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Nov 15

Westpac Has Revised Owner Occupied Lending Policy

By Editorial Team | Home Loans

This move from the major bank (Westpac) is to allow owner-occupied loans to be secured against an investment property. It is for the situations that may happen wherein the loan is to be secured by a non-owner-occupied residential property. Westpac has already informed their brokers about it and this update will be effective on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

What Does The Revised Owner Occupied Lending Policy Covers?

The Revised Owner-Occupied Lending Policy will be implemented in the following instances wherein; this update does not intend to generate income as well as not a tax deduction for investment. 

It was also noted on the revised policy that the use of non-owner occupied residential property as a security in purchasing an owner-occupied home is acceptable. It is not only limited to the former but also on the use of the equity in non-owner occupied residential property to fund owner-occupier purposes such as the renovation of an owner-occupied property. The exception of this policy is on non-owner occupied residential property to be used as security for bridging loans, as the bank will now allow it. 

The announcement for this revision came after less than a month when Westpac has announced that it would be increasing the maximum LVR (Loan-To-Value Ratio) for investor loans with an interest-only term rates at 80% – 90% which also includes any capitalized mortgaged insurance premium this follows the decision from the Reserve Bank of Australia to reduce the official cash rate. 

Westpac general manager for homeownership Will Ranken stated that “Providing the support and finance to help buyers purchase their next investment property is a key focus of our lending strategy. “ He then concluded, “We believe this change will provide a competitive proposition for investors looking to purchase their next property.”  

Nov 15

FBAA Calls For A Review In The Credit Policy

By Editorial Team | Home Loans , Interest Rates , News

The effect of lower mortgage rates will fail to stimulate lending within Australia unless banks will ease their credit policies, which were tightened in the midst of investigation from the banking royal commission.

Managing director of the Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA) Peter White, has said Reserve Bank of Australia’s rate cuts isn’t enough to stimulate the housing market on their own, especially as banks use unrealistic credit criteria to push legitimate buyers out of the market and disadvantage borrowers.

During the FBAA’s annual conference, White said, “We need a more considered approach to credit policy because right now there are borrowers with the capability to pay a mortgage that is being rejected for a variety of reasons.”

White stated that banks are beginning to take action as they continue to lose business, citing Commonwealth Bank’s recent decision to lower its floor rate the second time in four months as an example.

 “Banks are being forced to act because the market is flat, and we will no doubt see that other banks will follow,” he added. 

“The FBAA has said before that the buffer used by banks is ridiculously obstructive to borrowers.

“In no way am I suggesting we loosen the credit criteria, but in an economy that needs stimulating, interest rate cuts are only a part of the solution.

He then concluded, “Denying legitimate and credible borrowers a loan due to credit policies that make no sense doesn’t help anyone.” 

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Jul 11

Types Of Home Loans In Australia

By Editorial Team | Home Loans

There Are Various Home Loan Types to Choose From

It can really be overwhelming for anyone who plans to buy a property, most especially if it is your first time. It is crucial to know all the available loan options before deciding to make a purchase.

As the years go by, the demand for home loans is continuously increasing. So nowadays, there are different types of home loans that are being offered by banks and lenders. These home loans can cater to many people, however, it is required to thoroughly understand the loan options available in accordance with your needs.

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A First-Time Buyer’s Guide To Home Loans
Oct 27

A First-Time Buyer’s Guide To Home Loans

By Editorial Team | Home Loans

Buying your first home is an exciting prospect but it can be a little daunting when faced with all the different kinds of home loans now available. There are so many different banks and financial institutions offering loans with differing interest rates and fees, lengths of loans and benefits that it’s hard to choose which one will suit you best. There’s no longer any such thing as a simple 25-year home loan with regular repayments. And simply paying off a home mortgage as fast as you can is rare as well. There’s a plethora of new technology to help first home buyers. For instance, a borrowing power calculator helps estimate how much you can borrow, and a stamp duty calculator helps you to work out how much stamp duty you will have to pay the government. Continue reading

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