Getting a Home Loan


When it comes to getting a home loan, the process can seem daunting - especially if this is your first application.

However, by being aware of the home loan application process - and the documents and information you may be asked to provide along the way - you can ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible.

Research and pre-approval

The first thing you will want to do is research the type of rates available from different lenders. Home loans can differ significantly and you will want to factor several considerations - including fixed or variable rates, payment plans and other terms and conditions - into your final decision.

You will also want to set yourself a budget and determine the amount of money you need to borrow. Getting pre-approved for this amount could be a wise idea if you are still shopping around for the perfect property. Pre-approvals tend to last for up to three months and can help you move more quickly once you have found the perfect property.

Documentation you may need

During this application process, you will be asked for several pieces of documentation. This includes showing that you have enough savings to cover the deposit on your property and other fees that may be applicable.

If you are self-employed, you may be asked to show tax returns and other financial information from the past two years, while anyone who is employed will need to show evidence of their payslips.

Finding the perfect property

Buying a property is a long-term investment and is not a decision to be taken lightly.

You will want to consider factors including location, age of the property, size of the unit or house and your own long-term plans - for example, you may be looking for a home for a growing family or downsizing after adult children have flown the nest.

Once you have found a home that appears to tick all the boxes, you will need to ensure the relevant checks are carried out - including building and pest inspections, as well as any relevant body corporation checks. A conveyancer should also be hired to check over the contract and other important documents, suck as the Land Information Memorandum (LIM) report .

Making your purchase

Depending on whether you are planning to buy at auction or make an offer on a property, you will find there are some slight differences in the transaction process.

If you are buying at auction, you will usually be required to pay a 10 percent deposit at the moment the hammer falls. Your deposit is then held in trust by the agent - in a non interest bearing trust account.

Processing your loan

At all stages of this process, it is important to ensure your lender remains informed - they will be able to process your loan more quickly if they are aware of all the details.

This information includes the contact details of your solicitor or conveyancer, real estate agent and vendor, as well as a copy of the contract of sale.

Depending on the conditions of your agreement, once a valuation has been carried out (if required) and all the other documents have been received and processed, your lender will grant formal approval on your loan and the documents will be sent to you.

At this time, you will need to sign these documents and return them. Your solicitor or conveyancer will then liaise with your lender until the loan settles.

More interesting resources you might like...

Different Types of Home Loans
Different Types of Home Loans
There are different types of Home Loans to consider when purchasing or refinancing. In this guide we provide you with an overview of common options.
Read more
Finance and Home Loans FAQs
Finance and Home Loans FAQs
An important thing to consider when looking to buy real estate, is how will you finance your purchase? Find out answers to commonly asked questions on Home Loans to help you with your research.
Read more
Buying Resources
LJ Hooker have been helping people for over 90 years. Tap into our expertise with our library of buying resources.
Read more