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Tide about to turn on low equity loans

Banks low equity loan volumes are nowhere near the maximum allowed by the Reserve Bank’s speed bump restrictions.Tide

Friday, February 28th 2014, 9:18AM 1 Comment

The latest figures from the central bank show just 4.8% of the $3.09 billion lent in January was to people with deposit of less than 20%.

That figure fell to 3.8% after exemptions, such as Welcome Home Loans and construction finance, were taken out.

Under the speed bump restrictions introduced in October registered banks could only lend 10% of their mortgages to customers who had equity of less than 20% in a deal.

Before the restrictions were introduced 25.1% of lending was to low deposit home buyers in September. The January figure is down from 5.6% in December.

However this situation is likely to change. ANZ has told brokers that it has worked through most of the pre-approvals it had on its books when the restrictions started and is now looking to do more in the low-equity space.

It said that in the next month or so it will become far more active in this market and borrowers who have a strong ability to service a loan will be welcomed. It’s approach won’t be to just existing ANZ customers.

Likwise Westpac has indicated it will be more aggressive in this market too.

 

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On 28 February 2014 at 10:29 am mike hardy said:
I wouldn't go near either of the above mentioned banks for a low equity loan, Westpac made lots of empty promises to us a year before all these speed-bump restrictions were on the horizon then messed us around to the point we thought they were going to damage our credit rating, Anz we had a decent pre-approval with when these restrictions hit, they then trebled their low equity fee's under the radar and if I had not spotted the fact on their website (in the very small print) and pulled out of a multi-offer there and then we could have been in serious trouble.
In my personal opinion, there are better banks/places to go to for a low equity loan, my advice to all would be to shop around and read all the fine print/work out what it's going to cost you in fee's first.
Best of luck to all out there struggling for a homeloan

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Mortgage Rates Table

Full Rates Table | Compare Rates

Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
ANZ 5.19 4.15 ▼4.04 4.49
ANZ Special - 3.65 ▼3.54 3.99
ASB Bank 5.20 4.15 4.09 4.39
ASB Bank Special - 3.65 3.59 3.89
BNZ - Classic - 3.65 ▼3.54 3.99
BNZ - Mortgage One 5.90 - - -
BNZ - Rapid Repay 5.35 - - -
BNZ - Std, FlyBuys 5.30 4.45 4.35 4.55
BNZ - TotalMoney 5.30 - - -
China Construction Bank 5.50 4.70 4.80 4.95
China Construction Bank Special - 3.19 3.19 3.19
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Credit Union Auckland 5.95 - - -
Credit Union Baywide 6.15 4.95 4.95 -
Credit Union North 6.45 - - -
Credit Union South 6.45 - - -
Finance Direct - - - -
First Credit Union 5.85 - - -
Heartland 6.70 7.00 7.25 7.85
Heartland Bank - Online - - - -
Heretaunga Building Society 5.75 4.80 4.95 -
Housing NZ Corp 5.19 ▼4.15 ▼4.09 ▼4.39
HSBC Premier 5.24 3.35 3.35 3.35
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
HSBC Premier LVR > 80% - - - -
HSBC Special - - - -
ICBC 5.65 3.85 3.95 3.89
Kiwibank 5.80 4.30 4.34 4.74
Kiwibank - Capped - - - -
Kiwibank - Offset 5.15 - - -
Kiwibank Special - 3.55 3.59 3.99
Liberty 5.69 - - -
Napier Building Society - - - -
Nelson Building Society 5.70 4.69 4.79 -
Resimac 5.30 4.86 4.14 4.19
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
RESIMAC Special - - - -
SBS Bank 5.29 4.85 5.05 5.49
SBS Bank Special - 3.69 3.69 ▼3.89
Sovereign 5.30 4.15 4.29 4.55
Sovereign Special - 3.65 3.75 4.05
The Co-operative Bank - Owner Occ 5.15 3.65 3.59 3.99
The Co-operative Bank - Standard 5.15 4.15 4.09 4.49
TSB Bank 6.09 4.65 4.59 4.85
TSB Special 5.29 3.85 3.79 4.05
Wairarapa Building Society 5.70 4.85 4.99 -
Westpac 5.34 4.15 4.09 4.49
Lender Flt 1yr 2yr 3yr
Westpac - Offset 5.34 - - -
Westpac Special - 3.65 ▼3.54 3.99
Median 5.35 4.15 4.09 4.19

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