LENDING UPDATE – 16.06.09

Key issues

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some lenders are improving their loan approval times, while the few who still offer 95% LVR loans are taking 30 days or more to approve loans due to huge volumes

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rapid increases in fixed interest rates offered by all lenders since March 09

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CBA gives first indication of increases in variable rates
(0.1% increase this week)

LENDER COMPARISON

Current standard variable rates and maximum loan-to-valuation ratios (LVRs) for lenders’ more popular loan-types are shown below. 12 month discounted “honeymoon” rate products have been excluded, as well as “professional package” products which cost $350-400 p.a. The final column shows the lender’s current standard 3 year fixed rate. Standard fixed rates have increased RAPIDLY since March this year. For example, HomeSide’s 3 year fixed rate for a $300,000 loan was 5.19% in March. Fixed rates are now much higher than variable rates.

% p.a. LVR max % % p.a.
BankWest 3 year RateTracker 4.85 90 + LMI 6.69
RAMS Basic Variable 4.99 90 + LMI 6.29
St George Basic 4.99 90 + LMI 6.49
PLAN Lending Performance Plus 5.05 90 6.62
CBA Rate Saver 3 yr Special 5.06 90 6.69
HomeSide HomePlus Variable 5.07 95 6.39
ING Direct Mortgage Simplifier 5.09 90 + LMI 6.29
Homeloans Ltd Premium Saver 5.09 90 + LMI 6.79
Suncorp Standard Variable 5.10 95 + LMI 6.39
ANZ Simplicity Plus 5.11 90 6.34
Westpac Flexi First Option 5.11 92 6.59

Notes

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Heritage Building Society’s Basic loan at 4.82% has been temporarily withdrawn

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some lenders will add lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI) to the base loan amount

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CBA will lend 95%+LMI to existing customers with well-conducted credit facilities for at least 6 months. CBA increased all its variable interest rates by 0.1% this week

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Westpac will lend up to 97% to existing customers who have had accounts for 6 months

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St George will lend up to 95%+LMI to existing customers who have had accounts for 6 months

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lenders’ quoted fixed rates (1-10 years) can change at any time without notice

GENUINE SAVINGS REQUIREMENT

Most lenders now require evidence that borrowers have accumulated at least 5% genuine savings proven with bank statements for the last 3 months. Gifts and asset sales are excluded.
HOMESIDE will accept applications with bank statements showing just 3% genuine savings.
SUNCORP will also accept 3% genuine savings for first home buyers with clean credit records.

FAST REFINANCE FACILITY (KNOWN AS “FAST REFI”)

Borrowers often wish to refinance their loan to another lender. After new loan approval documents have been signed, the traditional refinance process (communicating with the original lender in writing then waiting for an agreed settlement date) can frequently take up to 4 weeks. The FAST REFI facility is offered by many lenders and can achieve a payout in 4 days. The existing lender will probably not even know that its loan has been paid out. The basic FAST REFI process is as follows:

  • borrower applies to the new lender for required loan amount plus a safety “buffer” allowance which usually covers one month’s interest plus known penalties and discharge costs.
  • new lender issues approval documents for signing, including Mortgage Discharge authority
  • new lender checks signed documents and confirms existing lender’s payout figure
  • new loan proceeds, including “buffer amount” are paid directly into client’s old loan account which fully pays out the previous loan. Any excess payment is later refunded to the client.
  • old lender receives a signed client authorisation to forward property Title deed to new lender.

Strict FAST REFI conditions apply and these can be explained in detail upon request. Some new lenders will offer clients a $600 cash incentive to refinance their current loan. Lower interest rates and the opportunity to consolidate other debts into one new loan amount are common reasons for arranging FAST REFI.

Contact Melbourne Mortgage Finance for immediate assistance in arranging your loan application for your clients or contacts. Same-day consultation service is generally available.

Barry LeBrocq

Melbourne Mortgage Finance
Mob 0437417042
Web www.mmfinance.com.au

Disclaimer: the above information is intended as general information only and is not intended to cover specific personal situations. Every effort has been made to ensure that content is accurate, however it should be understood that lenders are constantly changing their products, interest rates and lending policies. Potential borrowers should contact Melbourne Mortgage Finance to discuss their specific personal financial needs and loan eligibility prior to making a borrowing decision.

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