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Cash rate increases larger than predicted

The almighty official cash rate increase made by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) could see mortgage holders feel the pinch.

Usually, the RBA increases or decreases the cash rate by 0.25%.

However, 50 basis points was instead locked in, catching many off guard

At 0.85 per cent, the official cash rate was lifted to its highest level since September 2019 and marked the first back-to-back rate rise in 12 years. 

In a statement, RBA Governor Philip Lowe said hike is due to inflation in Australia having “increased significantly”.

“Given the current inflation pressures in the economy, and the still very low level of interest rates, the Board decided to move by 50 basis points today,” said Governor Lowe.

“Higher prices for electricity and gas and recent increases in petrol prices mean that, in the near term, inflation is likely to be higher than was expected a month ago.”

So, how much more will your mortgage cost each month?

Unless you’re on a fixed-rate mortgage, you are set to see an increase in the interest rate on your home loan very soon.

All of Australia’s big four banks have increased their mortgage rates in line with the RBA’s interest rate rise with Macquarie Bank and Bank of Queensland also joining them.

How much your repayments will go up will however depend on several factors.

Let’s say you’re an owner-occupier with a 25-year loan of $500,000 (paying principal and interest).

This month’s 50 basis point increase to 0.85% means your monthly repayments could increase by about $133 a month.

If you have a loan of $750,0000, repayments will likely increase by about $200 a month, and a $1 million loan is expected to cost an extra $265 a month.

If you’re worried about your monthly repayments, get in touch with us.

It’s very likely we’ll see more RBA cash rate hikes before the year is out.

So, if you’re worried about what interest rate rises might mean for your monthly budget, feel free to get in touch with us today to explore some options.

This could include refinancing or locking in a fixed rate ahead of any other future rate hikes.

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