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Personal Loan As A Deposit

Yes, it is possible to use a personal loan as part of your deposit to buy a home.

Although it is always better to save a deposit of your own, if you can afford the repayments of both loans and you want to buy now, you can use a personal loan as a leg up to get into the market.

Who can qualify?

You need to meet the criteria for both a home loan and for a personal loan.

To qualify you must have:

  • A high income to afford both repayments.
  • Little existing debt (car loans, high credit card balances, etc).
  • A clear credit history.
  • Some savings to make up any shortfall.
  • A proven rental history (preferred).

Most lenders do not offer home loans with if you have a borrowed deposit due to genuine savings requirements.

In addition to this many lenders do not offer personal loans if they are being used as a deposit on a home.

Call us on 1300 889 743 or fill in our free assessment form to find out if you can qualify to buy a home.

How much can I borrow?

It is relatively easy to borrow up to $20,000 as a personal loan and then 95% of the value of your property as a home loan.

Borrowing up to $70,000 as a personal loan is possible for high income professionals who do not have much existing debt. If you qualify for such a large loan then it may be possible to borrow 100% and buy a home with no deposit at all.

Borrowing over $20,000 as a personal loan is not suitable for most borrowers. We will only assist you to apply for these amounts if we can see mitigating reasons for why you have not been able to save a deposit yourself. Maybe you saved for a wedding, paid off your car loan, were overseas, have been promoted recently or are paying a fortune in rent.

How much do I need in savings?

There are no hard and fast rules however, lenders don’t like to see someone buying a home with no contribution of their own.

If you are on a very high income then a few thousand dollars may be all that is required whereas if you are on a lower income then you may need to have a 5% deposit.

The reason for this is that when we submit your home loan application they will take your personal loan repayments into account when they calculate your borrowing power for a mortgage. If you don’t have a high income then you can’t afford both the personal loan and home loan repayments.

Many lenders also require you to have 5% of the purchase price in genuine savings or money that you have saved yourself. If you have some savings then we’ll have more banks to choose from and you’ll have enough money to cover other costs such as stamp duty and legal fees.

How does it work?

One of our mortgage brokers will complete a preliminary assessment of your situation. If there is another option available such as a guarantor loan or 95% home loan then we’ll normally recommend those instead.

If we determine that you are suitable for this type of finance and can afford the repayments then we’ll organise a personal loan to fund your deposit.

Once the personal loan is approved we can then can submit your home loan to be pre-approved.  The personal loan may be advanced before the home loan to allow you to put down a deposit when you sign the contract of sale.

You can buy at auction or via a private purchase as long as you have a valid pre-approval. Because you do not have the additional funds required if a valuation comes in low, we recommend that you avoid an auction if possible. It is often better to buy a property with a cooling off period.

Call us on 1300 889 743 or fill in our free assessment form to find out if this is suitable for you.

How much more does it cost?

Using a personal loan will cost you less in interest than you think.

Assuming you borrow $20,000 with a personal loan over 5 years at 14%, you’ll only pay an extra $22 a week in interest than if you borrowed an additional $20,000 over 5 years at a home loan rate of 5%. That works out to be $1,320 more in interest over the 5 years.

The reason is that a personal loan has a very short term and it is only a small part of your total debt. So the higher interest rate doesn’t have as big an effect as it would if your entire home loan is at that rate.

Deposit, a personal loan will make a big impact on your cash flow because the loan term is so short. The reason is that most of your personal loan repayment is paying off the debt, not paying for the interest.

There are some minor additional costs such as establishment fees, monthly fees and, in some cases, early repayment fees if you choose a fixed rate personal loan.

In some cases, we can get your home loan approved with a major lender but it is likely that we may need to use a specialist lender at a slightly higher interest rate. It all depends on the overall strength of your financial position.

How much are the personal loan repayments?

A personal loan with a term of five years will normally cost around $60 / week for every $10,000 that you borrow.

So a personal loan of $20,000 may be quite manageable however a larger personal loan will really eat into your budget unless you have a high income.

Most home buyers who use a personal loan to fund their deposit will try to pay off the personal loan first before they make extra repayments to their home loan. If your home increases in value then we may be able to increase or refinance your home loan to pay out the personal loan altogether.

Are there other options?

We strongly recommend that you consider a guarantor loan before you use a personal loan or read our page on buying a home with no deposit.

Speak to our mortgage brokers by calling us on 1300 889 743 or fill in our free assessment form and we’ll call you back to discuss your options.

  • Zane

    Hi, it’s mentioned here that borrowing over $20,000 is not suitable for most borrowers but high income professionals can borrow up to $70,000. I do consider myself a high income professional and have a perfectly logical reason as to why I couldn’t save. Can you guys help?

  • Hi Zane, we can surely help but we will need the details of your situation first. Please call us on 1300 889 743 or send in your details to info@homeloanexperts.com.au and one of our expert mortgage brokers will contact you soon.

  • Lauren

    Can the personal loan be in my name?

  • Hi Lauren,

    Yes the PL can be in your name. The main thing to consider is if this method of financing is appropriate for you. Typically it is good for someone with a high income, low debts and who has saved part of their deposit but is a little short.

  • Kevin

    Hi , We like to get into the housing market as soon as possible,and considering applying for a PL to cover our down payment . Jointly we earn 157K per annum,however dont have enough deposit to get into the market – can you assist ?

  • Hi Kevin,

    Yes we can assist assuming that:
    – Your don’t have many other debts
    – You have a good credit history
    – That you can afford the personal loan and the home loan

    Usually this works well for people who are willing to buy a lower priced property so that their borrowing power isn’t maxed out. This allows for the personal loan. It also works well where someone has some savings but not enough to get into the market.

    A guarantor loan is a better option so if your family own property in Aus then best to pursue that option first https://www.homeloanexperts.com.au/guarantor-home-loans

  • Tyler

    Can we buy land with a no genuine savings loan?

  • Hey Tyler,

    No genuine savings loans are not available when purchasing vacant land or constructing and also only available for buying a home, not for investment.

  • Lil

    What other no genuine savings options are there?

  • Hi Lil,

    Please check out our no genuine savings loans page for other non-genuine savings loan options such as through a gifted deposit. Here’s the link to the page:
    https://www.homeloanexperts.com.au/genuine-savings/no-genuine-savings-loans/

  • bryan

    I have 3 k in savings,have a 20k credit with bank,need to use 16k for a deposit on 80k home loan with another bank,any ideas ? The bryan

  • Hi Bryan,
    It’s hard to say without seeing the full situation. If you’re buying a home for approx $100,000 then you may find that the location is a problem for a lot of lenders https://www.homeloanexperts.com.au/mortgage-calculators/postcode-calculator/
    Saving at least 5% of the purchase price will help a lot as the lenders that work with remote locations tend to prefer genuine savings. Whereas the lenders for larger towns may not require you to have genuine savings.

  • Rossana Borja

    Hello. I have a question. I am studying fulltime and working fulltime as well. Would my current status as fulltime student and still working fulltime affects the finance approval of our home?? Will i just stop my studies for a while first until the approval of our home finance?

    Please help. Thank you.

  • Hi Rossana,
    Lenders look at your income, employment stability and assets but they don’t consider if you are currently studying. However to make sure you make a responsible decision you should consider two things:
    1. Are you paying fees for your studies? If so then take these into account when working out how much you can afford to borrow.
    2. If you’re working & studying over 60 hours per week in total then this is rarely sustainable in the long term. Don’t burn out!
    Best of luck with your studies and hopefully your new home.