PIPA In the News

Fri
29 Sep
2017

Borrowers in the dark over rising rates

A mortgage market analyst has said that he is "astonished" that banks don't tell borrowers how much their repayments will be if rates were to rise.

More than half of borrowers have no clue what impact a 2 per cent rate rise will have on their home loan, according to Digital Finance Analytics principal Martin North.

"One of the things I'm amazed about is lenders don't actually tell people what their repayments will be if rates were to rise by 2 or 3 per cent — in other words, back to normal levels," Mr North told The Adviser.

"They do the calculations because of serviceability buffers, but that is not disclosed to consumers," the principal said, adding that borrowers have very little "feel" of how their mortgages will behave in a rising interest rate environment.

Fri
29 Sep
2017

Property investor confidence remains resilient despite pressures: PIPA national survey

Australian property investors remain bullish about the long-term benefits of residential real estate, shrugging off concerns about stricter lending conditions property price bubbles and oversupply, the third annual Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) Property Investor Sentiment Survey has found.

The national survey, which gathered insights from 742 property investors, shows that more than 70% of respondents think now is a good time to invest in property, with 61% looking to purchase a property in the next six to 12 months (up from 58% last year).

However, concerns over changes to investor lending policies are looming large, with 43% of respondents reporting an adverse impact in their ability to secure finance, compared to 32% in 2016.

Rising rates on interest only loans were also a key concern, though the majority of investors (55%) with interest only loans said they would not struggle to meet new principal and interest repayments.

Thu
28 Sep
2017

Bullish investors 'unsure' of P&I, refinancing challenges

The mettle of Australia's property obsession has withstood a barrage of forces that are failing to curb the enthusiasm of bullish investors across the nation.

According to the 2017 PIPA Annual Investor Sentiment Survey, 70 per cent of investors believe that now is a good time to invest in residential property.

Moreover, 61 per cent of investors are looking to purchase a property in the next six to 12 months (up slightly from 58 per cent last year) and 47 per cent purchased a property over the past year, up from 43 per cent in the prior survey.

However, more investors than last year (43 per cent in 2017 versus 32 per cent in 2016) said that changes to investor lending policies have impacted their ability to secure finance for an investment property.

Thu
28 Sep
2017

Property investors confident on real estate returns despite pressures: PIPA survey

Investors are positive about the long-term returns of Australian residential property, shrugging off concerns about stricter lending conditions, price bubbles and oversupply, a new survey has found.

More than 70% of the 742 respondents think now is a good time to invest in property, with 61% looking to purchase a property in the next six to 12 months (up from 58% last year), according to the third annual Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) Property Investor Sentiment Survey.

Surprisingly, Brisbane was at the top destination for property investors in spite of its apartment oversupply concerns, though the percentage who favoured the city fell from the last survey.

PIPA chair Ben Kingsley said that the survey results confirm that investors remain committed to property as a favourable investment option over the long-term.

Thu
28 Sep
2017

Australian property investors stay confident

Australian property investors have remained optimistic about the long-term benefits of residential real estate, despite the ever-looming concerns surrounding stricter lending conditions, oversupply and surcharges imposed on foreign buyers.

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia's (PIPA), Property Investor Sentiment Survey, after surveying 742 property investors, found that more than 70 per cent of respondents think now is a good time to invest in property, with 61 per cent looking to purchase a property in the next six to 12 months (up from 58 per cent last year).

However, concerns over changes to investor lending policies loom large, with 43 per cent of respondents reporting an adverse impact in their ability to secure finance, compared to 32 per cent in 2016.

Rising rates on interest only loans were also a key concern, though the majority of investors (55 per cent) with interest only loans said they would not struggle to meet new principal and interest repayments.

Thu
28 Sep
2017

Investors prefer to put their money in houses than units, survey finds

MORE people are choosing to park their money in established houses over new apartments, reflecting fears about oversupply in high density markets like inner-city Brisbane.

A new survey has found the number of investors looking to buy a house in the next six to 12 months has jumped from 59 per cent a year ago to 67 per cent in 2017.

In comparison, the proportion of investors looking to buy apartments has fallen to 9.3 per cent, according to the third annual Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) Property Investor Sentiment Survey.

Meanwhile, the number of investors planning to buy existing or established properties continues to rise — to 92 per cent from 87 per cent.

Thu
28 Sep
2017

Australian property investors remain confidence about the benefits of residential real estate: PIPA survey

Australian property investors remain confidence about the long-term benefits of real estate, shrugging off concerns about stricter lending conditions, property price bubbles and oversupply, the third annual Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) Property Investor Sentiment Survey has found.

The national survey, which gathered insights from 742 property investors, shows that more than 70 per cent of respondents think now is a good time to invest in property, with 61 per cent looking to purchase a property in the next six to 12 months (up from 58 per cent last year).

However, concerns over changes to investor lending policies are looming large, with 43 per cent of respondents reporting an adverse impact in their ability to secure finance, compared to 32 per cent in 2016.

Rising rates on interest only loans were also a key concern, though the majority of investors (55 per cent) with interest only loans said they would not struggle to meet new principal and interest repayments.

Thu
28 Sep
2017

Broker demand soars amid credit crackdown

Demand for mortgage broker services has skyrocketed in the last 12 months, with over 80 per cent of property investors eager to secure funding through the third-party channel.

The 2017 PIPA Annual Investor Sentiment Survey, released this week, found that property investors remain resilient in the face of ongoing regulatory change and tighter credit.

Mortgage brokers are the winners in this story, with more and more investors turning to a broker for their finance needs.

PIPA's survey of 742 investors found that 83 per cent of property investors intend to finance their next loan through a broker, up from 71 per cent last year.

Meanwhile, over 73 per cent of investors said that they had secured their last investment loan through a broker, up from 65 per cent.

Wed
27 Sep
2017

Brisbane top pick for property investors despite fresh warnings over apartment risk

Brisbane is still the top pick for property investors despite concerns over an apartment glut, a new survey out today reveals.

The Property Investment Professionals of Australia national survey has found 43 per cent of investors prefer Brisbane above any other capital city when it comes to property.

After the Queensland capital, Melbourne is the second most popular investment destination (32 per cent), followed by Sydney (7.8 per cent).

The survey results come as financial advisory firm Ferrier Hodgson warns buyers are taking twice as long to settle on off-the-plan Brisbane units and Chinese investors are walking away from contracts.

The firm has found settlement time frames have doubled from two to four months.

Wed
27 Sep
2017

Investors remain committed to property

Investors remain committed to property and the sector's long-term benefits, despite of stricter lending conditions and property price bubbles and oversupply, according to the third annual Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) Property Investor Sentiment Survey.

The study, which surveyed 742 property investors, found that 70 per cent of respondents were of opinion that it was still good time to invest in property while 61 per cent declared they were looking to buy a property in the next six to 12 months.

By comparison, last year only 58 per cent of respondents said they had plans to purchase a property within the next few months.

Furthermore, the number of respondents who reported that concerns over changes to investor lending had an adverse impact on their ability to secure finance grew to 43 per cent from 32 per cent last year.

 

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