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    HOUSE MEDIAN ASKING PRICES AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney $1,516,817 (-0.06%)       Melbourne $971,359 (-1.00%)       Brisbane $819,969 (+2.77%)       Adelaide $731,547 (+1.72%)       Perth $621,459 (+0.34%)       Hobart $751,359 (-0.46%)       Darwin $633,554 (-4.02%)       Canberra $1,005,229 (+2.77%)       National $966,406 (+0.40%)                UNIT MEDIAN ASKING PRICES AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney $700,089 (-0.30%)       Melbourne $470,277 (-0.26%)       Brisbane $404,718 (+2.58%)       Adelaide $332,602 (+1.44%)       Perth $348,181 (-0.09%)       Hobart $551,005 (+2.68%)       Darwin $355,689 (-3.55%)       Canberra $477,440 (+4.12%)       National $484,891 (+0.89%)                HOUSES FOR SALE AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney 8,451 (-507)       Melbourne 12,654 (-279)       Brisbane 9,158 (+847)       Adelaide 2,765 (-40)       Perth 9,974 (+39)       Hobart 595 (+36)       Darwin 247 (-1)       Canberra 666 (-49)       National 44,510 (+46)                UNITS FOR SALE AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney 8,895 (+164)       Melbourne 8,149 (-24)       Brisbane 2,260 (+33)       Adelaide 649 (+5)       Perth 2,489 (-21)       Hobart 101 (-3)           Canberra 430 (+13)       National 23,351 (+167)                HOUSE MEDIAN ASKING RENTS AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney $630 $0       Melbourne $470 $0       Brisbane $460 ($0)       Adelaide $495 (+$5)       Perth $500 ($0)       Hobart $550 $0       Darwin $600 ($0)       Canberra $700 ($0)       National $562 (+$)                UNIT MEDIAN ASKING RENTS AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney $540 (+$10)       Melbourne $410 (+$2)       Brisbane $460 (+$10)       Adelaide $380 $0       Perth $440 (-$10)       Hobart $450 $0       Darwin $500 ($0)       Canberra $550 $0       National $473 (+$2)                HOUSES FOR RENT AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney 5,470 (-50)       Melbourne 7,404 (-70)       Brisbane 1,986 (-122)       Adelaide 875 (-29)       Perth 1,838 (-38)       Hobart 254 (+18)       Darwin 70 (-3)       Canberra 388 (+17)       National 18,285 (-277)                UNITS FOR RENT AND WEEKLY CHANGE     Sydney 10,652 (+58)       Melbourne 9,001 (-180)       Brisbane 1,567Brisbane 1,679 (-62)       Adelaide 403 (+4)       Perth 1,050 (-21)       Hobart 87 (+1)       Darwin 131 (-10)       Canberra 453 (+43)       National 23,344 (-167)                HOUSE ANNUAL GROSS YIELDS AND TREND       Sydney 2.16% (↑)      Melbourne 2.52% (↑)        Brisbane 2.92% (↓)       Adelaide 3.52% (↓)       Perth 4.18% (↓)     Hobart 3.81% (↑)      Darwin 4.92% (↑)        Canberra 3.62% (↓)       National 3.03% (↓)            UNIT ANNUAL GROSS YIELDS AND TREND       Sydney 4.01% (↑)      Melbourne 4.53% (↑)        Brisbane 5.91% (↓)       Adelaide 5.94% (↓)       Perth 6.57% (↓)       Hobart 4.25% (↓)     Darwin 7.31% (↑)        Canberra 5.99% (↓)       National 5.07% (↓)            HOUSE RENTAL VACANCY RATES AND TREND         Sydney 1.5% (↓)       Melbourne 1.9% (↓)       Brisbane 0.6% (↓)       Adelaide 0.5% (↓)       Perth 1.0% (↓)     Hobart 0.8% (↑)        Darwin 0.9% (↓)       Canberra 0.6% (↓)     National 1.2%        National 1.2% (↓)            UNIT RENTAL VACANCY RATES AND TREND         Sydney 2.3%ey 2.4% (↓)       Melbourne 3.0% (↓)       Brisbane 1.3% (↓)       Adelaide 0.7% (↓)     Perth 1.3% (↑)        Hobart 1.2% (↓)     Darwin 1.1% (↑)        Canberra 1.6% (↓)     National 2.1%       National 2.1% (↓)            AVERAGE DAYS TO SELL HOUSES AND TREND         Sydney 31.2 (↓)       Melbourne 30.9 (↓)       Brisbane 35.7 (↓)       Adelaide 27.6 (↓)       Perth 40.5 (↓)       Hobart 30.2 (↓)       Darwin 27.1 (↓)     Canberra 28.1 (↑)        National 31.4 (↓)            AVERAGE DAYS TO SELL UNITS AND TREND         Sydney 33.7 (↓)       Melbourne 32.6 (↓)       Brisbane 34.8 (↓)       Adelaide 29.5 (↓)       Perth 46.6 (↓)       Hobart 27.4 (↓)       Darwin 38.2 (↓)       Canberra 30.2 (↓)       National 34.1 (↓)           
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Five steps to head off mortgage stress

Are you ready to weather further interest rate increases? Follow this quick checklist

By Kanebridge News
Mon, Aug 15, 2022 9:12amGrey Clock 3 min

Two weeks after the RBA’s fourth consecutive rate rise with experts predicting a peak of 3.35 percent from its current 1.85 percent, and the reality of mortgage stress is starting to hit a little close to home for some. Here,  Louisa Sanghera, founder of broking firm Zippy Financial and creator of the Mum CFOs Money Masterclass Course offers a quick checklist of ways to save money and minimise the mortgage dramas.

1. Talk to your bank or broker

As a rule of thumb, everyone should be able to afford their mortgage repayments. Even when the interest rate sat at 1.69 percent last year, borrowers were being assessed for their capacity to service their mortgages with rates as 5.25 percent and higher. Banks like to have a buffer in place to ensure borrowers can meet their debt servicing rates.

Look at your mortgage now and consider if you can afford to repay it at a rate of 5.5 percent in the near future. If you can’t, visit your broker or bank to make plan. It may mean restructuring your mortgage over a longer term or moving to interest only on part or all of your mortgage for a while. Your bank or lender will have financial hardship policies in place to support you – the earlier you reach out, the more options you’ll have.

2. Shop around

It only takes a few minutes to do a quick search online to compare prices. You’d be surprised by all the savings to be had from your everyday staples like petrol and groceries to big ticket items like fridges and appliances. Ask for a discount or at the very least price matching if you buy in store. Consumer advocacy groups like Choice and Canstar Blue are great for finding the best value for your money deals with hundreds of reviews to help you compare products.

3. Avoid the lazy tax

Reassess all your utilities – electricity, gas, phone, internet, and insurance and see where you can cut back. For example, if your phone usage is a lot lower than what your plan accommodates, consider downgrading to something more affordable. Phone companies like Amaysim and Boost have great cheap deals on and use the same lines as Optus and Telstra.

If you haven’t switched providers recently, you could be unwittingly paying hundreds on their standard energy contracts. Do some research to see what’s out there then jump on the phone to your utilities provider to ask for a better rate. Make use of utilities comparison sites and ask them for their cheapest deal. Chances are you’ll come away with a healthy discount to stay with the same provider but if you choose to move providers don’t forget to check for any fees you’d have to pay for leaving.

4. Consolidate your debt

Consolidate any debt you have to eliminate multiple loan fees and get rid of the high interest rates you’re paying on credit cards and loans. Rolling all your debts into one loan means you only need to make one regular repayment at the same interest rate. This means you could potentially pay off your loans and your mortgage faster.

You can add these debts onto your mortgage split in a separate short-term loan to repay at your current mortgage interest rates. Also known as a ‘top up’, a home loan increase allows you to access the equity in your home by either increasing the balance on your loan or creating a separate loan that’s linked to the same property. Consolidating debt has its advantages but you must weigh out its benefits over the long term as it’s likely to result in more interest charged over time. Take a good look at your overall financial position and total costs to work out if the lower interest rate offered by home loans will work out well for you in the long run.

5. Curb discretionary spending

Managing discretionary spending is like flexing a muscle. The more you do it, the more it becomes second nature to you. Australians spend a lot on takeaways and food deliveries spending an average of $40 a week on meal delivery services. Other expenses like taxi rides, entertainment, alcohol, and online shopping tend to add up as well. You can trim the fat by opting to meal plan and eat at home, substitute going out for a fun movie night in and deleting all those shopping apps.

Save yourself from impulse purchases by always making a list and sit on it for a few days. Then you’ll know if you really need it. Don’t browse on shopping sites mindlessly – find other ways to entertain yourself. Things like parks, museums and cultural events are often low or no cost. Not only will your wallet thank you in the end, you might end up being healthier too!

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RMIT expert says a conflation of factors is making the property market hard than ever to predict

By Robyn Willis
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A leading property academic has described navigating the current Australian housing market ‘like steering a ship through a thick fog while trying to avoid obstacles’.

Lecturer in RMIT’s School of Property Construction and Project Management Dr Woon-Weng Wong said the combination of consecutive interest rate rises aimed at combating high inflation, higher property prices during the pandemic and cost of living pressures such as the end of the fuel excise that occurred this week made it increasingly difficult for those looking to enter or upgrade to find the right path.

“Property prices grew by approximately 25 percent over the pandemic so it’s unsurprising that much of that growth ultimately proved unsustainable and the market is now correcting itself,” Dr Wong says. “Despite the recent softening, the market is still significantly above its long-term trend and there are substantial headwinds in the coming months. Headline inflation is still red hot, and the central bank won’t back down until it reins in these spiralling prices.” 

This should be enough to give anyone considering entering the market pause, he says.

“While falling house prices may seem like an ideal situation for those looking to buy, once the high interest rates, taxes and other expenses are considered, the true costs of owning the property are much higher,” Dr Wong says. 

“People also must consider time lags in the rate hikes, which many are yet to feel to brunt of. It can take anywhere from 6 to 24 months before an initial change in interest rates eventually flows on to the rest of the economy, so current mortgage holders and prospective home buyers need to take this into account.” 

 

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