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Buying your first home - Greater Bank

5 steps to buying your first home

Buying your first home should be one of the most exciting experiences of your life, but you need the right advice to make sure the process runs smoothly.

Buying your first home - Greater Bank

Know your borrowing power

Before you start looking to find the house of your dreams, you should get to know your borrowing power to avoid disappointment.

Source your deposit

Generally you’ll need to have saved a minimum 5% of the purchase price as a deposit. A high-interest savings account, such as The Greater Bank Bonus Saver, is great for accumulating a deposit as it rewards your good saving habits by paying interest rate when you make a deposit and no withdrawals in a given month.

If your parents are happy to give you a hand in providing security for your loan, our Family Pledge option may mean you can reduce, or even eliminate, the deposit amount you need to contribute.

Use our Savings Goal Calculator

Check out our Bonus Saver

Calculate & get pre-approved

Use our borrowing capacity calculator to see how much you could borrow, then simply complete our form and speak with one of our lenders.

Use our Borrowing Power Calculator

Find the house for you

With your borrowing power in mind, you can get out there and see what the real-estate market has to offer!

Be sure that you do your research, identify suburbs that have properties in your price range, and view a number of houses to get a feel for the market.

Did you know: you're able to borrow up to 110% of the property value by asking your family to guarantee the home loan by using their property as security on your mortgage.

Make an offer

When you find a home that matches all your criteria, you are able to make an offer to buy.


Before making your offer get a copy of the contract that you can supply to your solicitor or conveyancer.

Online tools

Using the tools available to you online, check out the recent sale prices of homes in the same area, and if you feel that an asking price is too high, don’t be afraid to start a conversation in the hope of getting a better deal. If you are planning to buy a house at auction, be sure to consult the listed agent for the property to confirm exactly what you will need to bring on the day. This way you will be able to finalise the sale should all go to plan.

Finalise your loan and the sale

Once you have agreed upon a sale price for your first home, you can complete the loan application process.

You should take the time to consider which loan is best for you and your financial situation.


Let our experts do the work

At Greater Bank, our expert lenders will do all the hard work for you, so that you can relax and plan your moving-in day.

What next?

Before you sign and exchange contracts you should also arrange to get a Pest and Building inspection.

Sign your contract

Once your loan is finalised, organise your compulsory home insurance, then you’re all ready to sign your contract. After this, the funds will be transferred and you can complete the sale.

Collect your keys and move in

Congratulations! You are now the owner of your very first home.

You have realised the Australian dream. Now just don’t forget the house-warming party… 🍾

If you feel ready to start a conversation with a lending expert about buying your new home, leave us some details via our enquiry form below!

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People also ask:

A home loan, or as it's often called; a mortgage is an amount of money provided by a lender (typically a bank) to an individual or couple for the purpose of buying a property. 

A home loan can be used to purchase a house or apartment that is already built, buy a property before it's built ('off the plan') or purchase a vacant block of land to build on.

It all boils down to:

  • How quickly you can save, and your desire to be in your first home sooner: So, what is the minimum deposit for a home loan? The figure of 20% being required for a deposit is a common one, but lenders across the country will usually accept a deposit somewhere in the vicinity of 5% to 25%. Of course, if you’re comfortable to wait until you have 20% of your purchase price saved, by all means go for it – you’ll be a more attractive prospect for many lenders. However, if you’re desperate to have your own place sooner, there are options available to you.
  • What your lender will do in terms of a deposit percentage: Different lenders will accept varying deposit amounts when applying for a home loan. For example, at Greater Bank, we’re able to accept deposits as low as 5%, however in situations like this, you may be required to purchase what’s known as Lender’s Mortgage Insurance (LMI). For more on LMI, see below. We also get asked a lot – “Can I get a home loan without a deposit?” and another option that may be open to would-be buyers looking to get into the market sooner is our Family Pledge Loan. In situations where a potential buyer isn’t able to save the full 20% deposit amount, they may be able to use equity in a parent or guarantor’s property to secure their own home loan. For more on our Family Pledge Loan, click here.
  • Whether you’re prepared to accept LMI: LMI is basically a one-off payment you make when you’re unable to save the full 20% deposit amount for your home. It protects the lender in the event you become unable to meet your loan repayments and default on the loan at any point. The amount you pay in LMI is linked to your saved deposit amount – the smaller your deposit percentage, the larger the amount you pay in LMI. The good thing is, however, that at Greater Bank, you are able to include your LMI payment in the total cost of your loan, meaning you can repay it over time in addition to your loan repayments, and get into your new place sooner.

Greater Bank offers a number of ways for customers to kick-start what will surely be one of life’s most exciting experiences – buying a home.

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