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Boomer tells young Aussies to stop WHINGING and says he paid off his home loan by not going travelling or having big nights out

  • A Perth retiree believes younger Aussies should stop whining over interest rates
  • Ron de Gruchy, 85, said he ‘adjusted’ to 17 per cent rate on his home loan in 1990
  • He says he was able to pay off his mortgage by living a frugal life

An elderly homeowner has called on young Australians with mortgages to toughen up following a rise in interest rates from the four major banks.

The Reserve Bank on Tuesday announced a 0.25 percentage point increase in the official cash rate for the first time in more than a decade, climbing to 0.35 per cent from a record low of 0.1 per cent.

But Perth retiree Ron de Gruchy, 85, believes younger Aussies should stop whinging over the rate hike, telling The West Australian that he ‘adjusted’ to the 17 per cent interest rate on his home loan back in 1990.

Perth retiree Ron de Gruchy (pictured) has called on young Australians in the housing market to toughen up following a rise in interest rates from the four major banks

Perth retiree Ron de Gruchy (pictured) has called on young Australians in the housing market to toughen up following a rise in interest rates from the four major banks

‘The high interest rates were a real squeeze on finances but you just adjusted,’ he said. 

Mr de Gruchy says he lived a ‘frugal’ life while paying back his mortgage. 

That frugality included no nights out, overseas travel or trips to the casino. 

‘Back then, people didn’t complain – they just adjusted,’ he continued. 

‘Higher interest rates are not the end of the world but I think youngsters have got it pretty good.’

However, Ticky Fullerton, business editor at large of The Australian said it wasn’t fair to compare home ownership 30 years ago to what it is today.

‘In the old days when interest rates were high, a move didn’t hit people as much, because the interest rates were so high (anyway),’ she said. ‘These days, that’s quite a big increase.

‘My rate was 16 per cent in the 90s, which was very high. When rates moved up by a quarter of a per cent, it didn’t affect you much.’

Research from Finder shows the average loan size in 1984 was 3.3 times the average annual income, but today it is 6.8 times the average income.

That translates to the average Australian needing to borrow 10 times what they earn in 2022 to afford a house.   

Meanwhile, almost half of all homeowners with mortgages were already experiencing financial strain before the latest interest rate hike. 

Research from Joust and Digital Finance Analytics discovered that 42.2 per cent, or 1.539 million people are currently experiencing mortgage stress.

Mortgage stress is generally defined as borrowers paying back more than 30 per cent of their income towards repayments.

Research from home loans marketplace Joust and Digital Finance Analytics (DFA) has revealed almost half of all homeowners with mortgages were already experiencing financial strain before the hike.

Research from home loans marketplace Joust and Digital Finance Analytics (DFA) has revealed almost half of all homeowners with mortgages were already experiencing financial strain before the hike.

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Source: Daily Mail

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