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Refinancing reaches record high

More Australians than ever are adopting a proactive approach to managing their home loan amidst rising interest rates, new research has revealed.

Analysis released by PEXA Insights shows that property refinances recorded across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria in FY22, were up 29% on the previous 12-month period.

The PEXA Mortgage Insights Report found that all three major eastern states posted significant annual increases in 2022, with Victoria recording the highest volume of residential and commercial refinances at 131,287 (up 23.7% year-on-year), followed by New South Wales with 127,654 (a rise of 25.8%).

Queensland experienced the highest growth in refinances with 73,035 (up 49.8%) completed during the year. The Sunshine State was also the first to reach above 200 points on PEXA’s Refinance Index, coinciding with heightened buying activity and the official cash rate rises in May and June 2022.

More than 472,304 new home loans being taken out across the eastern states in FY22. Victoria posted the highest growth in both new residential loans (157,666 loans – up 10.4%) and new commercial loans (7,071 loans – up 35.8%).

PEXA Insights’ Head of Research, Mike Gill, said that while initially Australians were taking advantage of record low interest rates, there is now a clear correlation between the high numbers seen during FY22 and the Reserve Bank of Australia’s determination to lift interest rates twice before the close of the financial year.

“The record levels of new loans coincide with the strong buying and selling activity witnessed throughout the first half of FY22, in particular in Queensland which has experienced a state-based property boom across home buying and selling”, Gill said.

“We saw a highly competitive landscape between major and non-major banks for new loans across all three eastern states, however non-major banks recorded higher win/loss numbers for refinances in the same regions.

“Strong competition within the lending market can only lead to positive outcomes for consumers”, he concluded.

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Adam is the founder and Principal of Hugo Alexander Property Group. With a previous career in advertising, 22 years experience in property investment, and 16 years in Brisbane real estate, he knows the market inside out to ensure his clients grow their wealth faster.

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