Here are the most important things to know before you borrow.


If you’re looking to buy your first home, chances are you’re also looking for your first home loan.


It may seem daunting but it doesn’t need to be. With some useful knowledge and advice and help along the way, you’ll find the right loan, and more importantly, get further towards being able to buy your first home.

More than half of all Australians taking out a mortgage are doing so with the help of a mortgage broker. It’s the smart way to go.
We’re here to tell you what to consider when it comes to your first home loan, and how having a broker onside could benefit you.

Please note, we do not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This guide has been written for general informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. We encourage you to consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisers before engaging in any transaction.

Using a mortgage broker is the smart way to go.


  • We provide real choice, looking to find you the right deal.
  • We work with multiple lenders, not just one – keeping competition alive.
  • We may negotiate a better outcome.
  • We help at a time and place that suits you, doing the legwork for you.
  • Our aim is to save you time and stress, and get things moving as quickly as possible.

Start saving for a deposit.


Most lenders require a deposit of a minimum of 5% of the total loan amount.

There is no time like the present to start stashing your cash for a deposit. The longer you put it off, the harder it can be to develop good savings habits. Unless you win the lottery, inherit or receive some other windfall, it’s a good idea to make some minor adjustments to your lifestyle to watch your savings grow.

Make an honest appraisal of all your living expenses and see where you can shave off some costs. Things like rent and utility bills should be covered first, then assign a budget for lifestyle with your remaining income. You can often make cuts in many aspects of your life. Make lunches to take to work, cut out the daily coffee run and opt for movies nights in instead of big nights out. Once you’ve calculated a realistic savings amount, set up a direct deposit from your pay into a separate savings account with no card access. That way you won’t be tempted by ATM withdrawals or EFTPOS purchases. It will be satisfying to watch your nest egg grow, knowing your homemade lunches and big nights in will eventually reap financial rewards.

Additional costs to consider


You’ll also need to cover the cost of Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance (LMI), if your loan amount is more than 80% of the value of the property.

Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance is a one-off insurance payment charged by lenders to those borrowers who are considered a higher financial risk; those borrowing more than 80%. Your risk is determined by your loan to value ratio (LVR), which is the amount you wish to borrow divided by the lender’s valuation of the property you wish to buy. Although LMI can add several thousand dollars
to property purchase costs, many borrowers consider it a worthy investment to help secure a loan with a lower deposit. We can give you an LMI estimate based on your financial situation before deciding how much you need for your deposit.

” Remember the

extra costs. “


As well as a deposit, you’ll also need to have enough saved to pay for stamp duty and conveyancing or legal fees associated with the purchase of the property.

Have us onside as your mortgage broker.


When it comes to buying your first home it’s a good idea to speak to a mortgage broker like us first – even before you speak with an agent, or get too far down the track.

Not only is a broker a wealth of information and advice, we’ll also help you find the right loan, and aim to make the whole application and approval process much easier.

The first thing we will do is catch up and chat about your needs and goals. We can then give you a realistic idea of your borrowing potential and can also start the ball rolling to find the loan that suits you. So when you find the right place, we can work on sorting out your finance as quickly as possible.

There are literally hundreds and hundreds of different loan products for you to choose from. It’s just a matter of helping you finding the right one.

As your broker, we will look for a loan that suits you and your circumstances. With access to multiple lenders and an array of different loan products, we stay up-to-date with changes within the market and new products from the lenders as they come online.

The best thing is, while you’re saving for your deposit, we are working for you to give you the peace of mind that you’re in the right deal.

Once you know what you can borrow, have found a house, and have chosen a loan, we take care of the application process, taking all the headaches and stress away.

Why not go straight to a bank?

Of course you can go to a bank, but this can be trickier than it sounds.


Firstly, which one do you choose? Which of their products is right for you? And what about other lenders, building societies and credit unions?

Australia is indeed the lucky country. We are blessed for choice when it comes to the amount of competition that exists when
it comes to the mortgage market. With so many lenders, and so many products under each of their brands, it’s important you make the most of this regarding who and what you choose when it comes to your home loan.

There are a lot of options out there and, with regularly moving interest rates and new products, it’s an ever-changing market. And let’s not forget that if you’re a first homebuyer, you’re probably very new to this.

That’s why a broker makes sense. We do this everyday. We know the lenders, their products and policies and we keep up-to-date with changes. We help choose what’s right for you.

Banks enjoy working with brokers, as we do a lot of the banks’ work for them and making their jobs much easier and may help speed up the application process and get you the top-notch customer service you deserve.

In the simplest terms, having a broker in your corner makes finding the right loan easier and can save you time and, hopefully, money.

How much can you afford?


The first thing we will do is work out your borrowing potential.


You may have a dream home in mind but first you need to know if you can afford it. There are many factors that will influence your decision around what to buy and where – proximity to work and family and your stage of life are just a few – but the single biggest decider is nearly always what you can afford.

It’s really a case of looking at the big picture and working your way back from there. Consider your household income and what you realistically can afford in loan repayments, taking into account all of your expenses (even coffees and lunches).

As a guide a mortgage calculator can be a great place to start, but it won’t take into account all of your personal circumstances or eligibility for a loan. Talking to us will give you a much more accurate idea of what you can afford. We can look to obtain pre approval from a lender so you can put an offer on a home when you find the one you like. Of course, even with a pre approval a subject to finance clause is an important protection.