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If your in mortgage stress you have options particularly when you’ve been with a bank for an extended period.
if you can demonstrate sever hardship you can ask to cap your interest rate at what you can afford and add the extra to the back end
As one example
the bank doesn’t want to foreclose people for a couple of % over a few years.
if you can’t negotiate have a professional act on your behalf.
My wife did this in 87 and banks were way tougher then!

Also the assessment buffer for certain refinances has been dropped to 1% compared to 3%, so might be worthwhile speaking to a broker
 

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USUALLY refinancing depends on the lender being willing to lend against the collateral offered

the Christopher Skase saga was a brilliant example where lenders were sold a dream ( not a crystallize-able asset )

homes/blocks of units are not that hard to value , so lenders will get nervous early on anything approaching negative equity

the extra twist can be when job cuts flow through the economy
The lenders have a buffer provided by the borrowers deposit + the principle paid during the loan. I don’t think that property has dropped anywhere near enough to eat up the 20% deposit most loans have.

Also, even if the loan goes negative equity the bank is likely to “Extend and pretend” and just try to keep those principle and interest payments coming in, in the hope that the loan comes right eventually by either the loan being paid down over time or the home price rising.
 
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Bouris smells trouble.


You’re a Military guy, think back to when you were a young Digger doing the Friday morning Battle PT session.

The RBA is a bit like the PTI pushing every one to keep putting in. Yes there is a chance that some of those in the weakest financial position will be under some severe financial stress, Just like Smoking Joe from the Q-store and the wheezers from HQ look like they are going do die half way through the workout. Some of them might even have to default on their loan a bit like some guys that drank to much the night before might throw up during the PT session.

But, once the PTI/RBA see the signs of people throwing up, they will ease off a bit, and the majority of the group will sweat, but won’t find the work out overly hard.

It’s just the same rule as always, keep fit and don’t be last, and eventually the PT session ends and you will be stronger because if it.
 
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Hi. While banks usually test borrowing capacity with a margin for leeway, the uncertainty of future rate increases can put some people in a pickle. It's hard to predict the exact impact on the economic recovery, but let's hope we have the capacity to navigate through this smoothly.
 
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Hi. While banks usually test borrowing capacity with a margin for leeway, the uncertainty of future rate increases can put some people in a pickle. It's hard to predict the exact impact on the economic recovery, but let's hope we have the capacity to navigate through this smoothly.
Some homeowners face a 63% increase in their monthly mortgage repayments as they are hit with much higher rates.

 
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Hi. While banks usually test borrowing capacity with a margin for leeway, the uncertainty of future rate increases can put some people in a pickle. It's hard to predict the exact impact on the economic recovery, but let's hope we have the capacity to navigate through this smoothly.
There will be those that will survive and most unfortunately those that will go under. A very distressing thought.
 
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No one seems to be worried about this.

Is anyone shorting banks or descetionary retailers?

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shorting ? not me

however i have reduced my holdings in the banks so far this year ( for various reasons ) and some retailers were reduced as well

currently my 'bank holdings are MQG , ( with a LOT of profit taken) ABA , KSL , MYS , SUN ( doing it's best to exit banking , itself ) and a small number of WBC


the more important question IS will i buy banks at a discount this time like i was in 2011 and 2020 ... maybe not this dip
 
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