How do financial institutions calculate how much you can borrow?
Deposits & Saving
If you are buying your first home, you will need at least 5% deposit on the cost of the property, however if you want to avoid Lenders' Mortgage Insurance you’ll need at least 20%. In addition, a good pattern of savings will also help. However, if you already have a home and a mortgage, it is more about the amount of equity you have after you sell one property and buy another and use this as your deposit. As an investor you may also be able to use the equity you have built up over time in your investment property.
Income is a key indicator of how much you will be able to borrow. Your financial institution will need to be comfortable that you can cover the repayment based on your salary and other normal household costs.
In addition to your income, savings and deposits, your financial institution will also look at what your expenses or outgoings will be to determine affordability. This could include other debts, credit cards, bills, and general living expenses.
When considering how much you can borrow, be sure to factor in that interest rates may increase, which would mean that your repayments will also increase. You need to ensure that you will be able to afford to make your repayments if you choose a variable rate loan and rates increase. Alternatively, you may want to consider a fixed rate loan to lock in your rate.
You can use our Borrowing Power Calculator to understand how much you can borrow, or our Loan Repayment Calculator to see how much your repayments will be – or contact our friendly team to discuss.