APRA announces proposal to scrap inflated interest rate assessment for home borrowers

With many confident the RBA will be cutting interest rates at the upcoming June meeting, Australia’s banking regulator APRA (Australian Prudential Regulation Authority) has announced a proposal to scrap a rule requiring mortgage customers’ lending capacity to be assessed at an inflated interest rate. Introduced in 2014 as a measure to contain rising house prices[…]

Stricter Lending Criteria Affect Homebuyers and Home Sales

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.[…]