Westpac and its subsidiaries have launched a new property valuation tool that aims to give mortgage brokers a “smarter outcome on upfront valuation types that will be required for lending requests”.
Westpac, St. George, Bank of Melbourne and Bank SA unveiled to brokers a new Property Hub system that aligns with the banks’ credit policies and can “automatically select the most effective valuation pathway for each loan application process”.
The hub — utilising RP Data property values and available through the broker portal — was developed to give brokers, and their clients, a more streamlined outcome by calculating the loan-to-value ratio (LVR) and telling brokers which valuation strategy applies.
According to the group, Property Hub will determine the “most effective solution” for a loan application from the following valuation types:
However, brokers cannot choose a specific type of valuation. For example, a full valuation can only be ordered if the hub indicates that this is “the most appropriate valuation strategy to use”.
Property Hub replaces the current VMS system used for upfront valuation requests, which will be phased out over the next month.
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Annie Kane is the editor of The Adviser magazine, Australia’s leading magazine for mortgage brokers. As well as writing news and features on the Australian mortgage market, financial regulation, fintechs and the wider lending market – Annie is also the host of the Elite Broker podcast and regulator contributor to the Mortgage Business Uncut podcast.
Before joining The Adviser team at Momentum Media in 2016, Annie wrote for a range of business and consumer titles, including The Guardian (Australia), BBC Music Magazine, Elle (Australia), BBC Countryfile, BBC Homes & Antiques, and Resource magazine.
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