The Australian housing market is starting to experience a decrease in prices, with some saying it is beginning to ‘unravel’.
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Data from January on property prices in Australia have been made public, showing a decrease across the country.
According to CoreLogic, the total value of dwellings in Australia has declined 8.9 percent since their maximum, with the capitals dropping 9.6 percent and the provincial areas decreasing 7.4 percent.
PropTrack noted a decrease of 4.5% from the peak in housing values across the nation, with the combined capital cities going down by 5.5%, while the regions recorded a more moderate 2.5% dip.
The decrease in Australian dwelling values has been heavily affected by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) through their 3.0 per cent rise in the official cash rate (OCR) since April 2022. This increase in interest rates has been the primary driver of the decline.
The OCR has reached its highest point since November 2012, while the average discount on variable mortgage rates has been at its peak since April 2012.
The interest rate increase in Australia is the most dramatic in its history and has caused variable mortgage payments to jump 41 per cent since before the tightening.
An individual with a mortgage of half a million dollars at a variable rate has experienced an additional $900 every month in their repayment due to the RBA’s rate increases.
The elevated cost of obtaining a loan has considerably diminished the capacity to borrow, as well as the desire to purchase.
Finder reported a noticeable increase in the pre-tax income needed to manage a $500,000 mortgage from $121,000 in April 2022 to $181,000 as of December.
The RBA’s substantial rate increases have resulted in a decrease of roughly one-third in borrowing capacity.
House prices are directly correlated with borrowing capacity; the tighter the regulations imposed by the Reserve Bank of Australia, the sharper the decline in housing values. The relationship is straightforward.
The Reserve Bank of Australia is planning to implement additional rate increases in the near future.
It is anticipated by economists and markets that the Reserve Bank of Australia will increase the official cash rate by 0.25 percent when it holds its monetary policy meeting on Tuesday.
Opinions are split on the possibility of further rate hikes, with some such as CBA and AMP expecting no more and others, including Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, predicting three more increases of 0.25 per cent in the next six months.
The usual discounted interest rate on mortgages is estimated to reach 6.70% in the upcoming week, and there is a potential of further hikes. This will result in a decrease in one’s ability to borrow, which could lead to a dip in housing prices.
It is expected that the cost of housing will remain on a downward trajectory.
It is generally predicted that Australian dwelling values will drop between 15 and 20 percent from peak to trough, and they are expected to hit bottom at some point in 2021.
The extent to which housing costs decline will depend on two important variables.
To begin with, the intensity of the RBA’s rate rises. If the RBA refrains from increasing the OCR after the upcoming gathering, then values will become steadier much more rapidly and the peak-to-trough decrease could be in the region of 15 percent.
If the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) goes along with the predictions made by Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, and raises the official cash rate to 4.1%, it is likely that housing prices across the nation will experience a decrease of over 20%.
This year, about a quarter of all mortgages (by worth) will move from the very affordable fixed rates of about 2% to interest rates more than twice as high.
A fixed-rate mortgage lending is type of loan offers a predetermined interest rate that remains the same throughout the duration of the mortgage.
The danger lies in the fact that the overwhelming financial strain caused by the fixed rate mortgage reset could potentially lead to a surge of distressed home sales, which would then cause prices to drop even further.
The magnitude of distressed sales will depend on the strength of the Australian labour market and any potential rise in joblessness.
It is anticipated that the prices of houses will start to go back up toward the end of this year.
The Australian economy is likely to experience a considerable dip in the first half of 2023 due to the overdone interest rate hikes and the reset of fixed rate mortgages. To prevent a recession, the RBA will likely initiate a rate cutting cycle during the September quarter.
Consequently, these reductions in interest rates will give people the ability to borrow more, thus laying the groundwork for a resurgence in housing prices at the end of this year.
Co-founder of MacroBusiness.com.au and Chief Economist of the MB Fund and MB Super, Leith van Onselen has held previous positions at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.
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