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Buying Your First Property

Buying Your First Property

Before you start looking for a home there are several key details to consider such as:

What savings do you currently have?

Most lenders will want to see that you are able to save consistently and will usually require your last six months saving history prior to considering you for a loan. If you are able to afford the repayments some lenders will loan you up to 95% of the property purchase price. They may even allow you to add mortgage insurance costs to the loan meaning you may be able to borrow up to 97% of the property value. Either way the lender will require you to have at least 5% of the property value in genuine savings as well as enough money available to cover the other costs of purchasing a property.

How much can you borrow?

It is extremely important to sit down with a Mortgage Professional and arrange a pre-approval for home loan finance prior to looking for a property so you know the maximum amount you can borrow and any conditions the lender would require to meet for finance.

What fees and costs apply to a mortgage?

Buyers will need to have funds available to cover a number of costs before settlement. These costs include a deposit, lenders mortgage insurance, stamp duty, loan set up fees, conveyancing, settlement fees, inspection costs, valuations and home insurance. Your Mortgage Professional will explain these costs in detail.

Grants and Incentives

There are several government incentives and benefits available to provide a helping hand. What is available to First Home Buyers depends on the State they are in and their individual circumstance. These include:

• First Home Savers Account

• Reduced Stamp Duty

• First Home Owners Grant

To find out more information on what may be available visit www.firsthome.gov.au

Your Mortgage Professional can provide you with a lot more information including facts on buying at auctions, funds required to settle your mortgage, the mortgage process and a detailed First Home Owners Guide.

Your Mortgage Professional will also explain the whole process to you and will guide you and support you through the entire lending transaction. Having the right person to assist you can make the world of difference when buying your first property.

This is general information only and is subject to change at any time. Your complete financial situation will need to be assessed before acceptance of any proposal or product.

The Mortgage Process

The Mortgage Process


During your initial meeting with a Mortgage Professional they will listen to your requirements and will explain the features and benefits of loans that may work with your situation. They will discuss and provide you with numerous options available to suit your needs. Once you are happy with your selection of the loan product, the loan process will commence.

Loan Application

Your Mortgage Professional will work with you through a number of documents including a Needs Analysis Credit Quote & Proposal and the lenders application. They will also explain what is required in relation to the necessary supporting documentation required so your home loan application can be lodged.

Lender Assessing Application

The Lender will assess your application to determine whether you meet their credit requirements. This process includes confirmation of your income, employment and a credit reference check. Your supporting documentation is also assessed at this time. If the credit assessor requires any additional information they will send through a request to the Mortgage Professional.
Timeframe: Depending on the Lender – between 24 hours and 14 days.

Conditional Approval

Your Mortgage Professional will receive a communication on your behalf, from the Lender in the form of a conditional approval. Within the approval, the Lender will outline any matters that need to be addressed before they can issue an unconditional approval. Your Mortgage Professional will advise you when they receive this approval.


The most common condition of an approval is valuation of the security being provided. The lender will order the valuation which could take up to 3-4 days to complete. The valuation is often included in an application fee if there is one applicable.

Formal Approval

When a home loan application is formally approved (also known as unconditionally approved) it means that all conditions and criteria required to assess the application have been supplied, assessed and approved. It is only when formally approved that the borrower can feel comfortable they can obtain a home loan. If you are buying a property it is advisable NOT to exchange contracts until your loan has been formally approved. Your Mortgage Professional will be notified of formal approval and will then notify you. A formal Letter of Offer will be issued by the Lender. Mortgage documents will be prepared and sent directly to the applicant/s or their solicitor, depending on what was requested.

Mortgage Documents

Documentation provided to you by the Lender includes the letter of offer; transfer document; terms and conditions of the loan and any other documents that are pertinent to the Lender’s own guidelines. If a purchase is involved then it is highly recommended that you go through the paperwork with your conveyancer and for the conveyancer to liaise with the Lender to schedule a settlement date. If the loan is just a refinance or a ‘top up’ it is recommended you sit down and go through these documents with your Mortgage Professional if you have opted not to use a conveyancer.


After the mortgage documents are signed, witnessed and sent back to the lender, then settlement is arranged via your solicitor/conveyancer or if there is not a necessity for a conveyancer then the Mortgage Professional will be involved to ensure settlement is completed.

This is general information only and is subject to change at any time. Your complete financial situation will need to be assessed before acceptance of any proposal or product.