Home loan demand higher despite changes to investor lending: Mortgage Choice's John Flavell

Jonathan ChancellorSeptember 10, 20150 min read


Recent changes to investor lending is failing to have a significant impact on home loan demand, new data has revealed. 

According to the July Housing Finance Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 53,095 home loans were approved over the course of the month – up 0.3% on the month prior. 

The total value of all dwelling commitments was also up, with more than $32 billion in home loans written throughout July. 

The spike in home loan demand and value of dwelling commitments was interesting, especially given the current market conditions. 

Over the last few months, Australia’s lenders have made some sweeping changes to their policy and pricing in a bid to reduce their level of investment lending. 

As such, you would expect these changes to have some impact on the level of investment demand. But, according to today’s data at least, the changes seem to have had little to no impact on the level of demand.

Of course it is still early days, and considering most of the changes were made in June and July, we are unlikely to see the true impact of these changes for some months yet.

Commenting on the 1.5% spike in the value of all loans written over the month of July, Mr Flavell said the result wasn’t surprising given that property prices across the combined capital cities continue to rise. 

Data from CoreLogic found property values actually climbed 2.8% across the combined capital cities over the month of July. 

Sydney and Melbourne were once again the standout performers, with the two capital cities recording property price growth of 3.3% and 4.9% respectively.

With property prices continuing to rise quite quickly month after month, there is little wonder why we are seeing growth in the value of all loans written.

John Flavell is chief executive officer Mortgage Choice.

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.
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