08 July 2013 Fixed rates en vogue

The falling rate environment isn’t stopping borrowers from taking out a fixed rate mortgage.

According to national home loan approval figures from Mortgage Choice, fixed rate loans amounted to 30.10 per cent of all new loans during the month of May.

This is the fourth consecutive month that demand for this loan type has risen – rising by 13.75 percentage points since January.

Mortgage Choice spokesperson Belinda Williamson said while a majority of people have again chosen variable rate loans this month, it is interesting to note that this product continues to lose favour

“This is despite slowly rising consumer confidence, and with talk of further rate cuts still on the cards,” she said.

“For four consecutive months now, a growing number of new borrowers have chosen a fixed rate loan. In fact, the uptake of fixed rate loans now sits almost seven percentage points above the six-month average.

“Given the ongoing, competitive pricing of fixed rate loans, it is possible that new borrowers choosing this loan type are motivated less by the peace of mind offered by steady repayments and more by the current offers.

“From a local perspective, all states apart from Victoria saw an increase in fixed rate demand. Queensland had the greatest rise, with the preference for fixed rates growing by 7.43 percentage points to reach 37.84 per cent, which was the highest of any state. At the same time, demand dropped in Victoria by 0.03 of one percentage point to 21.21 per cent, which was the lowest of any state.”

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Fixed rates en vogue
14 June 2013

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