APRA’s removal of interest only loan caps - Implications for the residential investor

 APRA axes interest only loan caps

The Australian banking regulator, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has removed interest only lending restrictions, stating that existing caps had “served their purpose” in stabilising standards of lending and strengthening the environment of the industry.

With the final report for the Hayne Royal Commission scheduled for February 2019, both RBA governor Philip Lowe and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg have voiced concerns of the commission creating an environment catalysing a further credit squeeze.

APRA’s actions come partially in response to falling housing prices in Melbourne and Sydney, as less restricted access to the attractive form of credit through interest only loans allows for stimulation in residential investment.

The removal of restrictions became effective from 1 January 2019.

Outcomes for investors

No caps means a better deal for investors. The main benefit stemming from interest only loans is the lower monthly payments throughout the term of the loan, which in turn leads to maximisation of loan amounts.

With the removal of restrictions, greater borrowing power ensues for investors. A notable upwards repricing of interest only loans occurred in 2017 when the restrictions were first imposed. With the removal of such restrictions there is a foreseeable fall in rates for interest only loans and greater freedoms for residential investors in accessing credit.

Partners Wealth Group’s position

At its core, residential investment is about the realisation of hopes and dreams. Whether your clients are purchasing a place of your own, or an investment property for future income, residential property investment has a significant personal impact.

With the removal of caps on interest only loans, it’s a perfect time to capitalise on the better deals out there with residential investment lending.

We provide a number of lending solutions to help your clients obtain the financing they need for residential investment. Our lending advisors can assist your clients in the establishment of interest only loans for residential investment, helping them achieve their investment goals.

If this article has raised questions for you, please contact your Lending advisors at Partners Wealth Group directly or on 1800 333 143. 

This article contains information that is general in nature. It does not take into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. You need to consider your financial situation and needs before making any decisions based on this information.