Aussie mortgage growth hits the brakes

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has released its private sector credit aggregates data for the month of October.

Quarterly mortgage credit growth decelerated further to 1.8% after recently recording the highest rate of growth since 2015:

Owner-occupiers continue to drive mortgage growth, rising by 2.3% over the quarter versus 0.8% growth for investors:

Meanwhile, annual mortgage growth continues to rise from record low levels. It rose to 6.7% in the year to October 2021 – the highest level since June 2016:

Again, this growth is being driven by owner-occupiers, whose annual mortgage growth was 9.0% in the year to October 2021, versus only 2.6% growth in investor mortgages:

Mortgage growth is obviously far slower than the growth in new mortgage commitments. This is because existing mortgage holders are taking advantage of low interest rates to repay debt, which is partly offsetting new mortgage demand.

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