Australians have not been deterred from investing their money in property despite the clampdown in investment lending, the latest APRA statistics reveal.
New investment loans to households surged by 20% in the June 2015 quarter, the regulator’s quarterly property exposures statistics reveal, with almost $50 billion worth of investment loans approved in the quarter.
New loans to owner-occupiers also recorded a jump in approvals, however it was not as significant as those to investors. News owner-occupied loans increased by 16%, with $55 billion loans approved over the June quarter.
The total value of investment loans on the books of Australian lenders was $518.3 billion at the end of the 2015 financial year. This represents 39% of all home loans, compared to 35.5% at the end of the 2014 financial year.
That figure puts the value of investment loans $81.1 billion above where they were in June 2014, which represents annual growth of 18.6%, almost double the 10% annual growth the regulator has set down as acceptable.
The major banks approved $33.5 billion worth of investment loans over the June 2015 quarter, a 20% increase from the March quarter. The total value of investment loans on the books of the majors at the end of the June 2015 was $437.5 billion, which represents 41% of their total residential loan book.
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