Before you start looking for your perfect home, find out if you qualify for the necessary funds with a home loan pre-approval calculator.
Getting pre-approval for a home loan is one of the first big steps to owning your very own home. Pre-approval can give you far more bidding power and confidence when making an offer. Calculate your borrowing power
A number of factors go into home loan pre-approval. Lenders will take into account your income, your assets, your liabilities and the size of your deposit when assessing whether or not to pre-approve you for a home loan. While each lender has their own set of criteria, entering your income and expenses into the calculator above can give you a good idea of the size of loan you're likely to be approved for.
Why is it important to determine your home loan eligibility?
Pre-approval will give you the confidence to make an offer on a property knowing that your financial situation has been reviewed and an independent party thinks you can afford the property. If you don’t qualify for pre-approval, take it as an opportunity to review your borrowing amount or other conditions which may have affected your application.
What home loan can you afford?
The extra costs that pop up while buying a home can be surprising. Government taxes and bank fees can hit hard, and eat away at the size of your deposit.
One of the first things most people decide about their home loan is whether to go with a fixed or variable interest rate. A variable interest rate home loan can let you take advantage of favourable market conditions, as variable interest rates will fluctuate with market conditions and the official cash rate set by the Reserve Bank.
With a fixed rate loan, you will always know exactly how much your monthly repayments will be, which can make it easier to plan your budget.
You need to consider the rates as well as the other features of a home loan to determine whether the product will be suitable for your borrowing needs.
Lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) may be applicable if you've saved less than a 20% deposit. The cost of this insurance can run into the tens of thousands. One way to avoid it might be to ask a family member to act as guarantor. Some lenders will allow you to capitalise LMI onto your home loan, although this will increase your repayments and interest as it is considered part of your principal.
Stamp duty is another upfront fee you’ll have to pay. The amount will vary depending on the price of the property you buy, and which state or territory you live in.
Once you have counted in all of the extra fees and charges and the deposit, calculate the cost of your monthly repayments. This amount will determine your ongoing ability to keep up with your home loan, and can give you a good indication of your chances of pre-approval.