Step 1: How much can I borrow?
Your borrowing power is determined by looking at your income, financial commitments, current savings and credit history. You also need to take into consideration your living expenses, so you can repay your loan and maintain the lifestyle you are used to.
Banks can lend up to 95% of the property value. However, you will need to show you have at least 5% of the property value in real savings.
How much can I borrow? The calculator will give you an indication of the amount you can borrow. This is an obligation free and totally anonymous tool that will help you determine a price range for the search for your new home.
The Loan Repayment Calculator can help you to calculate your loan repayments – how long it could take you to pay off the loan, as well as the loan amount based on a repayment amount entered.
Step 2: What are the costs?
Once you have arrived at a ball-park figure for your potential purchase price, you will need to take into account the other charges that will apply.
One of the biggest initial outlays you will have is the deposit, which is usually 10% of the purchase price. You should also allow additional funds (approximately 5%) for the taxes, stamp duty, legal costs and insurance associated with buying a property.
The Home Loan Fee Calculator can help you to determine the costs associated with buying or refinancing a property, and calculate the full loan amount needed to complete your property transaction.
Step 3: Which loan is right for me?
There are many different loan features and fees to be considered, such as home loan rates, mortgage offset, redraw and ongoing fees to name a few, and there are different loans to suit different needs. You can make choosing a home loan easier by providing key information that will help you make a well-informed decision.
Step 4: Get pre-approval
Be prepared – get approval in principle.
Approval in principle means you are given finance approval ‘in principle’ (if you have fulfilled the lending criteria) prior to purchase.
This means that you:
Apply for your First Home Owner Grant, your finance consultant should be able to assist you with this.
Step 5: Search for a property
There are many ways to search for a property. One of the easiest ways is online. Request our property list to discuss your needs in more details.
Real estate alerts ask you to specify your desired property criteria and will email you when there is a new property listing that matches your requirements.
When inspecting a house, have a checklist to record the parts of the house that you like as well as dislike. It also gives you tips on what to look for.
Step 6: The buying process
Buying your home
The Contract of Sale will state the amount of time you have to settle the conditions. When all conditions are met, the offer becomes unconditional, the sale will go ahead and the property will be yours. How the settlement process works: