Confused about what sort of home loan is right for you?

Securing a home loan is likely one of the most consequential financial decisions you will make in your life. It’s essential that you have accurate information and expert advice to ensure you make the most suitable loan choice for your needs and those of your family.

Similar to the vast array of properties available in the market, home loans come in numerous forms, each tailored to distinct financial circumstances and life stages. Navigating the intricate landscape of loan types, each with its unique advantages and disadvantages, can be quite challenging. That’s where Connect Loan steps in to make the process easier for you.

As seasoned mortgage and home loan experts, we have at our disposal an extensive array of offerings from Australian financial institutions, encompassing both major banks and smaller lenders. This breadth of access allows us to locate the most competitive rates and terms for the particular type of home loan that fits your needs. Our independent status means you can trust that the loan you get is tailored specifically to your requirements, not influenced by any lender affiliations.

Our proficiency ensures that whether you are a first-time home buyer, someone seeking to refinance your current mortgage, or a property investor aiming to expand your portfolio, we are here to assist you in making the most advantageous choice. A significant element of our service is doing the heavy lifting on your behalf. Rather than having you spend countless hours scouring comparison sites or sifting through lenders’ documentations, we conduct the research for you, presenting you with a range of feasible home loan options that align with your needs, situation, and financial aspirations.

Moreover, utilising our services won’t inflate your expenses. Any costs incurred due to our efforts are borne by the mortgage provider upon the finalisation of your loan. This arrangement allows you to channel more of your resources towards the acquisition of your dream property.

First Home Loans

First home Loans

The team at Connect Loan specializes in mortgages for first time buyers, and we are on hand throughout the process to help you calculate how much you can borrow, find the appropriate loan given your circumstances, and guide you through the completion of the relevant financial and legal paperwork.
Our aim is always to make the business of buying your first property as straightforward as possible, and so we will help you choose from the many different types of mortgage on the market, ensuring that your loan is right for you and will help you to achieve your financial goals.
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Renovation loans

Renovation loans

Finding that your current home no longer caters to your family's requirements, or requires some refurbishment or repair, is a situation many homeowners encounter. In such cases, shifting homes isn't the only solution; a renovation loan could be your perfect answer.
If your home has accrued equity, it's feasible to tap into this to refinance your loan, thereby liberating funds for remodelling or renovation. The kind of loan you qualify for largely depends on the extent and cost of the work involved. You might find that a personal loan, a standard fixed-rate, or a variable mortgage best serves your purpose. For larger-scale renovations, a construction loan might be more fitting.
At Connect Loan, our seasoned brokers are prepared to help you choose the most suitable option, securing the most favourable terms and rates for you.
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Construction Loans

Construction Loans

A construction loan is a unique mortgage product tailored to support the costs associated with building a new property, whether you're an owner-occupier or an investor. Unlike traditional home loans that provide a single upfront lump sum, construction loans disburse the loan amount in phases according to your needs, such as covering builders' expenses.
Usually, you're required to pay a deposit, typically around 5% of the total construction cost. The remaining funds are then released upon the completion of each construction phase. To enhance affordability, you're only obligated to pay interest on the disbursed loan portion during the construction phase, rather than the full loan amount. Upon completion of the building, you can then transition your construction loan into a standard mortgage.
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Refinance Loans

Refinance Loans

If you have equity in your home (i.e., the current value of your property exceeds the sum owing on the mortgage), then you may be able to use this to take out a refinance loan as a means of gaining greater financial flexibility, perhaps through consolidating other debts or loans. Alternatively, it may be that you have not looked closely at the terms of your mortgage for some time, and so are not getting the best possible value from your current arrangement.
Connect Loan can undertake a review of your current home loan status (as well as your other financial commitments) to ascertain whether you might benefit from taking out a refinance loan that gives you a better deal on your mortgage, and/or frees up equity that you can then use for other purposes, including major expenditure or for funding everyday living expenses — the choice is yours.
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Investment Loans

Investment Loans

If you are looking to invest in property, Connect Loan brokers can arrange an investment loan that is designed to suit your needs and goals. Depending on your current and future financial circumstances, your present property portfolio, and your investment aims, our highly experienced team can help you choose the right sort of loan based on what you are aiming to achieve, e.g., an interest-only home loan, a variable of fixed rate loan, a SMSF loan, or a construction loan.
Each of these different types of loan has its own merits and drawbacks, and so our brokers will work closely with you to choose which sort is most appropriate for you. This will take into account your approach to risk, the tax benefits that can accrue, and whether you are looking for immediate returns or your goal is to achieve long term capital growth.
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Low-doc Loans

Low-doc Loans

For people who are self employed, or for whom it is not a straightforward process to verify your income (e.g., seasonal workers, or you work overseas), it can sometimes be a more complicated process to obtain a home loan. However, at Connect Loan we specialise in obtaining low-doc loans designed specifically for people who may otherwise find it challenging to get a conventional mortgage.
A low-doc loan does not limit your options as to the type of mortgage you can arrange — you can still choose from options such as interest-only, variable rate and fixed rate home loans depending on your specific circumstances. Our team of brokers will guide you through the process of applying for a low-doc loan, and can help your choose from a wide of mortgage products which one will be most appropriate for your needs.
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Residential lenders

Frequently Asked Questions

There are several types of home loans available in Australia, including fixed-rate loans, variable rate loans, split loans (a combination of fixed and variable), interest-only loans, and principal & interest loans. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to choose the one that best suits your financial situation and goals.

In Australia, most lenders require a minimum deposit of 20% of the property’s value. However, some lenders may offer loans with a lower deposit, but you may have to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI). Some banks provide a professional package/Concessions on LMI for people who are working in certain industries such as Health professionals (including nurses), accountants etc. Since most banks have a difference policy and requirements, we do recommend contacting us and we can verify this information for you.

The home loan application process typically involves comparing different loan options, choosing a lender, completing an application form, and providing necessary documents. Once your application is approved, you’ll need to sign the loan agreement before the funds are released.

The interest rate is a significant factor in determining your mortgage repayments. A higher interest rate means higher monthly repayments and a larger total loan cost. Conversely, a lower interest rate can save you a significant amount of money over the life of the loan.

Eligibility criteria for a home loan in Australia typically include being at least 18 years old, being an Australian citizen , permanent resident or holding an acceptable temporary visa, having a regular income, and having a good credit history. Lenders will also consider your current debts and living expenses.

Yes, you can get pre-approved for a home loan. Pre-approval, also known as conditional approval, gives you an idea of how much you may be able to borrow based on your current financial situation.

When applying for a home loan, you’ll typically need to provide identification documents, proof of income (like payslips or tax returns), bank statements, and details about your assets and liabilities.

Yes, in Australia, first-time home buyers may be eligible for various grants and incentives, such as the First Homeowner Grant (FHOG) or the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme (FHLDS), which can help make buying a home more affordable.

Yes, refinancing your home loan can potentially get you a better interest rate, which can save you money over the life of the loan. However, it’s important to consider the costs associated with refinancing, such as break fees or application fees.

The time it takes to get approval for a home loan can vary depending on the lender and your individual circumstances. However, generally, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

The interest rate on home loans can vary depending on the lender, the type of loan, and the borrower’s credit history. Most banks provide a very competitive interest rate based on the strength of the application which in most cases is lower than advertised rate. Therefore, we recommend contacting us to find a right bank for you.

Getting a home loan with bad credit can be challenging but NOT impossible. Some lenders offer loans to individuals with bad credit but at higher interest rates. Improving your credit score, saving for a larger down payment, or having a co-signer can also help.


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