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Mortgage Insurance Through The Roof, And Other Nasty Signs

7 Jul

From the Sunday Telegraph:

PREMIUMS have gone through the roof for the supposed “insurance” that a quarter of all homebuyers have to pay when taking out a loan.

Lenders Mortgage Insurance for a borrower with a typical 10 per cent deposit on a $500,000 property has risen from less than $6000 last year to nearly $9000, a surge of close to 50 per cent according to brokers Home Loan Experts.

… LMI has been used in more than two million loans but is poorly understood and is rarely discussed in detail. It is charged whenever a borrower has a deposit of less than 20 per cent. Many of those who pay it don’t even realise it protects the bank, not them.

In August 2011, then Treasurer Wayne Swan announced the introduction of a one-page fact sheet on LMI. Nearly two years on it still isn’t in place. It is “close” to being in place, according to the office of Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury.

Incredibly, when it is, it won’t even nominate the cost. And it is unlikely to point out that LMI is neither portable nor refundable.

That means any household looking to refinance with another lender faces paying thousands of dollars in LMI for a second time, unless they have at least 20 per cent equity in their home.

Mortgage brokers and consumer groups say this is undermining the Government’s efforts to increase competition in the home-loan market because having to pay LMI again makes switching lenders financially unviable.

… Home Loan Experts’ LMI premium increase calculations were based on comparing 2012 and 2013 rates for Genworth, one of the two major providers of lenders mortgage insurance in Australia.

When contacted for comment, Genworth said all executives authorised to speak to the media were on holidays.

Premiums levied by the other big provider, QBE, have also increased considerably. A mortgage broker who asked not to be named for fear of retribution said there had been a 17 per cent increase since 2010…

QBE would not provide any information on its premium rates. However, a spokeswoman did say premium increases were due to elevated claim levels and higher reinsurance costs, as well as lower investment income.

Lenders Mortgage Insurance is a perfect example of how our society is totally ruled by bankers.

Consider for a moment just how completely unjust … how utterly f***ed up … “our” financial system is:

  1. Banks are (exclusively) allowed to create new “credit” — backed by nothing — simply by typing new numbers into their computer.
  2. Banks are allowed to make profits by charging usury (interest) on that new “credit”, when they sign you up to a loan contract — which you must repay, or risk losing everything you own (bank-rupt).
  3. You have to pay for insurance to protect the bank in the event that you can not continue repayments of their “credit” + usury.
  4. You have to pay for that insurance again, if you want to transfer your 30-year debt+usury repayment obligations to a different bank.

The “finance” game is completely rigged.

They can’t lose.

In related news, the real estate industry lobby parasites are now calling on the government to let first home buyers tap into their superannuation savings, in order to come up with enough money for a deposit:

Call to supersize home deposits

Concerned about declining home ownership levels and a sharp fall in the proportion of buyers purchasing their first property, the Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) wants first homebuyers to be able to tap into their superannuation savings to help them scrape together a deposit.

… The institute says recent interest rate cuts have had little impact on the desire of potential first homebuyers to enter the market.

Er … hello?! Maybe that’s because Australian house prices — the highest on the planet — are simply too expensive?

Maybe it’s because the younger, internet-savvy generations are discovering the truth about our world-leading housing Ponzi?

Or maybe it’s because they do not want to be in debt to the bankers usurers for the rest of their working lives?

The institute cites two schemes operating overseas – in Singapore and Canada – that allow first homebuyers to use their superannuation savings when they buy a property.

… The REIA has also called on state and territory government to reverse the trend to only offer first homebuyers grants for new dwellings. “It’s excluding 80-odd per cent of people who have historically bought established homes,” [REIA President Peter] Bushby says.

When it comes to keeping the flow of property buyers coming in at the bottom of the Great Australian Housing Ponzi scheme, supporting and driving up prices (and thus, their commissions from property sales), there really is nothing — no bald-faced lie, no cunning deceit, no twisting of the truth — that these filthy rotten morally vacuous scumbags won’t say.

Perhaps it would be best for the common good if these people — along with the bankers, whose scraps they feed off — were all rounded up, taken down the back paddock, and their 100% self-serving thought processes “rebalanced” the good old-fashioned way.

With a small high velocity lead weight implanted in the side of their heads.

If you are not keenly interested in understanding and sharing the truth about the evil, deceitful, parasitic way in which the bankers’ debt-at-usury “money” system works, then you — your apathy, your ignorance, your disinterest — are a vital part of the reason why this predatory, cancerous system continues.

Fitch Ratings Lists Australia’s 50 Most Delinquent Regions

15 Jun

h/t MacroBusiness.

Does your area feature in the Top 50 list of regions with the highest rates of mortgage payment delinquency (click to enlarge):

Source: Fitch Ratings

Source: Fitch Ratings

Mortgage arrears rising.

House prices falling.

Recently downgraded banking system with $15 Trillion in Off-Balance Sheet “Business” (derivatives) versus only $2.66 Trillion in On-Balance Sheet “Assets” … 66% of which “assets” are actually loans.

Australia “almost certainly” in recession in 2nd half of 2011.  With eastern Australia already “in deep recession” and NSW/VIC manufacturing “stuffed”.

Warnings of a “perfect storm” of fiscal woe “by 2013 at the latest” from the man made famous for predicting the GFC.

Confirmation that the USA is defaulting on its debts (just as Barnaby warned in 2009).

Warnings that our biggest customer China is likely to experience a “hard landing”, with a 60% chance of the trigger being an internal banking crisis.

Warnings that China and our second biggest customer, Japan, are set to slow … or implode.

A blithering idiot RBA Governor who “does not know anyone” who predicted the GFC, but still in charge of setting interest rates. Having learned nothing from his screw up in raising rates into the teeth of the 2008 GFC.  And keen to raise them again.

Our banks being warned for even more reckless lower lending standards, in trying to keep their property bubble-fuelled ponzi scheme from collapsing.

And both major parties planning to steal our super to pay down ever-rising, all-time record public debt.

This is “How Australia Will Look When The SHTF”.

Fresh Evidence Our Banks In ‘Race To The Bottom’ Means You Can Kiss Your Super Goodbye

9 Jun

From news.com.au, 7 June 2011:

Fresh evidence is emerging of a “race to the bottom” among banks and other lenders as demand for mortgages slides and competition boils over.

Lenders are increasingly cutting standards by enabling home buyers to make smaller deposits, new research indicates.

About three in every five mortgage products now enable home buyers to borrow up to 97 per cent of the value of their property, according to financial research group RateCity.

RateCity chief Damian Smith said the rise in loan-to-value ratios (LVR) indicated that lenders wanted to kick-start growth in the sluggish home loan market.

“We haven’t seen this level of money offered to mortgage borrowers since the start of 2009,” Mr Smith said.

He warned that change in lending criteria was putting borrowers at risk.        

“There is a concern for some borrowers who take on too much debt, because it makes them more susceptible to risk if rates increase or property values fall.”

It’s not just borrowers that are put at risk.

What this means is that the day is drawing nearer when the Government proclaims “No Super For You!!”

How’s that, you say?

Bear with me on this. All will become clear:

High loan-to-value ratios also place banks at greater risk, with the likelihood of a lender absorbing a loss in the foreclosure process increasing as the amount of equity decreases.

Similar borrowing practices were behind the collapse of the US housing sector when people with a higher chance of defaulting on on their payments were provided loans at higher-than-normal interest rates.

Indeed.

It places banks at greater risk.

On 18 May 2011, Fitch’s Ratings credit rating agency offered this ominous warning about Australia’s banks’ lending standards (from Business Week):

… Australian banks could have their credit ratings cut if they lower standards to boost mortgage sales as demand for home loans slumps.

If we do start to see signs of erosion in those lending standards, there may be some negative pressure on ratings coming through,” Tim Roche, director of Fitch’s financial institutions group in Sydney, told a credit forum today.

Here’s how the domino effect works.

1. House prices fall – as they are right now.

2. Banks lower lending standards – as they are right now.

3. Arrears on mortgages rise – as they are right now.

4. Ratings agencies cut Big Four banks’ credit rating – as they have just done, and are threatening to do again.

5. Banks cost for wholesale funding rises due lower credit rating.

6. Banks pass on increased costs to you, as interest-rate increases.

7. Mortgage arrears rise further due to interest rate, cost-of-living pressure.

8. House prices fall further due “distressed” vendor sales.

9. Banks’ “asset” values, profits fall.

10. Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) fall in value and are downgraded – as they are right now.

11. Banks’ lose trillions on “derivatives” bets related to RMBS.

12. Banks’ credit ratings downgraded even further.

13. Rinse and Repeat, from 5.

14. Bank/s cannot borrow (a “credit squeeze”).

15. Short-sellers smell blood in the water; Banks’ share prices collapse.

16. Banks fail … just as in the USA, UK, and the EU.

17. Government pilfers your super to prop up our government-guaranteed, Too Big Too Fail banks.

Think it can’t happen here?

It can.

And it will.

Both parties are already planning for it.

The Government has effectively guaranteed it (How? By guaranteeing the banking system; a guarantee underwritten by you, the taxpayer).

And Senator Joyce has specifically forewarned of it.  Just as he (correctly) forewarned of the US debt default that is happening right now.

Labor has introduced legislation moving in that direction in the May budget.

And the Liberal Party has just announced a new policy – disguised as a “reform” to “help” business – that is aimed squarely at getting the ATO‘s hands on your super … before it even gets to your super fund.

Learn all about the wave of superannuation confiscations rolling across the Western world, and our own super theft to come, here.

UPDATE:

h/t reader and Guest Poster “JMD”, in Comments below.

Want to try and access your super early, and beat the government to it?

No can do.

Not unless you’re underwater on your mortgage. Then you can … to pay out the banksters:

“You can however access your super early, ‘to prevent your home being sold by the mortgage lender as a result of non payment on your home loan’. It would be interesting to find out when that rule was slipped in, allowing the banks to access your super but not you.”

Go to http://www.rest.com.au/Forms-Publications.aspx

You will see a tab to click on; Withdrawals from your account, then a pdf; “Fact Sheet: Accessing your super early.”

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