Borrowing power calculator

How much can I borrow calculator

Get an estimate of how much you can borrow

A borrowing power calculator should be used before even searching for a property to give you an idea of how much you can afford to spend.

All you need to do is enter in your income, expenses and other financial commitments, as well as some loan details and you'll get an estimate of your borrowing power. You can also discuss the results with a qualified mortgage broker to get more information and to find out about other loan options.

This calculator doesn't give a result based on your deposit size. This is because lenders decide how much to lend you based on a range of factors.

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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comp Rate^ (p.a.) Application Fee Ongoing Fees Max LVR Monthly Payment Short Description
3.69%
4.86%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
A special rate for first home buyers buying residential property and borrowing over $150K. 350K NAB Rewards Points offer available. Terms and conditions apply.
3.64%
3.66%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A basic home loan with a competitive rate and low fees.
3.58%
3.59%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A competitive variable rate product with low fees offered by a 100% online lender.
3.62%
3.62%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A discounted, competitive variable rate loan with limited fees.
3.64%
3.66%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A home loan with a competitive variable rate, limited fees and plenty of flexibility.
3.64%
3.67%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A low rate home loan with no ongoing fees.
3.54%
3.56%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
For new home buyers only. No refinance option. A low interest variable home loan with no application fee and free redraws. Offer ends 2 January.
3.65%
3.66%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
A competitive variable rate home loan with no application fee.
3.69%
3.69%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
A special limited time offer for owner occupiers. An IMB Transaction Account must be opened with this loan.
3.99%
4.62%
$395
$0 p.a.
80%
Fix your interest rate and pay principal and interest repayments on your investment.
3.69%
4.01%
$0
$299 p.a.
95%
A loan with no application fee and borrow up to 95% LVR.
3.44%
3.45%
$440
$0 p.a.
80%
This variable loan has a sharp rate, low fees, flexible repayment options and an offset account. This loan is available for PAYG borrowers only.
4.14%
4.14%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
An investment home loan with competitive rate and 100% offset account.
3.74%
3.74%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Pay no application fee or ongoing fees with this loan.
3.68%
3.83%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
A low interest rate home loan that allows borrowers to borrow up to 80% of the property value.
4.64%
4.01%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Enjoy a fast application process and flexible repayment options with this fixed rate investment loan.
3.64%
3.64%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
A low-rate basic home loan requiring a 30% deposit.
4.09%
4.11%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Access a fee-free offset account and a special interest rate for investors.
4.79%
5.44%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
Package your 4-year fixed rate investment loan and pay no application fees.
3.99%
4.00%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A low-fee variable rate investor loan with a fast online application process.
3.64%
4.03%
$0
$395 p.a.
80%
Apply for a new owner occupier loan or refinance from another lender and receive this discounted rate.
3.65%
4.84%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
A 2 years fixed platinum package that has $0 application and a loan redraw facility.
3.65%
4.19%
$500
$0 p.a.
95%
Get a discounted fixed interest rate for the first 12 months while you settle into your new loan.
3.79%
4.11%
$0
$299 p.a.
80%
A fully featured home loan with an offset account and discounts available.
3.72%
3.74%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Take advantage of a 100% offset account along with no annual or application fees.
3.72%
3.75%
$600
$0 p.a.
80%
A maximum 80% LVR home loan with no ongoing service fees and a linked transaction account.
3.94%
4.88%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Enjoy a low interest rate and borrow up to 90% (with LMI) of your property's value.
3.69%
4.15%
$395
$0 p.a.
80%
A one year fixed rate offer with no ongoing bank fees.
3.97%
4.02%
$445
$0 p.a.
90%
Get a competitive rate without features you may not use.
3.99%
4.02%
$600
$0 p.a.
90%
Take advantage of a 0.60% discount on your rate, a 100% offset account and no ongoing fees.
4.09%
4.11%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A low variable rate loan with no application or ongoing fees.
3.85%
4.18%
$500
$0 p.a.
95%
Apply for Easy Street fixed rate home loans and get a competitive loan with a fixed interest rate.
3.96%
3.98%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Take advantage of a redraw facility, competitive variable rate and no application or settlement fees for a limited time.
3.72%
4.19%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Enjoy a variable 3 year introductory rate with the Bankwest Equaliser Home Loan.
3.84%
4.83%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
Get a competitive 2-year fixed rate with no application or ongoing fees.
3.88%
4.89%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
A fixed rate package with flexible repayment options. 350K NAB Rewards Points offer available. Terms and conditions apply.
4.04%
4.07%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Access the equity in your home with a competitive interest-only rate and no application fee.
3.97%
3.97%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
A competitive variable rate home loan with no ongoing fees.
3.73%
3.73%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
A special low variable rate for owner occupiers with 100% offset account and no application or ongoing fees.
$0
$0 p.a.
A basic low-rate home loan that still offers some useful features.
3.74%
3.74%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
A low rate home loan with no application or ongoing fees. Note that to be eligible for this loan you must be QLD resident.
4.19%
4.19%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Access to redraw facility and offset account without the annual fee.
3.68%
3.69%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
A no frills loan with a competitive rate and a maximum LVR of 95%.
3.64%
3.78%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
A competitive variable rate home loan with flexible features. You can earn 30,000 Velocity Points for every $100k you borrow (for a limited time, subject to eligibility requirements).
3.87%
3.92%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
A low rate variable home loan offer with no monthly fees or application fee charge.
3.87%
3.87%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
Get a competitive interest rate for 3 years and a discounted variable rate when the fixed period ends.
3.69%
3.69%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
Enjoy a low variable rate with no application and ongoing fees.
3.79%
3.80%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A competitive rate with no ongoing monthly fees or application fees.
3.99%
4.03%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
Enjoy a basic home loan with a high LVR and no application or ongoing fees.
3.85%
4.95%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
A discounted package rate for owner occupiers with the ability to package a Qantas rewards earning Amplify credit card. $1,500 cashback available for refinancers. Conditions apply.
3.99%
4.99%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
A package home loan with fee free extra repayments available during the fixed term.
4.39%
5.42%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
95%
Lock in a competitive fixed rate for 3 years.
3.69%
4.03%
$0
$299 p.a.
80%
Enjoy a low variable rate with no application fee.
3.59%
4.42%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
This competitive introductory rate is a limited time offer for new owner-occupiers
3.68%
3.69%
$600
$0 p.a.
90%
Get a low variable rate along with some important basic features.

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How to use the home loan borrowing power calculator

Income details

One of the first factors your potential lender will look at when evaluating how much you can borrow, in addition to your deposit, is your income. Your income will dictate how much you can repay off your loan each month, so they'll want to know if your income can meet the repayments for the size of loan you want. To find out how much your repayments would be on a particular loan size use our repayment calculator.

Your potential lender will ask you the following types of questions in regards to your income:

  • How much of your income have you been able to save?
  • Has your income increased or decreased?
  • What are your ongoing financial commitments?

If you're married or buying your home with your partner, the household income factor rises, and in turn so does the probable amount you can borrow. While this may seem great, remember there are still situations you must plan for, such as if one of you loses your job or if you decide to have children.

Proof of your ability to save is particularly important if you're buying your first home. If you're a first home buyer you may be entitled to the First Home Owners Grant (FHOG).

A good savings history will also tell a potential lender that you're likely to be able to keep up with regular repayments. If you already have a home loan and want to refinance, a savings pattern may not be so important because your potential lender will have your loan repayment history to assist them in their decision.

Before you go on, note that in addition to finding out how much you can borrow, you should work out how much you should borrow.

Debts and expenses

Your debts and what you spend each month are as important as your deposit, income and savings. When you want to work out how much to borrow you need to consider any financial commitments and debts you regularly put your income towards to find out if your income is still sufficient to make your repayments.

Borrowing power debts-and-expenses

Before meeting with your lender to discuss how much you can borrow, make a determined attempt to get rid of all the outstanding debts that you can, and if possible get rid of any credit cards you don't need. Go into discussions with your potential lender with as little financial baggage as you can and you're likely to be rewarded with increased borrowing capacity.

Some debts or expenses may decrease the amount you can borrow or even cause your loan application to be rejected. In addition to what's been discussed above, these may include:

  • Payment history: Do you pay on time? This is a determining factor in loan approval. Payment history includes credit cards, bills, car loans, mortgages and loans of all types. Bankruptcy is also taken into consideration.
  • Outstanding debt: Most people have debt, but the lender wants to know how much you have. Outstanding balances for credit cards, personal loans, car loans and mortgages will determine a how much a lender thinks you should be able to borrow. It's important to note that your overall credit card limit will be used to asses your current level of outstanding debt - this is your entire credit limit, not just what you have used.
  • Debt to income: The classic ratio of what you owe to what you make. This ratio is used to determine your ability to pay your current debt and possible future debt if you are approved for any loans or mortgages. Child care costs and children in general can sometimes reduce your borrowing power.
  • Credit history: How long have you had credit? The length and usage of your accounts are taken into account. Not only does this show items like foreclosures and bankruptcies but also shows attempts at repaying debt. Loan processors use this to try and determine how reliable you are to pay back the loans.
  • Applications for new credit: Each time you apply for credit it's noted in your credit history and lenders will look at this.

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Loan type and term

The type of loan you choose, as well as the term you plan to keep it for, also has a bearing on your borrowing power.

A loan with minimal features, that has low fees and has a low interest rate might mean your repayments are lower and therefore could mean you can borrow more. If you plan to pay off your loan in 30 years as opposed to 25 years this will also lower your repayments.

On the other hand a shorter loan term could save you thousands of dollars in interest but increase your repayments. When you meet with your potential lender or mortgage broker make sure you discuss the different options available.

Before you apply for a home loan, get your finances in order. Being prepared not only increases your chances of being approved, but also of you borrowing the amount you want. Regardless of how much your lender decides to lend you, work out if the loan suits you and your situation, what features it offers you and if you could still comfortably afford your repayments if interest rates increased.

Deposit size - what is a loan-to-value ratio (LVR)?

While it's not in the calculator, your deposit will also make up a big part of how much you're able to borrow.

One of the ways a potential borrower can demonstrate their ability to make repayments is through their deposit size. A large deposit demonstrates you've been able to save regardless of your expenses. This means the amount a lender will let you borrow depends on how large your deposit is in relation to the value of the property, otherwise known as an LVR.

An LVR is shown as a percentage and is worked out by dividing the loan size you require by the value of the property. Look below to find out how to work out what your LVR would be.

LVR Example

Chad is looking at purchasing a $400,000 home. He's got a deposit of $40,000 saved up and is ready to go. To work out his LVR, he first needs to find out how much he'll need to borrow. To do this Chad needs to subtract the deposit he's saved from the value of the property he wishes to buy.

how to calculate how much you need to borrow

Next, he needs to divide this amount by the value of the property and then multiply it by 100.

how to calculate your LVR

This means Chad's LVR would likely be 90%.

Lenders generally set the maximum LVR at 95% or lower. That's the most they will lend out, unless you're able to get a family guarantee, in which case you can sometimes borrow as much as 100%. If you're self employed and want to take out a loan with low documentation requirements a lender may require an LVR of 60% – that is you need a deposit of 40% of the value of the property.

If you're not self employed, have a good credit history and opt to pay for lenders mortgage insurance (LMI), then you may be able to take out a loan with an LVR of 95%, meaning you only need a 5% deposit.

Remember that you also need to account for other costs when purchasing a home, which can include:

  • Stamp duty
  • Legal fees
  • Building/pest inspections
  • Home insurance
  • Repair fees
  • Maintenance fees
  • Loan feature fees for facilities such as redraw

These may not make up your LVR but you should get acquainted with different types of fees and how much they may cost you.

Marc Terrano

Marc Terrano is a content marketer manager at finder. He's been writing and publishing personal finance content for over five years and loves to help Australians get a better deal.

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    choOctober 6, 2017

    I want to borrow $260,000 to buy a house. I am an existing home owner who will be using equity.

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    DeniceMarch 22, 2017

    I have ignorantly applied for lots of credit cards which offer enticements like frequent flyer bonus points not realising that this has affected my once excellent credit rating.how can i restore it.? I did not know by doing what i did was to be detrimental as have never not fulfilled my payment obligations nor been behind or bankrupt etc..it seems so unfair.please help!!

    • Staff
      MayMarch 22, 2017Staff

      Hi Denice,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m sorry to hear about the enquiries on your file. Unfortunately, several enquiries on your file made by a credit provider can negatively impact your credit rating and that will stay on your credit file for five years. Basically, the only details or enquiries that can be removed from your credit file are those that are incorrect or erroneous.

      On this page, you can find a step by step guide on how you can possibly remove those enquiries that you think are incorrect.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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    mymboFebruary 17, 2017

    lets assume that my gross income is $450 usd and i want to borrow some money or get a loan of which i have a minimum of 3 dependents how much do you advise me to borrow ?

    • Staff
      AnndyFebruary 22, 2017Staff

      Hi Mymbo,

      Thanks for your question.

      Please note that the borrowing calculator above is applicable to Australian residents.

      Moreover, we can’t give an estimate as to how much you should or you could borrow because the lenders normally decide how much to lend based on a number of factors and not just your gross income.

      You may check and compare personal loans on this page. When you click the ‘go to site’ button, you’ll be redirected to the lender’s website where you can request for a quote.

      Please make sure that you’ve read the relevant T&Cs or PDS of the loan products before making a decision and consider whether the product is right for you.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    adeleJanuary 19, 2017

    If my limit on my loan is 110k, redraw amount 60k and balance 50k. repayments based on 110k. can i use redraw to pay balance of 50k

    • Staff
      MayJanuary 19, 2017Staff

      Hi Adele,

      Thanks for your question.

      Usually, you are allowed to access your redraw facility in the case of an emergency. I would suggest that you contact your lender if they would allow you to use the funds on your redraw for paying off your $50,000 loan balance.

      Cheers,
      May

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    NevilleSeptember 19, 2016

    Does my age play a part in my borrowing ability im 53

    • Staff
      MaySeptember 21, 2016Staff

      Hi Nev46,

      Thank you for your question. You’ve reached finder.com.au we are a financial comparison website and general information service we are not mortgage specialists so can only offer general advice.

      In Australia, lenders are not actually allowed to discriminate borrowers based on age. Australia’s anti-discrimination legislation, i.e. Age Discrimination Act 2004 and National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009, prevents lenders from discriminating against mortgage applicants due to their age.

      However, lenders would also like to make sure that you meet the general lending criteria, that is you can comfortably afford to repay the loan without having financial difficulties. So, the older you are, the more it might be difficult for you get a mortgage approval. Usually, lenders would limit the age requirements from 65 to 75 years.

      Cheers,
      May

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    shainaSeptember 13, 2016

    a has 1000000 savings deposit with the phil. national bank. One day a borrowed 200000 from the bank. without asking permission from a, the bank subtracted the 200000 from a’s account , leaving a balance of 800000 in a’s favor. Is the bank’s action proper?

    • Staff
      AnndySeptember 14, 2016Staff

      Hi Shaina,

      Thanks for your question.

      Please note that we are an Australian financial comparison and information website. As such, we can’t provide specific advice for your situation.

      If the terms and conditions of the loan clearly state that the bank can deduct the balance of the loan from their client’s existing account, then the bank’s action is acceptable. It would be best if the person concerned will directly get in touch with the bank and confirm this.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    FrancoNovember 13, 2015

    Very useful! With this calculator, I can do the entire math in just some minutes. Brilliant!

    • Staff
      MarcNovember 13, 2015Staff

      I’m glad you found it useful Franco! We’ve got many more calculators here if you’re interested.

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    ScottJuly 13, 2015

    howdy. just seeing if you could recommend a good lender for us. I am full time employed on about 50k a year, boss supplies car and pays for my phone. my partner is a contract teacher

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    DebbieMay 20, 2015

    whats the average interest rate at the moment for discharged bankrupt

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    DebbieMay 15, 2015

    Is untaxed income ie. family assistance and/or child support payments>

    • Staff
      JodieMay 28, 2015Staff

      Hi Debbie,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.com.au, a financial comparison website.

      Please contact the ATO directly to find out what is considered untaxed income, if you receive income that you are aware that you do not pay tax on you can add this to the untaxed income field or if you are unsure you may wish to leave this income out of the calculations or you can contact a mortgage broker to discuss the possibilities.

      Regards
      Jodie

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