First Home Loan2024-01-24T11:54:46+11:00


We help make your
first home happen

Buying your first home can be exciting and it can also be complex. We’re here to help simplify the process and make your mortgage really happen. We find out how much you can actually borrow and research the best loans for you from over 50 different lenders. At Simplify Finance we work with our customers every step-of-the-way for their loan application. From the qualifying period to approval stage as well as providing support during the property purchase – right up until you take possession of your new home.

Why Simplify Finance?

We have over 15 years experience and a proven track record of successfully securing finance for first-home buyers. Our ‘Relationship Manager’ service means we are there to help you achieve the best result at every stage of the mortgage: ‘Application’, ‘Loan Settlement’ and ‘After-Settlement’. We are your support team.

How much can I borrow?

of the property value with a guarantor.
with First Home Loan Deposit Scheme.
with equity in another property.


What will repayments be?

You can use this calculator to calculate your home loan repayments for various loan amounts, interest rates, loan terms and repayment options.

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Why choose Simplify Finance?


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What is a home loan?2023-07-17T14:04:15+10:00

A home loan is a type of loan that is used to finance the purchase of a property. In Australia, home loans are typically offered by banks or other financial institutions. The interest rate on a home loan can either be fixed for a period of time or remain variable and fluctuate with the market. To find out which interest rate type is best for you, book a call or contact us to discuss the pros and cons.

Where do I start?2023-07-17T14:05:04+10:00

Each person’s journey in finding a home is unique. To determine the necessary steps for securing your first home, get in touch with us. By understanding your financial situation better, we can provide a tailored solution that suits your needs perfectly.

How much does a mortgage broker charge?2023-07-17T14:59:17+10:00

Some mortgage brokers may charge you a fee for their services, but the mortgage brokers at Simplify Finance do not. We are remunerated by our clients’ lenders, and are fully committed to providing you excellent service throughout your entire home loan journey.

Read our article about how mortgage brokers are paid to learn more.

How do I apply for my first home loan?2023-07-17T14:59:18+10:00

Buying your first home is a big step, and getting a home loan can be a daunting process. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. The first step in applying for your first home loan is getting pre-approval. Before you start looking at homes, receiving pre-approval for a home loan will give you an idea of how much you can borrow and what your monthly payments will be. The pre-approval process involves gathering bank statements, your payslip and other documents to verify your identity.

Get started on applying for your first home loan, and we will contact you for a quick chat about your financial situation and goals, all obligation free.

How do I save for a deposit?2023-07-17T14:05:25+10:00

Saving for a home deposit, especially during times of high interest rates, may seem like an impossible task. By using our budget planner and following our tips to manage living costs, you can build a solid savings plan. Our team is also available to provide personalised guidance tailored to your financial circumstances, ensuring you’re well-prepared to take the next step towards homeownership. If you would like to have a chat about this, book a call with us.

How much can I borrow for a mortgage?2023-07-17T14:05:41+10:00

Determining how much you can borrow for a mortgage is a critical step in the home buying process. By considering various factors like credit score, income, and debt levels, lenders assess your ability to handle mortgage repayments. Our mortgage specialists can assist you in understanding these factors better and identifying the optimal borrowing capacity. With this knowledge, you’ll be better equipped to choose a suitable mortgage that aligns with your financial capabilities and homeownership goals.

To find out more, get started here.


What are the factors that affect interest rates on a mortgage?2023-07-17T14:59:41+10:00

Interest rates on mortgages are determined by a number of factors, including:

  • Your credit score
  • The amount on your down payment
  • The term of your loan
  • The current market interest rates
  • The type of mortgage you choose

At Simplify Finance, we can help you understand the factors that affect your mortgage interest rate and find the best deal for you. We’ll work with you to find the right lender and the best terms, and we’ll be there to answer any questions you have along the way.

How do I choose a lender?2023-07-17T15:13:17+10:00

It can be difficult to weigh all of your options when choosing a mortgage lender. We know this, so we do all the hard work for you and provide mortgage options that is best suited to your needs by comparing interest rates, terms and other factors.

What happens if I miss a mortgage repayment?2023-07-17T14:58:37+10:00

Missing a payment on your home loan can have serious consequences. Lenders may charge you a fee depending on how late your repayment takes, and could even send a formal letter about the possible repercussions you may face. Other possibilities include the reduction of your credit score, affecting your potential loans or forms of credit in the future, or house foreclosure in the extreme instance you miss multiple mortgage repayments.

It is important to discuss your home loan options with a mortgage broker to avoid the consequences of missed mortgage repayments. If you would like to chat about your options, contact us and we will get back to you.

What criteria applies to a first home loan in Australia?2023-07-17T14:58:38+10:00

The eligibility criteria for a first home loan in Australia vary depending on the lender and the state you reside in, but there are some general requirements that you’ll need to meet.

  • Have a deposit saved: The amount of your deposit will affect the size of your loan and your interest rate. A larger deposit may result in a lower interest rate and lower monthly repayments.
  • Have a stable income: Lenders want to see that you have a stable income that will allow you to make your mortgage payments on time.
  • Be able to afford the repayments: Lenders will want to see that you can afford the repayments on your mortgage, including principal, interest, and other fees. This means having a certain debt-to-income ratio so that you are more likely to successfully pay off your mortgage.
What are the costs involved with getting a first home loan?2023-07-17T14:59:42+10:00

Getting a first home loan can be a costly process, but it’s important to be aware of the costs involved so that you can budget accordingly. In addition to be monthly costs of your home loan repayments, there are a number of upfront costs that you may need to pay. This includes fees such as:

  • Application fee: This is a fee that lenders charge to process your loan application and the amount varies depending on the lender.
  • Legal fee: Lawyers review and explain your loan documents, ensuring you understand the terms of your loan.
  • Stamp duty: This is a government tax that you’ll need to pay when you buy a property. The amount of stamp duty will vary depending on the value of the property and the state in which you’re buying it.

There may be other costs associated with getting a first home loan, such as appraisal fees, survey fees, and title insurance fees. The total costs of getting a first home loan can vary depending on a number of factors, including the size of your loan, the interest rate on your loan, and the upfront costs associated with your loan. However, it’s important to factor in all of these costs when you’re budgeting for your first home purchase.

Read more about the hidden costs of buying a home to learn more.

Am I eligible for first home buyer benefits in NSW?2023-07-17T14:31:28+10:00

As a first-time homebuyer in New South Wales, understanding the eligibility criteria for government incentives and policies can significantly impact your buying journey. From the First Home Owner Grant to stamp duty concessions, there are various benefits you might be eligible for. To determine your eligibility, consider the following criteria:

  1. Citizenship or Permanent Residency: Generally, you must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident to qualify for first home buyer policies.
  2. Residency Requirements: Some schemes require you to live in the property for a certain period to receive benefits.
  3. First Home Owner Grant (FHOG): Check if you meet the FHOG criteria, including age restrictions and property value limits.
  4. Stamp Duty Concessions: Verify if you qualify for stamp duty exemptions or concessions based on the property’s value and your intentions for using it as your primary residence.
  5. Other Financial Criteria: Some policies may have income or savings limits for eligibility.

For more information on NSW government incentives for first home buyers, read our guide, changes to first home buyer benefits.

What is stamp duty?2023-07-17T14:57:55+10:00

Stamp duty, also known as transfer duty, is an expense applied by state governments in Australia on transactions relating to the transfer of land or property. It is calculated based on a percentage of a property’s value and changes based on which state you reside.

To learn more about transfer duty and how it affects you, read our article about stamp duty.