Number of 'unaffordable' home loans spikes 42%

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on September 08, 2020
Number of 'unaffordable' home loans spikes 42%

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Data from the prudential regulator released today reveals the number of unaffordable home loans being taken out has increased by 42% from June 2019 to June 2020.

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) data shows the number of residential mortgages with debt to income ratios above six has increased by a whopping 42% to $17.5 billion in the June 2020 quarter.

A debt to income ratio (DTI) is one way the banks measure the ability of a borrower to comfortably repay their mortgage.

While there's no cap on DTI ratios, a DTI six times higher than a borrower's income is considered 'high risk' by many lenders.

Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans with some of the lowest variable interest rates on the market for owner-occupiers.

Lender

Variable
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UNLIMITED REDRAWSSPECIAL OFFER
  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30-day settlement
  • For purchase and refinance, min 20% deposit
  • No ongoing or monthly fees, add offset for 0.10%
UNLIMITED REDRAWSSPECIAL OFFER

Smart Booster Home Loan Discounted Variable - 2yr (LVR < 80%)

  • Fast turnaround times, can meet 30-day settlement
  • For purchase and refinance, min 20% deposit
  • No ongoing or monthly fees, add offset for 0.10%
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AN EASY DIGITAL APPLICATION
  • No ongoing fees - None!
  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Easy online application, find out if you're approved quick!
  • Redraw- Access your additional payments if you need them
  • Use the app to get loan insights to help you pay off your home loan faster
AN EASY DIGITAL APPLICATION

Neat Variable Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 60%)

  • No ongoing fees - None!
  • Unlimited additional repayments
  • Easy online application, find out if you're approved quick!
  • Redraw- Access your additional payments if you need them
  • Use the app to get loan insights to help you pay off your home loan faster
Variable
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100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNTNO APPLICATION FEE OR ONGOING FEES
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
100% FULL OFFSET ACCOUNTNO APPLICATION FEE OR ONGOING FEES

Low Rate Home Loan - Prime (Principal and Interest) (Owner Occupied) (LVR < 60%)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
Variable
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NSW/VIC/SA METRO & INNER REGIONAL AREAS$5000 CASHBACK. T&Cs APPLY.
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
NSW/VIC/SA METRO & INNER REGIONAL AREAS$5000 CASHBACK. T&Cs APPLY.

Variable Home Loan (Principal and Interest)

  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • 100% full offset account
  • Extra repayments + redraw services

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, fixed, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. However, the ‘Compare Home Loans’ table allows for calculations to be made on variables as selected and input by the user. All products will list the LVR with the product and rate which are clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. Monthly repayments, once the base criteria are altered by the user, will be based on the selected products’ advertised rates and determined by the loan amount, repayment type, loan term and LVR as input by the user/you. *The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Rates correct as of May 18, 2022. View disclaimer.

Additionally, the data revealed that the value of 95% loan-to-value-ratio (LVR) loans has soared by 60% from June 2019 to June 2020 to the value of $1.8 billion.

The higher LVR lending could be buoyed by the Federal Government's First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, which allows first home buyers to enter the property market with a deposit as low as 5%. 

According to the scheme's administrator the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC), roughly 12.5% of all homes purchased by first home buyers during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis were done so using the scheme. 

The report by the NHFIC found that the scheme has allowed first home buyers to shave an average of four years off the time it normally takes to save for a house deposit. 

Meanwhile, interest-only home loans jumped 13.1% in the June 2020 quarter to the value of $20.0 billion, while the number of owner-occupied loans increased by 31.1% and investor loans were up by 24.1%.

"Despite ongoing challenges to profitability, bank financial positions remain sound due to strong capital and liquidity levels, support through various policy measures and signs of reduced risk appetite in residential mortgage lending," the APRA report said.

"There is some degradation of asset quality as a result of COVID-19, although the full scale of this impact will only be seen in the coming quarters."


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The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered. Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site. Savings.com.au, yourmortgage.com.au, yourinvestmentpropertymag.com.au, and Performance Drive are part of the Savings Media group. In the interests of full disclosure, the Savings Media Group are associated with the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings Media Group manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please visit the web site links at the bottom of this page.

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Emma Duffy is Assistant Editor at Your Mortgage and  Your Investment Property Mag, which are part of the Savings Media Group. In this role, she manages a team of journalists and expert contributors committed to keeping readers informed about the latest home loan and finance news and trends, as well as providing in-depth property guides. She is also a finance journalist at Savings.com.au which she joined shortly after its launch in early 2019. Emma has a Bachelor in Journalism and has been published in several other publications and been featured on radio.

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