CBA, ANZ, NAB and Bankwest rein in lending to property investors

CBA, ANZ, NAB and Bankwest rein in lending to property investors
CBA, ANZ, NAB and Bankwest rein in lending to property investors

Ramping up its supervision after the surge in property prices to the investor driven east coast property markets, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority chairman Wayne Byres has indicated the authority was aware of lending examples that were less than prudent.

“So there is no confusion, let me be clear that Australian ADIs (authorised deposit-taking institutions) are thankfully well away from the types of subprime lending that have caused so many problems elsewhere (for example, lending with an loan-to-value ratios in excess of 100 per cent, at teaser rates, to borrowers with no real capacity to repay),” he said.

“Nevertheless, our overall conclusion from this hypothetical borrower exercise was that there were clearly examples of practice that were less than prudent,” he told the recent Customer Owned Banking Association event, which was not open to media, but reported by The Australian.

“Authorised deposit-taking institutions with more aggressive practices should fully expect to find APRA increasingly at their doorstep," he said.

Meanwhile major lenders have been withdrawing discount offers extended to brokers on property investment loans. 

The Australian Broker website revealed today that two major banks have amended pricing discounts available to standard variable rate and fixed rate investment loans.

It is all part of the Australian Prudential and Regulatory Authority clamp down on current high lending levels of property investor loans.

National Australia Bank has also flagged a reduction in the discounts offered to property investor loans following the APRA request to keep investor loan growth below 10% per annum.

Available funds will be cut back "by at least a third" within weeks, John Symond, the founder and chairman of Aussie Home Loans believes as banks react to the regulatory authorities.

"Banks are going to be knocking back a lot of investor applications," he told Ross Greenwood on the 2GB Money News program this week.

The Commonwealth Bank has reviewed its $1,000 Investment Home Loan Rebate Offer.

“We will honour the offer for all Investment Home Loan applications, created by close of business on Friday 15 May,” the email read.

The CBA announced reduced pricing discounts offered on investor loans, while stressing "heavier discounts very much remain available for Owner Occupied lending”.

The ANZ head of third party relationship channels, Kieran Evans advised ANZ is carefully managing its home loan business to ensure its portfolio grows in a balanced way.

“As a result, we will be introducing a range of changes to how we manage investor lending effective immediately,” he said.

For customers with investor only lending, ANZ will only offer advertised rates – discretionary pricing will be not be available, the major said.

However, for customers with existing owner occupier lending with ANZ, the major will offer discretionary pricing on investor loans.

Further, to offset the removal of investor switching discretions, Evans said ANZ have increased the owner occupier discretion to $1,200 and have reduced the eligibility to greater than $500,000.

Bankwest has made it harder for investors to secure loans, as APRA’s campaign on lending standards is taking effect.

Bankwest will now apply a maximum LVR of 80% for investment purposes, including property and shares, a departure from the bank well known for accepting investor loans up to 98% LVR.

The value of home loans written in March jumped 3.8 per cent to $31.3 billion, up 11.7 per cent over the year.

The March rise was principally by investor lending, up 6.4 per cent.

On an annual basis, investor loans were up 20.9 per cent rate, which was more than double the 10 per cent speed limit identified by APRA regulators earlier this year.

Banks have also been re-assessing the rental income levels that they are calculating when taking into account overall income of investors.

And making it tougher Westpac also foreshadowed changes which will impact investors’ serviceability with the bank removing negative gearing benefits from its servicing calculator.

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Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of our authors. Jonathan has been writing about property since the early 1980s and is editor-at-large of Property Observer.

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