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  • Profile photo of SchnakeSchnake
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    Hi All,

    What do most banks/lenders use as their interest rate when assessing a customers ability to repay a loan against other expenses? It’s been a while since I have noodled in this space, so I’m wanting to get an idea to see how much things have changed as APRA have changed the rules.

    (For reference, the last time I enquired it was ~2% above their standard variable rate).

    Profile photo of Richard TaylorRichard Taylor
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    In the main 7.25% on both existing & new debt but there are a number of differences in the interpretation.

    Odd second tier lender still working off actuals for existing debt but a dying breed.


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    Profile photo of SchnakeSchnake
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    Thanks Richard. This allows me to calculate a few things for myself.

    Profile photo of Jamie MooreJamie Moore
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    Agree with Richard – generally around the 7% mark

    Having said that – there are other factors involved when taking into account max borrowing for investors. Some lenders add back negative gearing, some take a higher percentage of rental income, some cap the yield….the list goes on.



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    Profile photo of StevenSteven
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    You mean it is not just the new loan application that they will use 7%…

    Even the loans that were already approved at 4%, they will treat that as 7% as well?

    Profile photo of TerrywTerryw
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    Don’t forget most also factor in existing debts as PI over loan terms less the IO term.
    so if you had a 5 year IO term on a 30 year loan and then next day go and get a new loan, the first loan will be assessed as if it is a 25 year PI loan – usually at 7%+

    And that is why it is so hard to buy multiple properties quickly these days.

    Terryw | Structuring Lawyers / Loan Structuring Pty Ltd
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    Profile photo of George PoullosGeorge Poullos
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    As being alluded to above, there are quite a few things that have changed in the last couple of years & are constantly changing as we speak. Assessment rates for existing debt, new debt, OFI debt, living expense calculations, P&I/IO debt assessment differences, margin lending debt to name a few.

    George Poullos | Precision Funding
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