ANZ raises property investor loan interest rate by 0.27 percentage points

ANZ raises property investor loan interest rate by 0.27 percentage points
ANZ raises property investor loan interest rate by 0.27 percentage points

ANZ Banking Group is raising interest rates on home loans held by property investors. 

The rate change will add $48 to the monthly repayments on a $300,000 mortgage, up by 0.27 percentage points, the most dramatic decision of the current clampdown on lending to restrain the current investor frenzy.

ANZ on Thursday said its index rate for investor property loans would rise to 5.65%, as part of a move to shift the mix in its loan book towards owner-occupiers. 

ANZ's changes come seven months after the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority forced the big banks to cap their loan growth among housing investors to less than 10% growth a year.

Chief executive of ANZ's Australian operations, Mark Whelan said the bank was trying to reach an "appropriate" mix between its investor and owner-occupied loan book, which with around $65 billion of housing investor loans is the smallest of the big four banks.

"It is very hot," was how Mark Whelan described the investor market when speaking with Ross Greenwood's 2GB Money News today.

The decision re-instated differential price which had existed pre-1998, he advised.

"It's a bit back-to-the-future for the current hot market."

He said it was not related to the recent risk adverse requirements sought by APRA, announced earlier this week to take effect mid-2016 .

He described recent investor loans as "very good risk." 

ANZ cut various fixed rates for owner-occupiers by between 0.10 and 0.4 percentage points.

Effective Monday, 10 August 2015, ANZ’s variable Residential investment property Loan (RIPL) Index Rate will rise by 0.27% to 5.65%pa (5.76%pa comparison rate).

Fixed rates for new Residential Investment Lending will also increase by up to 0.30%.

Mark Whelan said although interest rates for residential property investors are at very low levels historically, "the decision to raise interest rates for residential investment lending has been difficult but necessary in the current environment.

“It allows us to balance the mix of our lending between owner-occupied and investment lending as well as the impact of changing market conditions.

"This includes a decision to cut fixed rates for new owner-occupied home lending.

“This is a considered decision that takes into account our customers’ position and the criteria we look at when setting rates including our competitive position, our regulatory obligations and the state of the residential property market,” Mr Whelan said.

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