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Data from the lending watchdog reveals that almost one in four new mortgages are risky. How are they deemed risky? It’s got something to do with your debt-to-income ratio or DTI. 

Your DTI might sound complicated, but it is simple to work out. Your DTI is a measurement used by lenders that compares your total debt to your gross household income. 

The formula is… total debt / gross income = debt-to-income ratio

Here is an example:

If you are seeking a $700,000 home loan (and have no other debt), and you have $160,000 in gross household income, then your DTI is 4.375 – a ratio that most lenders would be comfortable with. 

Why Do Lenders Care About Your DTI?

The December quarter data released by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) shows 24.4$ of new mortgages have a DTI ration of 6 or higher.  At the 6+ ratio, APRA (the banking watchdog) deems these loans as risky, and they are keen to see the percentages of these loans that lenders approve to start to come down. That is because they have been steadily rising for a while now. 

For example, in the September 2021 quarter, new mortgages with a DTI of 6 or higher were at 23.8% while in the December 2020 quarter, it was just 17.3%. 

Why Has the Percentage of Risky Loans Risen?

The recent rise in high DTIs has most likely got a lot do with the phenomenal price growth (and resulting FOMO) we have seen across the country over the past 18 months. 

Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that in the 12 months to December 2021, residential property prices rose 23.7% – the strongest annual growth ever recorded. 

So, with the property prices increasing at such a sharp rate and people stretching themselves to their limits to buy into the market, it has resulted in upwards pressure on high DTI percentages. The good news is that as the property market starts to cool, so too should the growth rate of risky DTIs. 

How Much Can You Safely Afford to Borrow?

There is a fine line between maximising your investment opportunities and stretching yourself beyond your limits. It is important to stress-test what you can borrow in the current financial landscape and also against any upcoming headwinds that are tipped to hit borrowers, such as interest rate rises and possible tightening lending standards. 

Everyone’s financial situation is different. Some lenders will consider your circumstances and accept a loan application where a DTI is higher than 6. 

If you’d like to find out your borrowing capacity and options, get in touch with us today. We would love to sit down with you and help you map out a plan. 

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Zippy Financial is an award-winning mortgage brokerage specialising in home loans, property investment, commercial lending, and vehicle & asset finance. Whether you are looking to buy your first home, refinance or build your property investment portfolio, the team at Zippy Financial can help find and secure the right loan for you and your business.      

About the author:       

Louisa Sanghera is an award-winning mortgage broker and Director at Zippy Financial. Louisa founded Zippy Financial with the goal of helping clients grow their wealth through smart property and business financing. Louisa utilises her expert financial knowledge, vision for exceptional customer service and passion for property to help her clients achieve their lifestyle and financial goals. Louisa is an experienced speaker, financial commentator, mortgage broker industry representative and small business advocate.       

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Louisa Sanghera is a Credit Representative (437236) of Mortgage Specialists Pty Ltd (Australian Credit Licence No. 387025).    

Disclaimer:This article contains information that is general in nature. It does not consider 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. This article is not to be used in place of professional advice, whether in business, health or financial.      

Have you been looking into the idea of becoming a landlord – but then 2020 happened, and all of your plans went out the window?

It’s true that 2020 has delivered a number of challenges to property owners, particularly those investors who had non-paying tenants who they legally weren’t allowed to evict.

The moratorium on evictions has now ended, and balance is not just returning to rental markets and in many cases, rental markets are booming.

That’s just one reason why this could be a great year for you to get a well-priced investment that helps you build long-term wealth and financial security.

But it’s not the only reason; there are plenty of other factors that mean 2021 is shaping up to be an attractive year to purchase an investment property, and it includes:

The Fact that Investment Loans have never been Cheaper.

We are getting mortgage deals for our clients that are the most competitive that we ever seen, and we have been in the finance industry for over three decades.

Landlords who were paying over 4% for their investment home loans this time last year, may now be eligible to apply for a residential mortgage as low as 1.99%. Not sure what’s available or how munch you could save? Get in touch with our friendly team for an obligation-free appraisal,

The Fact that now is the Ideal Time to Negotiate a Bargain.

Did you know that the government is estimating up to 500,000 jobs will be lost, once the JobKeeper and JobSeeker programs are rolled back in March?

When this happens, it’s possible that mortgage defaults will increase for everyday mortgage holders. It may also be the case that investors who are struggling to manage their investments or their businesses, may offload their properties.

This puts you in a prime position to negotiate a good price on the investment property you have your eye on.

The Fact that You can “Rent-vest” to Access Grants and Incentives.

First-time buyers can access a number of government incentives that are not available to investors.

But that doesn’t mean they’re totally inaccessible. If you’re a first homebuyer, then you may be able to use a reinvesting strategy that allows you to leverage these grants and schemes to buy a home.

You can live in for 12 months, to satisfy the rules of each program and incentive, then rent it out as an investment, while you live somewhere cheaper. You may be able to access tens of thousands of dollars worth of first homebuyer grants, incentives and discounts this way.

The Fact that You may be Able to Borrow more than You Thought.

With record-low interest rates in the market, which look like they’re here to stay for at least the next few years, right now it is the most affordable it’s ever been to get a loan and you may be able to borrow more money from banks than you were eligible for in the past.

This time last year, your borrowing power may have been $600,000. Now with interest rates so much lower, it could have jumped to $700,000.

You don’t know unless you find out!

So, for those of you who can see the potential financial rewards of investing in property in 2021, get in touch today. We can help you assess your borrowing power and give you an understanding of how much a bank or lender might be willing to lend to you.

If you are not sure that you’ll qualify for a loan for an investment property, we can review your situation and give you pointers about changes you could make, such as consolidating debts, or rearranging your credit cards, to improve your financial position.

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.

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