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Record debt makes households vulnerable! Really??

Ratings agency Moody's recently warned of the possibility rising mortgage defaults in New South Wales and Victoria due to the massive run up in debt that has seen home prices surge over the past five in those states. property buying costs

Across Australia, household debt has risen from 161 per cent of disposable income in 2012 to 188 per cent in 2017.

Like other analysts Moody’s warn that if interest rates go up so will mortgage delinquencies.

And while superficially that makes sense, the underlying premises that rates will go up is flawed.

With low inflation, an economy that’s bumbling along and wages going up more slowly than inflation for many workers, there is no way the RBA is going to raise interest rates any time soon.

At the same time Corelogic estimates the total value of our residential housing markets at $7.5 trillion and the value of loans against all these properties is in the order of $1.8 trillion – that’s a loan to value ratio of less than 25%.

Of course, some investors and home buyers have bitten off more than they can chew and are in mortgage arears but most are not.

In fact, most are ahead in their mortgage payments and currently overall mortgage delinquencies are at a reasonably low level of 1.45 per cent.

Here’s a list of the suburbs with the lowest mortgage delinquency rates

Not surprisingly, most of the best-performing postcodes were located in capital city regions where employment is concentrated in professional services.

Ten of the 20 best-performing postcodes in Australia were in Sydney, while six were in Melbourne.

Postcodes with the lowest rate of mortgage delinquencies:

Postcode Locality Region State/
30-plus delinquency
3204 BENTLEIGH Melbourne - Inner South VIC 0.00%
2118 CARLINGFORD Sydney - Parramatta NSW 0.00%
2065 CROWS NEST Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby NSW 0.00%
3146 GLEN IRIS Melbourne - Inner East VIC 0.00%
2088 MOSMAN Sydney - North Sydney and Hornsby NSW 0.00%
4160 ORMISTON Brisbane - East QLD 0.00%
2010 DARLINGHURST Sydney - City and Inner South NSW 0.02%
3084 BANYULE Melbourne - North East VIC 0.10%
2093 BALGOWLAH Sydney - Northern Beaches NSW 0.13%

Source: Moody’s

Postcodes with the highest rate of delinquent mortgages

At the other end of the spectrum locations with exposure to the resource and mining sectors dominated Moody's list of areas with the highest mortgage delinquencies in November 2017.

Postcode Locality Region State/
30-plus delinquency
4680 BARNEY POINT Fitzroy QLD 4.95%
4825 ALPURRURULAM Queensland - Outback QLD 4.31%
6066 BALLAJURA Perth - North East WA 4.00%
6056 BASKERVILLE Perth - North East WA 3.72%
6030 CLARKSON Perth - North West WA 3.69%
4114 KINGSTON Logan - Beaudesert QLD 3.69%
6430 BINDULI Western Australia - Outback WA 3.49%

About Michael is a director of Metropole Property Strategists who help their clients grow, protect and pass on their wealth through independent, unbiased property advice and advocacy. He's once again been voted Australia's leading property investment adviser and one of Australia's 50 most influential Thought Leaders. His opinions are regularly featured in the media.
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