Can I get a home loan with a small deposit?
With property prices continuing to rise across most capital cities, trying to save a 20% deposit to get into the market is a struggle that many Australians face.
Are low deposit home loans actually being offered by lenders?
So-called “low deposit home loans” are also known as high Loan To Value Ratio (LVR) home loans.Did you know that anything less than a 20% deposit is actually considered a high risk by most banks?
Luckily, there are lenders than can allow you to borrow over 80% or even 90% of the property value.
You may still qualify for a home loan even if you have a:
There’s also the federal government’s First Home Loan Deposit Scheme for first home buyers.
Give us a call on 1800 771 900 or fill in our online enquiry form to find out if we can get you approved.
Most lenders have quite strict lending criteria for borrowers with small deposits but, generally speaking, if you can meet the following requirements, you’ll have a good chance of getting approved even if you may have a deposit as low as 3%.
Obviously, the bigger your deposit, the more our mortgage brokers can leverage when negotiating an approval. On top of that, you’ll have a greater number of lenders available to you.
As previously mentioned, borrowing more than 80% LVR is considered to be a high risk so most Australian lenders have limited the maximum amount they will allow you to borrow to a 10% deposit home loan plus LMI.
Getting approved for a 10% deposit home loan requires you to provide strong evidence to the lender that you’re a good borrower. Since only a handful of lenders offer 5% deposit home loans plus LMI, getting approved with anything less than a 10% deposit is even tougher.
The great thing is that once you’re approved, you can enjoy the relatively same interest rates as someone who has a 20% deposit.
No, not all lenders will approve low deposit mortgage applications, in particular, the major banks.
For borrowers with a 5% deposit or less, we tend to try for a non-bank because they are:
Did you know that we have a special arrangement from one of our lenders for borrowers with a 10% deposit?
For a limited time, there is a 1.10% discount available for all loans over $500,000, and 1.00% for loans over $250,000 and up to $500,000. Conditions apply so please read more on the 90% home loan page.
There’s even better news if you only have a 5% deposit: you can get the same deal! Again, there are certain requirements and limits, so please read the 95% home loan page.
If you only have a 3% deposit or less, our brokers have considerably less negotiating power and the sole focus for us will be trying to get you approved.
With a 15% deposit or more, our mortgage brokers have a lot more negotiating power.
Discover if you’re eligible for an interest rate discount by completing our free assessment form.
Although the size of your deposit does have some impact on the interest rate you may be eligible for, it really comes down to your overall situation.
For example, if you only have a 5% deposit but you have a stable job, enjoy a good income and have a good asset position, then this can work in your favour when your mortgage broker is negotiating your deal.
There are actually a few things you can do.
Firstly, to avoid LMI completely, you could organise a guarantor to secure your mortgage with their property. In most cases, this would be your parents’ home and it would allow you to borrow 100% of the purchase plus the costs of completing the purchase, no LMI or genuine savings required.
If you’re an eligible professional, such as a doctor or a vet, and you have a 10% deposit on the other hand, you may also qualify for waived LMI or at least a reduced premium. This can save you literally thousands off your home loan.
If you’re not an eligible professional but you can save a little more and bring your deposit to 15%, then two of our lenders have an exclusive LMI waiver.
For both a guarantor loan and the 90% waived LMI and 85% waived LMI offers, strict conditions apply and you’ll have to meet all other serviceability requirements.
Please complete our free assessment form to discover if you’re eligible.
The lender you go with can make or break your application but it can also mean the difference between you getting a great deal or just going with what the bank offers you as a low deposit borrower.
There can be massive differences in the interest rates they can offer you as well as other discounts and terms such as waived LMI.
A mortgage broker with credit expertise and existing relationships with a number of lenders can give you the negotiating power you need to get the most value out of your mortgage
Genuine savings is a requirement that most lenders have but what is it exactly?
Well, in most cases, you’ll need to have more than 5% of the property value to qualify for a mortgage and it must be in following forms:
LMI roughly works out to be around 2% of the total property value but to get a more accurate figure, use this easy LMI calculator.
By adding or “capitalising” this amount to your home loan, you can actually avoid paying thousands of dollars in LMI upfront and it pay it off with your mortgage repayments at no interest.
Yes! For first home buyers and investors across Australia struggling to save the deposit they need, there are “no deposit” home loan solutions out there if you get a little creative.
Borrowing 100% of the property value plus the extra costs of buying a property, including stamp duty and conveyancing, no longer exist in the mortgage market but you can actually borrow this much if your parents or a close relative act as guarantor on your home loan.
Not the right solution for you or can’t organise a guarantor?
There are five other no deposit options which may suit your situation better:
You can find more information and qualifying criteria about these six solutions on the no deposit home loan page.
It’s a good question to ask and one that many would-be borrowers carefully consider.
Grant, with a 20% deposit you can avoid LMI completely and you have much more negotiating power in getting a great deal on your home loan.
However, the longer you spend trying to save, the more property prices will increase. Unless you can put away huge amounts every pay day, for ordinary Australians, it’s like chasing your own tail: you don’t get anywhere.
There are low deposit home loans available! It wouldn’t hurt to speak with a mortgage broker about which solution would work best for you so you can bite the bullet and get into the property market sooner, rather than later.
When comparing mortgages from different lenders, most people just compare interest rates and maybe what kind of features might help them better manage their home loan.
What most borrowers don’t compare are LMI premium rates and it’s not from laziness. The reason is actually ignorance because, the fact is, lenders don’t advertise these rates to the public!
Apart from differences in the rates themselves, each lender also has different loan brackets and rates actually differ depending on whether you’re providing full documents for your home loan application or you need a low doc home loan.
Despite the differences, the more you borrow, the more your LMI premium will increase.
Check out the LMI rates table and try the LMI calculator to get an idea of the lowest premium you may qualify for with one of the lenders on our panel.
In most cases, you’ll enjoy the same home loan features as someone with an 80% LVR home loan.
This includes features like a 100% offset, fixed interest rates, basic loans and professional packages.
Does it matter whether I have a 3%, 5%, 10% or a 15% deposit?
No, you’ll still enjoy the same features but bare in mind that with only a 5% deposit or less, line of credit and interest-only terms aren’t normally available.
Your LVR is the amount that you’re borrowing represented as a percentage of the value of the property that you’re purchasing. For example, if you borrow $570,000 to purchase a property valued at $600,000, the LVR of your home loan would be 95%.
You can work out your LVR with this calculator but the important thing to remember is that with most banks, borrowing more than 80% LVR is considered a high risk.
Speak with one of our low doc home loan specialists by calling 1800 771 900 or by completing our free assessment form today!