A new crackdown on property lending has emerged in the wake of the Banking Royal Commission, with borrowers now being asked for deposits of up to 30 per cent and banks throwing greater scrutiny on location and living expenses when assessing loans.
the new lending environment, one of the biggest shocks for borrowers is that
the crackdown applies not just when accessing new credit, but also when
refinancing existing loans.
In the higher-risk suburbs,
banks have applied tighter lending criteria and required borrowers to find
larger deposits to avoid paying costly mortgage insurance on top of their
Perth is the capital city that
tops the nation for the riskiest suburbs, and regional Western Australia is
also home to the vast majority of blacklisted postcodes
The three riskiest places in the
country as assessed by DFA all fall within regional WA.
The towns of Newdegate, Bodallin
and Pithara were each assigned the nation's highest risk score of 46.1,
compared with 27.9 for the suburb of Perth, 17.5 for Melbourne and 11.4 for
and Adelaide, which have both seen limited property growth in recent years, are
close behind Perth in terms of risk to lenders.
Melbourne and Sydney have led the nation in housing market growth in recent
years, a downturn stretching for more than 18 months has resulted in the number
of risky suburbs in both cities starting to increase
has defied the national property downturn in recent years, but the latest
figures from property monitoring firm CoreLogic and the Real Estate Institute
of Tasmania show the city's
property boom is officially over.
Canberra risk was relatively much lower across the board. The riskiest postcode
— 2600, which includes the CBD — was seen as a safer bet than all but one
suburb in WA, North Fremantle.
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Wednesday, 15 May 2019