Deposit costs depend on where you buy, what sort of loan you’re getting, and if you’re buying an established home or building your own.
We'll get you started with as little as a 3% deposit:
Saving for a deposit
For free budget and saving calculators visit our educational website www.mystart.com.au, or visit www.moneysmart.gov.au, or sign up to HomeStart's quarterly email newsletter for home buying tips and news on our home page.
Fees and charges
Fees and charges for setting up your loan include stamp duty, loan application and administration fees – see our loan calculator for more details.
One of the biggest charges most lenders apply to a low deposit home loan is something called Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance (LMI). It’s an insurance that you pay to protect your lender in case you default on your loan and it can cost you big bucks.
Here at HomeStart we have a Loan Provision Charge instead which costs a lot less for most customers. You can use that saving to reduce your loan size or borrow more. Either way, with HomeStart you could be moving into your own home a lot sooner.
Conveyancers are experts who help with the sale of the property. You will need to pay a conveyancer or solicitor to assist with the legal aspects of buying a home. Fees vary according to the services provided and how complex the sale is.
Building and pest inspections
A professional inspection will give you an idea of any structural damage or pests before you buy. Building inspections and pest inspections are usually separate reports. Inspection costs vary. Yellow pages is a good starting point to find inspectors in your area.
Building (home) insurance offers cover if your house is damaged. You must have building insurance on the home you buy when you take out a home loan with us, and HomeStart must be noted on your policy. You may also want to take out contents insurance to cover what’s inside your home.
Find out more about the costs to getting started by attending a free home buyers seminar, or visit our education website MyStart.