What’s the difference between an investment loan and an ordinary home loan?

Most of the same types of home loans and loan features apply for investors as for owner occupiers. Some lenders may charge higher rates for investment properties if the associated risks are higher.

Can I use equity in my home as a deposit for an investment property?

Many an investor has started out by utilising the equity of their own home. Banks will usually accept equity in a home (or other property) as additional collateral against which they are prepared to lend. This means you could potentially borrow the full purchase price of the property, as well as all costs (stamp duty and other fees) without having to contribute any cash. The risk in using your home as collateral is that if you can’t fund the mortgage for the investment property, the investment property and your home are at risk. When we meet, we can go through the options you have available.

What is negative gearing?

This is when the cost of owning a property is higher than the income it produces. If the rent you get for an investment property is less than the interest repayments, strata fees, maintenance and other costs, your investment is negatively geared, or making a loss. This loss can be offset against your income, reducing your income tax bill.

How much money can I borrow?

We’re all unique when it comes to our finances and borrowing needs. Get an estimate on how much you could borrow with our fast and clever loan options tool. Or contact us and we can help with calculations based on your circumstances.

How do I choose the loan that’s right for me?

Our guides to loan types and features (links) will help you learn about the main options available. There are hundreds of different home loans available, we can recommend the right loan(s) for you.

How much do I need for a deposit?

Usually between 5% – 10% of the value of a property, which you pay when signing a Contract of Sale. Talk to us to discuss your best options for a deposit. You may be able to use the equity in your existing home or an investment property.

How much will regular repayments be?

Go to our Repayment Calculator for an estimate. Because there so many different loan products, some with lower introductory rates, contact us for all the deals currently available and the right loan set-up for you.