How much deposit do I need to buy a house in QLD?
Calculating exactly how much deposit you will need to buy a house in QLD should always be done by a professional, however you can use this guide as a starting point. Most people will only need a 5% deposit + costs (usually about $3,000 for a first home buyer), please refer to the costs of buying a house in QLD.
The main exceptions to using a 5% deposit in QLD are displayed below. Please note: "5%" or "20%" always refers to the purchase price of the property (or valuation if it is lower); so a 5% deposit when buying a $400,000 house would be $20,000.
|A 5% deposit home loan is generally available to:|
|An applicant with a reliable income sufficient to make the loan repayments.|
|Australian Permanent Residents.|
|Full-time, part-time or casual (generally 1 year) employees.|
|Applicants that are self employed need to have been trading for 24 months, or been working as PAYG for 24 months prior to starting their own business.|
|Situations where you would need more than a 5% deposit:|
|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.|
How will contributing a larger home loan deposit benefit me?
Using the minimum allowable deposit is a great option for many people to get into the housing market without saving a large deposit; however, if you have more funds available, there are distinct advantages for using a larger home loan deposit:
- 0% Deposit: Can only be done using equity in a guarantor's property. See how a guarantor works for more information.
- 5% Deposit: The absolute minimum cash deposit required to buy a house in QLD.
- 8% Deposit: To account for the Lenders Mortgage Insurance Premium, most major and second tier banks will require approximately 8% as a deposit. Using an 8% deposit will generally get you a much cheaper interest rate than at 5%.
- 10% Deposit: Some lenders will not lend above 90% of the value of the property (90% LVR). Having a 10% deposit will open these lenders up to you and could mean you get a better deal. Lender's Mortgage Insurance Premiums are also much less with a 10% home loan deposit.
- 15% Deposit: Many banks will accept "non-genuine savings" at 85% LVR, so this is often a good figure if you are using a gift from your parents as a deposit.
- 20% Deposit: The magic number. Whilst some banks will reduce interest rates at lower LVRs, having a 20% deposit will usually get you the best deal out there. You also will not need to pay a Lender's Mortgage Insurance Premium, and will be subject to less strict approval criteria in general.
TLDR; How much deposit do I need in QLD?
Usually 5% of the purchase price. Talk to a Mortgage Broker in QLD to check your eligibility etc. We can do all checks and lodge the application on your behalf and don't charge any fees - if you found this information useful we would really appreciate you giving us a call.
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