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Low Deposit Home Loans

If you're looking for a way into the housing market, a low deposit home loan could be your ticket to home ownership. Compare home loans that only require a 10 percent deposit or less in the table below.

Low deposit home loan comparisons on Mozo - last updated 4 March 2021

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  • Fixed Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

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    Initial monthly repayment
    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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  • Mozo Experts Choice 2020
    Discount Great Rate Home Loan (Fixed, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest)

    LVR<90%, over $150k

    interest rate
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    Initial monthly repayment
    1.99% p.a.
    fixed 3 years
    3.35% p.a.

    Get one of the lowest rates on the market with this fixed rate mortgage. Available with just a 10% deposit. Guarantor option available. NSW, QLD and ACT residents only. Mozo Experts Choice Awards - Home Lender Bank of the Year 2020.

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  • Back to Basics Special

    LVR<90%, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

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    2.69% p.a. variable
    2.70% p.a.

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

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  • Well Balanced

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR <90%

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    2.52% p.a. variable
    2.55% p.a.

    A low rate home loan for variable owner occupied loans, up to 90% LVR and no ongoing fees. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 for the Best New Home Loan.^

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  • Fixed Home Loan Special Offer

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

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    Initial monthly repayment
    2.19% p.a.
    fixed 3 years
    3.03% 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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  • Well Balanced

    Investor, Principal & Interest, LVR <90%

    interest rate
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    2.87% p.a. variable
    2.90% p.a.

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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

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%.

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.

Or simply head straight to our comprehensive search tool and get a ranking of loans based on price.

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

People's Choice Credit Union Variable Home Loan (Package) review
Overall 9/10
Friendly staff reasonable rates charges & features

People's Choice have a good range of home loans at reasonable rates. If you take out a home loan package there are no fees other than an annual fee - all refinancing, redraws, etc. are at no additional cost. They offer unlimited redraw facilities and the best thing I like is you can have as many offset accounts as you want - I currently have six for different purposes which makes saving up for different things easier. The staff are friendly and genuinely want to help you achieve your financial goals.

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People's Choice have a good range of home loans at reasonable rates. If you take out a home loan package there are no fees other than an annual fee - all refinancing, redraws, etc. are at no additional cost. They offer unlimited redraw facilities and the best thing I like is you can have as many offset accounts as you want - I currently have six for different purposes which makes saving up for different things easier. The staff are friendly and genuinely want to help you achieve your financial goals.

Price
7/10
Features
9/10
Customer service
10/10
Convenience
8/10
Trust
9/10
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Malcolm, South Australia, reviewed 1 day ago
Commonwealth Bank Standard Variable Rate review
Overall 5/10
Not a lot of trust for banks.

Pricing is not competitive as other banks have much lower rates for the same kind of loan. Features have a redraw facility but that's it. I have never heard from the bank in 17 years after receiving the loan - I do hear from my mortgage broker - who sends me a scratchie ticket every year for Christmas. Imagine getting that from your bank - don't think so! The bank only thanks you for being a loyal customer if you walk in there and ask for service. Convenience is great through online banking, but they do not want you in the bank as they make that clear by having one teller on at lunch - very uninviting. Trust - Have they really earned the trust of the people? I would not recommend any bank to anyone unless the bank bent over backwards to give amazing services and to also keep contact with their customers.

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Pricing is not competitive as other banks have much lower rates for the same kind of loan. Features have a redraw facility but that's it. I have never heard from the bank in 17 years after receiving the loan - I do hear from my mortgage broker - who sends me a scratchie ticket every year for Christmas. Imagine getting that from your bank - don't think so! The bank only thanks you for being a loyal customer if you walk in there and ask for service. Convenience is great through online banking, but they do not want you in the bank as they make that clear by having one teller on at lunch - very uninviting. Trust - Have they really earned the trust of the people? I would not recommend any bank to anyone unless the bank bent over backwards to give amazing services and to also keep contact with their customers.

Price
5/10
Features
5/10
Customer service
1/10
Convenience
5/10
Trust
3/10
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Karen, Queensland, reviewed 3 days ago
NAB Home Loan review
Overall 1/10
Not happy.

We had our home loan with NAB. We were looking at refinancing to get a better interest rate and a little more money to do renos on the house. Was told no straight away, even though we have been paying more money onto the loan and have never been behind in payments. They didn't even have a look to see if we could or couldn't do it. Also we didn't change anything throughout COVID-19, still paid the some every fortnight. We have been with NAB for over 10 years and no help, the customer service was so bad I have made a complaint. We have gone with another company and NAB bank made the settlement go on for over month. They kept on saying we need more time with all the paperwork, which they had in time of the settlement. Both myself and the other bank put it down to they want the monthly interest rate that they were going to miss out on.

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We had our home loan with NAB. We were looking at refinancing to get a better interest rate and a little more money to do renos on the house. Was told no straight away, even though we have been paying more money onto the loan and have never been behind in payments. They didn't even have a look to see if we could or couldn't do it. Also we didn't change anything throughout COVID-19, still paid the some every fortnight. We have been with NAB for over 10 years and no help, the customer service was so bad I have made a complaint. We have gone with another company and NAB bank made the settlement go on for over month. They kept on saying we need more time with all the paperwork, which they had in time of the settlement. Both myself and the other bank put it down to they want the monthly interest rate that they were going to miss out on.

Price
2/10
Features
2/10
Customer service
1/10
Convenience
1/10
Trust
1/10
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Sonia, Queensland, reviewed 3 days ago
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