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INTEREST charges have elevated for the ninth consecutive time with the Reserve Financial institution this afternoon (February 7) rising the money charge by 25 foundation factors to three.35 per cent because the financial institution battles Australia’s runaway inflation. 

The newest charge hike signifies that Canberrans will want a minimal $187,000 in annual family earnings to afford a home (assuming a 6.22 per cent rate of interest and imply common worth of $952,000) and $114,000 to afford a unit (priced at $580,000).

Graham Cooke, head of shopper analysis at comparability web site Finder, stated the typical mortgage holder might be paying greater than $12,000 extra a 12 months in curiosity in comparison with this time final 12 months.

“Australians with the typical mortgage dimension of round $600,000 might be paying $1000 extra per 30 days in comparison with what they had been paying in April final 12 months,” he stated.

“That’s a big quantity of additional cash to allocate in the direction of your mortgage each month – particularly when family budgets are already stretched skinny.”


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Ian Meikle, editor