RBA's cash rate decision is redundant, says industry veteran

by Julia Corderoy02 Sep 2015
The Reserve Bank of Australia is rapidly losing relevance to mortgage holders, according to a leading mortgage figure.

1300HomeLoan managing director John Kolenda says while the RBA held the cash rate steady at its record low of 2% yesterday, tens of thousands of borrowers have already been hit with increases to their mortgage rates.

“The decision of many lenders to raise interest rates for investment and interest only loans as well as revised borrowing conditions means the RBA’s rate deliberations have become almost irrelevant for some borrowers,” he said.

“While there is some competition in the market for owner-occupied loans at the moment due to the restrictions on investor loans, this pricing will be short lived with the pressure on the major banks to meet APRA measures by June next year. We will likely see rates increase for owner-occupied in the future.”

The actions of the banks to increase rates in response to industry and regulatory desires to curb growth in investment lending, due to concerns about booming Sydney and Melbourne property prices, has changed the lending landscape, says Kolenda.

“Despite the RBA keeping its cash rate on hold, thousands of borrowers have been notified already by their lender that their interest rate will go up by as much as 49 basis points,” he said.

“In the history of home loans it has never been more confusing for borrowers, who now need to be better informed than ever before.

“There have also been changes to loan servicing calculations, Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) requirements as well as the rental income needed to help service a loan.”