1. Preparing to buy
Knowing where to start can be challenging and you most likely have many questions. We’ve compiled a list of points to make it easy to get you started, from estimating how much you can afford to spend on a property, to understanding any government grants or schemes that you might be able to access.
- How much can I borrow? Our borrowing calculators will help you estimate how much you can borrow by understanding what you can afford to pay on loan repayments each month. This will be determined by understanding your income, expenses and any other loans you may have.
- How much will I need for my deposit? We normally require a deposit of at least 20% of the property value, after upfront buying costs and government fees. But there are other ways you can buy a property with less than 20% deposit. These are outlined below.
- What if I have less than 20% of my property’s value in savings? You could be able to purchase a property with as little as 5% deposit if you take out Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) or if you are eligible for one or more of the government grants or schemes. Details of these are below.
- Do I need Lenders Mortgage Insurance? Understand whether you will need Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) and how it can help you get into your dream home faster.
- Am I eligible for the Home Guarantee Scheme or any other types of government assistance? There are a range of different government grants or schemes that you may be eligible for to help you purchase your new home sooner. Learn about how the Home Guarantee Scheme could help you buy your first home with a smaller deposit.
- Which suburbs are right for me? Find out what different properties are worth and the value of properties across different suburbs over time with our free Property Insights Report, opens in new window.
2. Conditional approval
A conditional approval means NAB has agreed in principal to lend you a certain amount of money based on the information you’ve provided but hasn’t proceeded to full or final approval. This will help you to have the confidence to make an offer when the right property comes along.
Your conditional approval is valid for 90 days and may be renewed if you need more time.
Now, get started with your application in whichever way best suits you:
- Apply online it can take around 20 minutes and one of our bankers will be in touch with you to follow up
- Request an appointment with a banker, either in branch, over the phone or with a mobile banker
- Call us to speak to a banker now on 13 78 79
Learn more about conditional approval here.
3. Buying your property
Once you’ve obtained conditional approval, you'll be ready to make an offer when the right property comes along.
Here are the next steps if your offer is accepted by the vendor/seller:
- You should engage a solicitor or a conveyancer to help you with the paperwork relating to the purchase.
- You’ll be asked to complete an Offer & Acceptance form or a Contract of Sale – depending on what state your property is located.
- You’ll need to pay your deposit using a bank cheque or bank transfer.
- Now is a critical time to be arranging your home insurance once you’ve paid a deposit, as you now have a financial interest in the property. Arrange a quote for home insurance.