RBA’s fixed-rate mortgage shock intensifies

This is really out of the box now:

Westpac has lifted its fixed rates for the third time in four weeks as the major banks retreat from record low lending rates eagerly snapped up by borrowers.

The big bank moved to hike its owner-occupier and investor rates, leaving no loan package on offer for less than 2.24 per cent.

Westpac’s three-year fixed rate loan saw the largest lift in borrowing costs, up 0.3 per cent.

Almost four rates hikes inside a month. Well done, RBA.

There is no data on how heavy is the reliance upon fixed-rate mortgages in the last boom but the anecdotal evidence is that it was very high.

While those on these rates are not about to see reset shocks for a year or so, the average loan amount available to borrowers will just have been truncated. Especially when we add higher APRA lending buffers.

House price rises are going to slow a lot and one wonders if this is not already landing on household’s outlooks:

Nothing upsets the Aussie economy like rising interest rates.

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