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First Home Buyer Glossary

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    An owner occupied home loan is a loan for personal purposes, available to home buyers who intend to live in the property the loan is taken out for. Owner occupancy applies to loans where the borrower is buying an existing home, building a new home or renovating and improving an established property they live in.


    A pre-approval is a conditional approval for a loan. Obtaining a pre-approval before looking for a property means getting most of the paperwork for a home loan out of the way, so you know your price range and are ready to proceed when you find the right home for you. 


    A split loan is a home loan that offers a loan to be split over a variety of product types, including variable, fixed and line of credit products. You can define which amount of your loan is split into each product type. 


    A loan in which, for a set term, the borrower is required to pay only the interest on the principal balance.


    The Loan Offset account is a transaction account that is linked to a variable home loan. The balance of the offset account effectively offsets the balance of the home loan, helping you to pay the loan off faster.


    Means that you can make additional repayments above the contracted repayment amount. These can be adhoc, regular, large or small additional payments. Extra Repayments assist in repaying your loan back faster and saves on interest.


    A loan that is subject to principal and interest repayments from the commencement to the conclusion of the loan term.


    Stamp Duty is a tax each state or territory government charges on the sale of your property. Stamp Duty is designed to offset the costs of the legal documents for the purchase transaction and varies depending on which state or territory you purchase in.


    A valuation is the assessment of the property value as determined by the lender or external valuer, often based on the property purchase price. 


    As opposed to fixed interest rate, a variable interest rate changes when the market interest rate changes. This means your repayments will also vary.


    The loan to value ratio (LVR) is a calculation using the amount of your loan compared to the appraised value of your property. To calculate the LVR, simply divide the loan amount by the property value.
    As an example, if you need to borrow $350,000 and your property is appraised at $420,000 the LVR is 83%.


    A comparison rate combines the interest rate and any fees and charges that relate to a loan into a single percentage, based on repayment frequency and terms of the loan. This way the comparison rate helps you understand the true cost of a loan and allows you to compare loans between lenders more easily.


    Credit rating is an assessment of your credit-worthiness. The credit rating is used to determine the risk you present to a lender, based on your borrowing and repayment history.


    The equity of your property is the market value of the property less the outstanding loan amount. This means the value of your home equity increases as you pay off your mortgage.


    Next to your income and credit history, lenders determine the amount you can borrow by looking at your assets. Assets are the valuables you own, such as your savings accounts, any cars, existing home contents, your superannuation, investment shares and such. 


    An additional payment is any extra repayment you contribute to your loan above the minimum loan repayments.  Some loan products (in particular fixed) may have limitations on the amount of extra repayments you are able to make. Ensure you check the terms and conditions of your product to confirm how much you can pay into your loan each year. 


    Some loans have annual fees to cover costs or additional services available on the loan. Annual fees are generally charged on the date of disbursement and then annually on this anniversary date. The value of the annual fee and the charge date are outlined in the loan conditions and your contract.


    Application fees are the charges you may have to pay to the lender to cover their internal costs of processing your loan application. This fee may also be referred to as an ‘Establishment Fee’ or ‘Up Front Fee’.


    The establishment fee, often referred to as ‘Application  Fee’ or ‘Up Front Fee’,  are the fees  a lender might charge to cover their internal costs of processing your loan application.


    Investment loans are funds borrowed with the intended use of creating wealth or an income source. An investment loan is mostly used for the purpose of a purchase, construction or refinance of a home that will not be owner-occupied.


    Lender’s Mortgage Insurance (known as LMI) is an insurance that protects the lender in the event of  default by the borrower. LMI is a one-off payment that usually occurs when more than 80% of the property value is borrowed by a home buyer. You can pay the cost for LMI upfront at settlement of your loan or it can be capitalised into your home loan.


    The loan term is the duration of your loan. Most loan products offer terms of up to 30 years. People’s Choice Credit Union offers loan terms of up to 40 years for eligible first home buyers.


    A home loan, or mortgage, is a loan you borrow from a financial institution to buy a home. Home loans usually require repayments weekly, fortnightly or monthly and will generally run for a term of up to 30 years. The lender secures the mortgage against your property, so in case you are unable to repay the loan you might be required to sell your home to settle any outstanding debt.


    When you don’t have enough money saved up for a deposit, your family can act as a guarantor if they hold equity in their own property. The family guarantee can only cover the deposit and related fees and charges involved in the purchase of your home.


    The First Home Owner Grant (or FHOG) is a scheme funded by some states and territories to assist first home owners buy, or build, a home. Eligible first home buyers get paid a one-off grant and the amount is determined by the date of the eligible purchase. Eligibility criteria and grant amounts vary, so check with your state or territory via this website 


    A fixed interest rate is a locked-in rate that won’t change during a set period of the loan, so you know exactly what your repayments will be.

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