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Low equity loans get more expensive

[UPDATED corrects, adds comment] Loan-to-value ratio speed limits will not be introduced until the end of the month but the divide between borrowing costs for low-deposit borrowers and those with higher levels of equity is already starting to grow.

Tuesday, September 3rd 2013, 10:18PM 2 Comments

by Susan Edmunds

It is a move that was first predicted several months ago by commentators, who said that those with bigger deposits would likely be able to negotiate bigger discounts on carded interest rates.

Several major banks have hiked their low-equity fees ahead of new loan-to-value ratio (LVR) speed limits. Banks will have to reduce their borrowing to low-deposit borrowers to less than 10% of their total loan books.

ANZ has announced new low-equity fees for borrowers, ranging from an extra 0.25% for borrowers with an LVR of 80% to 85%, and 0.75% for borrowers with a 10% to 15% deposit, to 2%  for borrowers with a deposit of less than 10%.

The bank describes the fee as a low-equity premium but it is charged as a one-off fee.

Westpac introduced a 0.25% margin earlier this year on loans between 80% and 85% LVR, and at the end of last month BNZ introduced margins of 0.35% for loans between 80% and 85%, 0.75% for loans between 85.01% and 90%, 1% for loans between 90.1% and 95% and 1.15% above 95%.

Kiwibank – previously the highest low-equity fees in the market - has dropped its fees but that is because it has moved to insure its own low-deposit loans.

Westpac chief economist Dominick Stephens has been saying since LVR speed limits were first mooted that they would likely make borrowing dearer for low-equity borrowers, and cheaper for those with more money behind them because banks would have more of an appetite for sub-80% loans.

He said it would result in a “partitioning” of the market that would particularly benefit investors.

“Investors typically have more than 20% equity so they will face a lower interest rate than otherwise and probably face more demand for rental properties from people who are in the rental market because they are not able to buy. Conditions for investors may actually get better. The pace of house price growth may slow a bit, but not much.”

But broker John Bolton, of Squirrel, said while the new fees might make borrowers think about saving a larger deposit, many would not end up paying the full fee. "I think the fee will be eroded through competition with other lenders on high quality deals."

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On 4 September 2013 at 8:06 am Nick Fraser said:
So our veritable Reserve Bank Governor has now succeeded in penalising with a double whammy those most in need of getting into their first home.
On 5 September 2013 at 1:37 pm Amused said:
ASB, ANZ and Westpac have already come out and started limiting borrowers to 80% mortgages ahead of the 1st October deadline set by the Reserve Bank. ASB and ANZ signalled this shift in policy last Friday (officially) and Westpac advised brokers and staff on Monday this week. Expect BNZ and Kiwibank to follow soon also.

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Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
AIA - Back My Build 6.19 - - -
AIA - Go Home Loans 8.74 7.14 6.75 6.39
ANZ 8.64 7.74 7.39 7.25
ANZ Blueprint to Build 7.39 - - -
ANZ Good Energy - - - 1.00
ANZ Special - 7.14 6.79 6.65
ASB Bank 8.64 7.14 6.75 6.39
ASB Better Homes Top Up - - - 1.00
Avanti Finance 9.15 - - -
Basecorp Finance 9.60 - - -
Bluestone 9.24 - - -
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
BNZ - Classic - 7.14 6.79 6.65
BNZ - Green Home Loan top-ups - - - 1.00
BNZ - Mortgage One 8.69 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 8.69 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 8.69 7.74 7.39 7.25
BNZ - TotalMoney 8.69 - - -
CFML Loans 9.45 - - -
China Construction Bank - 7.09 6.75 6.49
China Construction Bank Special - - - -
Co-operative Bank - First Home Special - 6.79 - -
Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 8.40 6.99 6.79 6.65
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Co-operative Bank - Standard 8.40 7.49 7.29 7.15
Credit Union Auckland 7.70 - - -
First Credit Union Special - 7.45 7.35 -
First Credit Union Standard 8.50 7.99 7.85 -
Heartland Bank - Online 7.99 6.89 6.55 6.35
Heartland Bank - Reverse Mortgage - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 8.90 7.60 7.40 -
HSBC Premier 8.59 - - -
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 7.85 7.05 6.69 6.59
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Kainga Ora 8.64 7.74 7.35 6.99
Kainga Ora - First Home Buyer Special - - - -
Kiwibank 8.50 7.99 7.79 7.55
Kiwibank - Offset 8.50 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 6.99 6.79 6.65
Liberty 8.59 8.69 8.79 8.94
Nelson Building Society 9.00 7.65 7.25 -
Pepper Money Advantage 10.49 - - -
Pepper Money Easy 8.69 - - -
Pepper Money Essential 8.29 - - -
Resimac - LVR < 80% 8.84 8.09 7.59 7.29
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Resimac - LVR < 90% 9.84 9.09 8.59 8.29
Resimac - Specialist Clear (Alt Doc) - - 8.99 -
Resimac - Specialist Clear (Full Doc) - - 9.49 -
SBS Bank 8.74 7.74 7.09 6.95
SBS Bank Special - 7.14 6.49 6.35
SBS Construction lending for FHB - - - -
SBS FirstHome Combo 6.19 6.14 - -
SBS FirstHome Combo - - - -
SBS Unwind reverse equity 9.95 - - -
Select Home Loans 9.24 - - -
TSB Bank 9.44 7.79 7.55 7.45
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
TSB Special 8.64 6.99 6.75 6.65
Unity 8.64 6.99 6.79 -
Unity First Home Buyer special - 6.55 6.45 -
Wairarapa Building Society 8.60 6.95 6.85 -
Westpac 8.64 7.84 7.35 6.99
Westpac Choices Everyday 8.74 - - -
Westpac Offset 8.64 - - -
Westpac Special - 7.24 6.75 6.39
Median 8.64 7.19 7.17 6.65

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