Rate cut savings going into loan: survey

Staff Reporter

Australian home owners are taking advantage of the latest rate cuts, with the majority putting the extra savings towards the principal loan.

A new poll by PRDnationwide found 68 per cent of borrowers will pay down their mortgage sooner thanks to the two rate cuts in November and December 2011.

According to the survey, 18 per cent of borrowers said they plan to put the extra away as savings, while eight per cent said they will spend the cash on discretionary items.

PRDnationwide research director Aaron Maskrey said the survey showed six per cent of respondents would spend the saved money on staple goods.

"These people are most relieved to see the RBA reduce the official cash rate – as they were probably struggling to afford the loan repayments," he said.

Mr Maskrey said the RBA was expected to announce further reductions next month.

Only recently, AMP's senior economist Bob Cunneen predicted the cash rate will drop to 4.0 per cent.

"Using the discount towards the principal is very savvy and a reflection of borrowers feeling vulnerable during a period of economic instability," said Mr Maskrey.

Staff Reporter

Australian home owners are taking advantage of the latest rate cuts, with the majority putting the extra savings towards the principal loan.

A new poll by PRDnationwide found 68 per cent of borrowers will pay down their mortgage sooner thanks to the two rate cuts in November and December 2011.

According to the survey, 18 per cent of borrowers said they plan to put the extra away as savings, while eight per cent said they will spend the cash on discretionary items.

PRDnationwide research director Aaron Maskrey said the survey showed six per cent of respondents would spend the saved money on staple goods.

"These people are most relieved to see the RBA reduce the official cash rate – as they were probably struggling to afford the loan repayments," he said.

Mr Maskrey said the RBA was expected to announce further reductions next month.

Only recently, AMP's senior economist Bob Cunneen predicted the cash rate will drop to 4.0 per cent.

"Using the discount towards the principal is very savvy and a reflection of borrowers feeling vulnerable during a period of economic instability," said Mr Maskrey.

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