has announced LVR caps on investor loans as well as changes to how it applies the qualifying rate for all mortgage lending, in the wake of an APRA crackdown on home lending.
This announcement comes after CBA
announced they would be withdrawing discounts and other special offers extended to brokers on property investment loans, in response to fears about an over-heated property market and risky lending standards.
However, instead of announcing changes to pricing discounts available on investment loans, Heritage Bank
has followed the lead of New Zealand and clamped down on LVR limits.
A note sent to brokers yesterday announced the mutual lender will decrease the maximum LVR for investment loans to 80%.
“As you know, APRA has recently foreshadowed the need for financial institutions to tighten credit practices in the home lending sector. APRA is particularly concerned about investment loans overheating the market, and the future serviceability of loans that borrowers take out in today’s low-interest environment,” Paul Francis, general manager, retail services noted in the correspondence obtained by Australian Broker
“Heritage has always been a responsible lender and these changes will further ensure we meet the expectations that APRA has outlined.”
Further, the mutual lender announced it will be tightening how it applies the qualifying rate for all mortgage lending – including both new borrowers and existing borrowers looking to top up their loan.
The changes mean that Heritage will be qualifying lending commitments for mortgage loans by adopting whichever is highest of the qualifying rate or the actual rate + 2%. The qualifying rate will remain at 7.15%.
Both changes will apply to home loan applications received from Monday 25 May 2015.
Meanwhile, St George has urged brokers to send investment loans to them, as they have not announced any changes yet.
In an “urgent” note to brokers on Friday, the non-major said to “get any Investment loans in to St George while our policy has not changed”.
It also stated that investment pricing is “still on the cards”, although it may not be staying for much longer with what is happening in the market.
“Please send that Investment Loan in ASAP so not to be caught up in any changes,” St George noted.