The recent flurry of mortgage refinancing most likely peaked
last year, according to electronic conveyancing group PEXA.
At its highest point last year, refinancing reached 24.2% of all
The total number of properties changing hands
fell to 2.06 million in the six months to June, according to PEXA
chief executive Glenn King.
King believes the market has bottomed out.
“What we can also say is while refinancing will still be strong, if
we’re seeing any improvement in the market, the proportion
may not be to the same degree.”
King says a lot of the refinancing activity was from
homeowners who were coming out of fixed rate loans which
were locked in during the pandemic.
He says fears that a so-called mortgage cliff would cause
widespread financial pain as owners come out of low fixed
rates on to higher variable rates, had not yet materialised.
The big banks agree with the biggest lender, Commonwealth
Bank, saying the change was not noticeably pushing up