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.
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