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Are there special home loans for public servants?

The Australian Public Service is one of the country’s largest employers. With public servants typically earning more on average than most others many home loan lenders count public servants among those professionals more likely to repay their loans.

However, lenders don't offer any specific loans for public servants. Many bureaucrats also aren’t in the high-income bracket which means they may not meet the minimum annual income threshold to qualify for special discounts. Top-level public servants, on the other hand, can earn a much higher salary than those working at the middle and lower levels and may be eligible for such discounts.

What home loan discounts are available for public servants?

If you’re one of the over 2 million public servants in Australia chances are you’re working in the Commonwealth public service, a state or territory government department, or a local council. Public service jobs range from topmost level roles like an executive agency head or a departmental secretary in the Government of Australia to lower-level roles such as research scientist, medical professional or meat inspector. What you earn as a public servant can vary greatly with your specific role. Your income in turn affects the kind of deals you can expect from home loan lenders.

Suppose you make over $200,000 a year, which may be more than twice the median wage for a public servant but is not uncommon. Add to this, public servants are usually seen as borrowers posing a lower risk of failing to repay their loans. In this instance, lenders may offer you the same discounted interest rates offered to other high-income professionals such as doctors. The exact discount can depend on other factors, such as the amount you plan to borrow. 

For instance, some lenders offer professionals seen as low-risk borrowers an interest rate that is at least 1 per cent lower than their standard variable rate (SVR), irrespective of the loan amount. So if you borrow over $1,000,000, you could get a rate that is as much as 1.5 per cent lower than the SVR. Don’t forget that your credit rating can affect the amount you can borrow or even whether your loan application will be approved, so check it often.

Even if you don’t earn over $200,000, lenders may offer you attractive options based on the amount you’re borrowing. For instance, if you’re in line for a promotion that means a  pay increase, you may feel confident about buying a home that seems expensive based on your current income. If you can show a lender that such a change in your financial situation will mean you can repay the larger loan. It may even mean you would be eligible for discounts given to those borrowing higher amounts such as $500,000 or more. And since the public service comprises a range of professions, lenders will probably look at your exact job profile when verifying your income. For instance, you could be a solicitor in government service, and your income may not be as high as that of a solicitor in private practice. For this reason, lenders may not offer you the same deals.

What options do public servants have if they don’t qualify for home loan discounts?

Apart from the discounts offered by lenders, you should consider checking if you’re eligible for government grants such as the Commonwealth HomeBuilder Grant. While this grant doesn’t provide a large amount, it can lower the amount you need to borrow and, consequently, the cost of your home loan. 

The HomeBuilder grant, which is among the Australian government’s economic responses to the Coronavirus pandemic, offers $25,000 to eligible borrowers. This amount could be used to either buy a new home or significantly renovate your current one. However, your home must be worth $750,000 or less or if renovating the cost of renovation needs to be between $150,000 and $750,000. The eligibility criteria for the HomeBuilder grant can vary depending on your location. Still, you need to have signed your home buying agreement or contract for renovation between 4 June 2020 and 31 December 2020. 

In most states and territories, you may be eligible for the HomeBuilder grant as an individual if your taxable income was below $125,000 in either 2018-19 or 2019-2020 financial years. If you’re in a couple, you and your partner may be eligible to apply for the grant if you together earned less than $200,000 in either of those financial years. Consider checking your state’s revenue department webpage for more details on qualifying for the HomeBuilder grant. You can also check whether your state offers its grant complementing the Commonwealth one.

You can also check if your state or territory offers grants or concessions to first-time homeowners such as the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG) or the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS). In Tasmania, for instance, eligible individuals can get an FHOG worth as much as $20,000. Tasmania also offers eligible first-time homeowners a 50 per cent concession on property transfer duty if they buy a home that’s value doesn’t exceed $400,000. Check what your state or territory offers by checking their revenue website.

The FHLDS, on the other hand, is a scheme which allows eligible home loan applicants to pay a deposit as low as 5% without paying for Lender’s Mortgage Insurance (LMI), rather than the  20% stipulated by lenders. As part of the scheme, the government acts as a limited guarantor for the home loan. And if approved, they underwrite as much as 15 per cent of the value of the property. This scheme, however, is only available through a limited number of lenders, and you may not qualify if you have savings that cover 20 per cent of your home’s value. This scheme is also only open to individuals making less than $125,000 and couples with a total income below $200,000.

Are there limits on how large a home loan public servants can borrow?

While lenders may relax some home loan terms for public servants, the amount they are willing to lend still depends entirely on the applicant’s borrowing power and the lender’s relevant policies. Even if you’re a reasonably well-to-do government employee, you may not be allowed to borrow more than five times your annual income. Again, lenders will seek to verify and estimate your income based on your recent tax returns. As a public servant, you may also need to check if service rules affect the amount of debt you can take on, compared to your earnings.

Many lenders may also restrict your home loan amount to no more than 80% of the value of the home you’re planning to buy. If you want to borrow more than 80%, lenders may ask you to pay for LMI, which allows them to recover any losses they incur if you fail to pay your home loan back. The only exception to this rule will be if you’re applying to a lender offering the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, provided you qualify.

You also need to consider your financial circumstances and other debts which will affect your borrowing power.

For instance, lenders may look at your spending patterns to calculate the amount you can reasonably set aside every month or week for repaying the loan. Suppose you have a credit card and are currently also paying off a car loan. This can suggest to a lender that you can’t afford to make any large repayments, at least not until your credit card debt or your car loan is paid off in full. Accordingly, the lender may recommend that you borrow a smaller amount.

How can public servants get cheaper home loans?

As a public servant, you may find yourself not earning enough to qualify for interest rate discounts but earning more than the $125,000 income cut off for most government grants. In such cases, your only option may be to try and bring down the costs of your home loan. For instance, if you can put up a 20% deposit, borrowing the remaining 80% may only require you to pay the lender’s standard variable rate as interest. You won’t have to pay for LMI either. 

If you’re new in your job as a public servant, you can check if lenders will offer you a guarantor home loan, provided someone in your family can guarantee the loan will be repaid. If you qualify for a guarantor loan, you may be able to borrow more than 80%, without needing to pay for LMI or a higher interest rate. You can compare home loan offers online to see which lender may offer you the lowest rate, or consult a mortgage broker about finding a suitable lender. 

An alternative may be to find a lender offering a home loan with a fixed interest rate. This can help you plan your home loan repayments more easily, and keep them steady. However, you may lose out on savings you can make with a variable interest rate which can decrease if the home loan market slows down. If you decide to switch between a fixed and variable rate lenders may charge an additional fee. Especially if you choose to switch from a fixed rate before the fixed period has ended.

If you’re applying for a home loan when you’re anticipating a promotion or a pay rise, you may be tempted to go for an interest-only home loan, which then reverts to larger payments at a later time. This may not be the right option if your ability to repay in the future is affected by adverse circumstances. For instance, public servants’ salaries were frozen this year to keep government expenses low during the Coronavirus pandemic. If you were paying off an interest-only home loan and waiting for a pay rise before switching to principal-plus-interest repayments, you may find that difficult now with the pay freeze.

Can a mortgage broker help public servants get better home loan deals?

Despite the convenience offered by online home loan comparisons, many people still prefer the personalised service offered by Australian mortgage brokers.

Even if a mortgage broker can’t point you to home loans tailored specifically for public servants, they may be able to suggest lenders offering home loans that fit your financial circumstances better. Given how few home loan choices there are for public servants, you may find a broker’s industry experience useful in connecting you to the right lender. You can also save a lot of valuable time by consulting a mortgage broker rather than speaking to various lenders directly.

Brokers generally won’t charge you a consulting fee as they earn a commission from the lender for recommending a home loan. If you’re not sure about the lenders the broker is showing you you should ask about their Lender Panel, which is the list of preferred lenders whom they receive commissions from and usually recommend. This can help you confirm if the mortgage broker is indeed offering you choices based on your needs. You can also request a written quote from the broker as well, which you may then be able to use to negotiate a better deal with your preferred lender.

Frequently asked questions

Can I get a NAB home loan on casual employment?

While many lenders consider casual employees as high-risk borrowers because of their fluctuating incomes, there are a few specialist lenders, such as NAB, which may provide home loans to individuals employed on a casual basis. A NAB home loan for casual employment is essentially a low doc home loan specifically designed to help casually employed individuals who may be unable to provide standard financial documents. However, since such loans are deemed high risk compared to regular home loans, you could be charged higher rates and receive lower maximum LVRs (Loan to Value Ratio, which is the loan amount you can borrow against the value of the property).

While applying for a home loan as a casual employee, you will likely be asked to demonstrate that you've been working steadily and might need to provide group certificates for the last two years. It is at the lender’s discretion to pick either of the two group certificates and consider that to be your income. If you’ve not had the same job for several years, providing proof of income could be a bit of a challenge for you. In this scenario, some lenders may rely on your year to date (YTD) income, and instead calculate your yearly income from that.

Can I take a personal loan after a home loan?

Are you struggling to pay the deposit for your dream home? A personal loan can help you pay the deposit. The question that may arise in your mind is can I take a home loan after a personal loan, or can you take a personal loan at the same time as a home loan, as it is. The answer is that, yes, provided you can meet the general eligibility criteria for both a personal loan and a home loan, your application should be approved. Those eligibility criteria may include:

  • Higher-income to show repayment capability for both the loans
  • Clear credit history with no delays in bill payments or defaults on debts
  • Zero or minimal current outstanding debt
  • Some amount of savings
  • Proven rent history will be positively perceived by the lenders

A personal loan after or during a home loan may impact serviceability, however, as the numbers can seriously add up. Every loan you avail of increases your monthly installments and the amount you use to repay the personal loan will be considered to lower the money available for the repayment of your home loan.

As to whether you can get a personal loan after your home loan, the answer is a very likely "yes", though it does come with a caveat: as long as you can show sufficient income to repay both the loans on time, you should be able to get that personal loan approved. A personal loan can also help to improve your credit score showing financial discipline and responsibility, which may benefit you with more favorable terms for your home loan.

How much deposit do I need for a home loan from ANZ?

Like other mortgage lenders, ANZ often prefers a home loan deposit of 20 per cent or more of the property value when you’re applying for a home loan. It may be possible to get a home loan with a smaller deposit of 10 per cent or even 5 per cent, but there are a few reasons to consider saving a larger deposit if possible:

  • A larger deposit tells a lender that you’re a great saver, which could help increase the chances of your home loan application getting approved.
  • The more money you pay as a deposit, the less you’ll have to borrow in your home loan. This could mean paying off your loan sooner, and being charged less total interest.
  • If your deposit is less than 20 per cent of the property value, you might incur additional costs, such as Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI).

Can you remove a cosigner from a home loan?

Taking out a home loan is an act of financial responsibility and a cosigner on a home loan shares that responsibility. For this reason, removing a cosigner from a home loan may not be straightforward. Usually, you can add a cosigner, or become a cosigner, when applying for the home loan. In such a circumstance, the lender may ask you to stipulate the conditions for a cosigner release, which are the terms for removing a cosigner from the home loan. For instance, you may agree that you can remove a cosigner once half the loan amount has been repaid.

However, not stipulating such conditions doesn’t mean it’s impossible to remove a cosigner. If the primary home loan applicant has a sufficiently high credit score and has not delayed any repayments, the lender may be willing to remove the cosigner. You should confirm that doing so doesn’t affect the terms of the loan. If the lender doesn’t agree to remove the cosigner, the primary home loan applicant may have to refinance the loan in order to do so. If there were specific reasons for needing a cosigner and those reasons are still valid, then you may have some challenges with refinancing.

What are the responsibilities of a mortgage broker?

Mortgage brokers act as the go-between for borrowers looking for a home loan and the lenders offering the loan. They offer personalised advice to help borrowers choose the right home loan for their needs.

In Australia, mortgage brokers are required by law to carry an Australian Credit License (ACL) if they offer credit assistance services. Which is the legal term for guidance regarding the different kinds of credit offered by lenders, including home loan mortgages. They may not need this license if they are working for an aggregator, for instance, as a franchisee. In both these situations, they need to comply with the regulations laid down by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

These regulations, which are stipulated by Australian legislation, require mortgage brokers to comply with what are called “responsible lending” and “best interest” obligations. Responsible lending obligations mean brokers have to suggest “suitable” home loans. This means loans that you can easily qualify for,  actually meet your needs, and don’t prove unnecessarily challenging for you.

Starting 1 January 2021, mortgage brokers must comply with best interest obligations in addition to responsible lending obligations. These require mortgage brokers to act in the best interest of their customers and also requires them to prioritise their customers’ interests over their own. For instance, a mortgage broker may not recommend a lender who gives them a commission if that lender’s home loan offer does not benefit that particular customer.

How to apply for a pre-approval home loan from Bendigo Bank?

Applying for pre-approval on your home loan gives you confidence in your ability to secure finance while looking at potential new homes. You can get a free and personalised pre-approval home loan from Bendigo Bank in just a few minutes, without any credit checks or paperwork. 

Bendigo Bank offers pre-approval for home loans that allow you to understand the home loan size you may be able to get before looking for a new home. 

With the pre-approval, Bendigo Bank provides an estimate of your borrowing power. This figure incorporates stamp duty, lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) and any first home buyer incentives you may be eligible for. You may also qualify for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme initiative, depending on your circumstances. 

To apply for a pre-approval on your home loan from Bendigo Bank, all you need to do is fill in a smart form. You could also contact the bank directly on 1300 236 344.

How much deposit do I need for a home loan from NAB?

The right deposit size to get a home loan with an Australian lender will depend on the lender’s eligibility criteria and the value of your property.

Generally, lenders look favourably on applicants who save up a 20 per cent deposit for their property This also means applicants do not have to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI). However, you may still be able to obtain a mortgage with a 10 - 15 per cent deposit.  

Keep in mind that NAB is one of the participating lenders for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, which allows eligible borrowers to buy a property with as low as a 5 per cent deposit without paying the LMI. The Federal Government guarantees up to 15 per cent of the deposit to help first-timers to become homeowners.

Can I apply for an ANZ non-resident home loan? 

You may be eligible to apply for an ANZ non-resident home loan only if you meet the following two conditions:

  1. You hold a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa or its predecessor, the Temporary Skilled Work (subclass 457) visa.
  2. Your job is included in the Australian government’s Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List. 

However, non-resident home loan applications may need Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) approval in addition to meeting ANZ’s Mortgage Credit Requirements. Also, they may not be eligible for loans that require paying for Lender’s Mortgage Insurance (LMI). As a result, you may not be able to borrow more than 80 per cent of your home’s value. However, you can apply as a co-borrower with your spouse if they are a citizen of either Australia or New Zealand, or are a permanent resident.

Does Westpac offer loan maternity leave options?

Having a baby or planning for one can bring about a lot of changes in your life, including to the hip pocket. You may need to re-do the budget to make sure you can afford the upcoming expenses, especially if one partner is taking parental leave to look after the little one. 

Some families find it difficult to meet their home loan repayment obligations during this period. Flexible options, such as the Westpac home loan maternity leave offerings, have been put together to help reduce the pressure of repayments during parental leave.

Westpac offers a couple of choices, depending on your circumstances:

  • Parental Leave Mortgage Repayment Reduction: You could get your home loan repayments reduced for up to 12 months for home loans with a term longer than a year. 
  • Mortgage Repayment Pause: You can pause repayments while on maternity leave, provided you’ve made additional repayments earlier.

When applying for a home loan while pregnant, Westpac has said it will recognise paid maternity leave and back-to-work salaries. All you need is a letter from your employer verifying your return-to-work date and the nature of your employment. Your partner’s income, government entitlements, savings and investments will may help your application.

Why should I get an ING home loan pre-approval?

When you apply for an ING home loan pre-approval, you might be required to provide proof of employment and income, savings, as well as details on any on-going debts. The lender could also make a credit enquiry against your name. If you’re pre-approved, you will know how much money ING is willing to lend you. 

Please note, however, that a pre-approval is nothing more than an idea of your ability to borrow funds and is not the final approval. You should receive the home loan approval  only after finalising the property and submitting a formal loan application to the lender, ING. Additionally, a pre-approval does not stay valid indefinitely, since your financial circumstances and the home loan market could change overnight.

 

 

Remaining loan term

The length of time it will take to pay off your current home loan, based on the currently-entered mortgage balance, monthly repayment and interest rate.

How long does Bankwest take to approve home loans?

Full approval for a home loan usually involves a property valuation, which, Bankwest suggests, can take “a week or two”. As a result, getting your home loan approved may take longer. However, you may get full approval within this time if you applied for and received conditional approval, sometimes called a pre-approval, from Bankwest before finalising the home you want to buy.  

Another way of speeding up approvals can be by completing, signing, and submitting your home loan application digitally. Essentially, you give the bank or your mortgage broker a copy of your home’s sale contract and then complete the rest of the steps online. Bankwest has claimed this cuts the approval time to less than four days, although this may only happen if your income and credit history can be verified easily, or if your home’s valuation doesn’t take time.

How can I get a home loan with bad credit?

If you want to get a home loan with bad credit, you need to convince a lender that your problems are behind you and that you will, indeed, be able to repay a mortgage.

One step you might want to take is to visit a mortgage broker who specialises in bad credit home loans (also known as ‘non-conforming home loans’ or ‘sub-prime home loans’). An experienced broker will know which lenders to approach, and how to plead your case with each of them.

Two points to bear in mind are:

  • Many home loan lenders don’t provide bad credit mortgages
  • Each lender has its own policies, and therefore favours different things

If you’d prefer to directly approach the lender yourself, you’re more likely to find success with smaller non-bank lenders that specialise in bad credit home loans (as opposed to bigger banks that prefer ‘vanilla’ mortgages). That’s because these smaller lenders are more likely to treat you as a unique individual rather than judge you according to a one-size-fits-all policy.

Lenders try to minimise their risk, so if you want to get a home loan with bad credit, you need to do everything you can to convince lenders that you’re safer than your credit history might suggest. If possible, provide paperwork that shows:

  • You have a secure job
  • You have a steady income
  • You’ve been reducing your debts
  • You’ve been increasing your savings

Can I change jobs while I am applying for a home loan?

Whether you’re a new borrower or you’re refinancing your home loan, many lenders require you to be in a permanent job with the same employer for at least 6 months before applying for a home loan. Different lenders have different requirements. 

If your work situation changes for any reason while you’re applying for a mortgage, this could reduce your chances of successfully completing the process. Contacting the lender as soon as you know your employment situation is changing may allow you to work something out. 

Will I have to pay lenders' mortgage insurance twice if I refinance?

If your deposit was less than 20 per cent of your property’s value when you took out your original loan, you may have paid lenders’ mortgage insurance (LMI) to cover the lender against the risk that you may default on your repayments. 

If you refinance to a new home loan, but still don’t have enough deposit and/or equity to provide 20 per cent security, you’ll need to pay for the lender’s LMI a second time. This could potentially add thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in upfront costs to your mortgage, so it’s important to consider whether the financial benefits of refinancing may be worth these costs.

Who has the best home loan?

Determining who has the ‘best’ home loan really does depend on your own personal circumstances and requirements. It may be tempting to judge a loan merely on the interest rate but there can be added value in the extras on offer, such as offset and redraw facilities, that aren’t available with all low rate loans.

To determine which loan is the best for you, think about whether you would prefer the consistency of a fixed loan or the flexibility and potential benefits of a variable loan. Then determine which features will be necessary throughout the life of your loan. Thirdly, consider how much you are willing to pay in fees for the loan you want. Once you find the perfect combination of these three elements you are on your way to determining the best loan for you. 

How do I refinance my home loan?

Refinancing your home loan can involve a bit of paperwork but if you are moving on to a lower rate, it can save you thousands of dollars in the long-run. The first step is finding another loan on the market that you think will save you money over time or offer features that your current loan does not have. Once you have selected a couple of loans you are interested in, compare them with your current loan to see if you will save money in the long term on interest rates and fees. Remember to factor in any break fees and set up fees when assessing the cost of switching.

Once you have decided on a new loan it is simply a matter of contacting your existing and future lender to get the new loan set up. Beware that some lenders will revert your loan back to a 25 or 30 year term when you refinance which may mean initial lower repayments but may cost you more in the long run.

How to apply for a home loan pre-approval from St. George?

By applying for a home loan pre-approval, you can establish how much you can afford to borrow and look for houses within that pre-approved budget. Getting home loan pre-approval from St. George is a fairly simple process that can be completed within 15 minutes. 

The first step in this process is completing a home loan application. Once that application is submitted, a home loan expert from St. George will contact you to understand your requirements and your current financial position. You could also directly contact a home loan expert at the bank by calling 13 33 30 or by visiting your nearest branch. 

Once the application has been processed, the home loan expert will ask for some basic documentation to confirm your borrowing capacity. After this, you should be issued a home loan pre-approval, subject to certain conditions. 

Based on your home loan pre-approval from St. George, you can then find a property and make an offer. Your home loan expert will arrange to have the property valued and may request for more documentation, taking your home loan application to the next step. 

 

 

How can I get ANZ home loan pre-approval?

Shopping for a new home is an exciting experience and getting a pre-approval on the loan may give you the peace of mind that you are looking at properties within your budget. 

At the time of applying for the ANZ Bank home loan pre-approval, you will be required to provide proof of employment and income, along with records of your savings and debts.

An ANZ home loan pre-approval time frame is usually up to three months. However, being pre-approved doesn’t necessarily mean you will get your home loan. Other factors could lead to your home loan application being rejected, even with a prior pre-approval. Some factors include the property evaluation not meeting the bank’s criteria or a change in your financial circumstances.

You can make an application for ANZ home loan pre-approval online or call on 1800100641 Mon-Fri 8.00 am to 8.00 pm (AEST).

How long does NAB home loan approval take?

The time required to get your home loan from NAB approved can vary based on a number of factors involved in the application process. 

Once you have applied for a home loan, a NAB specialist will contact you within 24 hours over the phone to take down relevant information, including your total income, debts (existing loans, credit cards, etc.), assets (car, shares, etc.), and your monthly expenses (food, utility bills, etc.). Your lender might also ask for information related to the property you want to purchase, including the type of dwelling and preferred postcode.

NAB will then verify all your information and check your credit score, and if the details stack up, you should be given a conditional approval certificate. This certificate stipulates how much money NAB is willing to lend you and is typically valid for 90 days. 

Once you have your conditional approval, you can start browsing for properties that you like and that fit within the budget that NAB has provided. After you find a suitable property, you’ll need to give a copy of the signed deed to NAB, following which you should get full approval and access to the funds. This process can take up to 4-6 weeks.