Australian’s Westpac Clamps Down on Mortgage Lending to Foreigners
Westpac is clamping down on mortgage lending to foreigners as concerns about the health of the nation’s housing market rise. Westpac Banking Corp will no longer lend to offshore customers who aren’t citizens or don hold appropriate residency visas. Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank Ltd. and Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd have all tightened funding to overseas customers.
“ 55 percent jump in home prices across the nation’s capital cities in the past seven years ”
The changes made by the biggest banks in the country are part of a broader scrutiny of foreign buying of Australian homes, which has helped drive a 55 percent jump in home prices across the nation’s capital cities in the past seven years
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