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Buying your first home can be a daunting experience. Let us help you with our step by step guide that provides you with handy resources for whatever stage of the first home buying process you’re at.
Preparing to buy
Take the first steps towards buying your first home by understanding your financial situation and how much you can afford.
Once you’ve worked out how much you can afford, you can then work out how much you can borrow and whether it fits within your budget. It is also worth thinking about where your career is headed and your plans for the future. These could all have a significant impact on your budget, both now and in the future.
Stamp Duty is a state government charge payable both on the purchase price of your home and/or the value of your mortgage. The amount payable varies between states and territories. Use our handy Stamp Duty Calculator to understand how much you might need to pay.
Lenders Mortgage Insurance
If you borrow more than 80% of the value of the property you're buying, you will need to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI). This insures your lender (not you, the borrower) against non-payment or default. By protecting your lender against default, LMI allows you to borrow with lower deposits. Your lender will organise LMI on your behalf, so it's not something you need to shop around for.
There are a number of other expenses that you might need to take into account like moving costs, inspection costs, legal fees and loan application fees.
Looking for the right property for you
Once you’ve taken the time to understand your financial situation, it’s time to start thinking about what type of property you’re interested in buying and what the repayment options are.
Calculate your repayments
If you have a specific property or price range, use our simple repayment calculator to understand how much your monthly repayments will be.
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