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Investor mortgage demand was petering out in February and March, expect this to continue over the coming months

According to the latest housing finance data release for March 2017 there was $33.2 billion in finance commitments over the month.  The monthly value of commitments increased by 0.9% to be  5.3% higher year-on-year.  While the value of commitments to investors has slowed over recent months, owner occupier demand lifted slightly in March 2017. The […]

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Investor lending slows in February before the APRA crackdown was announced

It seems that lenders were already scaling back their appetite for investment lending as early as January this year, with the value of housing finance commitments for investment purposes falling by almost 6% in February; the largest fall in lending for investment purposes since September 2015.  While this is only one month of data, it […]

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The mortgage lending landscape has changed substantially over the past week

On Friday of last week the banking regulator, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) wrote to all authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) announcing further measures to reinforce sound residential mortgage lending practices.  Since then we have seen the CoreLogic home value index showing that capital city dwelling values are increasing at their fastest annual pace since […]

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Investors have historically outweighed first home buyers, but the spread in market participation has never been this wide

Over recent years the level of investor participation in the national housing market has hit historic high levels and at the same time, housing finance commitments to owner occupier first time buyers has shrunk.  As an example, January 2017 housing finance data shows that based on the total value of housing finance commitments, a record-low […]

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The investor surge continues at the expense of first home buyers

Housing finance data for January 2017 was released earlier today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  The data showed the over the month there was $33.9 billion in housing finance commitments which was 1.5% higher than the previous month.  The value of housing finance commitments in January 2017 was 11.0% higher than it was […]

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Mortgage demand for established housing stock continues to climb

Housing finance data for December 2016 was released earlier today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  Demand for mortgage finance continues to increase over the month reflective of the ongoing growth in home values currently being experienced. Unlike the rest of the charts throughout this post, the above chart does not use seasonally adjusted figures.  […]

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New lending to investors in New South Wales has accounted for more than half of all new lending for 42 of the past 48 months

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released lending finance data earlier today and when it is paired with the earlier housing finance data release, the figures provide insight into the value of mortgage lending over the month in each state and territory.  Over recent months investor demand for mortgages has been trending higher and this […]

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Mortgage demand from investors continues to lift

The September 2016 housing finance data was released earlier today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  The data showed that there were $32.3 billion worth of housing finance commitments in September 2016 nationally which was the highest monthly value since June 2016.  The value of housing finance commitments increased by 2.3% over the month […]

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Investors are re-entering the housing market but should do so with caution

At the end of 2014, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) wrote to mortgage lenders reinforcing what they saw as sound mortgage lending practices.  The key points from that letter were that serviceability policy limits should be based on mortgage rates at least 2% above the product loan rate with a minimum floor assessment of […]

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Investor housing demand continues its bounce-back

Housing finance data for July 2016 was released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) earlier today.  The release showed that the total value of mortgage lending in July 2016 was recorded at $31.8 billion which was -1.8% lower compared to the $32.4 billion worth of mortgage lending in June 2016.  The value of mortgage […]

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