Why the size of your home loan deposit matters

August 19, 2015
Ian Robinson

It gives the lender an idea of what you can afford to repay regularly

Regular savings deposited into an account over a period of several months, regular rental payments and investments all work together to give lenders an indication of your ability to maintain your home loan repayments. Lenders will look at these and your income sources (salary, investments, dividends) to assess how much money they’re willing to lend to you. Use our borrowing power calculator to get a rough estimate of how much you may be able to borrow.


It impacts the interest rate lenders may offer


The deposit you have available when you come to apply for your home loan can have an impact on the interest rate of the loan. The bigger your deposit, the more negotiating power and choice of lenders you may have. If you have a bigger deposit, you may even be able to secure a discounted interest rate from a lender.


It affects how ‘risky’ you are as a customer, and whether you need to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)


Lenders use a simple Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) calculation to assess how risky they consider offering you the home loan may be. The loan to value ratio looks at the amount you wish to borrow in relation to the value of the property you’re looking to purchase. The higher this ratio, the more risk for the lender. Generally, if you have an LVR of over 80% (as in you wish to borrow more than 80% of the property’s value) the lender will require you to pay an LMI premium. This insures the lender against any losses that may occur in the event you default on your loan. There are alternatives to paying LMI, such as have a family member act as a security guarantor for your loan.


You pay less interest over the life of your loan


The less money you borrow, the less you have to pay off in the future. This means over the course of the home loan, you’ll also be paying less interest. You stand to save a lot by having a sizeable home loan deposit.

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