February 19, 2021 at 12:07 PM

What are RBNZ LVR restrictions?

The Reserve Bank of NZ (RBNZ) introduced LVR Restrictions in October 2013 due to rapid house price growth. Once it was implemented it had an immediate dampening effect to housing market activity. 

The LVR restrictions targeted property investors and home owners, where you now needed a larger deposit for a home loan to purchase an existing residential property. 

When it was introduced, property investors required at least a 30% deposit and home owners required 20% to apply for a home loan with a bank.

How did COVID-19 impact these LVR restrictions?

It was agreed that in April 2020, the LVR restrictions would be temporarily removed to promote cashflow and confidence.

Since then, the housing market accelerated and set new records against the national median price. In addition, new mortgage lending continued at a strong pace.

What's happening to the LVR restrictions now?

The RBNZ have decided to re-instate the LVR restrictions. Because of concerns with the risk of a sharp correction in the housing market, the RBNZ will be imposing tougher LVR restrictions to property investors, in particular.

To purchase an existing home, some banks are asking at least 20% deposit unless you can qualify for a First Home Loan or low deposit lending.

So what's this 15% deposit about?

Running alongside the LVR restrictions, the RBNZ also introduced exemptions. One of these exemptions allowed banks to accept low deposit home loans for construction purposes.

We fully support these exemption. The way we see it, with more properties adding to the existing property stocks, it allows future home owners or investors to have more choices within the property market. At the moment, property stocks are so low with demand being very high, which is fuelling the housing market.

We now have main banks offering 15% deposit for Investor and Home Owner Construction Home Loans for residential properties.

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