Buying your first home

As a first home buyer you don't have to be an expert in buying property. Let us help guide you through the process.

Buying your first home is exciting and one of the biggest financial decisions you’ll ever make. At Heritage, we're passionate about helping people through the journey of purchasing their first home. We understand there are a lot of areas you may need help with to ensure you get the loan and home that are right for you.

To ensure the road to buying your first home is a happy and confident one, it really does pay to make sure you have the financial side of things squared away. This means not just a fantastic home loan rate, but also advice from people who are passionate about helping you through this journey.

Click here to find out the top 4 things you’ll need before buying your first home. And don’t forget to look into your eligibility for the Government's First Home Owner Grant which has recently increased in Queensland. If you are eligible, this grant, plus a great home loan from Heritage, might help you get into your new home sooner.

If you're struggling to save your home deposit, think about asking your family for help. Heritage has recently introduced a Family Guarantee Loan which can help you buy your first home sooner. Plus, the Heritage Family Guarantee loan allows eligible first home buyers to access up to an additional $50,000 cash out for home improvements. So you can renovate your first home and turn it into your dream home. Click here to learn more about how a family guarantee works and whether you are eligible.

Be prepared

How much can I borrow?

How much money you can borrow to buy your first home will depend on a number of things. This includes your financial situation and the type of property you are wanting to purchase.

How much will I need for a deposit?

The minimum deposit depends on the type of loan. As a guide it helps to save at least about 20% of the property’s value, plus a bit extra for other costs. If you’re borrowing more than 80% of the property’s value, your lender may require you to pay Lender's Mortgage Insurance. The more you have for a deposit, the less interest you will pay. 

What would my repayments be?

To find out what your repayments could be, use our home loan repayments calculator. This calculator helps you to estimate the true cost of your mortgage, including stamp duty, rates, insurance, maintenance and more. 

Knowing the cost

How much will I need up front?

There are a number of costs associated with purchasing a property. It’s important to understand these costs and how they might impact your repayments and your overall budget.

  • Stamp Duty
  • Settlement fees
  • Home loan application fee
  • Mortgage registration fee
  • Legal fees
  • Insurance
  • Moving costs
  • Utility connection
  • Inspection costs
  • Council rates
  • Strata fees
  • Maintenance
Lender's Mortgage Insurance (LMI) protects lenders should their customer default on their repayments. Whether you pay LMI and how much depends on your loan to value ratio. 
The LVR is the loan amount as a percentage of the value of the property. If you want to borrow $450,000 to buy a property valued at $500,000, that’s an LVR of 90%. All home loans have a maximum LVR. 
How to save for a house deposit

The bigger the deposit you can save, will mean the less money you have to borrow to buy a property. The amount you borrow has a direct impact on the amount of interest you pay. Between cutting back on general spending, sticking to a budget, and ensuring your savings are kept in the best account, there are lots of ways you can help save for a house deposit. 
Family Guarantee Loan
If you’re struggling to save for a home deposit the Heritage Family Guarantee Loan could help.
Let us help you with your saving goals via one of our savings or transaction accounts.
100% Offset Account

Take a look at our Mortgage Crusher account that offers 100% offset with convenient access to your money. 

What is a fixed interest rate loan?

A fixed rate loan allows you to lock an interest rate for a fixed period of time. It helps safeguard you against any changes to interest rates, making it easier to know exactly what repayments will be for the fixed period. A disadvantage could be that you won’t benefit from any decrease to interest rates, and breaking the fixed term may incur a cost.

What is a variable interest rate loan?

A variable rate loan means the interest you pay can go up and down in response to changes in the Reserve Bank of Australia cash rate, or changes made by the credit provider. The advantages and disadvantages of a variable rate are pretty simple – if the rate goes down, you’ll be paying less, if it goes up, you’ll be paying more. 

What is pre-approval?

Heritage offers a formal pre-approval process to help give you some peace of mind when you’re wanting to make an offer on a property. Visit your local branch or phone 13 14 22 to find out if you qualify for a pre-approval.

How do I apply for a Home Loan?

Download our handy Application Checklist to make sure you’ve got what you need.

Start your application online now, call 13 14 22, or visit your nearest branch to get the ball rolling.

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