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Understanding pre-approval

If this is your first time buying, pre-approval might be a new concept to you. Here’s how it works.

The vast majority of buyers will (at some stage) approach a bank or lender for a home loan. As a buyer, you’ll be asked to provide certain information about your income, etc to prove you can comfortably repay your loan over time. Once your loan is approved, the deal on the house is done and money is exchanged.

In a nutshell, pre-approval means that you’ve spoken to a bank or lender and have provided all the required information, and you’ve been approved to borrow a set amount, if and when you find a property you’re ready to buy.

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What are the advantages to securing pre-approval for a home loan?

1. FOMO

Fear of missing out is never felt so acutely as the moment you lay eyes on the perfect property to suit your needs. Pre-approval lets you take action and lock it down on the spot.

2. Obligation-free

Once you secure pre-approval, you may not find exactly what you’re after in a property for some time. No worries – you can easily renew your pre-approval and continue your search.

3. Pick Me!

If you enter into negotiations with a seller, and they’re weighing up their options between two identical offers, knowing you’re pre-approved may tip the balance in your favour.

How the approval process works

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When you are ready to start searching, contact your local branch or apply online and a lender will contact you. Our lending experts will be able to let you know how much you can borrow, after assessing your income and commitments.

A “Conditional Loan Approval” (subject to valuation) will be issued, and this is a great real estate negotiating tool, as you have already checked your borrowing capacity. It’s worthwhile before you start searching for properties to organise a conveyancer/solicitor.

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Start looking! Once a home is found, simply contact your lender who will confirm your income/commitment details and organise for a valuation to be undertaken on the property.

Once a favourable valuation is received, your loan is sent for approval. Once your loan is approved, the exchange can take place. Settlement is normally around 6 weeks (although can be sooner or later if both parties agree).

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Interest only available
Fixed rates available
Minimum deposit required (without requiring mortgage insurance or a Family Pledge)
20% of purchase price (plus costs)
Maximum loan term
30 years
Parental guarantee available
Property location
NSW, ACT & QLD
Multiple offset accounts
Yes. Available once loan reverts to a variable interest rate.
Free redraw online
Additional repayments
Split loan option
Can be used for land & construction (variable rates only)
Can be used for refinance
Fast refi
Available if self employed
Repayment holiday
Ongoing fee
$395 p.a. Package fee
Interest only available
Fixed rates available
Minimum deposit required (without requiring mortgage insurance or a Family Pledge)
20% of purchase price (plus costs)
Maximum loan term
30 years
Parental guarantee available
Property location
NSW, ACT & QLD
Multiple offset accounts
Free redraw online
Additional repayments
Split loan option
Can be used for land & construction (variable rates only)
Can be used for refinance
Fast refi
Available if self employed
Repayment holiday
Ongoing fee
Interest only available
Fixed rates available
Minimum deposit required (without requiring mortgage insurance or a Family Pledge)
20%-25% dependent on security taken
Maximum loan term
N/A
Parental guarantee available
Property location
NSW, ACT & QLD
Multiple offset accounts
Free redraw online
Additional repayments
Split loan option
Can be used for land & construction (variable rates only)
Can be used for refinance
Fast refi
Available if self employed
Repayment holiday
Ongoing fee
$10 per month
Interest only available
Fixed rates available
Minimum deposit required (without requiring mortgage insurance or a Family Pledge)
20% of purchase price (plus costs)
Maximum loan term
30 years
Parental guarantee available
Property location
NSW, ACT & QLD
Multiple offset accounts
Yes. Available once loan reverts to a variable interest rate.
Free redraw online
Additional repayments
Split loan option
Can be used for land & construction (variable rates only)
Can be used for refinance
Fast refi
Available if self employed
Repayment holiday
Ongoing fee
$395 p.a. Package fee
Interest only available
Fixed rates available
Minimum deposit required (without requiring mortgage insurance or a Family Pledge)
20% of purchase price (plus costs)
Maximum loan term
30 years
Parental guarantee available
Property location
NSW, ACT & QLD
Multiple offset accounts
Free redraw online
Additional repayments
Split loan option
Can be used for land & construction (variable rates only)
Can be used for refinance
Fast refi
Available if self employed
Repayment holiday
Ongoing fee
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~At the end of the fixed rate period customers can chose to re-fix their loan for another fixed rate period or let the loan revert to the applicable variable interest rate based on the loan and repayment type.

^Comparison rate is based on $150,000 over 25 years. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the example given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

#Discounted rates include a discount on Home Loans of $150,000 or over and Home Loans with an LVR 80% or below and apply to new borrowings only. Discounted rate not available for Line of Credit facilities.

+Additional costs may apply if your loan has a fixed rate.

All new interest-only home loans, attract a 0.10% p.a. margin above the applicable Principal and Interest base rate. All new Line of Credit home loans, attract a 0.10% p.a. margin above the applicable Line of Credit base rate. The all-up interest rate which includes any margins, will be set out in your credit contract. View our Terms and Conditions.