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Time to celebrate! Reserve Bank cuts cash rate!
Time to celebrate, Australia! The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has taken the remarkable step of slashing 0.25% off the official cash rate, taking it down to a new record low of 1.25%.
This is fantastic news for many homeowners, who can expect lower home loan repayments, and some handy spare cash to manage household budgets.
Inflation is lower than expected
The RBA’s decision to lower the cash rate was no big surprise for many economists. Inflation, which measures increases in the cost of living, has been a lot lower than the Reserve Bank would like to see, and this can be a sign of a slowing economy.
The Reserve is hoping that the rate cut will encourage households to spend more. This will support business growth, and help Australia’s economy remain strong.
In a highly competitive home loan market, a growing number of lenders including the big banks, have already lowered their home loan rates – especially fixed rate loans. So it’s unclear if lenders will pass on today’s full 0.25% rate saving.
However, in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, banks may want to be seen to ‘do the right thing’ by their customers, and reduce variable rates by the full 0.25% rate cut.
Property prices are still soft but the worst could be over
Meanwhile, the property market continues to experience weak conditions with home values still falling in a number of state capitals. However, according to CoreLogic, the rate of decline is slowing.
Nationally, home values fell by 0.5% in April 2019, and are 7.2% lower over the past 12 months. The only capital city to record an uptick in April was Canberra, where values rose 0.4% for the month.
On the plus side, CoreLogic says it looks as though housing market conditions may have moved through the worse of the downturn.
What is clear right now, is that we’re seeing a buyer’s market. But this may not last indefinitely.
First home buyers flex their muscle
First home buyers are flexing their buying muscle in a big way. The Housing Industry says that new home sales are on the rise in several states including New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.
With the Federal election behind us, and the Morrison Government re-elected, investors no longer face concerns over changes to negative gearing. Coupled with today’s rate cut, that’s likely to see renewed buying activity among investors.
The bottom line is that today’s property market offers outstanding opportunities, and coupled with low home loan interest rates, there are exciting opportunities to achieve personal property goals.
This is set to bring about a lot of market changes and added complexity, so give your local Mortgage Choice broker a call before making any final property decisions to ensure you are placed in the right home loan product for your needs.
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Over the years, our passion for offering choice and advice has been extended to other areas of personal and business finance, including our industry leading financial planning service.
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