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IO fixed rate loans predicted to come down ‘in the next few weeks’

By Sasha Karen
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Following APRA’s requirements to curb investor lending, one expert has claimed the big four banks have “overshot the mark”, and to rectify this short fall, investors could get a great deal on fixed rate interest-only lending.

New data from APRA’s December Quarterly ADI Property Exposures statistics has revealed interest-loans have fallen to historic lows, dropping from 36.26 per cent down to 15.22 per cent.

Speaking to Smart Property Investment, RateCity’s money editor Sally Tindall said this dip in APRA figures is directly related to the measures announced in March 2017, and the results today means the banks are convincing investors to go for principal and interest loans, and as a result have “really overshot the mark”.

“Property investors are people who particularly take advantage of interest-only loans, often for tax reasons, and the fact that the number of interest-only loans has plummeted is very telling,” Ms Tindall said.

“APRA asked [the banks] to cap all new interest-only lending to 30 per cent, and they’re down to almost 15 per cent. So, what we believe we’ll see is interest-only rates coming down as a result of this overshooting the mark.

“We’ve already seen the big four banks cut fixed rates for interest-only lending, and I do think we’ll see more rate cuts to come in the next few weeks.”

Simply put, she said future investors could be able to get cheaper rates, especially fixed rates.

“We’ve already seen a raft of changes come through, so in the last … month, we’ve seen all four of the big banks cut fixed interest-only rates, but there’s plenty more that they can cut, and we’re expecting that that gap between what someone pays on an interest-only loan versus what they pay on an principal and interest loan will narrow,” she said.

“Currently if you’re an investor and you want to pay interest-only, on average, you’re going to pay 39 basis points more. We believe that’s going to decrease over the coming months as the banks look to open up their books again to interest-only lending.

“In terms of fixing, we might see further cuts in that arena, in the fixed rate arena, but it really depends if you like the security of a fixed rate low more than anything else.”

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Property investors are now able to identify and bid on auctions remotely using a new live-streaming functionality launched by Gavl.

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Called “Request an Auction”, the new functionality enables users to watch and bid on any Sydney or Melbourne auction remotely.

Through Gavl, prospective buyers are now able to register to bid on their preferred auction. The platform will obtain permission from the listing agent and confirm within 48 hours.

Vendors can also request to have their auctions broadcast to a larger buyer audience.

Co-founder Joel Smith said that auctions streamed on Gavl attract 47 per cent more viewers than traditional ones.

He said that Request an Auction will be valuable for remote buyers.

“Buyers are able to have Gavl attend any auction they nominate, so they will never have to miss out on an opportunity due to logistical complications in physically attending the auction.

“Vendors, too, have the opportunity to directly book an auction with us, so they can open up their event to buyers all around the world. With more potential buyers, they’re giving their property the chance to receive more bids and maximise their sales result.”

Mr Smith said that prior to the Request an Auction app, buyers were limited to what they could achieve through the Gavl technology.

Gavl is a live-streaming and bidding platform for real estate auctions.

Mr Smith said that it has streamed more than 6,000 auctions, which have achieved 3.5 million views from 50 countries.

Gavl’s Request an Auction function is currently being offered in Melbourne and Sydney only.

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Having to split her time between Hong Kong and her original base of Sydney has not slowed Julia Tita’s goal of building a high-performance Australian property portfolio. Instead the resulting alterations to her strategy have positively impacted her investing success.

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Having recently purchased her 6th property, Julia joins host Tim Neary to discuss her journey, share her ups and downs over the years, and reveal her thoughts on why some properties are better than others.

Julia also explains why she no longer makes a move without the help of a buyer’s agent, why working with a strong team of specialists is extremely important and discloses her long-term property ambitions.

If you like this episode, show your support by rating us or leaving a review on iTunes (The Smart Property Investment Show) and by following Smart Property Investment on social media: FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions about what you heard today, any topics of interest you have in mind, or if you’d like to lend your voice to the show, email [email protected] for more insights!

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The practice of property investment firms sharing undisclosed kickbacks among the supply chain involved in development sales will be outlawed in NSW on 1 July this year under the Real Estate Reform being handed down by regulators in NSW.

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Property commentator and valuer, Suburbanite’s Anna Porter, said the reform will address conflicts of interest.

She said they arise when a mortgage broker, accountant or financial planner receives part of the commission from the property firm, who receive their fees from the developer or seller.

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Ms Porter said this has been a common practice in the industry.

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