Chinese nationals can still buy property in Australia!

Even though foreign investment is a high-risk area of lending, you can still qualify for an Australian home loan. There are a few specialist banks in our panel that can help Chinese investors buying or looking to buy Australian property.

However, the mortgages are available at comparatively higher interest rates for foreign investors.

How much can I borrow?

  • You can borrow from 55-70% of the purchase price depending on your currency, loan type, and documents.
  • If you live in Australia or you’re married to an Australian citizen then you may be able to borrow up to 95%.
  • Our best lender will accept up to 90% of your Chinese Yuan income.
  • You’ll need to provide two forms of income verification such as recent payslips and an employment letter.
  • We have mortgage brokers that speak Mandarin and Cantonese.
  • We cannot finance construction, vacant land, house and land packages or units under 50sqm.

Most lenders that offer mortgages for Chinese investors deal with mortgage brokers rather than customers directly.

Lending policies can also be quite confusing. Get approved the first time around by speaking with one of our specialist broker!

Call us on 1300 889 743 or complete our free assessment form today.


How do I get approved?

You need to be of good character

This means that you have a good history of making repayments on other loan facilities such as a credit card or a personal loan.

This includes loan facilities that you’ve held in both China and Australia.

This is a good indication to the bank that you will make your mortgage repayments on time and in full.

Income evidence

For the lenders that offer mortgages for Chinese investors, the main concern they have is that your income evidence is authentic.

This is the reason that you need to provide any two of the following:

  • 3 months’ bank statements showing regular salary credits from your employer.
  • 2 payslips.
  • A letter from your employer explaining the nature of employment and how long you’ve worked at the company.

Currency

Australia’s major banks are very weary about accepting Chinese Yuan (CNY) due to the high rates of fraudulent activity from Chinese borrowers.

However, some of the specialist lenders on our panel will accept the Renminbi, typically relying on 60-70% of this income to allow for exchange rate movements.

Our best lender will use up to 90% of your Chinese Yuan Renminbi income.


What if I’m self-employed?

If you earn business income from China it can be tough to qualify for a mortgage but not impossible.

WIth one of our specialist lenders, you may still qualify if you’re able to provide any two of the following:

  • 2 years’ personal and business tax returns or Notices of Assessment.
  • 6 months’ business bank statement.
  • An accountant’s letter to verify your income.

If your statements are in Cantonese or Mandarin, don’t worry. Lenders have credit officers that can translate your statements into English.

It’s best to speak with us to find out if you qualify as a self-employed applicant.

Please complete our free assessment form to speak with one of our experienced brokers or give us a call on 1300 889 743 (+61 2 9194 1700 from outside of Australia.


Can I still buy off the plan?

Unfortunately, we cannot help you to get finance for the purchase of an off the plan property.

Another reason for the banks “turning the screw” on foreign investment lending was because their books were heavily-weighted with Chinese investors.

In particular, there was a high concentration of foreign investors buying inner-city units.

This is the reason that house and land packages and units under 50sqm aren’t acceptable security for mortgages for Chinese investors.


Which banks stopped lending to Chinese investors?

Almost all of them! Luckily, we know lenders who can help you.

  • Commonwealth Bank (CBA) left the foreign investor market way back in 2011/12 but made a further move away from non-resident lending when it pulled lending to temporary visa holders.
  • Westpac and St George, once a big player in lending to Chinese investors, was the next to fall.
  • ANZ received many applications from foreigners when Westpac left the market and were forced to change their policies as a result.
  • National Australia Bank (NAB) didn’t pull out completely but their policy is so restrictive that most Chinese investors can’t qualify.

Apart from them, some second-tier banks haven’t lent to foreign investors for some time.

Another big blow to mortgages for Chinese investors was the tightening of Citibank’s acceptable currency policy.

The likes of the US Dollar, the Great British Pound (GBP) and the Euro are still acceptable but only a handful of lenders accept the Chinese Yuan.

The only non-banks left are a couple of specialist lenders.

Why did they stop?

Initially, and as far back as 2-3 years ago, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) expressed concern about how Australian lenders were heavily-weighted in lending to foreign investors.

They saw this as a major driver of unsustainable growth in the Australian real estate market.

However, what really broke the camel’s back was the large number of money laundering schemes identified.

Fraudulent bank statements, payslips and tax returns were being supplied to banks in order to qualify for these home loans.

Ever since, solicitors, real estate agents and banks have become extra vigilant in identifying fraud.

Fortunately, our specialist mortgage brokers can help you with choosing the right lender, which usually is the best solution for such tough loans.


FAQs

Do I have to pay a higher interest rate with a non-bank?

Since there are only a couple of lenders that can help Chinese investors, they tend to charge a slightly higher interest rate than the rate available to Australian citizens.

Do I need government approval?

When buying a property as a foreign national, you need to seek approval from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB).


Speak to a mortgage broker

Mortgages for Chinese investors are still available but you have to meet strict criteria and provide the right supporting documents when the banks ask for it.

A mortgage broker can properly assess your situation and collect the documents they need to submit your application.

Call us on 1300 889 743 or complete our free assessment form to discover how you can qualify for a home loan as a Chinese national.

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