Australian home loan delinquencies rose unexpectedly as a stalling housing market kept a lid on financing options for homeowners, Fitch Ratings said.

Mortgage payments overdue by more than 30 days rose to 1.57 percent of the value of loans in the three months ended Dec. 31, from 1.52 percent in the third quarter, according to the London- based ratings firm's Australian residential mortgage performance index.

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