You asked, we answered.
We asked Australia’s first home buyers what they want to know when buying their first home.
Here are simple answers to your most common questions, because let’s face it – home buying can be tricky – we’re here to make it easy for you.
You’ll need a minimum of 5% of the purchase price of your first house.
A home loan is just that – your loan.
While a home loan package combines your loan with other common financial products for an annual fee that could save you thousands over the life of your loan.
There’s no right or wrong! Though you should consider how you prefer to make your repayments.
Your rate doesn’t change with a fixed rate home loan even if interest rates change. This can help you budget your first loan as you’ll know what your repayments will be, though a 'break cost fee' may apply if you break your fixed term rate by paying out your loan early, or switching to a different product. You can make up to $10,000 of extra repayments each year, though you can’t redraw them.
Your rate may change with a variable rate home loan when interest rates change. You can make extra repayments and withdraw them if needed.
You can ask to review it after your first inspection.
Once you’re happy with the contract of sale, make your offer!
Be sure to include conditions of the sale such as: subject to finance or inspections.
First offer accepted? Go you! Though in many cases you’ll need to negotiate and reach an agreement with the seller.
Offer accepted? Your next step is to exchange and sign contracts, plus be ready to pay your deposit.
It depends on the price of your house. You’ll need to allow about 5% of the purchase price to cover both Government costs.
A conveyancer is needed to help with the settlement and title transfer whenever a property is bought or sold.
Your conveyancer will make sure your rights are protected and that you meet legal obligations.
Lender’s Mortgage Insurance is a fee charged when your deposit is less than 20% of your property's purchase price.
You don’t need one, though it’s a good idea to make sure that the property is structurally sound – it could save you money in the long run!
Once the seller is happy with the price, the auctioneer will announce “SOLD”. You’ll need to pay a deposit of around 10% of the purchase price right away.
Genuine savings are funds that have been saved over time. Genuine savings help to prove you can meet your proposed loan repayments.
Reduce the number of applications you have for credit services, such as: credit cards, personal loans, home loans, store cards.
They’re pretty similar, in that they reduce the interest payable on your loan.
The redraw facility does this by your extra repayments being put in your loan, reducing your balance and therefore reducing the interest charged to your loan. However if you need to access these extra payments you will need to transfer them to your chosen account first. You will also need to transfer a minimum amount.
An offset account is a separate transaction account linked to an eligible variable rate home loan. The balance of your offset account is offset against your loan, reducing the interest payable. The offset account can be easily accessed using your card.
Terms, conditions, fees, charges and lending criteria apply and are available on application. This information and advice is provided without reference to your personal circumstances so you should consider whether this product fits your objectives, financial situation and needs.
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