Fixed-rate mortgage boom ending

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The mini-boom in demand for fixed-rate mortgages might finally be at end, following the two rate cuts in November and December.

According to ABS housing finance data for November, the proportion of total housing finance commitments taken out at fixed rates increased to 9.9% in October 2011 (from 7.9% in September 2011) as an increasing number of home owners looked to lock in some financial certainty. 

The graph (below) prepared by ANZ and based on the October ABS housing finance data, shows that demand for fixed rate mortgages is at a more than three-year high, with the mini-boom kicking off in early 2009 after the RBA had cut rates by 425 basis points between September 2008 and April 2009 and following Wayne Swan introducing his $42 billion stimulus package in February 2009.

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