APRA’s handbrake on investment lending starting to show: CoreLogic RP Data

APRA’s handbrake on investment lending starting to show: CoreLogic RP Data
APRA’s handbrake on investment lending starting to show: CoreLogic RP Data

APRA's investment finance restrictions have led to a sharp fall in investor-related housing demand, according to CoreLogic RP Data research analyst Cameron Kusher.

CoreLogic RP Data's Property Pulse found June changes to lending practices around conditions for investment purposes contributed towards a substantial slowdown in lending. Higher mortgage rates, low rental yields and a maturing housing cycle are also drivers. 

Cameron Kusher said the reclassification of investor loans to owner occupier loans is also muddying the clarity of the housing finance data, adding the value of lending to investors is now lower than the value of lending to owner occupiers for new loans.

"The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has noted that over recent months many ADIs have been reclassifying some investor loans to owner occupier loans,” he said.

"At a state level the data is not published in seasonally adjusted terms, only raw figures. According to this data the value of lending to investors peaked in June 2015 and as ADIs have made changes to their lending policies, investor demand has waned. Between June 2015 and September 2015, the value of lending to investors has fallen in each state.

"As a result of the slowdown in lending to investors across each state, the value of new lending in most states is now greater to owner occupiers than it is to investors. It is important to note that historically, it has been very unusual for investors to be a greater part of the new lending environment than owner occupiers; however, this has been the case for most of the past year and a half."

 

APRA’s handbrake on investment lending starting to show: CoreLogic RP Data 

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APRA’s handbrake on investment lending starting to show: CoreLogic RP Data

Michael Crawford

Michael Crawford

Michael is the real estate reporter for western Sydney and loves writing about homes and the people who live in them. A former production editor and news journalist, he enjoys writing about real-world property purchases as well as aspirational buys and builds. Following a recent move from Sydney’s northern beaches, Michael now actually enjoys commuting.

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