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    Becoming a first home buyer

    Buying your first home is an exciting, but big step to take and one that comes with many questions and decisions. The first big question is how much you can borrow and what your likely repayments will be.

    That’s where we can help, we’ll do the legwork for you. We can compare home loans across a variety of products available from Australia’s leading lending institutions.

    And because you’re a first home buyer, you may be eligible for a first home buyer grant. This grant may be available to Australian citizens or permanent residents who wish to buy or build their first home, which will be their principal place of residence within 12 months of settlement. As grant conditions vary from state to state, contact us to find out more about eligibility requirements in your state and how much grant money you could receive.

    We will also liaise with the lender. It’s our job to do the hard work and you can focus on finding the right home for you. We’ll be there every step of the way to guide you through the entire home loan process – from application to approval.

    A general First Home Buyer FAQ guide

    We’re all unique when it comes to our finances and borrowing needs. Contact us today, we can help with calculations based on your circumstances.
    Our guides to loan types and features will help you learn about the main options available. There are hundreds of different home loans available, so talk to us today.

    Usually between 5% – 10% of the value of a property, which you pay when signing a Contract of Sale. Speak with us to discuss your options for a deposit. You may be able to borrow against the equity in your existing home or an investment property.

    Deposits can also be gifted, funded via sale of an asset like a car or shares, or even sourced by first home buyer grants.

    Go to our Repayment Calculator for an estimate. Because there so many different loan products, some with lower introductory rates, talk to us today about the deals currently available, we’ll work with you to find a loan set-up that’s right for you.Investors may also be offered attractive rental guarantees for a limited period. Make sure you do your homework on rental returns on similar properties in the area before accepting the developer’s terms. Be wary of over-inflated rental guarantees. Builders will sometimes promise a high-rent yield to lure investors, build the cost into the property price and then subsidise any gap themselves for a short period. When the rental guarantee expires, you may find the actual market rent falls well short of what you originally pocketed. If investing, make sure you have the option to manage the property yourself or with your chosen property manager from the time you take possession.
    Most lenders offer flexible repayment options to suit your pay cycle. Aim for weekly or fortnightly repayments, instead of monthly, as you will make more payments in a year, which will shave dollars and time off your loan.
    This is a grant available to Australian citizens or permanent residents who wish to buy or build their first home, which will be their principal place of residence within 12 months of settlement. Contact us directly to find out more about eligibility requirements in your state and how much grant money you could receive.
    There are a number of fees and costs involved when buying a property. To help avoid any surprises, the list below sets out many of the usual costs.

    Typical fees and costs