If you are on a Skilled/Work Temporary Visa, we can help you with a home loan

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  • Guide you from preapproval to settlement
  • Borrow up to 95% of the purchase price
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Home Loan for Skilled/Work Visa Holders

Australia is a large country in size with a relatively small population. To overcome skill shortages and encourage business investment, the Government offers these individuals the to opportunity live and work in Australia. Many of these individuals discover that Australia is a great country to live in and would like to settle down and buy a home. Professional Home Loans can assist them with their goals.

 

What Skilled Visa Subclass can we assist with?

The following are the subclass Skill Visa that we can assist

482 Visa (previously 457 Visa) – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

491 Visa (previously 489 Visa) – Skilled Regional Visa

– 494 Visa – Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional Visa

 

How much can you borrow up to?

Many borrowers in this situation often approach Professional Home Loans after being informed by their bank or mortgage broker that the maximum Loan-to-Value Ratio (LVR) available is 80% due to requirements set by the banks.

However, there’s good news: Temporary residents can actually borrow up to 95% of the purchase price, meaning only a 5% deposit is required, (plus funds to cover 3% Lenders Mortgage Insurance).

The key to achieving approval for your home loan lies in applying to the right bank—one that accepts your visa and acknowledges your status as a temporary resident.

 

What is the next step?

With Professional Home Loans as your trusted mortgage partner, we specialise in navigating the complexities of temporary residency and have established relationships with banks that are open to accommodating your unique situation. We understand the importance of securing the financing you need to achieve your homeownership dreams, and we’re here to guide you through the process every step of the way.

There is no cost for our service and absolutely no obligation.

Contact us online or call 1300 55 44 97 today to learn how we can answer all your questions about getting a home loan on a Temporary Visa!

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FAQs – Temporary Visa and Expat Loans

  • Can people access home loans for Australian property if they don’t have citizenship or permanent residency? Can I get a home loan on a Skilled Temporary Visa in Australia?

Yes, home loans for Australian property are available to those that don’t have citizenship or permanent residency status. Home loans are available to those on Skilled Temporary Visa. The subclass of your visa will determine what options you have.

  • Do you find temporary visa holders or non-residents are often unaware that they can access home loans?

Most temporary visa holders or non-residents are unaware of the costs associated with buying a property. The two additional costs are FIRB (Foreign Investment Review Board) application fee and foreign buyer surcharge/stamp duty.

Fees for FIRB can be found here.

Foreign Buyer surcharge/stamp duty is state dependent and is percentage of the purchase price. It is 8% in Victoria and NSW, and 7% in other states.

There is no stamp duty surcharge for properties in ACT and NT.

  • Are there cases in which banks or lenders will limit a person’s borrowing capacity due to their visa? By how much typically?

The lenders do not treat or limit a person’s borrowing capacity if they are on a temporary visa. As long as they are living and working in Australia, earning AUD, they will treat them the same as an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident.

The only time the banks will limit a person’s borrowing capacity is when they are earning foreign income. They will typically shade their income by 20%. In saying that, some lenders will shade by 10%, whereas others will shade by 40%. It really depends on the lenders policies.

Their policy will also determine whether Australian tax margins are used or whether the local tax rate is use. For example, tax rate in Singapore, UAE and Switzerland is much lower than Australia. Some lenders know this and will allow the local tax rate to be used.

  • Are there any other factors that often come as a surprise to people purchasing in Australia as an expat or temporary visa holder

With Temporary Visa Holders in Australia, they will be treated the same as citizens and PR.

For expats, the factors that may come into play are living expenses such as rent. Rent in some countries such as Switzerland and HK are very expensive. If the rent is not covered by the employer, this usually makes it very hard for the client, even they are on strong income.

Credt card limits may also impact their borrowming limit. Most expats also have credit cards with very high limits. This is normal for Middle Eastern countries, Singapore and Hong Kong. The credit card limit can have major impact on a client’s borrowing capacity, as the lenders treat the limit as the balance.

  • Are there any types of visas that banks tend to view more favourably?

Lenders will to lend to those that have a high likelihood of staying in Australia and stability in income. These include Skilled, Partner and Business/Investment Visa Holders. Our website highlight the common visas that lenders will lend to. In saying that, I do have a few lenders that will lend to those with Graduate Visas or parents that are overseas buying a property for their children to live in while they study here.

  • What advice would you give a person hoping to take out a home loan for Australian property if they aren’t a citizen or permanent resident?

The key thing is to know how much deposit they need. As discussed previously, they need extra funds to cover FIRB and Foreign Buyer surcharge. Depending on their visas, the lenders will lend up to 95%. However, in some cases, the maximum loan is at 80%. On top of the fees, they also need 20% deposit as well as funds to cover legal fees and incidentals.

  • Do some banks view non-citizens or non-residents more favourably than others? If so, could you provide a few as an example?

The banks do not typically view any non-citizen/residents more favourably than others. They do however, have certain countries they won’t lend to. Those mainly consist of countries that is politically unstable or currently involved in war. The lenders also have a list of currencies that are acceptable to them. I suppose this is the way that are more favourable to some countries than others, by accepting their currency when applying for a loan.

  • Are there any other misconceptions that you see commonly, or myths you’d like to debunk?

The main misconception is that people on are not Australian or are non-Residents are treated differently and pay a higher rate. Temporary visa holders, PR and Australian expats get the same rates as local purchases. The ones that will attract higher rates are non-Residents and foreign income self-employed. This category will fall under the specialty lenders and may have to pay additional risk fee and higher interest rates.

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Michael is the best broker out there. Besides his credit knowledge, he was also very attentive to his clients. He makes sure that all our questions are answered and is always looking after you. Responses within minutes too if you ever reach out. People always talk about how stressful it is to apply for a home loan. As a temporary resident in Australia, Michael made the application process the easiest thing we have ever done. Fun fact! I was so amused when Michael was guiding our solicitor during the process, that’s how skilled and knowledgeable he is about his clients’ background and what they’re entitled to when it comes to purchasing a property. Thank you Michael and Professional Home Loans for the best experience!

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