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Co-founder & CEO of AllenWargent property buyer's agents, offices in Brisbane (Riverside) & Sydney (Martin Place), & CEO of WargentAdvisory (providing subscription analysis, reports & services to institutional clients).

5 x finance/investment author - 'Get a Financial Grip: a simple plan for financial freedom’ (2012) rated Top 10 finance books by Money Magazine & Dymocks.

"Unfortunately so much commentary is self-serving or sensationalist. Pete Wargent shines through with his clear, sober & dispassionate analysis of the housing market, which is so valuable. Pete drills into the facts & unlocks the details that others gloss over in their rush to get a headline. On housing Pete is a must read, must follow - he's one of the finest property analysts in Australia" - Stephen Koukoulas, MD of Market Economics, former Senior Economics Adviser to Prime Minister Gillard.

"Pete is one of Australia's brightest financial minds - a must-follow for articulate, accurate & in-depth analysis." - David Scutt, Business Insider, leading Australian market analyst.

"I've been investing for over 40 years & read nearly every investment book ever written, yet I still learned new concepts in his books. Pete Wargent is one of Australia's finest young financial commentators." - Michael Yardney, Australia's leading property expert, Amazon #1 best-selling author.

"The most knowledgeable person on Aussie real estate markets - Pete's work is great, loads of good data & charts, the most comprehensive analyst I follow in Australia. If you follow Australia, follow Pete Wargent" - Jonathan Tepper, Variant Perception, Global Macroeconomic Research, author of the New York Times bestsellers 'End Game' & 'Code Red'.

"The level of detail in Pete's work is superlative across all of Australia's housing markets" - Grant Williams, co-founder RealVision - where world class experts share their thoughts on economics & finance - author of Things That Make You Go Hmmm, one of the world's most popular & widely-read financial publications.

"Wargent is a bald-faced realty foghorn" - David Llewellyn-Smith, 'MacroBusiness'.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

AFG record May for mortgage lending

Record May for AFG

Australia's largest mortgage aggregator Australian Finance Group (AFG) released its May 2015 mortgage figures, and it proved to be the biggest May on record. 

The group wrote 10,668 mortgages in the month (note that the index is not seasonally adjusted).

The total value of loans in the month broke $5 billion for the second time in May at $5,017 million.

The first time this barrier was broken was in March of this year.

This result represents a thumping 18.9 per cent increase on the May 2014 figure, with the record values written driven predominantly by a surge refinancing.

Consequently the proportion of loans written to investors pulled back from 43.1 per cent in April to 40.9 per cent in May.

Non-major lenders increased their market share from 25.3 per cent in April to 28.1 per cent in May, which is an interesting point given the recent tightening in lending standards.

AFG noted that many borrowers believe that we are now close to the bottom of the interest rate easing cycle.

Despite this, Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens noted in his Brisbane speech today that the Reserve remains "open to the possibility of further easing".

So we many not have seen the last of the interest rate cuts just yet.

Index goes quarterly post listing

Historically AFG has released its Mortgage Index on a monthly basis.

However, following AFG’s successful listing on the securities exchange, the group has determined that its Mortgage Index will then be published on a quarterly basis from July 2015.