More than 70 per cent of Australians are in arrears on their mortgage debt, and almost two-thirds of those are in debt.
But what happens if you get no deed or notice of default?
The title of this blog post is ‘The reality of being a home buyer’.
The title is based on research conducted by Fairfax Media and Fairfax’s home buyer portal.
It includes information on key issues, including how much money people are making on their home, the average price they’re paying and the cost of getting a deed or no deed.
In general, we found that:Almost half of Australians have arrearage debts.
That’s one in five Australians.
The median debt for people with a mortgage is $200,000.
That compares with $100,000 for the average household.
That figure is more than $300,000 in Australia.
That means one in four Australians are making less than their monthly income on their debts.
The average monthly debt for those with a home mortgage is more $400,000, or nearly $30,000 a month.
That is more money than most people make on their wages, savings or a pension.
But people with mortgages can make far less than they were earning before the crisis hit.
Almost half the debt owed on a home is unpaid.
This means the lender is holding down interest rates on your loan for months on end.
This is called ‘loan lock’, because it means your loan balance is locked into your account until you pay the interest.
People who don’t pay their bills on time are at risk of default.
Some lenders charge a ‘loaning surcharge’ to cover the costs of closing a loan.
This can make a big difference to how much interest you pay on a mortgage.
It can also put a significant strain on your credit.
We found that the average interest rate on a loan with a late payment fee of $1,500 was one-third higher than a loan that didn’t have a late fee.
This isn’t unusual.
Loans that don’t have late fees have a higher rate of interest and the lender usually has to pay back the loan to you if you miss a payment.
It’s not unusual to find that your loan will be stuck in a limbo state for up to six months.
If you can’t pay the loan off, your lender can charge you interest and penalty for late payments.
The default rate is the average rate you would be likely to see on a 10-year fixed mortgage.
The rates for loans with a variable rate of repayments, including a variable variable rate, is usually one-quarter of the variable rate.
For example, a variable 10-month fixed rate loan could be 3.7 per cent and a variable 12-month variable rate could be 4.2 per cent.
The rate you pay for a loan is a major factor in determining whether you can repay it on time.
You’ll often see rates go up or down depending on how much you borrow.
A rising rate means you have more debt to pay off.
A falling rate means your repayments are more limited.
When you pay off your loan, your debt is lessened and you can reduce or avoid default.
There are two ways to deal with a rising default rate:You can apply to a creditor or lender to stop paying off your debt.
A creditor or loan servicer will usually consider this and take steps to reduce your debt to avoid defaulting on your debt or even getting you into arread.
You can also go to court to fight a default.
You may be able to negotiate an extension to pay your debt if you have good cause.
Some borrowers may be eligible for a partial payment plan to help reduce their debt.
However, it is usually better to apply for a guarantor to help you pay your debts.
You must also pay a debt service fee.
For more information on how to pay debts, see our guide: How to pay debt.
If your lender refuses to negotiate a repayment plan, you can apply for mediation or other relief.
If mediation fails, you may need to contact the court to try to get the loan settled.
If a creditor decides to settle the debt, the lender will have to pay the money back to you.
In some circumstances, you might be able access a non-banking facility to pay down your debts, or access your own money to help pay them off.
If there is a bank account, this can help you to access your money in case of an emergency.
For further information, read our guide on how debt can be settled.
For other ways to make a mortgage payment, see the article ‘How to make mortgage payments on a debt’.