After many years of record low interest rates (yes, it’s not normal to have mortgage rates under 4%). We are starting to see upward pressure on interest rates around the world and we are now seeing speculation that Australia will join the raising of interest rates.
So how will this affect your mortgage?
How much extra will you need to find each month on a principal and interest loan? On an average mortgage of $500,000 rising interest rates do not really start to have huge impact until they have risen by 1%. See the below table for an example of these increases:
Impact of interest rates rising on a principal and interest loan of $500,000
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It may be time to think about earning extra income or reorganising your finances to prepare for any interest rate rises in the future.