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Low Deposit Home Loans

A low deposit home loan requires an initial deposit of just 10% or less of a property’s value. This offers first home buyers a chance at ownership when they don’t have enough money saved for a standard home loan.

Remember, you will likely need to buy Lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) if you choose to take out a home loan with less than a 20% deposit. This can be a trade-off for buyers, who on one hand can put down a lower deposit but on the other, must meet an extra ongoing cost that’s paid back over time. Start comparing home loans now!

Low deposit home loan comparisons on Mozo - last updated 9 May 2021

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    Fixed Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

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    2.88% p.a.
    fixed 3 years
    2.89% p.a.

    This home loan is available for purchase or refinance, complete with 1, 2 or 3 year fixed rate options. Minimum 10% deposit required.

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    Back to Basics Special

    LVR<90%, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

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    Initial monthly repayment
    2.59% p.a. variable
    2.60% p.a.

    No monthly account keeping fee. $0 ongoing annual fee. Make additional repayments anytime. Only 10% minimum deposit.

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    Mozo Experts Choice 2021
    Well Balanced

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR <90%

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    Initial monthly repayment
    2.52% p.a. variable
    2.55% p.a.

    A great value low rate home loan for variable owner occupiers. Free extra repayments and free redraw facility. No ongoing fees. Option for a split account available. Up to 90% LVR. Winner of the Offset Home Loan Expert's Choice Award for 2021.

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    Fixed Home Loan Special Offer

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

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    Initial monthly repayment
    2.09% p.a.
    fixed 3 years
    2.93% p.a.

    No monthly account keeping fees & No loan establishment fee. Get up to $3,000 cash bonus when you refinance with an eligible Suncorp Bank Home Loan. T&Cs & eligibility criteria apply.

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    Mozo Experts Choice 2021
    Well Balanced

    Investor, Principal & Interest, LVR <90%

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    2.87% p.a. variable
    2.90% p.a.

    Low variable rate home loan for Investors up to 90% LVR with no ongoing fees, free extra repayments and redraw facilities. Winner of the Offset Home Loan Expert's Choice Award for 2021.

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*WARNING: This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. The comparison rate displayed is for a secured loan with monthly principal and interest repayments for $150,000 over 25 years.

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Low deposit home loans key information 

In Australia, the standard down payment that you need when purchasing property is 20%. This means that if you are buying a property for $500,000 you would need a deposit of $100,000. Now, saving up a $100,000 deposit is no walk in the park and would take most people several years to achieve.

An alternative option to saving the deposit upfront is to take out a low deposit home loan. These home loans will only require you to have a deposit around 5 -10% instead of the required 20%. In home loan terms this is often called the LVR, or loan to value ratio, so if you have a 10 percent deposit your LVR will be 90%.

In recent years (post GFC) the lending criteria for home loans has been tightened so it is no longer possible to get a no deposit home loan. Even 5% deposit home loans are becoming rarer so if you are planning on purchasing property it is a good goal to aim for at least having a 10 percent deposit.

Will I have to pay lenders mortgage insurance?

Yes, If you decide to opt for a low deposit home loan you will need to pay lenders mortgage insurance or LMI. All home loans that have a LVR of 80% or more are required to take out this insurance. The cost for this insurance is added to your home loan amount.

It is important to understand that this insurance does not protect you if you can't meet your repayments. You would need to take out mortgage or income protection insurance to cover you in case of illness or redundancy. LMI is an insurance you pay to protect the bank or mortgage lender should you default on your repayments.

How much you need to pay for LMI will depend on the amount you are borrowing and your LVR. The lender will tell you how much this will be.

LMI is also not transferrable so if you move or switch loans you will not be able to transfer this insurance to your new lender or property. You would need to pay this again if you have not yet reached an LVR of 80%.

Comparing low deposit loan interest rates

If you are planning on purchasing your first home with a small deposit, then finding the right home loan is essential. Because while buying your first home does mean you’ll pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI), it doesn’t mean you still can’t a great deal on your home loan. Our Home Loans Interest Rates page can not only help you find a competitive interest rate, but it also help you compare a range of loan features from offset accounts to extra repayments.

How can I work out what my repayments will be?

We've made this super easy with our handy repayments calculator. Just plug in your loan amount and term and we'll instantly tell you what your monthly repayments will be so that you can begin budgeting.

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More FAQs about low deposit home loans

Do low deposit home loans have the same features as standard home loans?

There are so many types of home loans available to borrowers these days that you can really cherry pick the features that will best suit you.

Interest rates on low deposit home loans are generally slightly higher and you may find that the borrowing limits are also lower on these loans so before you start property hunting it is a good idea to get an idea of the maximum loan amount available if you do have a smaller deposit.

Other features worth reviewing include:

offset account feature. Having an offset account attached to your home loan can save you a lot of money in interest over the life of your loan. Think of an offset as a bank account and the balance in that account is offset against your loan amount. So say you have $3000 in your offset bank account but you owe $500,000 on your home loan. Instead of paying interest on the full loan amount you will only pay interest on $497,000. This may not seem like a lot but over 25 years this adds up.

extra repayments. Having the ability to make extra repayments will also reduce the interest and the length of your loan term. Lump sums you get from work bonus or at tax time can make a difference but so too will putting an extra $50 each month onto your home loan.

What fees do I need to pay?

You could be up for the following fees depending on your loan choice:

Application fee. This is a fee payable when you apply for a home loan for the lender to assess and process your application. Some lenders waive this fee if you proceed through to settlement.

Valuation fee. You could be charged a valuation fee by the lender for them to value your property. It is important to understand that their valuation may be different to the price you paid for the property or the price given to you by a real estate agent. The lender will base their loan amount off the valuation done by their valuer.

Settlement fee. This is a nominal charge for a bank or lender representative to attend settlement on your behalf and file paperwork.

Service fee. Some loans will have a monthly or an annual service fee. It is important to review this carefully, a $10 a month fee might not sound like much but over a 25 year home loan this adds up to a cool $3000.

Discharge fee. This is a fee payable at the end of the loan term.

In addition to the fees charged by the lender, you may have to pay state or government fees and charges.

Stamp duty calculator. See here if you’ll need to pay stamp duty on your property purchase.

Check out the table above to find the right low deposit home loan for you.

Home Loan Reviews

NAB Home Loan review
Overall 1/10
Much better deals and customer service out there.

Do not recommend! NAB or your broker will lock you into a non-competitive rate and charge you the $395/year on top of this so you can wait 1+hour to talk to 3 people in a call centre who will all ask you the same questions despite you having answered them and waste your precious life and then decide they can't help you anytime you have a query. While some try to, for whatever reason, their system is always slow or down, none of their back-end team are ever connected or seem to be in the same place as each other so you're dealing with a completely silo'd and disconnected group of people. When you finally get through to someone, you spend another 1 hour talking to someone in Australia (which is what the $395 plus your excessive interest rate is paying for presumably), guaranteeing you XYZ with no follow-up in writing before not actioning your query. You are then left to join the call centre queue again and if they don't hang up on you after the 1 hour+ you are in line, they'll screw up your query again and again and again. They used to assign a retention officer if they really screwed up (thrice over 2 years for me) with email details so you didn't have to wait in line but they know longer do this anymore, presumably due to high demand and all the screw-ups. Their first offer after a complaint is to refund the yearly fee and if you threaten to go to the Financial Ombudsman they may then write you a polite email - no other financial refund is available despite you being penalised in time and money for their shortcomings. Really do you numbers to see if you need to be using a Big 4 bank - the interest rate is everything. A half a % change can mean 000's saved in a year and more in the long run and breaking a fixed rate can be earnt back within a reasonable time if you get a spreadsheet out and just use an afternoon to see how it all works. If you've only got a year or two left on a fixed loan, the economic break cost is generally under 1k and if another provider is offering 3-4k joining bonus, just do it (there are also exit fees). This was a revelation for a non-numbers person after I just became so frustrated with being ripped off. Don't get drawn into the big banks providing a "safety net" - they are just using their excess fees to try to pay for their clunky, dated systems and all the support they need for this, CBD offices and amenities, Australian-based call centre staff and management teams to design KPIs, scripts, incentives for staff etc.

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Do not recommend! NAB or your broker will lock you into a non-competitive rate and charge you the $395/year on top of this so you can wait 1+hour to talk to 3 people in a call centre who will all ask you the same questions despite you having answered them and waste your precious life and then decide they can't help you anytime you have a query. While some try to, for whatever reason, their system is always slow or down, none of their back-end team are ever connected or seem to be in the same place as each other so you're dealing with a completely silo'd and disconnected group of people. When you finally get through to someone, you spend another 1 hour talking to someone in Australia (which is what the $395 plus your excessive interest rate is paying for presumably), guaranteeing you XYZ with no follow-up in writing before not actioning your query. You are then left to join the call centre queue again and if they don't hang up on you after the 1 hour+ you are in line, they'll screw up your query again and again and again. They used to assign a retention officer if they really screwed up (thrice over 2 years for me) with email details so you didn't have to wait in line but they know longer do this anymore, presumably due to high demand and all the screw-ups. Their first offer after a complaint is to refund the yearly fee and if you threaten to go to the Financial Ombudsman they may then write you a polite email - no other financial refund is available despite you being penalised in time and money for their shortcomings. Really do you numbers to see if you need to be using a Big 4 bank - the interest rate is everything. A half a % change can mean 000's saved in a year and more in the long run and breaking a fixed rate can be earnt back within a reasonable time if you get a spreadsheet out and just use an afternoon to see how it all works. If you've only got a year or two left on a fixed loan, the economic break cost is generally under 1k and if another provider is offering 3-4k joining bonus, just do it (there are also exit fees). This was a revelation for a non-numbers person after I just became so frustrated with being ripped off. Don't get drawn into the big banks providing a "safety net" - they are just using their excess fees to try to pay for their clunky, dated systems and all the support they need for this, CBD offices and amenities, Australian-based call centre staff and management teams to design KPIs, scripts, incentives for staff etc.

Price
3/10
Features
2/10
Customer service
1/10
Convenience
6/10
Trust
1/10
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Natalie, New South Wales, reviewed 3 days ago
Mortgage House Home Loan review
Overall 1/10
Trust Ken Sayer & Mortgage House at your own peril

I have worked in the finance industry for over 30 years and without a doubt Mortgage House is the worst Mortgage Brokering company I have dealt with on many levels: 1. Communication - The broker Ken Sayer is elusive and refuses to accept phone calls, he only makes 15 minute appointments and his team does not return phone calls and ignore requests to do so. 2. Pricing - We have 25% deposit and they are asking for a risk fee with any explanation as to why. Sounds like a simply money grab. 3. Trust & Convenience- The broker did not build any rapport, explain the process, discuss our requirements or exhibit any behaviour that he was working for our benefit. The lack of communication with loan detail is far from convenient because it leaves us wondering what is happening. 4. Customer service is non existent, it is almost as I am an inconvenience to their day. Don't they realise, the customer is the reason they exist.

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I have worked in the finance industry for over 30 years and without a doubt Mortgage House is the worst Mortgage Brokering company I have dealt with on many levels: 1. Communication - The broker Ken Sayer is elusive and refuses to accept phone calls, he only makes 15 minute appointments and his team does not return phone calls and ignore requests to do so. 2. Pricing - We have 25% deposit and they are asking for a risk fee with any explanation as to why. Sounds like a simply money grab. 3. Trust & Convenience- The broker did not build any rapport, explain the process, discuss our requirements or exhibit any behaviour that he was working for our benefit. The lack of communication with loan detail is far from convenient because it leaves us wondering what is happening. 4. Customer service is non existent, it is almost as I am an inconvenience to their day. Don't they realise, the customer is the reason they exist.

Price
1/10
Features
1/10
Customer service
1/10
Convenience
1/10
Trust
1/10
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Mark, New South Wales, reviewed 3 days ago
MyState Bank Home Loan review
Overall 1/10
Worst bank in the world

This bank is nothing but trouble the entire way. We were charged 4 thousand because they took 60 days to get the finance. Then they we sold some land everyone had to wait literally 4 months just for mystate to do their part. My conveyancer and i have never seen anything like it. I could go on and on and on they literally dont care they are the slowest in the world and have zero problem stuffing you around non stop no matter how urgent your situation is they will not help you. Stay away

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This bank is nothing but trouble the entire way. We were charged 4 thousand because they took 60 days to get the finance. Then they we sold some land everyone had to wait literally 4 months just for mystate to do their part. My conveyancer and i have never seen anything like it. I could go on and on and on they literally dont care they are the slowest in the world and have zero problem stuffing you around non stop no matter how urgent your situation is they will not help you. Stay away

Price
1/10
Features
1/10
Customer service
1/10
Convenience
1/10
Trust
1/10
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Tyson, South Australia, reviewed 3 days ago
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