Becoming A First Home Buyer
Buying your first home is an exciting, but big step to take and one that comes with many questions and decisions. The first big question is how much you can borrow and what your likely repayments will be.
That’s where we can help, we’ll do all the legwork for you. We will be able to compare home loans across hundreds of products available from Australia’s leading lending institutions.
And because you’re a first home buyer, you may be eligible for a first home buyer grant. This is a grant available to Australian citizens or permanent residents who wish to buy or build their first home, which will be their principal place of residence within 12 months of settlement. As grant conditions vary from state to state, contact an AFG broker to find out how much grant money you could receive.
We will also liaise with the lender, your conveyancer and your real estate agent. Basically, it’s our job to do all the hard work and you can focus on finding the right home for you. We’ll be there every step of the way to guide you through the entire home loan process – from application to approval.
Frequently Asked Questions
Did you know that your borrowing capacity can vary by over $200,000 + depending on which lender you use ... Before you start plugging in some numbers into those online calculators, give us a call. Those calculators are very limited and do not take in to account a huge variety of factors that is looked at by the lenders. If you are wondering how much you can borrow
It is your finance managers job to find out everything they can about your financial situation and your goals for the future. Not only does the process help to identify fraudulent application activity, it also ensures that they are serving your best interests.
In most cases a Mortgage broker will be paid by the banks and not charge you for their service.
Yes as your broker we need to ensure that you are eligible to purchase the home that you would like too.
The larger your deposit, the better. Sometimes you can secure a property with just a few hundred dollars’ deposit, but most markets still require at least five to 10 per cent deposit and sometimes 20 per cent.
Ask your Finance Manager if you are eligible for the First Homeowners’ Grant. The answer will depend on the value of the property, whether you are purchasing it with help from your parents, whether and how long you intend to live in the property, whether it is the first property you have purchased and more.
If you don’t have the financial capacity to meet a 20 per cent deposit but still want to avoid LMI, you do have the option of getting a guarantor on your loan. Normally a close relative, such as a parent, guarantors can use the equity in their property to help you secure yours. In some instances, having a guarantor on your loan may mean that you won’t need a deposit at all.
Stamp duty is a charge which is applied by state governments in Australia on transactions relating to the transfer of land or property. It is paid upfront and needs to be budgeted for in addition to your loan deposit. The amount of stamp duty you are required to pay differs in each state, however there are three factors, along with the value of the property, that determine how much stamp duty you will pay.
Yes, and there are two kinds. There’s stamp duty on the mortgage itself and on the property. You may be eligible for a rebate on the second type, so be sure to ask.
Mortgage insurance lowers the risk to the lender of making a loan to you, so you can qualify for a loan that you might not otherwise be able to get. Generally, borrowers that have a deposit of less than 20 percent of the purchase price of the home will need to pay for mortgage insurance.
Most lenders will require you to pay mortgage insurance if you are borrowing more than 80 per cent of the property’s value.
The mortgage industry is a wide, wondrous world with a language all of its own. One of the many acronyms bandied about is ‘LVR’, which stands for ‘loan-to-valuation ratio’. Here’s what it means. In the simplest terms, the LVR is the percentage of the property’s value, as assessed by the lender, that your loan equates to. So, if the property you want to purchase is valued at $500,000, and you need to borrow $400,000 to pay for it, the loan is 80 per cent of the property value, making your LVR 80 per cent
Refinancing a loan can take advantage of lower interest rates to bring down the overall cost of servicing a loan. But it’s not always the best, or the only, option.
There are many different factors borrowers need to consider when thinking about refinancing a loan.
The first step is to speak to an expert about your needs and whether you can afford to service a different loan structure.
Yes if you are eligible you can simply dividing your home loan into two or more loans. For example, let's say you have a $200,000 home loan. You could divide your loan into one portion being $150,000 and the other $50,000.
It can protect you against rate fluctuations if you, as per in this example, say fix the $150,000 for three years and keep the other $50,000 portion variable with a 100% offset account.
Simple strategies like this can give you security in the home loan market whilst at the same time keeping the flexibility of making extra repayments and redraw with the variable portion.
There are a lot of different options with split loans and every situation is different depending on the client’s needs.
The bank said no
Have you applied for a mortgage only to be told NO!? Sometimes it may be an issue with that particular bank's policy. I can sometimes help by finding you a lender who will initially give you a loan and then put in place a strategy to move you across to your preferred lender at a later date.
An offset account is a transaction account that can be linked to your home or investment loan. The credit balance of your transaction account is offset daily against your outstanding loan balance, reducing the interest payable on that loan.
If you apply for a home loan, particularly if the loan is for more than 80 per cent of a property’s value, you’ll more than likely have to prove to lenders that you have a satisfactory amount of savings. This is to demonstrate your ability to funnel a portion of your income into repayments.
Although it can differ, in most cases lenders generally look for consistent additions to savings over a period of at least three months and preferably a year or more. This means that the following are not considered genuine savings:
a cash gift
casino/other gambling winnings
proceeds of the sale of a non-investment asset
government grants and other finance offered as incentives
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A General First Home Buyer FAQ Guide
How much money can I borrow?
We’re all unique when it comes to our finances and borrowing needs. Get an estimate on how much you could borrow with our Home Loan Quote in 30 seconds. Or contact us today, we can help with calculations based on your circumstances.
How do I choose the loan that’s right for me?
Our guides to loan types and features will help you learn about the main options available. There are hundreds of different home loans available, so talk to us today.
How much do I need for a deposit?
Usually between 5% – 10% of the value of a property, which you pay when signing a Contract of Sale. Speak with us to discuss your options for a deposit. You may be able to borrow against the equity in your existing home or an investment property.
How much will regular repayments be?
Go to our Repayment Calculator for an estimate. Because there so many different loan products, some with lower introductory rates, talk to us today about the deals currently available, we’ll find the right loan set-up for you.
How often do I make home loan repayments — weekly, fortnightly or monthly?
Most lenders offer flexible repayment options to suit your pay cycle. Aim for weekly or fortnightly repayments, instead of monthly, as you will make more payments in a year, which will shave dollars and time off your loan.
What is the First Home Owner Grant and can I get one?
This is a grant available to Australian citizens or permanent residents who wish to buy or build their first home, which will be their principal place of residence within 12 months of settlement. Contact us directly to find out how much grant money you could receive.
What fees/costs should I budget for?
There are a number of fees involved when buying a property. To avoid any surprises, the list below sets out all of the usual costs:
- Stamp Duty — This is the big one. All other costs are relatively small by comparison. Stamp duty rates vary between state and territory governments and also depend on the value of the property you buy. You may also have to pay stamp duty on the mortgage itself. To find out your total Stamp Duty charge, visit our Stamp Duty Calculator.
- Legal/conveyancing fees — Generally around $1,000 – $1500, these fees cover all the legal rigour around your property purchase, including title searches.
- Building inspection — This should be carried out by a qualified expert, such as a structural engineer, before you purchase the property. Your Contract of Sale should be subject to the building inspection, so if there are any structural problems you have the option to withdraw from the purchase without any significant financial penalties. A building inspection and report can cost up to $1,000, depending on the size of the property. Your conveyancer will usually arrange this inspection, and you will usually pay for it as part of their total invoice at settlement (in addition to the conveyancing fees).
- Pest inspection — Also to be carried out before purchase to ensure the property is free of problems, such as white ants. Your Contract of Sale should be subject to the pest inspection, so if any unwanted crawlies are found you may have the option to withdraw from the purchase without any significant financial penalties. Allow up to $500 depending on the size of the property. Your real estate agent or conveyancer may arrange this inspection, and you will usually pay for it as part of their total invoice at settlement (in addition to the conveyancing fees).
- Lender costs — Most lenders charge establishment fees to help cover the costs of their own valuation as well as administration fees. We will let you know what your lender charges but allow about $600 to $800.
- Moving costs — Don’t forget to factor in the cost of a removalist if you plan on using one.
- Mortgage Insurance costs — If you borrow more than 80% of the purchase price of the property, you’ll also need to pay Lender Mortgage Insurance. You may also choose to take out Mortgage Protection Insurance. If you buy a strata title, regular strata fees are payable.
- Ongoing costs — You will need to include council and water rates along with regular loan repayments. It is important to also take out building insurance and contents insurance. Your lender will probably require a minimum sum insured for the building to cover the loan, but make sure you actually take out enough building insurance to cover what it would cost if you had to rebuild. Likewise, make sure you have enough contents cover should you need to replace everything if the worst happens.