FUTURE RATE INCREASES
On the 3rd of May the RBA increased rates by 0.25%
There is a now a general consensus amongst economists that they expect the RBA to further increase rates in the next few months. Most have suggested that rates may increase between 1-2% in the next 12-24 months.
We are being asked by a lot of clients if they can fix in now to avoid rates going up. Unfortunately, the horse has already bolted and all lenders have already factored in future increases. For example, one leading lender has the following rates for an owner-occupied loan.
CURRENT RATES FROM A LEADING HOME LOAN LENDER
Variable Rate: 2.14% (Full Doc, P&I 60% LVR)
Fixed 1 year: 3.59% (+1.45% above the variable rate)
Fixed 2 year: 4.45% (+2.31% above the variable rate)
Fixed 3 year: 4.79% (+2.65% above the variable rate)
Fixed 4 year: 4.95% (+2.81% above the variable rate)
Fixed 5 year: 5.05% (+2.91% above the variable rate)
FIXED RATES ALREADY HIGHER THAN VARIABLE
This above lender has therefore factored in quite a number of rate increases in the next 1-5 years.
The 3 year rate above is 2.65% higher than the variable rate so they have factored in 10 increases of 0.25% increases each.
VARIABLE V FIXED
If we assume variable rates are going to increase, it is believed they will increase gradually. We don’t know when or how much, however, we expect the RBA and banks to increase increments of 0.10%, 0.15%, 0.25% or maybe 0.50%.
If you decide to fix in rates today – that new rate starts immediately and yet we know the variable rate is much lower and likely to be lower for at least the next few months. We don’t know how quickly or by how much rates will increase.
Below are two examples:
Assumes Rates increase at 0.3% every 3 months
Assumes Rates increase at 0.5% every 3 months
We have prepared some ideas to help you during this period
Update your budget and see how much your mortgage will increase when rates go up.
Premium Broker has a number of calculators at: https://www.premiumbroker.com.au/repayment
CONSIDER FIXING IN YOUR RATES
It is probably too late to fix in a good rate – however it may still be worthwhile for your circumstances. Beware that the fixed rate will change at the end of the fixed rate period and restrictions relating to fixed rates.
NEGOTIATE A BETTER VARIABLE RATE
It may be a good time to review your current rate – contact your broker and see if we can negotiate a better rate with your lender or maybe refinance to a cheaper lender. If we can save you 0.25% or 0.50% then this will provide a buffer against a couple of rate increases. It will also benefit you at the end of a fixed rate period (if you chose to take a fixed rate).
PAY MORE OFF YOUR MORTGAGE
If you are currently paying 3% on your mortgage – consider increasing the repayments to the same amount if rates increased to 5%. This way if rates increase 2% you will already be accustomed to the higher instalment amount – you will have also saved money by paying off your loan quicker.
Example of a higher repayment
$2,108 pm $500,000 3% P&I Loan over 30 years
$2,684 pm$500,000 5% (2% increase) P&I Loan over 30 years
To do this you can contact your bank to arrange to pay a higher amount.
We also have a calculator on our website which can help with loan repayment calculations. Just make sure you use the same remaining term as your current loan.