Mortgage Stress Intensifies In May
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Mortgage Stress Intensifies In May

Rental stress also heightened throughout the month.

By Terry Christodoulou
Wed, Jun 9, 2021Grey Clock < 1 min

The proportion of households experience mortgage stress has increased in NSW and Canberra during May according to analysis by Digital Finance Analytics (DFA).

It comes as sky-high home prices continue to stretch family finances with 41.3% of NSW households now in mortgage distress – a rise from 38.2%. Mortgage stress is when an average home buyer is using more than 30% of their income to cover repayments.

Elsewhere, 42% of Canberra families struggled, a rise from 38.3% over the same period.

The rise in mortgage stress can be likely attributed to the ending of JobKeeper in March.

This was acutely felt in Tasmania, where 56.8% of households were in mortgage stress.

The market was not any more accommodating in the rental segment with rental stress also surging across all states except the Northern Territory.

Rental stress in may jumped by 4.59% in Canberra, 3.46% in NSW, 3.46% in Victoria and 3.29% in Queensland.

“There was a significant rise in rental stress, as the fallout from the removal of renter protections hit, and the JobKeeper and JobSeeker support ended,” Mr North, Director of DFA said.

Rental stress, similar to mortgage stress, occurs when a person pays more than a third of their income on rent.

The number of households in rental stress nationwide rose from 1.78 million in April to 1.95 million in May.

“Until incomes rise, the conditions are set for more pressure on household finances,” Mr North forewarned.


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