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25% of Australians are worried about housing costs post-Christmas

That means roughly 4.8 million Australians who may have difficulty coming up with the funds to pay their mortgage or rent.

25% of Australians are worried about housing costs post-Christmas
25% of Australians are worried about housing costs post-Christmas

One in four (25%) Australians are worried about how they will pay the rent or mortgage after Christmas, according to new research by Finder, Australia’s most visited comparison site. That’s the equivalent of 4.8 million Australians who may have difficulty coming up with the funds to pay their mortgage or rent.

The Finder survey of 1,004 respondents revealed 16% of Australians are somewhat worried about meeting payments, while a further 9% are extremely worried. The problem is more pronounced for men, with nearly one in three (31%) anxious about paying rent or mortgage after Christmas, compared with 19% of women.

Sarah Megginson, home loans expert at Finder, said in COVID times, Christmas could push people over the edge financially.

“Many households are still facing hardship and relying on stimulus money to get by as the pandemic goes on. For families whose income for December is less than it was last year, this can cause significant budget shortfalls and lead to financial trouble. Many will have to choose which bills to fall behind on,” Megginson said. 

The research shows that young people are the most vulnerable when it comes to missing their payments. One in three (33%) Gen X and Gen Y Aussies, respectively, are worried about paying their rent or mortgage over Christmas, compared to just 5% of Baby Boomers. Many young Aussies have found themselves jobless this year, as youth unemployment hit a 23-year high of 16.4% in June, leaving them the most vulnerable to missed rental or mortgage payments.

Victorian households are the most burdened by their living costs, with a whopping 37% of residents concerned about making rent or mortgage payments over the festive season. While Victoria bore the economic brunt of the pandemic, rental prices have not fallen in proportion with the recession. In Melbourne, the median asking rent in September was $425, down just 2% year-on-year, according to CoreLogic data.

Urban Editorial

Urban Editorial

From the Urban.com.au editorial news team.

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