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Find out the best interest rates available:

Owner-occupied Home Loan
3.59% p.a.      3.96% p.a. CR*
The fine print...
The information provided in this website is for general education purposes only and does not constitute specialist advice. It should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments. Specific investment advice should be obtained from a suitably qualified professional before adopting any investment strategy. Whilst we aim to update our site frequently, interest rates change frequently, please contact us to confirm the latest offers. *Note: the home loan with the lowest current interest rate is not necessarily the most suitable for your circumstances, you may not qualify for that particular product, and not all products are available in all states and territories. The comparison rate provided is based on a loan amount of $150,000 and a term of 25 years secured by an owner-occupied residential property. Warning: This Comparison Rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different Comparison Rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the Comparison Rate but may influence the cost of the loan. Whilst we endevour to keep the information on this website up-to-date at all times, interest rates change daily - always confirm the current interest by calling 07 3354 4576 before making any decisions.
Investment Home Loan
3.83% p.a.      4.06% p.a. CR*
The fine print...
The information provided in this website is for general education purposes only and does not constitute specialist advice. It should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments. Specific investment advice should be obtained from a suitably qualified professional before adopting any investment strategy. Whilst we aim to update our site frequently, interest rates change frequently, please contact us to confirm the latest offers. *Note: the home loan with the lowest current interest rate is not necessarily the most suitable for your circumstances, you may not qualify for that particular product, and not all products are available in all states and territories. The comparison rate provided is based on a loan amount of $150,000 and a term of 25 years secured by an investment residential property. Warning: This Comparison Rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different Comparison Rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the Comparison Rate but may influence the cost of the loan. Whilst we endevour to keep the information on this website up-to-date at all times, interest rates change daily - always confirm the current interest by calling 07 3354 4576 before making any decisions.
Car Loan
7.25% p.a.      9.05% p.a. CR*
The fine print...
The information provided in this website is for general education purposes only and does not constitute specialist advice. It should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments. Specific investment advice should be obtained from a suitably qualified professional before adopting any investment strategy. Whilst we aim to update our site frequently, interest rates change frequently, please contact us to confirm the latest offers. *The interest rate is available to approved applicants financing a motor vehicle on a secured consumer fixed rate loan over 60 months. The comparison rate is based on a 5 year secured fixed rate loan of $30,000. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Applications for finance are subject to normal credit assessment. Conditions, fees & charges apply. Whilst we endevour to keep the information on this website up-to-date at all times, interest rates change daily - always confirm the current interest by calling 07 3354 4576 before making any decisions.
Personal Loan
10.99% p.a.      11.87% p.a. CR*
The fine print...
The information provided in this website is for general education purposes only and does not constitute specialist advice. It should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments. Specific investment advice should be obtained from a suitably qualified professional before adopting any investment strategy. Whilst we aim to update our site frequently, interest rates change frequently, please contact us to confirm the latest offers. *The interest rate is available to approved applicants getting a fixed rate personal loan over 60 months. The comparison rate is based on a 5 year secured fixed rate loan of $30,000. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Applications for finance are subject to normal credit assessment. Brokerage not included. Conditions, fees & charges apply.
Refinances available from:
3.59% p.a.      3.96% p.a. CR*
The fine print...
The information provided in this website is for general education purposes only and does not constitute specialist advice. It should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments. Specific investment advice should be obtained from a suitably qualified professional before adopting any investment strategy. Whilst we aim to update our site frequently, interest rates change frequently, please contact us to confirm the latest offers. *Note: the home loan with the lowest current interest rate is not necessarily the most suitable for your circumstances, you may not qualify for that particular product, and not all products are available in all states and territories. The comparison rate provided is based on a loan amount of $150,000 and a term of 25 years secured by an owner-occupied residential property. Warning: This Comparison Rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different Comparison Rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the Comparison Rate but may influence the cost of the loan. Whilst we endevour to keep the information on this website up-to-date at all times, interest rates change daily - always confirm the current interest by calling 07 3354 4576 before making any decisions.
Pre-approvals available from:
3.59% p.a.      3.96% p.a. CR*
The fine print...
The information provided in this website is for general education purposes only and does not constitute specialist advice. It should not be relied upon for the purposes of entering into any legal or financial commitments. Specific investment advice should be obtained from a suitably qualified professional before adopting any investment strategy. Whilst we aim to update our site frequently, interest rates change frequently, please contact us to confirm the latest offers. *Note: the home loan with the lowest current interest rate is not necessarily the most suitable for your circumstances, you may not qualify for that particular product, and not all products are available in all states and territories. The comparison rate provided is based on a loan amount of $150,000 and a term of 25 years secured by an owner-occupied residential property. Warning: This Comparison Rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different Comparison Rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the Comparison Rate but may influence the cost of the loan. Whilst we endevour to keep the information on this website up-to-date at all times, interest rates change daily - always confirm the current interest by calling 07 3354 4576 before making any decisions.

How much deposit do I need as a first time buyer?

How much deposit do I need as a first time buyer?

How much deposit will you need as a first time buyer? Throughout Australia it is usual that you will need an absolute minimum of 5% deposit + costs (usually about $3,000 for a first home buyer). Some states do have Government incentives to assist you in getting into your first home such as a stamp duty concession. For a full breakdown of additional fees required, please refer to the costs of buying a house in QLD - please note, most information there is relevent Australia-wide.

The main exceptions to using a 5% deposit as a first time buyer are displayed below. Please note: a 5% deposit refers (in almost all cases) to the purchase price; so when buying a house for $500,000, a 5% deposit would be $25,000.

A 5% deposit home loan is generally available to a first time buyer that:
Has a reliable income from employment.
Is a permanent resident in Australia.
Has the ability to cover the loan repayments any any current liabilities.
Situations where a 5% deposit may not be available to a first home buyer:
If you've been self employed for less than 2 years. Refer to self employed home loan requirements for specific details.
If you have bad credit: generally more than 1 or 2 defaults will require 10% deposit or more.
When buying an usual property: common examples are high density apartments in Brisbane CBD, or properties over 5 acres.
If you don't meet Lenders Mortgage Insurance's criteria, you may require a 20% deposit.
If you are not a permanent resident of Australia.

Can I put in less than a 5% deposit as a first time buyer?

The only option without using a 5% deposit is if you have a parent that will go guarantor on your loan application. For more information on how this is possible, see how a guarantor works.

Is there a benefit to putting in more than a 5% deposit?

Absolutely. If you have the option, a higher deposit will increase your chance of approval, and minimize Lenders Mortgage insurance. Having only a 5% deposit also limits your choice of lenders significantly; having an 8% or 10% deposit will open up your options and often allow you access to cheaper home loan products.

Can I use a gift as my 5% deposit.

Generally, yes. As a first time buyer, a gift as a home loan deposit is fine in most cases. If you're using a gift and have rented through a licenced Real Estate Agent for 12 months, you should be able to a competitive interest rate. If you are using a gift and have not been renting through a Real Estate Agent, there are still options, however they are generally much more expensive.

Need hel figuring out exactly how much deposit you'll need as a first time buyer?

If you found this useful, or need more information, we would love for you to give us a call. We can walk you through the entire process and don't charge any fees (as the banks pay us). 07 3354 4576.

DISCLAIMER: You must not rely on the information in the report as an alternative to financial advice from an appropriately qualified professional. If you have any specific questions about any financial matter you should consult an appropriately qualified professional. We do not represent, warrant, undertake or guarantee that the use of guidance in the report will lead to any particular outcome or result. The content, calculations and opinions contained in this article are of the writer only, and are not necessarily those of Blue Fox Finance.

Last updated: 
15 May, 2018
       Author: 
Zak Avery