Why ask for a property valuation with a home loan

In the housing market, every home is different and property valuations can change over time. Here’s why we ask for a property valuation when you’re buying a home or refinancing.

What we’re looking for

We often use property valuations to measure the value of the property you’re using as security. Whether it’s for a home loan or for refinancing, we need to ensure it’s enough to cover the amount of your loan. It also helps us check that we’re always lending money responsibly.

Depending on your home loan application, we may ask a qualified valuer to inspect your property. This can be done either internally or externally from the street to determine your property’s market value. They’ll be looking at things like:

  • general location
  • council zoning
  • overall size and number of rooms
  • vehicle access to the property
  • building structure and condition.

Put simply, it’s the amount of money your property could be sold for without too much hassle. This valuation will then help to determine your borrowing capacity for a home loan.

How to find the market value of your home at any time

If you’re interested, you can get a free property report from NAB Property Insights, opens in new window to generate an estimated market value of your property. Remember though – it’s not an exact science and the market value is just a guide of what your property may be worth. We also have lots of other online tools – including our loan repayment calculator and stamp duty calculator – to help you figure out your next move.

Do you know where you want to buy? We have a library of monthly property updates, for each of the major Australian property markets. View our library of insights to gain unique insights into your chosen property market.

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From understanding your borrowing capacity, to helping you make your property goals a reality, we’re here when you need us.

You can get in touch by calling  13 78 79, stopping by your local NAB branch or making an appointment with one of our mobile bankers. If you’re ready, you can also apply online for a home loan right now.

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The information contained in this article is intended to be of a general nature only. It has been prepared without taking into account any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on this information, NAB recommends that you consider whether it is appropriate for your circumstances. NAB recommends that you seek independent legal, financial and taxation advice before acting on any information in this article.

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