"We see incomes exaggerated, that's extremely common. We see signatures forged," said Ms Brailey, who runs the Banking and Finance Consumers Support Association. "In all cases," she said, "[the loans are] unaffordable, unsustainable and unverified.”
Jeff Morris, the whistleblower who exposed the Commonwealth Bank financial planning scandal that led to calls for a Royal Commission into financial services, also believes that the practice of banks artificially boosting borrowers' income and assets in order to make loans is common.
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Date: April 22 09:00am
Published by: ABC News
Reporter: Stephen Long
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Category: Australia Real Estate
"The banks have trashed their lending standards over a prolonged period of time with significant evidence of banks massaging people's incomes in their loan application forms to make them look a lot more creditworthy than what they really are, which is essentially fraud," Lindsay David of LF Economics told the ABC's Lateline program.
"The banks would do this for various reasons. One is the highly competitive environment between the banks. Second of all is profitability. "The safer your mortgage book looks, the lower it costs you to do business — simple as that. If you show that your borrowers are very creditworthy then you are going to get cheaper funding costs, and that's a win-win for the bank — until the whole system breaks down, obviously.”
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