Merciless mortgages: 1 in 3 Aussies already struggling with repayments

As many major lenders announce rate rises, Aussie homeowners are already feeling the pinch, according to new research from Finder.

Almost 1 in 3 (28%) Australian homeowners say they are struggling to meet their mortgage repayments, according to Finder’s Consumer Sentiment Tracker in April.

Sarah Megginson, senior editor of money at Finder, said we will likely see mortgage stress rise again in May and June as monthly payments inflate.

“The past 2 years have seen a record number of buyers enter the property market, but many haven’t budgeted for a rainy day.

“If you’re seriously struggling to afford your repayments, speak to your lender straight away – it may be able to restructure your loan to ease the pain.

“Refinancing your home loan is one of the best ways to save money too. The cash rate going up may be a good reason to make your rate go down.”

The coffee conundrum

Finder analysis shows it’s also increasingly difficult to save for a home deposit.

Prospective homebuyers in Sydney would need to give up 52,191 takeaway coffees to save enough for the average deposit.

That’s equivalent to a coffee a day for 143 years – nearly twice the average lifespan.

How much would you need to give up to afford a home deposit?

City Median property price # of coffees # of years of Netflix # of bottles of wine # of meals out # of tanks of petrol
Sydney $1,116,889 52,191 1,694 13,961 11,169 1,867
Melbourne $805,232 35,709 1,221 10,390 8,052 1,303
Brisbane $749,293 32,228 1,136 8,325 7,493 1,163
Adelaide $602,717 26,967 914 6,888 6,697 1,497
Perth $542,338 23,127 822 7,231 5,423 1,014

*Methodology below

Finder reveals home loan winners

Megginson said it was now more crucial than ever for home owners to choose a home loan that would give them the best deal.

“We’ve just announced the gongs for the Finder Home Loan Awards 2022 – given to the best home loans on the market.

“The winners are chosen based on a range of factors including fee costs, deposit size, whether the loan has an offset account and, above all, a low interest rate.

“You don’t want to be so ‘house poor’ that you can’t afford to have fun or travel because all your money is tied up in your mortgage,” Megginson said.

Megginson said the point of the awards is to demystify the thousands of home loans Aussies have to choose from.

“Finder has done the hard yards for you by rounding up the best home loans on the market.”

This year saw challenger home loan provider Reduce Home Loans win in 2 of the 7 categories including Best Investor Home Loan – 3 Year Fixed and Best Investor Home Loan – Variable.

Macquarie Bank also scooped up 2 wins, taking out both Best Refinance Home Loan – Variable and Best Refinance Home Loan – Fixed, cementing its place as the home loan refinancing expert.

“The award winners are further proof that some of the best offers in the market aren’t necessarily from the big bank around the corner,” Megginson said.

G&C Mutual Bank won Best Low Deposit Variable Home Loan while Beyond Bank rounded out the categories with a big win for Best Owner Home Loan – 3 Year Fixed.

Freedom Lend also won Owner Occupier Home Loan – Variable.

Best Home Loans 2022
Category Winner
Best Investor Home Loan – 3 Year Fixed Reduce Home Loans Fixed Rate Wealth Maximizer
Best Investor Home Loan – Variable Reduce Home Loans Rate Slasher Variable Home Loan
Best Low Deposit Variable Home Loan G&C Mutual Bank Momentum Home Loan
Best Owner Occupier Home Loan – 3 Year Fixed Beyond Bank Total Home Loan Package – 3 Year Fixed Special
Best Owner Occupier Home Loan – Variable Freedom Lend Variable Home Loan
Best Refinance – Variable Home Loan Macquarie Bank Offset Home Loan Package
Best Refinance Home Loan – Fixed Macquarie Bank Offset Flyer Fixed Rate Home Loan Package

*Methodology

  • Data sources include the following:
    • The average cost of a takeaway coffee, bottle of wine and restaurant meal in each city was sourced from Numbeo.
    • The cost of a Netflix subscription was sourced from Netflix.
    • The cost of petrol was sourced from Petrol Spy.
    • Property price statistics were sourced from CoreLogic.
  • Assumptions:
    • Property prices shown for suburbs are the weighted average of house and unit prices, based on the proportion of house and unit sales over the past 12 months.
    • Based on data from drive.com.au, the average fuel tank is assumed to hold 62.9 litres of petrol.

Looking for the best home loan deals on the market? Check out the winners of the Finder Home Loan Awards 2022.