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Is Your Home Loan In Arrears?

Below We have listed the main causes of mortgage related arrears and financial difficulty

There are many reasons people find themselves with mortgage arrears or default. Many of these reasons are listed below and all of them will increase the risk of finding yourself in arrears with  your home loan. There are other factors that increase the incidence of mortgage default too, such as capacity to pay (diminishing an ability to meet commitments such as with gambling issues) along with loan type, interest rate and other factors. Our point is, this is a list of the most common issues that cause mortgage arrears.

Most Common Reasons For Home Loan Arrears

  • Mental incapacity or mental illness such as depression or severe anxiety
  • Physical incapacity caused by injury
  • Physical incapacity caused by illness or disease
  • Gambling
  • Loss of a job
  • Sickness of a partner
  • Economic changes affecting work and hence income.

Loan factors that affect rate of mortgage arrears :

Studies by the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) have highlighted contributing factors within loan products or approvals that also contribute to home loans going into arrears or default. They are listed below.

  • Probability of entering arrears increases with loan equity ratios, especially noting higher loan ratios >90%. This is when the borrower makes a deposit of less than 10% on a home loan for example.
  • Low doc loans are more likely to enter arrears
  • If a loan has previously been in arrears there is a higher chance of arrears in the future.
  • Incidence of arrears increases with higher interest rate.
  • Higher debt servicing ratios, such as high debt payments compared to income ratio, increases incidence of arrears. So borrowing close to your maximum financial capacity.
  • Higher incidence of mortgage arrears when there is a a negative equity position. This is when a home loan value exceeds your property value.

The factors above are important to understand as they assist in analysing the background reasons for home loan arrears. They can also prevent home loan defaults from occurring. On their own, the reasons are simply nice facts. However, when included in the mortgage arrears assessment, they provide an effective snapshot to help create a complete debt or mortgage arrears solution. It is likely that one or more of the above points applies to any mortgage arrears case. It is where the problem starts, and where it must be solved from.

We also have a mortgage arrears case study as an example for solving the situation here.

If you have got behind on your home loan, then contact us for mortgage arrears advice today.