Two Big Shifts in Banks’ Lending

We’ve talked recently about how the banks are tightening the screws of their lending. Here are two recent changes that are creating increasing challenges for borrowers:



More than ever, banks are going through our applications with a fine-tooth comb. They want to make sure that full-expense budgets have been completed and that these align with bank statements. As an example, we have had deals declined because of two or three unarranged overdraft fees on bank statements.


On a similar note, banks want confirmation of where your deposit has come from. So having $30,000 show up in one lump sum into a bank account will raise some questions. The origin of these funds needs to be verified. This has always been the case but our observation is that banks are becoming more particular about these smaller points at the moment.



There is no real appetite from banks to do deals that are outside the ordinary—they’re passing up Goody Goody Gum Drops in favour of boring old vanilla.


Within banks right now, it seems the credit department is winning over the sales department. They are more concerned about protection and bracing themselves for the uncertainty of the future rather than growing their customers numbers.


So, if you are a standard customer with a 20 per cent saved deposit on a good PAYE income, certainly there is no problem getting money. However, if your income is variable, if you are new to business or if the house is out of the ordinary, there are more questions and more challenges being raised by the banks.


As always, we will keep you posted with the latest changes. It is our job to stay on top of what the banks are doing so that we are able to provide the best possible advise and mortgage solutions for our clients.


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Brendon Ojala is a Registered Financial Adviser with Velocity Financial. No investment decision should be taken based on the information in this blog alone. A disclosure statement is available free of charge upon request.