More same-sex home borrowers in the property market, according to Aussie

Monika Gudova

16 Nov 2018

redactor/hero-images/466/people-women-couple_with_laptop_on_couch_content.jpg

The number of same-sex couples buying homes together with joint mortgages is on the rise, according to Aussie Home Loans, particularly among female couples.

The data showed that female partners are more likely than men to take out a joint loan, with the number of loans taken out by women growing from 50% of all same-sex joint loans in 2014, to 55%.

Aussie CEO James Symond has predicted that the number of same-sex loans will continue to grow in light of recent developments in favour of same-sex marriage.

“We are delighted to be providing more loans to same-sex joint applicants, whether they are couples or singles partnering up,” he said.

“I expect to see significant growth from these customers for years to come thanks to the legislation of same-sex marriage.”

The research found that about half (45% female, 59% male) of the same-sex partners with a joint loan were married or in a defacto relationship, the other half Symond suggests could be “savvy singles - and in particular women - who are looking to join forces to get a foot on the property ladder.”

Another finding from the data was that the top Australian suburbs for these home-buying couples were all within NSW and Victoria.

“Melbourne’s Yarraville, Craigieburn and Brunswick are Australia’s top three suburbs for joint female loans while Sydney’s Redfern, Surry Hills and Newtown are the most popular for joint male loans,” Symonds said.

RELATED: All big 4 banks hike home loan rates - is now a good time to refinance?

According to the research, the average age of these borrowers was 41 years old for women, and 38 for men. Also notable is the gap between average loan sizes, where male couples borrow more than their female counterparts, with an average loan size of $337,182 for men, and $316,405 for women.

Symond noted the clear disparity between men and women in the property market, which he put down to the pay gap between genders.

“Our data shows the average individual income for single male customers is 17 per cent higher than single females, and 12 per cent higher for joint same-sex customers,” he said.

“That’s not an insignificant amount, and could ultimately be the cause of women’s delayed entry into property.”

Buying a home as a couple is a big step - one that you need to be prepared for. Our first home buyers guide will help answer any questions you may have, and when you’re ready, head over to our home loan comparison tables to compare low rates and handy features, or check out some great options below.

Find a home loan - rates updated daily

  • Promoted

    loans.com.au

    1.99% p.a.variable for 12 months and then 2.57% p.a. variable

    2.55% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Smart Booster 1 Year Discount Variable Home Loan

    A super low introductory rate home loan with no monthly or ongoing fees. Unlimited free redraws and unlimited additional repayments to help you build your equity and own your home sooner. Multiple loan splits available. (Rates revert after introductory period ends).

    • 1.99% p.a.variable for 12 months and then 2.57% p.a. variable

    • 2.55% p.a.

    • $520

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $520

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $1,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Smart Booster 1 Year Discount Variable Home Loan

  • Promoted

    HSBC

    2.09% p.a.
    fixed 2 years

    2.98% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Fixed Rate Home Loan

    Have the security of a fixed rate for 2 years with the option to split with one of the HSBC variable Home Loans. No ongoing monthly service fees or annual fees. Mozo Experts Choice Fixed Home Loan 2020^

    • 2.09% p.a.
      fixed 2 years

    • 2.98% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free up to $10,000 p.a.

    • no

    • no

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $7,500,000

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Fixed Rate Home Loan

  • Promoted

    UBank

    2.49% p.a. variable

    2.49% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    Enjoy a super low rate, $0 fees and easy application with the Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Bank of the Year.^ Free redraw with flexible repayments. Min 20% deposit.

    • 2.49% p.a. variable

    • 2.49% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $100,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

  • Promoted

    ING

    2.59% p.a. variable

    2.62% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Mortgage Simplifier

    Enjoy no ongoing monthly or annual account-keeping fees. Unlimited additional repayments. Redraw facility available. If you choose to round up your Orange Everyday, every card purchase will help to directly reduce your outstanding home loan balance.

    • 2.59% p.a. variable

    • 2.62% p.a.

    • $299

    • $0.00

    • $250.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • $299

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • $999,999

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Mortgage Simplifier

  • Promoted

    Suncorp

    2.29% p.a.
    fixed 2 years

    3.32% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Fixed Home Loan Special Offer Home Package Plus

    No monthly account keeping fees & No loan establishment fee. Get a $2,000 cash bonus when you refinance with an eligible Suncorp Bank Home Loan of $250k+. T&Cs & eligibility criteria apply.

    • 2.29% p.a.
      fixed 2 years

    • 3.32% p.a.

    • $0

    • $375.00 yearly

    • $350.00

    • yes - free up to $500 per month

    • no

    • no

    • $0

    • 90.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • Refinance from another lender to receive a $2,000 cash bonus for loans of at least $250,000 or $3,000 bonus for loans over $750,000. Available for loans with an LVR <90% and applications made by 30 September 2020 and settled by 29 December 2020.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Fixed Home Loan Special Offer

*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 the amount and term you entered.

**Initial monthly repayment figures are estimates only, based on the advertised rate, and a loan of $500,000 repaid over 25 years. Rates, fees and charges and therefore the total cost of the loan may vary depending on your loan amount, loan term, and credit history. Actual repayments will depend on your individual circumstances and interest rate changes.

Mozo may receive advertising fees from the financial institutions, issuers of financial or credit products and third party advice providers that are shown on this page. These fees are based on a cost per click, cost per acquisition, or a fixed fee.