The neobank, which launched its equity crowdfunding offer in January 2018, has been granted an Australian credit licence (ACL) from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), which will allow it to use its digital portal to offer home loans to borrowers.
Speaking to Mortgage Business, the founder and chief executive officer of Xinja, Eric Wilson, noted that the neobank “will begin with a fairly conservative risk profile”.
“Xinja will begin with a fairly conservative risk profile around home loans,” Mr Wilson said.
“It is likely we will steer clear of low and no doc loans to begin with, and seek healthy loan-to-value ratios.”
The founder said that Xinja intends to release a small volume of home loans until its system has a “fully digitised” home loan process.
“In the short term, we will be seeking to release a small number of home loans as we perfect our systems and further enhance our technologies.
“For the medium term (by June), we should have a fully digitised home loan providing a 20-minute approval process.
“We hope that this will delight brokers and direct customers alike.
“In the longer term, we have plans to continue to innovate in the home loan market.”
Xinja has also applied for an Australian Financial Services (AFS) licence and a banking licence to allow it to become a restricted authorised deposit-taking institution (ADI).
“We are fortunate to be entering a highly regulated financial services sector and look forward to contributing to this regulatory landscape in a positive way,” chief risk officer David Nichols said.
Mr Wilson also claimed that Xinja has received a lot of demand since its ACL was approved.
“For home loans in particular, we’ve had a lot of people contact us offering to be the first to try a Xinja home loan. So, we’re generating leads already, which is exciting,” the founder said.
Charbel Kadib is a journalist on the mortgages titles at Momentum Media.
Before joining the team in 2017, Charbel held roles with public relations agency Fifty Acres, and the Department of Communications and the Arts.
Charbel graduated from the University of Notre Dame Australia with a Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Journalism).