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ASIC tells banks to lift their game on home loans

ASIC tells banks to lift their game on home loans

The corporate watchdog has given banks a warning about how they assess applications for home loans as it updated its guidance for responsible lending requirements.

  • by Sarah Danckert

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Banks’ credit crunch is wrong response
Opinion

Banks’ credit crunch is wrong response

There is a real risk Australia is facing a damaging short-term swing of the pendulum from overspending to parsimony.

Chief of CBA's Aussie slams 'crazy' broker pay plan
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Commonwealth Bank

Chief of CBA's Aussie slams 'crazy' broker pay plan

Aussie Home Loans chief James Symond warns a "crazy" plan to scrap commissions will force a wave of brokers out of the industry.

  • by Clancy Yeates
CBA's Comyn denies putting brakes on mortgage credit
Commonwealth Bank

CBA's Comyn denies putting brakes on mortgage credit

CBA has hit back at criticism banks are putting the brakes on home lending, saying slower housing credit is due to much weaker demand from property investors.

  • by Clancy Yeates
Customers offered faster change in political fight over bank scandals
Home loans

Customers offered faster change in political fight over bank scandals

A political race has begun to act on calls to crack down on financial fees in the wake of the Hayne royal commission's findings.

  • by David Crowe
How much would you pay upfront for a mortgage broker?
Big four

How much would you pay upfront for a mortgage broker?

Customers would be forced to pay mortgage brokers fees for their services, under recommendations for a radical shake-up to the broking industry.

  • by Clancy Yeates
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Home approvals crater as credit tightens
Construction

Home approvals crater as credit tightens

Approvals to build new homes in Australia collapsed to five-year lows in December as sliding house prices and a squeeze on credit hammered the apartment market.

  • by Wayne Cole & Carolyn Cummins
WA first home buyer grants dwindle in tough market
City life

WA first home buyer grants dwindle in tough market

Treasury figures for December 2018 reveal the state received 404 first home owners grant applications in December 2018, the lowest since April 2012.

  • by Hamish Hastie
'The longer I hold, the more I lose': FONGO takes hold of home sellers
NSW residential property

'The longer I hold, the more I lose': FONGO takes hold of home sellers

Property vendors are looking to sell in a sliding environment.

  • by Nick Bonyhady & Sumeyya Ilanbey
Banks brace for landmark royal commission report
APRA

Banks brace for landmark royal commission report

The country's bruised and battered banks are bracing for a shake-u when the royal commission's long-awaited recommendations are made public next week.

  • by Clancy Yeates
Credit crunch fears could prompt rethink on loan curbs: Macquarie
APRA

Credit crunch fears could prompt rethink on loan curbs: Macquarie

The regulator could further loosen its curbs on mortgage lending in response to concerns banks are being too cautious, Macquarie economists have suggested.

  • by Clancy Yeates