How to Avoid Getting Your Loan Application Declined

One of the most frustrating things that could happen to a homebuyer is getting your application for finance declined.

By this stage, you’ve already likely been to dozens of home opens, organised all your paperwork and potentially even put an offer in on a house. Falling over at the last hurdle is not only frustrating, but it can also feel like your dreams are over.

But they don’t have to be, and more importantly, there are a few things you can do to make sure your loan application doesn’t get declined.

Borrowing Amount

The more you’re looking to borrow from a lender, the more risk it presents to them. If you want to borrow more than 95%, that can be a red flag for a lender.

Most banks like to see you come up with a 20% deposit, which means an 80% LVR. While this might not be possible, there are other options you can look at like a higher LVR and paying Lenders Mortgage Insurance.

If you do need to borrow with a higher LVR and only have a small deposit, you might want to look at a guarantor loan or even taking advantage of a Government program such as the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.

Stable Employment

In a perfect world, when you apply for a loan, the lender would like to see that you’ve got a long-term stable job with a regular paycheck.

Unfortunately, things are not always that simple and these days, many people have very unique work situations. If you’re self-employed or haven’t been in your current job for at least six months, then lenders might not look favourably on your application.

Fortunately, there are lenders that understand your situation and therefore it is important that you work with a mortgage broker who can match your employment situation with the right lender.

If you’re unemployed, you’re going to have a very tough time getting finance of any kind. These days, even if you’re asset rich, you still need to be able to show how you intend to service the debt.

Credit History

Having bad credit is often a red flag to a lender and it is not always one that is easy to overcome. If there is an error that has been made on your credit file, then that is something you can sort out. However, if you’ve been bankrupt in the past, you might need to work with a specialist lender.

Spending Habits

Banks and lenders like to see that you’re able to manage money effectively. If you’re spending habits aren’t great, then that’s likely a sign that you might not be able to manage a mortgage. Putting together a few months where you keep your spending habits under control is important. But it’s also more important to not have a host of debts that need paying each month, such as car loans or personal loans. Lenders don’t look favourably on these types of costs as they are fixed costs, unlike your discretionary spending.

Buying an Unusual Property

If you’re looking to buy a property that might be tricky to sell in the future, banks won’t like the look of it. That might mean a holiday home or even a rural block of land. Banks will always consider the worst-case scenario, and if they need to sell the property because you can’t make the payments, they want something that will be able to sell quickly and easily.

Get Pre-Approved

To avoid getting into a situation where you might get declined, it’s vital that you speak to us before you even start looking for properties. That way, we’ll be able to assess your personal situation and also give you some guidance around the types of properties you’re going to be able to afford.

General advice disclaimer

The advice provided is general advice only as, in preparing it we did not take into account your investment objectives, financial situation or particular needs. Before making an investment decision on the basis of this advice, you should consider how appropriate the advice is to your particular investment needs, and objectives. You should also consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement before making any decision relating to a financial product.

Only financial planning advice provided by CeebeksTM Financial Solutions is associated with Avana Financial Solutions. 

Christopher Beks (Authorised Representative no. 231937) is a director of CeebeksTM Financial Solutions (Authorised Representative no. 344518) and an Authorised Representative of Avana Financial Solutions Pty Ltd AFSL 516325 and is authorised to provide personal financial advice.

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