Houses for sale in Australia are now experiencing longer listing times now that banks have tightened their lending criteria for potential homebuyers. In Sydney alone, homes were taking 43 days on average to sell based on data from CoreLogic. Darwin had the slowest turnover with 93 days while properties in Hobart were selling the fastest.
A mortgage shopping study showed that while investors could avail of up to $1 million in loans, owner-occupiers could only avail of $600,000 or less even if they are on the same income level. From 2015, the average loan capacity for owner-occupiers dropped from $700,000 to $600,000.
With tighter lending standards, mortgage holders who borrowed prior to the new lending rules are having difficulty refinancing their loans and are stuck with their current lender. Investors particularly those who took interest-only loans are not exempted as they are now forced to refinance their loans.
Real Estate Institute of Australia president Malcolm Gunning earlier said real estate agents who are better qualified, more skilled and connected with established agencies have a better chance of successfully selling properties.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), Australia’s banking regulator, decided to implement stricter lending policies as a way to prevent excessive lending notably in Melbourne and Sydney. According to APRA chairman Wayne Byres, banks are urged to better manage their borrower expenses and debt commitments. He also revealed that 13 of the Australia’s largest banks had passed ‘severe but plausible’ stress tests and that further changes would be marginal. In 2014, APRA also required banks to assess the repayment capacity of borrowers.
Research has shown that APRA’s move to impose stricter lending policies had a good purpose. Apart from managing loans from borrowers, among its major goals were to help in stabilizing the Australian economy and limit speculation in the residential property market.
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By Wendy Chamberlain
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