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10 Top Tips for Migrants Purchasing a Home in Australia

April 21st, 2011 26 Comments
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Buying a home is never easy, and it gets harder when you are not a citizen. If you’re moving to Australia you might need some advise about the best way to move forward. Here are ten things to keep in mind.

1. Save as much money as you can. You will need to make a deposit in order to purchase a home. In most cases, your deposit will be between 10% and 20% of the value of the home (or more if you like). Lenders are much happier to work with borrowers who can save up a deposit. If you plan to buy property from Australia, you should start transferring funds into an Australian bank account, even if you don’t already live in Australia. Australian banks will see you as a lower risk when they see that you have been saving money for a period of three months or longer.

2. What will you be able to borrow? Obviously, this will depend on your financial situation and your income. That said, your residency status can also have an effect on the type of loan that you can apply for. If you are a foreign citizen or temporary resident, you will usually need to make a deposit of 20% of the value of the home. In some cases, a lender might be willing to accept a 10% deposit if you have been working in Australia for over a year. As a permanent resident, or somebody who is married to or in a relationship with a permanent resident or citizen, you will usually be eligible for a 95% mortgage.

3. Save up for expenses. No matter what size deposit you are required to make, there are other expenses that such as taxes and fees that are not included in the purchase price of the home. These amount to about 5% of the value of the home. You should expect to need to pay these costs in addition to the deposit.

4. Government approval. Since you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Australia, real estate purchases are policed by the Foreign Investment Review Board. This is not as frightening as it might sound. FIRB exists to ensure that foreign investors don’t take part in frivolous speculation that does nothing to help the Australian economy. If you are buying a home for your own personal use, you have nothing to worry about. Even so, you will need to apply for FIRB approval before buying a home. If you are an investor, you are limited to buying new property.

5. First Home Owners Grant (FHOG). Only permanent residents and citizens are eligible to receive this grant, so you should either wait until you become one or do without one.

6. Talk to a mortgage broker. Generally speaking, brokers are free in Australia. They receive commission from the lender, although they work independently of them. A broker can help you find the lender that best fits your situation. Not all banks are willing to lend to foreigners and temporary residents. They also know which lenders charge reasonable rates. In many cases, brokers have exclusive deals with lenders that are not otherwise available. A broker also eliminates the need to shop around for the right lender, and you will only need to provide your financial information once.

7. Get pre-approved. It is a bad idea to offer to buy a property without approval from the bank. If you agree to buy a home, and the bank doesn’t approve you for a loan, you can lose your deposit, and might even be sued by the vendor. Pre-approval also reduces the wait time necessary before buying a home. The right home for the right price doesn’t stay on the market for very long. If you aren’t pre-approved, it might take longer than the vendor is willing to wait for you to receive the loan.

8. Income isn’t the only consideration. Lenders will also need to collect information about your expenses. This might include the costs of marital or child support, the costs of insurance membership, memberships with other groups, cable subscriptions, private school costs, and anything else that you are required to pay for each month. If you are having trouble getting a loan for the type of home you are interested in, you might be able to help your situation by reducing some of these expenses, if possible.

9. Find a conveyancer or a solicitor. They handle the legal documents in order to make sure that there is no potential for legal problems, and to assure that the contract between you and the vendor is fair.

10. Do not apply for a large number of mortgages, loans, or credit cards in a short period of time. This can hurt your credit rating, and make it difficult to get approval.

Learn more about buying a home in Australia.

Home Loans with a 457 Visa

April 15th, 2010 40 Comments
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The 457 VISA is the easiest means by which Australia can have access to skilled workers.  These workers are authorized to live in Australia for at least three months to a maximum of four years.  This makes job hunting and living in Australia much easier for foreigners who live and work temporarily in the country.

The question often asked is can 457 visa holders purchase a home in Australia?  Another common question is if these visa holders can likewise apply for a home loan in Australia?  Fortunately the answers to both questions are a resounding yes!

Of course the number one requirement is that FIRB approval is required unless you are exempt.  You will also be required to make a deposit of at least 20%.  These requirements are not hard to fulfil thus, being a foreigner is not at all a hindrance to acquiring a home or getting a home loan.

Some may be even entitled to the FHOG or first home owners grant.  Holders of the 457 visa can loan is up to 80% of the property’s value.  The amounts that the lenders will be willing to loan may vary depending on the amount of time you have already spent in Australia, the stability of your employment, and proof of capacity to pay.  Those who have just come in and started working in Australia may apply for a loan straight away, but they should not expect good rates, as banks and lenders may see these applicants as too much of a risk.

The home loan experts would be happy to assist in your search for the perfect place to live in Australia.  They possess the expertise required in order for the holders of these visas to get a 457 visa mortgage, and enable them to make the most of their stay in Australia and get a property that is worthwhile to live in and invest in.