Insights

  • June 17, 2019

    Banks put tenants under the microscope

    Over the last 12 months banks have been continuing to ramp up scrutiny on commercial property assets. There has been more attention paid to interest cover for investment assets however anticipated interest rate cuts and the recent reduction of bank bill swap bid rate (BBSY) will likely lead to some relief. An emerging trend that […]

    Read On

  • June 15, 2019

    Pre-sale criteria continues to constrict development

    Australia’s banking sector is in recover mode after being hit by the perfect storm of influences, according to a new industry survey from Stamford Capital. Due to the effects of APRA restraints, the Royal Commission and resulting Hayne Report, pre-sale criteria continues to constrict residential development, according to Stamford Capital’s Real Estate Debt Capital Markets […]

    Read On

  • April 30, 2019

    Commercial finance trends in Australia’s post Hayne Report climate

    As Australia’s banking sector continues its recovery from the perfect storm of APRA restraints, the Royal Commission and resulting Hayne Report – pre-sale criteria continues to constrict residential development, lenders are looking to size up loan books and scramble to develop new products for the changing market and many anticipate an interest rate decrease, according […]

    Read On

  • April 17, 2019

    Eastern states stats don’t apply to SA claims report

    Eastern states stats don’t apply to SA claims reportAs Australia’s banking sector continues its recovery from the royal commission and resulting Hayne report, pre-sale requirements continue to constrain residential development with lenders looking to size up loan books and develop new products says a new real estate survey from a national finance broker. But, claims […]

    Read On

  • April 16, 2019

    NAB tips peak-to-trough house price decline of 20pc

    NAB has downgraded its house price forecast for 2019 after weak conditions early this year were worse than expected. Sydney and Melbourne will continue to lead the decline, but the major lender now anticipating peak-to-trough falls of 20% and 15% respectively. Perth is expected to remain weak, while the other capitals will hold up. To […]

    Read On

  • April 11, 2019

    Real Estate Debt Capital Markets Survey 2019

    With Australia’s property market now in decline, it’s time to deal with the reality. Property developers and investors are seeking new opportunities in a more challenging market as the promise of the property boom wears thin and presales become next to impossible. In a post-Hayne Report environment, major banks are still hamstrung by stringent credit […]

    Read On

  • April 10, 2019

    More private commercial lenders offering loans without pre-sales

    More than a third of private lenders in Australia are starting to offer loans to residential developers without pre-sales commitment, as tough times in the housing market call for more fluid lending, an annual survey by lending broker Stamford Capital reveals. Nearly all of the major banks still require pre-sales of apartments and new homes […]

    Read On

  • March 28, 2019

    March 2019 Outlook

    It has been a while since our last interest rate outlook paper (Oct 2018), and the landscape appears to have changed. In our last Outlook, we tended to agree with a number of other forecasters that interest rates have a tightening bias, but wouldn’t look to move until late 2019 at the earliest. We feel […]

    Read On

  • March 15, 2019

    Loan product alert – March 2019

    Competitive non-bank term debt (FINALLY!) We haven’t seen non-banks being interest rate competitive with the banks since pre-GFC. Finally we are seeing some traction in this space. Following our last product update, we have another highly competitive new non-bank investment/term debt product: Lender: Non-Bank; – Loan size: from $10M up to $150M; – LVRs: up […]

    Read On

  • February 15, 2019

    Loan product alert – February 2019

    1.25x ICR from 4.5%….shut up and take our money! We have a highly competitive new non-bank investment product: Lender -Non-Bank; – Loan size – up to $10m; – LVRs – up to 65%; – ICR – 1.25x min; – Interest rate: from 4.5% p.a; Location: for all major cities eastern and southern states. Who might […]

    Read On

  • November 20, 2018

    Stamford Capital expands into Victoria

    We are delighted to advise Henry Buwalda has joined the Stamford team to lead our Victorian operations. Henry brings to Stamford a great deal of experience, in particular in Victorian property markets, having led various teams across multiple banks in Melbourne for over 35 years. Through that time, Henry has built a wealth of knowledge […]

    Read On

  • November 10, 2018

    Hayne Report to hit home developers and commercial lending

    It has been impossible to avoid reports on the banking royal commission’s findings, yet most analysis has focused on the impact of proposed changes on the mortgage broking sector. Few commentators have discussed the inevitable flow-on effects on the residential property development sector and its many related industries. Click here to read full article by […]

    Read On

  • October 12, 2018

    October 2018 Outlook

    AUGUST KEY POINTS *¹TOTAL DWELLING UNITS The trend estimate for total dwellings approved fell 1.9% in August. The seasonally adjusted estimate for total dwellings approved fell 9.4% in August *²PRIVATE SECTOR HOUSES The trend estimate for private sector houses approved fell 1.2% in August. The seasonally adjusted estimate for private sector houses fell 1.9% in […]

    Read On

  • September 30, 2018

    AustSuper to finance $145m complex

    Stamford Capital is delighted to have played a key role in this transaction. Click here to read full article by Ben Wilmot in The Australian.

    Read On

  • Sunny skies for Brisbane apartment market

    It’s widely accepted within industry circles that we are through the worst of the headwinds that the Brisbane apartment market will experience. The supply has all but dried up (certainly in the inner ring) and almost all key indicators affecting forward-looking pricing for the Brisbane apartment market are improving, albeit from a low base. Broadly […]

    Read On

  • September 20, 2018

    ICR is the new LVR

    Conversation with the Australian banking market on investment assets is nearly exclusively now led by the question of “ICR” (interest cover ratio). Then there is some chat around asset WALE (weighted average leasing expiry) and makeup of tenancy schedule. And coming in as an afterthought is LVR…hard times for what was previously the key metric […]

    Read On

  • August 25, 2018

    Loan Product Alert August 2018

    Following our last Product Update regarding a invest debt / term loans with interest cover requirements of less than 2 times, Stamford is pleased to advise it has access to another competitive loan offering from a new lender in the Australian market offering larger term / investment debt. High level details as follows: Loan size […]

    Read On

  • August 15, 2018

    Certainty through market constraints

    Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen investment capital tighten and some slowing across real estate markets. Yet we also received at least one call a week from new entrants to the real estate debt capital market, actively looking for deals. And we executed more deals in the non-bank space this year – a total […]

    Read On

  • July 20, 2018

    July 2018 Outlook

    In FY 16-17, fuel prices were 124c per litre on a national average, whilst diesel’s average at the same time was 125c per litre. In FY 15-16, they were 122c and 123c average respectively. We roll the clock forward to the current period and fuel is closer to 150c per litre and diesel up to […]

    Read On

  • July 15, 2018

    The rise and rise of non-bank and alternative funding

    Until relatively recently, Australia’s major banks dominated construction and investment lending. But within the next 12 months, the developing capital landscape will look quite different. Thanks to APRA and ASIC restrictions, new funding models have arrived – some with very different product offerings. We recently surveyed over 100 debt capital providers, and the majority told […]

    Read On

  • July 1, 2018

    Loan Product Alert July 2018

    The majority of Bank’s are now requiring a minimum 2 times interest cover for commercial property term debt loans, which pending an assets net income, restricts LVR’s available. For Borrower’s seeking additional leverage, Stamford, via one of its capital lending partners has access to an interesting loan product for commercial investment property which requires a […]

    Read On

  • June 2, 2018

    Have Chinese investors lost interest in Australian properties?

    Regulatory issues and constraints on capital leaving the country have contributed to a noticeable cooling down of interest from Chinese investors since the booming 2014-2017 years – but there’s still a great deal of opportunity coming from China, it’s just taking a slightly different shape. How are things changing? There is a shift in transaction […]

    Read On

  • May 1, 2018

    Real Estate Debt Capital Markets Survey 2018

    After riding high through the property boom, Australia’s developers and property investors have faced tight liquidity constraints and challenging yields over the past year – especially in riskier pockets of oversupply. This is likely to become business as usual in the year ahead. But how will capital providers respond to the shift in the market? […]

    Read On

  • March 28, 2018

    March 2018 Outlook

    We are at the at the end of quarter one 2018 and perhaps at a crossroad. The major global economies are witnessing growth and GFC is almost a forgotten blight on the landscape. Central banks are either raising interest rates as in the case of the US, or withdrawing surplus liquidity from their money supply […]

    Read On

  • March 1, 2018

    Greater role for broker specialists: Stamford

    Commercial property finance broker Stamford Capital has set up shop in South Australia, vowing to ease the funding constraints facing local developers and investors. The Adelaide office of the national group is being led by director Adam Miller, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector, including senior roles at NAB and BankSA. […]

    Read On