Understand What You Can Borrow

When you’re applying for a loan, it may be tempting just to speak to the financial institution you already bank with. The mortgage market remains highly competitive and it pays to seek alternatives.

Better still, consider using the services of a mortgage broker. A good mortgage broker has access to a panel of lenders and knows their lending application processes.

This will save you time and money and give you the best chance of getting the best possible loan when you need it. They will also be able to advise you on which loan is right for you, given your own personal circumstances.

Carl Thompson – Commercial Lending Specialist, Strategic Investor Group

Big Banks Royal Commission Jitters

Australia’s big four banks continue to manage multiple challenges including falling house prices, a regulatory backlash sparked by the royal commission, and higher funding costs.

A further challenge is that international funding costs have been creeping up in recent months – a trend likely to cost banks hundreds of millions if they are not passed on to customers.

Issues raised by the royal commission will make it much harder for major banks to raise their interest rates independently of the Reserve Bank. At some stage, however, an economic decision will need to be made.

How are you placed should interest rates rise sooner rather than later?

Carl Thompson – Commercial Lending Specialist, Strategic Investor Group

Property Market Update

The Australian property market is a restless one that can see things heat up and cool down in a matter of months, and with everyone trying to get a slice of a property market worth $7.5 trillion it pays to keep up to date.

Whether you are a first-time property owner, or you own multiple properties, obtaining sound professional advice, before investing in property, is essential. Wealth creation through property can prove to be a prudent strategy.

Research shows investors who have a close relationship with a qualified professional will be richer than those who do not have that close relationship.

Contact Strategic Investor Group today to review your individual financial circumstances.

Carl Thompson – Commercial Lending Specialist, Strategic Investor Group

The Interest Rate Dilemma

The Reserve Bank has left the official cash rate on hold at its fifth meeting of the year, marking a record 22 months without a change.

RBA Governor Philip Lowe said housing credit growth had slowed over the past year, especially to investors.

“APRA’s supervisory measures and tighter credit standards have been helpful in containing the build-up of risk in household balance sheets, although the level of household debt remains high,”.

“While there may be some further tightening of lending standards, the average mortgage interest rate on outstanding loans is continuing to decline.”

Will the Banks be able to manage margins or increase mortgage interest rates to offset rising international borrowing costs?

Seek professional advice today regarding your existing or proposed lending requirements.

Carl Thompson – Commercial Lending Specialist, Strategic Investor Group

Bank limitations create opportunities for non-bank lenders

Since the GFC, bank capital levels and the number of bank regulations have skyrocketed. The unquestionable thrust of Basel III has been for banks to massively increase capital, reduce leverage, limit risk-taking behaviour, and adhere to a far more stringent set of banking regulations.

The fallout from the Royal Commission will undoubtedly see a further reduction in risk-taking appetite and yet more regulatory burden placed on the banks.

In Australia, the non-bank lending market is growing rapidly but is still relatively small, with many players fighting for scale. We expect this trend to continue.

It is important to research the market and understand your options when considering how to fund your next property purchase.

Carl Thompson – Commercial Lending Specialist, Strategic Investor Group

The Financial Landscape Has Changed Forever

It is important to understand how much you’re able to borrow prior to committing to any financial transaction. With the recent evolution of the lending landscape don’t make the mistake of assuming you will automatically obtain finance.

Seek professional advice regarding loan structure and strategy at the outset.

Changes by the Banks in relation to loan term, repayment type, satisfactory security and affordability has redefined the loan approval process.

Whether you are seeking to enter the Residential or Commercial Property Market it is critical that you seek professional advice today.

Strategic Investor Group will crunch the numbers and provide you with the best options, based on your overall financial position, and individual personal circumstances.

Carl Thompson – Commercial Lending Specialist, Strategic Investor Group

What will be the economic effect of the Banking Royal Commission?

We are already seeing the impact with individuals and company’s ability to access Bank loans becoming extremely difficult.

With the loan approval process requiring applicants to evidence the ability to service their borrowings at twice the actual interest rate, have the recent regulatory changes created a barrier for genuine borrowers.

Prudent lending principles are required, however, have the regulators gone too far, and will these actions have a flow-on effect for future economic growth?

Understand your individual position by speaking to a professional today.

Carl Thompson – Commercial Lending Specialist, Strategic Investor Group

Australia’s credit reporting system is changing. Are you prepared?

A key component lenders use when determining whether you are approved for a loan and how much you can borrow is your credit report, which sets out your previous credit applications and any defaults on your payments

Australia is currently moving to a new system of credit reporting that will help reward people who pay off their debts on time.

Following industry-wide changes, your credit report will soon show a much more comprehensive picture of your credit health and your ability to pay your debts.

Consumers who have been diligent in making their repayments on time may be able to borrow more money and at a lower interest rate than before.

Carl Thompson – Commercial Lending Specialist, Strategic Investor Group

Will you be affected by The Hayne Royal Commission?

Lenders have been tightening their lending controls and interest-only rates in response to regulatory pressure to lower record levels of household debt and boost prudential standards.

Ratings’ agency Standard and Poor’s is warning owner-occupiers are more likely than investors to struggle with the transition to principal and interest repayments, particularly for loans underwritten before 2015 when lending standards for interest-only were less strict.

If you have an Interest Only loan due for review it’s time to seek professional advice regarding your options.

Carl Thompson – Commercial Lending Specialist, Strategic Investor Group

Interest Rates – What will 2018 & 2019 bring?

Most economists are forecasting that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will probably only make one rate rise (+25bp) to the cash rate by late 2018 while a smaller group of analysts expect interest rates to remain on hold well into 2019. Westpac’s chief economist Bill Evans has even gone as far as saying that he expects rates to remain at current levels well into 2020.

Stability from the RBA doesn’t always translate into stability for borrowers as many have already faced rising mortgage costs during the last 12 months, especially those with investment and interest-only loans.

Now’s the time to take stock and review your individual financial position.

Carl Thompson – Commercial Lending Specialist, Strategic Investor Group