New stats show big jump in use of offset accounts

New stats show big jump in use of offset accounts

Australians are taking increasing advantage of offset accounts when signing up for mortgages, new data has revealed.

The number of mortgages with offset facilities reached 2.1 million at the end of March 2017 – a 9.3 per cent jump on the March 2016 result.

There was also an increase in the share of loans with offset facilities, from 35.0 per cent to 37.0 per cent.


These statistics, which were provided by APRA, the banking regulator, cover authorised deposit-taking institutions (ADIs) with at least $1 billion of mortgages on their books. This captures 98.7 per cent of the mortgages held by ADIs.

March quarter Quarterly change Annual change
Total number of residential term loans to households 5.8 million 0.6% 3.6%
Loans with offset facilities 2.1 million 0.9% 9.3%
Loans with redraw facilities 4.1 million 0.5% 4.5%
Interest-only mortgages 1.7 million -0.4% 2.6%
Reverse mortgages 28,000 0% 0%
Low-documentation loans 116,000 -3.3% -13.4%

Mortgage exposures hit $1.5 trillion

The ADIs had $1.5 trillion in outstanding mortgages at the end of March – up 7.7 per cent on the year before.

That was driven by an 8.8 per cent increase in owner-occupied loans and a 5.8 per cent increase in investment loans.

Interest-only loans climbed 6.9 per cent, while reverse mortgages climbed 2.0 per cent.

March quarter Quarterly change Annual change
Total value of residential term loans to households $1.5 trillion 1.4% 7.7%
Owner-occupied $971.1 billion 1.5% 8.8%
Investment $523.7 billion 1.2% 5.8%
Loans with offset facilities $669.1 billion 1.9% 12.2%
Interest-only mortgages $583.3 billion 1.4% 6.9%
Reverse mortgages $2.8 billion 0.8% 2.0%
Low-documentation loans $22.4 billion -3.1% -13.1%
Other non-standard loans $930 million -2.9% -13.3%

Investors increase their share

There were $89.3 billion worth of new mortgages issued during the first three months of 2017 – up 9.5 per cent on the first three months of 2016.

Investment loans represented 35.0 per cent of that volume, compared to 31.5 per cent the year before. The owner-occupied share was 65.0 per cent, down from 68.5 per cent.

Mortgage brokers increased their share of the mortgage market from 46.5 per cent to 48.4 per cent.

In a sign that lenders have been tightening their lending standards over the past year, there was a 59.4 per cent drop in the value of loans approved outside serviceability.

As a result, the share of loans approved outside serviceability fell from 4.4 per cent to 1.6 per cent.

March quarter Quarterly change Annual change
Total new residential term loans to households approved $89.3 billion -11.7% 9.5%
Owner-occupied $58.0 billion -11.4% 3.9%
Investment $31.2 billion -12.2% 21.7%
Low-documentation loans approved $377 million -8.9% 42.8%
Interest-only loans approved $32.4 billion -14.7% 13.8%
Other non-standard loans approved $142 million 1.4% 21.4%
Third-party originated loans approved $43.2 billion -12.4% 14.0%
Loans approved outside serviceability $1.5 billion -57.8% -59.4%
LVR 60% and under $22.8 billion -9.5% 12.8%
LVR 60-79.9% $46.8 billion -12.1% 8.5%
LVR 80-89.9% $12.7 billion -12.8% 14.5%
LVR 90% and above $6.9 billion -13.7% -2.2%

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At the time of applying for the ANZ Bank home loan pre-approval, you will be required to provide proof of employment and income, along with records of your savings and debts.

An ANZ home loan pre-approval time frame is usually up to three months. However, being pre-approved doesn’t necessarily mean you will get your home loan. Other factors could lead to your home loan application being rejected, even with a prior pre-approval. Some factors include the property evaluation not meeting the bank’s criteria or a change in your financial circumstances.

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What are the pros and cons of no-deposit home loans?

It’s no longer possible to get a no-deposit home loan in Australia. In some circumstances, you might be able to take out a mortgage with a 5 per cent deposit – but before you do so, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons.

The big advantage of borrowing 95 per cent (also known as a 95 per cent home loan) is that you get to buy your property sooner. That may be particularly important if you plan to purchase in a rising market, where prices are increasing faster than you can accumulate savings.

But 95 per cent home loans also have disadvantages. First, the 95 per cent home loan market is relatively small, so you’ll have fewer options to choose from. Second, you’ll probably have to pay LMI (lender’s mortgage insurance). Third, you’ll probably be charged a higher interest rate. Fourth, the more you borrow, the more you’ll ultimately have to pay in interest. Fifth, if your property declines in value, your mortgage might end up being worth more than your home.

How long does NAB home loan approval take?

The time required to get your home loan from NAB approved can vary based on a number of factors involved in the application process. 

Once you have applied for a home loan, a NAB specialist will contact you within 24 hours over the phone to take down relevant information, including your total income, debts (existing loans, credit cards, etc.), assets (car, shares, etc.), and your monthly expenses (food, utility bills, etc.). Your lender might also ask for information related to the property you want to purchase, including the type of dwelling and preferred postcode.

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Can I take a personal loan after a home loan?

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A personal loan after or during a home loan may impact serviceability, however, as the numbers can seriously add up. Every loan you avail of increases your monthly installments and the amount you use to repay the personal loan will be considered to lower the money available for the repayment of your home loan.

As to whether you can get a personal loan after your home loan, the answer is a very likely "yes", though it does come with a caveat: as long as you can show sufficient income to repay both the loans on time, you should be able to get that personal loan approved. A personal loan can also help to improve your credit score showing financial discipline and responsibility, which may benefit you with more favorable terms for your home loan.

How to break up with your mortgage broker

If you find a mortgage broker giving you generic advice or trying to sell you a competitive offer from an unsuitable lender, you might be better off  breaking up with the mortgage broker and consulting someone else. Breaking up with a mortgage broker can be done over the phone, or via email. You can also raise a complaint, either with the broker’s aggregator or with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority as necessary.

As licensed industry professionals, mortgage brokers have the responsibility of giving you accurate advice so that you know what to expect when you apply for a home loan. You may have approached the mortgage broker, for instance, because you have questions about the terms of a home loan a lender offered you. 

You should remember that mortgage brokers are obliged by law to act in your best interests and as part of complying with The Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s (ASIC) regulations. If you feel you didn’t get the right advice from the mortgage broker, or that you lost money as a result of accepting the broker’s suggestions regarding a lender or home loan offer, you can file a complaint with the ASIC and seek compensation. 

When you first speak to a mortgage broker, consider asking them about their Lender Panel, which is the list of lenders they usually recommend and who may pay them a commission. This information can help you decide if the advice they give you has anything to do with the remuneration they may receive from one or more lenders.

How much deposit do I need for a home loan from NAB?

The right deposit size to get a home loan with an Australian lender will depend on the lender’s eligibility criteria and the value of your property.

Generally, lenders look favourably on applicants who save up a 20 per cent deposit for their property This also means applicants do not have to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI). However, you may still be able to obtain a mortgage with a 10 - 15 per cent deposit.  

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In Australia, mortgage brokers are required by law to carry an Australian Credit License (ACL) if they offer credit assistance services. Which is the legal term for guidance regarding the different kinds of credit offered by lenders, including home loan mortgages. They may not need this license if they are working for an aggregator, for instance, as a franchisee. In both these situations, they need to comply with the regulations laid down by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

These regulations, which are stipulated by Australian legislation, require mortgage brokers to comply with what are called “responsible lending” and “best interest” obligations. Responsible lending obligations mean brokers have to suggest “suitable” home loans. This means loans that you can easily qualify for,  actually meet your needs, and don’t prove unnecessarily challenging for you.

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