A Money.com.au Study
Money.com.au surveyed 1005 Australians to gauge whether the growing interest rates and decisions made by the Reserve Bank of Australia have impacted their borrowing plans this year. The survey also asked Australian’s opinions on what the RBA will do about interest rates for the rest of the year, and whether they trust the RBA to get the balance right between interest rates, inflation, and the ability among Australians to make their loan repayments.
The pool of survey respondents matches the age and geographical spread of the Australian population.
Money.com.au asked responders whether the high inflation and growing interest rates in the last year would have changed their plans to get a loan, if they were in the market for a new one.
The survey found that the majority of respondents (70 per cent) would have been scared off from getting a new home, car, or personal loan. Specifically:
By gender, female respondents reported being more put off by the interest rates rise if they were getting a home loan: almost half (49 per cent) would have been put off, compared with 42 per cent of male respondents.
There is also a notable difference of the impact of rate rises between the age groups. For 18-30-year-olds, 58 per cent said they were put off getting a home loan due to growing interest rates, which compares with:
Interestingly, however, younger Australians are less concerned about getting a car or personal loan on the higher rates, with only 21 per cent reportedly being put off. This is compared to:
Traditionally, personal and car loan interest rates are less sensitive to RBA rate changes than home loan rates. Instead, rates on car and personal loans are heavily influenced by the borrower's credit score.
By State, there is a similarly held consensus for being put off getting a car or personal loan due to high inflation and growing interest rates. Respondents from Victoria are slightly ahead, with 27 per cent agreeing to this statement. This is followed by:
South Australian respondents are notably less concerned about getting a home loan in the current market, with only 37 per cent responding so, this compares with:
Survey respondents were asked to select which response they agree with, based on the Reserve Bank’s decision to put interest rates on hold in April. The highest percentage of respondents (24 per cent) believe April was an anomaly and rates will continue to rise over the next few months. This is followed by:
When asked about what the RBA will do following the April interest rate pause, younger Australians were more optimistic than other age groups.
Eighteen (18) per cent of 18-30-year-olds think the April rates pause is a sign rates will start to come down at the end of the year. This compares with:
Twenty (20) per cent of 18-30s think April was an anomaly and rates will continue to rise over the next few months. This compares with:
Only eight per cent of 18-30s think the RBA will raise rates by smaller percentage points in the next few months, compared with:
By State, more respondents from South Australia think rates will continue to rise than any other State, with 30 per cent thinking April was an anomaly and 26 per cent thinking rates will continue to rise in smaller percentage points over the next few months. The same amount of Victoria and Queensland respondents (18 per cent) agree that the April hold is a sign that rates will start to come down towards the end of the year. This is followed by:
Money.com.au asked respondents if they trust the RBA to get the balance right between interest rates, inflation, and Australians being able to afford loan repayments, 60 per cent responded no.
Almost two-thirds of 31-50s don’t trust the RBA to get the balance right. This compares with:
Across the States, respondents in Victoria do not trust the RBA to get the balance right (chosen by 66 per cent). This compares with: