How much can I borrow for a home loan?

To begin with, there can be big differences in how much of a property’s value a lender will let you borrow – that’s a figure known as the ‘loan to valuation ratio’ or LVR.

Some lenders have LVRs as high as 95%, meaning you may only need a 5% deposit to purchase your home as well as other expenses such as lenders mortgage insurance and stamp duty. Other lenders may want to see a much larger deposit, even up to 25% in some cases.

But it’s not just the size of your deposit that determines how much you can borrow for a home. Lenders also want to be sure you can comfortably handle your home loan repayments. So they will want to know a bit about your income and regular household expenses including repayments on any other debts you may have. The two together - your income and your outgoings - will determine your ‘borrowing capacity’.

It can all sound a bit confusing, but the good news is that you don’t have to research the market yourself to know how much you can borrow with different lenders.

Your Mortgage Choice broker can explain exactly how much you can borrow through each of the lenders on our panel. We can also provide valuable tips and advice on what you can do to improve your borrowing capacity and help get your loan application over the line. It could be the difference between securing your dream home or settling for something less.

Even better, our home loan service comes at no cost to you. And, a Mortgage Choice broker gets paid the same rate regardless of which home loan you choose from our wide choice of lenders.

So call your local Mortgage Choice broker today for expert advice on financing your next home.

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