Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to buy your first home – this is a hugely exciting step. It can often be slightly overwhelming with lots of different options to choose from – not only in the property that you go for but also in the type of home loan you apply for.
Do as much research as
you can and follow these top tips to help your first home loan application lead
to a successful purchase:
your eligibility: you need to check your credit score, as well as the credit
score of your partner or anyone else you may be buying your home with. This
will help to give you a rough idea of what you can expect to borrow from
lenders and how eligible you are for a home loan application.
your options: you’ll want to take a bit of time to research the home loan
options available. There are so many different variations and each will have a
different rate of interest, features and charges. Understanding a bit about
home loans can help you to decide what will work best for you.
your credit score: there’s a high chance that as a first time home buyer you
may need to improve your credit score. This could involve clearing current
debts, proving to a lender that you are able to pay back loans or simply
showing evidence of a stable address and a regular income.
your down payment: if you’re young and you don't have a significant credit
history to show to a lender, a large down payment could really help your
chances of success with a home loan application. Whatever you can afford to
offer as a down payment will be taken off the amount you’ll need to borrow, and
will lessen the amount that you’ll be paying interest on during the loan term.
carefully: this is really important as you don't want to stretch yourself
financially and end up defaulting on your loan or missing/making late
repayments. This could really damage your credit history for the future and
harm your chances of borrowing again. Do your sums and figure out how much you
can realistically afford to spend on a home loan.
extra costs: a home loan is just the start of your costs. Remember that when
you buy a home you’ll also have legal fees to pay as well as other associated
costs such as renovations or extra construction that you may want to be doing.
Budget all of this into your calculations so you aren’t left with unexpected