Dual-salary Aussie households need 25% of monthly income to meet mortgage repayments

author-avatar By on March 18, 2021
Dual-salary Aussie households need 25% of monthly income to meet mortgage repayments

A new report has revealed it takes almost a quarter of the average dual-income household's monthly pay to meet home loan repayments on new loans.

Moody's Investor's Service found Australian housing affordability deteriorated in February, reversing the improved trend seen in the second and third quarter of last year, during peak-COVID. 

On average, two income earners needed 24.6% of their monthly income to make monthly mortgage repayments in February, compared to 23.0% in September, and 22.7% in June and July, when new mortgages were the most affordable in a decade. 


Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest interest rates on the market for owner occupiers.

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, fixed, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. If products listed have an LVR <80%, they will be clearly identified in the product name along with the specific LVR. The product and rate must be clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term.

Property prices have increased 4.7% over the five months to February, with demand from owner-occupiers and first-home buyers being key drivers of the growth. 

All capital cities saw housing affordability worsen in the five months to February, with Perth the most affordable and Sydney the least. 

However, housing affordability remained better than the ten-year average of 26.1% and well under its peak of 30.7% in April 2011, as the average mortgage interest rate has nearly halved to 3.65% since 2011.

But the worst may be yet to come, with affordability to continue to deteriorate as prices rise this year, according to Moody's analyst Pratik Joshi.  

"Our model shows that housing prices or interest rates would have to increase materially (by 24.9% or 225 basis points respectively) for affordability to deteriorate to its worse level in a decade," Mr Joshi said.

"A 15% increase in housing prices combined with 100 basis point increase in interest rates would have the same impact.”

Westpac has forecast property prices will rise 20% in the next two years, while Commonwealth Bank believes a 16% rise is on the cards. 

Moody's reported that as government schemes like JobKeeper come to an end, household incomes would further fall, worsening housing affordability. 

Where is housing affordability worst? 

Moody's found new buyers in Sydney needed 31.3% of their household income to meet mortgage repayments in February, the worst in the country. 

Melbourne was the next worst, needing 27.1% of household income, followed by Adelaide (20.1%), Brisbane (19.9%), and Perth (16.5%). 

The report found for every 10% change in housing prices, the percentage of income households needed to service their mortgage changed by 2.5 percentage points on average. 

If house prices increased by 10% in Sydney, the amount of household income to meet mortgage repayments would increase by 3.1% percentage points to almost 35% of household income. 

For affordability to be the worst in a decade, house prices would need to increase on average 24.9%, but only 18.3% in Sydney, 20.4% in Melbourne, and a whopping 38.9% in Brisbane.

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Interest rates helping affordability...for now 

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has stated the cash rate is unlikely to rise before the end of 2024, which is keeping interest rates at record-low levels. 

Moody's reported interest rates would have to rise significantly for affordability to reach a decade-high, which seems unlikely for some time. 

"For housing affordability to deteriorate so that it is worse than at any point in the last 10 years, average mortgage interest rates would have to increase to 5.9% for Australia on average, or 5.3% for Sydney, 5.5% for Melbourne, 7.0% for Brisbane, 9.0% for Perth and 7.1% for Adelaide." 

"If median housing prices increase 15% and average mortgage interest rates increase by 100 basis points, the share of income households need to meet mortgage repayments would increase 6.8 percentage points on average in Australia, 8.6 percentage points in Sydney and 7.4 percentage points in Melbourne." 


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Disclaimers

The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2020. They are (in descending order): Credit Union Australia, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2020) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.
  • If you click on a product link and you are referred to a Product or Service Provider’s web page, it is highly likely that a commercial relationship exists between that Product or Service Provider and Savings.com.au

Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.

In the interests of full disclosure, Savings.com.au, Performance Drive and Loans.com.au are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings.com.au manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

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