Can I buy a house with less than 20% deposit?

Saving a home-buying deposit can be challenging at the best of times. It’s especially difficult if you’re renting, or when property prices are rising. The more prices climb higher, the more you need to save to reach a 20% deposit. It can seem as though the goal posts are continually moving further out of reach.

But don’t lose sight of your home-buying goal! Aiming for a 20% deposit is a worthwhile target, but you may be able to buy a home with much less.

Why 20% is a common benchmark.

A 20% deposit is often seen as the minimum needed to take out a home loan and buy a property. That’s not always the case. You may be able to buy a home with a much smaller deposit. But there is a reason why 20% is seen as an ideal benchmark.

If you borrow more than 80% of your home’s value – meaning your deposit is below 20%, the lender will ask you to pay lenders mortgage insurance (LMI). This type of insurance protects the lender, not you, if you can’t keep up the repayments.

LMI can be expensive, and as a 20% deposit lets you avoid this additional upfront cost, having a bigger deposit can be a money-saver.

Buying with less than 20% deposit.

That’s not to say you can’t buy a home without a 20% deposit.

Some banks including Defence Bank, understand that owning a home is an important personal goal. It lets you take that first step on the property ladder, it’s also a chance to become part of a community where you can settle down and maybe raise a family.

That’s why we offer opportunities to buy a place of your own even if you don’t have a 20% deposit.

A 5% deposit can get you into the property market.

You could be eligible for a Defence Bank home loan, even if you only have a 5% deposit.

We lend up to 95% of a home’s value with LMI. So, if you’re looking to buy a home costing $500,000, you may only need a deposit of $25,000. That’s a lot more achievable than saving a 20% deposit, which would be worth $100,000.

First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.

Even better news for first home buyers! It can be possible to buy a home with 5% deposit – and avoid the additional cost of LMI.

Defence Bank is an approved lender for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS), giving eligible first home buyers a valuable chance to buy a place of their own sooner.

Places for the FHLDS are limited, so it’s important to know if you’re eligible and lodge your application early.

The upshot is that, yes, you can buy a house with less than 20% deposit, and Defence Bank can make it happen in a variety of ways.

To find out if a fixed interest rate home loan is right for you, talk with one of our home loan consultants. Call our Contact Centre on 1800 033 139 or visit your local branch for assistance.

Have any questions? We have the answers. See our FAQs.

 

Important note: This information is of a general nature and is not intended to be relied on by you as advice in any particular matter. You should contact us at Defence Bank to discuss how this information may apply to your circumstances.

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