9 Nov 2013

First-time house buyers hit by mortgage restrictions

1:48 pm on 9 November 2013

A real estate company says first-home buyers have been hit hard by new lending rules imposed on banks.

First National Real Estate has carried out a study assessing the early impact of Reserve Bank rules which took effect on 1 October.

Banks can now provide no more than 10% of their new mortgages by value to customers with deposits of less than 20%.

First National says its offices have reported an average drop of 27% in attendance by first-home buyers at open homes.

Chief executive Colleen Milne says the number of unconditional contracts has also fallen by 50%compared with the corresponding period last year.

Ms Milne says the new rules have disadvantaged first-home buyers and will slow the whole market.