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Three ways first-homebuyers can improve their borrowing power

By Richard Denholm*

WHEN you are looking to buy your first home, you may be surprised to find that you cannot borrow as much money as you wanted.

If this has happened to you, rest assured that you are not the only one.

The average loan amount for a first homebuyer dropped by $6,400 in December 2015, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, indicating that new investors are getting less finance out of their lenders.

I have listed below three ways you can improve borrowing power.

Save for a bigger deposit

Lending is all about risk for the lender. They do not want to lend too much money to someone who is then unable to pay it back.

Your loan-to-value ratio (LVR) is part of what determines what kind of risk you are, or the amount of money you are asking for compared to the value of the property you want to buy.

That deposit is all-important. Typically, you will be asked for a 20 per cent deposit, but if you can invest 30 per cent as a down payment instead, you will reduce the amount of risk your finance request presents to the lender.

Supply more documentation

Sometimes getting a better loan is simply a matter of determination, on the part of both you and your lender.

You might find that you cannot borrow as much as you want because you are considered too much of a risk.

Thankfully, there is a way around that.

If you can supply a lender with more information about your financial situation, such as your living expenses or available savings, you will come across as more convincing.

If you are self-employed, you might find it difficult to provide consistent income records, but there are low documentation loans available for people in that position.

It is simply a matter of finding the right lender.

Find the right provider

Different lenders have different rules when it comes to risk.

If you find that one financial institution is not willing to give you what you need for your first home, then find a different provider.

It does not have to be a chore either. Who wants to go trawling through hundreds of different lenders? Let us do the work for you.

Smartline can provide you with a first home loan selection tailored to your needs, from repayment periods to LVR requirements.

Do not mope about feeling disappointed – talk to your local Smartline mortgage broker Richard Denholm today.

For more information contact Richard Denholm on 6237 0444.

*Richard Denholm is a home loan specialist at Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisers, Rosny Park.