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Malavika Santhebennur

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Malavika Santhebennur is the features editor on the mortgages titles at Momentum Media.

Before joining the team in 2019, Malavika held roles with Money Management and Benchmark Media. She has been writing about financial services for the past six years.

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Over 15k loans deferred in lockdown: ABA

Over 15k loans deferred in lockdown: ABA

Almost 24,000 customers have accessed hardship support from banks since early July, with 64 per cent opting to defer loa...READ MORE
Better Choice unveils $500m facility, shifts to non-bank

Better Choice shifts to become non-bank

The lender has announced a $500-million residential mortgage warehouse facility, which it said completes its transition...READ MORE
Rent stress exceeds mortgage stress

Rent stress exceeds mortgage stress: ME Bank

Mortgagees are paying a smaller portion of their income on loan repayments compared with renters on rental payments, ac...READ MORE
Westpac wraps up asset finance business sale

Westpac wraps up asset finance business sale

The major bank has completed the sale of its asset finance subsidiary, which managed around $500 million in customer loa...READ MORE
Cash rate call made amid lockdown uncertainty

Cash rate call made amid lockdown uncertainty

The RBA has announced its August rate decision as ongoing lockdowns dampen speculation about imminent rate rises. ...READ MORE

Sydney holds almost 700 auctions in lockdown

Sydney’s auction market has remained resilient despite the extended lockdown, returning a preliminary success rate of ...READ MORE
Owner-occupied lending surges by $13bn: APRA

Owner-occupied lending surges by $13bn: APRA

There has been sustained robust growth in home lending driven by strong owner-occupied lending and faster growth in inve...READ MORE
Resimac plants 40,000 trees in carbon offset program

Resimac plants 40,000 trees in carbon offset program

The non-bank lender has hit the new milestone as part of its carbon conscious program, where a tree is planted for every...READ MORE
Owning home key to financial wellness: YFW

Owning home key to financial wellness: YFW

A report has found that home ownership is the single most important factor affecting a person’s perceived level of fin...READ MORE
AFCA appoints 6 new ombudsmen

AFCA appoints 6 new ombudsmen

The complaints authority has recruited three new ombudsmen (including from ANZ and Westpac), and promoted three others i...READ MORE
APRA’s lending macro policy worked: RBA

APRA’s lending macro policy worked: RBA

The RBA has stated that APRA succeeded in curtailing a drop in home lending standards by implementing macro-prudential p...READ MORE
Sydney housing sentiment holds up in lockdown

Sydney housing sentiment holds up in lockdown

Consumer sentiment around Sydney housing dipped only marginally, hinting at a disconnect between concerns about lockdown...READ MORE
CBA announces green loan national rollout

CBA announces green loan national rollout

CBA has made its green loans available to all eligible home loan customers nationally, and launched a sustainability hub...READ MORE

NAB predicts 18.5% dwelling price spike in 2021

The major bank has revised up its forecast for dwelling price growth for 2021 but pulled back for 2022 as affordability ...READ MORE

Victorian home loan values up 100%: CBA

Victoria led the rest of the country in housing finance commitments in May 2021, with values rising by over 100 per cent...READ MORE

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