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RBA Holds Interest Rates Steady, Sydney Faces Spike in Home Repossessions

Amid an environment of continually rising interest rates, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has once again surprised many by holding off on a rate rise. The cash rate remains at 4.10% for the second consecutive month. This pause in rate hikes comes as Sydney faces an alarming surge in home repossessions.

The past 14 months have seen increasing interest rates, with a total surge of four percentage points since May 2022. In a statement on its monetary policy decision, the RBA mentioned, “The higher interest rates are working to establish a more sustainable balance between supply and demand in the economy and will continue to do so.” The central bank further added that it would give itself “further time” to assess the increase in interest rates to date.

Johanna Leggatt in Interest Rate News cited RBA governor Lowe stating, “Returning inflation to target within a reasonable timeframe remains the Board’s priority.” Many economists had predicted another 0.25 basis point increase leading up to the decision, indicating that the pause was unexpected for some.

While the hold on the rate rise may offer some solace to homeowners, Sydney is witnessing the harsh reality of previous rate rises. In an article by Sarah Swain, recent statistics from the NSW Supreme Court show that repossession writs issued in the six months to June 30 have doubled, with an alarming 13 being issued every week. This trend emphasizes the mounting pressures faced by homeowners in light of the previous rate increases.

Moreover, Tim Lawless, the research director at CoreLogic, points out the positive implications of the RBA’s decision for the housing sector, mentioning, “A growing expectation that interest rates have peaked, or are near a peak, should help to lift consumer sentiment from the recession-like lows that have persisted over the past nine months.”

However, the RBA’s latest statement also hinted at the possibility of future rate rises. With the forthcoming leadership transition, where Deputy Governor Michele Bullock is set to replace Governor Philip Lowe in September, marking the first female leadership since RBA’s inception in 1959, it remains to be seen how the bank’s policies might evolve.

This is indeed a challenging time for the Australian economy, with the RBA working towards returning inflation to target, homeowners facing potential mortgage cliffs, and Sydney grappling with the repercussions of heightened repossession numbers.


“Interest Rate News: RBA Holds Off On Rate Raise Once Again” by Johanna Leggatt https://www.forbes.com/advisor/au/personal-finance/interest-rate-news/ 

“Surge in number of homes repossessed in Sydney” by Sarah Swain https://www.9news.com.au/national/cost-of-living-repossessions-rise-property/e62142c1-8bbd-4542-b3ea-8cc77b6490af 

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