How much can I borrow?

How much can I borrow?

Buying a home is a major decision-committing to repaying a huge mortgage over a long period of time is also involved.

The precise amount of this debt depends on how much the bank borrows. And that amount, in the end, is limited to how much they believe you can repay.

These tools are useful because they allow you to restrict your search for properties to homes that you can realistically purchase. But they can also inspire you to extend your budget to an uncomfortable spot, as businesses typically offer you more money than you can afford to pay back.

Using our helpful home loan calculator to help you figure out the average balance of your loan, monthly repayments and borrowing costs.

What affects your borrowing power?

Although each lender might have very different conditions for lending, most will adopt a reasonably similar procedure to decide how much they are willing to lend you.

1. Your household income and expense

Banks are legally obligated to take “reasonable steps to check the financial condition of the borrower” before deciding on a loan application. This has typically been understood since the Hayne Royal Commission to mean verifying the revenue and expenditure of a borrower through physical checking of their bank statements.

Your income and expense will be the backbone of your bank’s creditworthiness evaluation, while they will show an interest in your job status;

Freelancers and contractors have often  to be at a greater risk.

2. Your credit history

This one is, truly, a no-brainer. The intent of the bank evaluating your financial condition is to determine if you will be able to serve the monthly repayments, and a credit check goes directly to the core of the matter, telling banks if you have paid bills on time in the past.

3. The size of your deposit

Most lenders will give loans to borrowers with deposits as low as 5% of the lender-assessed value of the house, but additional fees will be charged for those with less than 20%. More on the later.

4. Your reason why you purchased the property

Banks handle owner-occupants and creditors differently, with higher rates generally paid to the latter.

5. Property analysis

While evaluating your personal finances, lenders are going to take a closer look at the property to decide how much they are willing to lend you.

Anything from the quality and position of the property to its floor plan and fit-out will affect its value and its value will affect how much you are able to borrow.