Vega Market Update -June 2024

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July 1st brings mortgage industry changes: What to expect.

  • New Debt-to-Income (DTI) rules for banks on home lending. Banks will need to follow the new rules from 1 July 2024, for home loans issued from that date onwards.
    • Lending to be restricted to 6x income for owner-occupiers and 7x for property investors.
    • Calculation includes household income and rental income for investors. Existing debts and property yields impact borrowing limits. 
    DTI Calculation Examples 
  • Loan-to-Value (LVR) restrictions are easing: Tighter LVR rules lowering deposit requirements for investment properties. Investors will only need a 30% deposit to buy an existing property (instead of 35%), 20% for owner-occupiers.
  • Changes to the Bright-line Test will affect property transaction taxes: Effective from July 1, 2024, the bright-line test will apply only if a property is sold within 2 years of its purchase. Sales before or after this period can significantly affect tax obligations. 

    IRD: Changes to the bright-line property rule

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