Can I get a home loan with low income?

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Many people believe that if you have a low income, you’re not eligible for a home loan. But all is not lost - if your household income is supported by benefits outside of your standard employment income then your home loan dreams could still become a reality.

Can I get a home loan with government benefits as my income source?

You might find it difficult to obtain a home loan if Centrelink or other regular government payments are your only source of income.

The government benefits that may count as valid income include:

  • Carers allowance
  • Disability support
  • Long term pensions (War/Widow's pension)
  • Family Tax Benefits (Parts A & B)

Preparing for a home loan with low income

While having low income can make things challenging, there are some simple strategies you could implement to put you on the front foot when looking to secure a home loan.

Understand your cashflow

Working out where and when money comes in and out can help you to work out how much you might be able to borrow from a lender. To get an idea of your current borrowing power, use our handy online calculator.

Reduce debt

Debt is seen as a liability by lenders, so it’s important to work out how much debt you have and whether you can reduce it. Here are some tips from the team that could help you save cash and reduce debt.

Saving for a deposit

Many lenders require a minimum of 10% of the price of the property you wish to buy as a deposit. It’s not pocket change, so it’s important that you have enough savings for a deposit before you apply for a home loan. Our savings calculator can help you work out how quickly you can save for a deposit based on your current budget.

Help from a guarantor

Lenders may consider you for a loan if you have financial backing from a guarantor. Often a family member or friend who will be responsible for paying back the loan if you are unable to - there are several legal ramifications of having a guarantor in place, so it could be a good idea to get some legal advice to understand how this process works before choosing this path.

Low income? We’re here to help

As a specialist lender, we consider alternative income sources, including government benefits when evaluating your loan application. Find out more information about the types of income we accept towards a home loan.

We’ll talk to you to fully understand your individual situation, as well as completing a personal credit assessment of each application to make sure we’re able to provide you with a loan that’ll meet your specific needs.

And most importantly, that won’t put you in a loan that you can’t afford. Want to know more? Read about our responsible lending practices.

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