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Home Loan Experts’ Review:
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Founded: Founded in 2003, merged with NMC in 2015

Owned by: NMC

Funded by: Adelaide Bank, Advantedge (NAB), Resimac and Pepper Home Loans

LMI provider: Genworth, QBE and some self-insured products

Lender type: Non-Bank, Mortgage Manager

Australian First Mortgage (AFM) is a mid-size non-bank lender with four funding sources. The combination of having several funders allows them to offer competitive interest rates along with a broad range of home loans that suit most borrowers.

AFM’s management and credit teams are recognised as industry leaders which made them a popular choice for customers who apply through a mortgage broker.

The 2015 acquisition of AFM by their former competitor NMC has also made them even more formidable due to their larger scale and use of NMC’s renowned operations team in the Gold Coast. That means that they can reliably give quick loan approvals even if they have a competitive special offer which would usually swamp other small lenders.

How do AFM’s home loans compare?

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What home loans types do they have?

AFM has a home loan to suit almost every borrower. This includes 95% home loans for people with small deposits, fixed rates for people who want security, reduced rate no-frills investor loans, commercial loans, low doc loans and even non-conforming loans for people with a bad credit history.

Tips for applying with AFM

The best way to choose the right loan from AFM is to use a mortgage broker.

In particular AFM is well known by mortgage brokers in their home state of NSW. A good mortgage broker will be able to match your needs to the right mortgage without you having to sift through the complexity of four funder’s different loan products.

AFM client story: Ruth & Christian, NSW

Goal

  • To buy first home (an apartment unit).

Situation

Off the plan, high-density unit, first home buyer, low deposit.

Background

After a few years, newly-engaged couple Ruth and Christian had carved out a career for themselves in the IT industry and were earning great incomes.

Although they had only saved around $35,000 as a deposit, they could rely on the NSW government’s $15,000 first home buyers grant (FHOG) to give them a total deposit of around $50,000.

Base on their income and loan amount, they were pre-approved for a home loan and soon found a beautiful off the plan unit in an inner city Sydney suburb that fit with their lifestyle needs.

Despite getting pre-approval for the amount they needed to purchase the property ($575,000), their lender wouldn’t accept their unit because it was off the plan and located in a high density apartment block.

Solution

The couple were borrowing at 95% of the property value (Loan to Value Ratio) and even if they were to come up with another 5% to put towards the purchase, their loan would still be declined by a number of lenders.

Their mortgage broker was able to get them approved with AFM because they can leverage the lending policies of four funders and had no problem with the property being off the plan or in a high density postcode.

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  • roby20

    We only have a 5% deposit but we have a great combined income and stable employment. Can you help us apply with Australian First?

  • Hello roby20, AFM are great at lending to first home buyers with a low deposit so you should be okay as long as you can meet their standard lending criteria. You’ve got income and stable employment in the bag but you’ll also need to have a clean credit history and little to no existing debt to qualify. Please speak with one of our mortgage brokers about this by calling 1300 889 743.

  • Thilagendra Nagendra

    BEWARE!. I have 4 fixed loans with them. When asked for a break cost ,they are charging an exorbitant amount. Their fixed home rates have gone up more, so it should be much cheaper.

    When my accountant asked how they came up with this figure, AFM is refusing to provide this.
    It is very strange indeed. NOW THE MATTER IS WITH THE BANKING OMBUDSMAN.

  • Hi Thilagendra
    You should be able to resolve this with a standard complaint. AFM are usually reasonable and I am sorry to hear you have had a bad experience with them. It could be that their cost of funds has changed in a different way to their retail rates or it could be they have made a mistake in their calculation. It is their funder who does this calculation not AFM. AFM would receive no financial benefit from charging you more, it is their funder who would benefit.

    We’ve got a page on break fees here https://www.homeloanexperts.com.au/fixed-rate-loans/break-costs-exit-fees/ note that our calculator is an estimate so is not accurate for your purposes. The actual calculation is quite complicated.

    We strongly recommend that you read this page before you consider fixing https://www.homeloanexperts.com.au/fixed-rate-loans/should-i-fix-my-home-loan/

  • Thilagendra Nagendra

    I have had the 4 loans for 2.5 years now. ( 5 year fixed loan) Last year when I enquired about the break cost, their fixed rate was higher than the rate I had . So the break cost shoud have been ZERO!. ( according to the homeloanexpert website) This is why the matter is with the ombudsman.

  • They calculate it on their wholesale cost of funds not the retail rate that you pay. And they are related, but they are not the same thing. So please be aware that their calculation may be correct. It is a concern that they are not releasing their method of calculation though.