Highlights in the 2Q 2018
- Outstanding housing loans by the banking system expanded by 8.3% as at end-June 2018 to RM539.5 billion.
- Financing remains available for eligible borrowers, with 71% of housing loan borrowers being first-time owners of properties priced below RM500,000 (RM250,000: 49%; RM250,000 – RM500,000: 22%).
- During the first six months of 2018, banks approved RM74.1 billion of house financing to about 175,000 borrowers.
- The overall housing loan approval rate remains above 70% as at 2Q 2018 (average 2013-2017: 75.2%).
- The lower than 5-year’s average approval rate reflects the issue of housing unaffordability arising from the mismatch between supply and demand of houses.
- 61% of the newly approved housing loans are for the purchase of houses priced below RM500,000 (<RM250,000: 25.2%; RM250,000 – RM500,000: 35.4%).
- By location, 77% of the newly approved housing loans are for the purchase of residential properties in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Penang.
Common reasons for rejection of housing loan applications:
- Borrowers have very little residual income after taking into account monthly living expenditures and existing financial obligations;
- Borrowers have poor past track record or financial indiscipline; and
- Insufficient documentation to support ability to repay loan obligation.