Based on the expectations of most economists, mortgage holders have between nine and 18 months of the current record low-interest rates before the Reserve Bank will begin the process of moving them up towards more long-term historical norms.
Despite some projections from economists that the RBA will move rates up mid to late 2018, the central bank will be keeping a very close eye on the housing market and will be loathed to become accountable for any precipitous fall in house prices.
Low wages growth and inflation and very weak consumer spending will provide it with the conditions to retain interest rates at 1.5 per cent.
Interest rates are more likely to go nowhere this year.
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