loans to both owner-occupiers and investors fell 7.2% during the same period to 107875, with the average loan increasing to $570,412.

This 4% increase on the previous quarter takes the annual increase to 17.4%.

REIA President Adrian Kelly said it was first home buyers impacted most.

“The number of first-home buyers decreased to 37,782, a fall of 12.6 per cent during the quarter and just a 1 per cent increase over the past 12 months,” said Mr Kelly.

“The number of first-home buyers decreased over the September quarter in all states and territories. South Australia had the largest decrease of 21.6 per cent and the ACT had the smallest decrease of 0.7 per cent.”

The report indicated the average loan to a first-home buyer in the September quarter jumped to $458,256 – 2% higher than the June quarter.

Rental affordability dropped only slightly in the September quarter. The proportion of income required to meet median rent rates rose to 22.9%.


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