Congratulations! You finally saved the deposit for your first home. It’s a huge achievement. We know it took a lot of hard work and sacrifice, perhaps even a few tears. But we promise you; it all gets easier from here.
The best home loan for you may not be the biggest, or even the one with the lowest rate. Many other factors come into play, like your income, savings and credit history, and the size of your deposit. There are other things to consider too, like fees, penalties and terms and conditions.
Confused? Don’t be. We make it all perfectly clear, and guide you every step of the way.
By really getting to know you, we can find the perfect home loan for you: one that fits, is comfortable, and has enough room to move.
Our experience in banking means we know what the lenders look for. We make sure you meet all the necessary criteria in order to get the best possible result. If we say you’re good for it, the lenders tend to agree.
You worked so hard for your deposit. Trust us to take care of the rest. For some additional reading on getting your first home check out our First Home Buyers Guide.
We know you have lots of questions. So, we’ve provided answers to the most common ones here.
Good question. We will provide you with the specifics over the phone, before we meet. But generally the banks ask for:
Most lenders ask for 5% of the property value but there are sometimes ways around this that we can talk you through. In general, the more you have saved, the more options you have and the easier the approval process becomes.
We have a calculator to give you an idea but we will assess your situation and confirm this for you. Generally speaking the more money you earn and the less debt you have the more your capacity to borrow will be and each lender will be different.
If you’re building or buying a new home, you may be eligible. There are several factors at play that will determine your eligibility. We can help answer specific questions but for reference please click here
This will vary depending on several factors including the lender you choose, the purchase price of the property, the deposit you contribute and so on. We really need to individually assess your situation to answer this.
Lenders Mortgage Insurance is a fee charged by lenders, usually when your deposit is below 20% of your property’s value. It can be a big hurdle, but some lenders will add it to your loan, so you don’t have to save up for it and we may be able to help you avoid this cost altogether.
It sounds a bit dry, but Loan to Value Ratio is actually the amount of money you wish to borrow in comparison to the value of your property. So, say you want to buy a house valued at $500,000 and a have a $100,000 deposit, your Loan to Value Ration would be 80%. Most lenders adjust their interest rates relative to the LVR and have specific ratios to which they lend.
Variable interest rates move. Normally relative to changes in official interest rates set by the Reserve Bank of Australia. A variable rate loan is beneficial when rates are on the decline. Fixed interest rates don’t move. You can fix your rate for a particular period of time, normally between 1 and 5 years. But it’s most beneficial when rates are on the rise.