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Apr 18th, 2024

The lending environment in Australia’s real estate market can feel like a complex maze. With ever-changing regulations, interest rates, and lending criteria, staying informed is essential for both buyers and investors. It is crucial to have a clear understanding of the essentials of the market in order to make right decisions. 

Our expert Moxin Reza was joined by Chris Raymond from Unconditional Finance once again to discuss the lending environment specifically for year 2024. 

The market is dissected on a variety of factors, including income, credit history, employment stability, and the property’s value. With the introduction of responsible lending laws, lenders are now required to ensure that borrowers can afford their loans without suffering financial hardship, leading to more rigorous assessments. 

With the data available, both maestros discussed the expected impact of fluctuating interest rates, global economic conditions, inflation rates, and not to forget the Reserve Bank decisions. Furthermore, the rise of digital platforms and fintech solutions also made it to the discussion. 

The lending environment in 2024 is challenging, with borrowers facing stricter credit policies and reduced borrowing power due to multiple rate rises. Banks are narrowing the gap between rates for owner-occupied and investment lending, making it a good time for investors to review their rates. There are signs that banks are easing their credit policies, such as offering higher loan-to-value ratios and shorter financial history requirements for self-employed borrowers.   

The final verdict was that in this dynamic lending landscape, staying proactive, doing thorough research, and seeking expert advice are essential to counter the complexities and make informed decisions which are in alignment with your financial objectives. 

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Episode Highlights:

  • 00:00 Welcome To Help Me Buy Property Podcast
  • 02:08 The Current Lending Environment
  • 06:51 Signs of Easing Credit Policies
  • 11:35 Expectations for Interest Rates
  • 08:12 Conclusion and Encouragement to Invest



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