Your Home Loan Consultant - First Home Buyer Specialist

At a glance

While the process of buying your first home can be challenging, and at times, seem unachievable.  The decision to purchase your own home is one that will set you up for the future. The important thing to remember is that, Your Home Loan Consultant understands how confusing it can be to try and navigate your own way through the process.

You don’t have to navigate the uncharted territory on your own.


When purchasing your first property, don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by the experience. The process can be seamless and enjoyable when you tackle it in individual stages. From making the decision to purchase, to finding the right loan, saving for your deposit and finding and securing the perfect home. Step-by-step you can achieve your financial goals.

Lets Get In Touch!

Did you know?

You may be eligible for a first home buyer grant or other incentives such as stamp duty concessions.

With the help of a guarantor, you can borrow over 100% of the purchase price. This will allow you to buy a home and pay for purchasing costs such as State Charges and legal costs.

Some lenders will allow you to use your good rental history as genuine savings. This allows you use gifted funds as your deposit.

Getting started

October 23, 2020

October 22, 2020

Related Articles


Guarantor Home loan With the help of a guarantor, you can borrow over 100% of


Construction Home loan. A construction home loan is a specific type of mortgage designed for


Home Loan Pre-Approval Before choosing a home you should have a home loan Pre-Approval Home

Frequently asked questions

How much deposit do I need for a home loan?

How much deposit is required depends mainly on how much you want to spend on a property. Ideally you should have 20% of the purchase price plus allow for other costs such as State charges eg; Stamp Duty and solicitor's fees.

However, most lenders will lend you up to 95% of the property value. And there a few lenders that will still go up to 97%.

If you are borrowing above 80% of the property value you may need to pay what’s called Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI).

What is Lender Mortgage Insurance?

Lenders Mortgage Insurance is required when the loan amount is more than 80 per cent of a property’s purchase price or property valuation.

In very basic terms, a lender considers a loan to carry a higher risk if the loan-to-valuation-ratio (LVR) is above 80 per cent.

How much can I borrow?

The amount you can borrow for a home loan depends on a range of things. When your bank considers your ability to pay back your loan, they look at many personal and financial details, which may include your:

  • income
  • expenses
  • living expenses
  • liabilities, including other debts and commitments
  • the number of dependent children
  • existing assets, such as investment properties.

Lenders consider these things to make sure you can make repayments on the loan without placing yourself under financial stress.

You can estimate how much you may be able to borrow using our borrowing capacity calculator. This is just a general guide as your borrowing capacity will vary from lender to lender.

Give us a call 0401 388 153 and will review your borrowing capacity on the lenders calculator to get a more accurate figure.

Can you secure a loan without a deposit?

Ideally you should have a 20% deposit as this will eliminate paying LMI (Lenders mortgage insurance).

Most lenders will lend you up to 95% of the property value. And there a few lenders that will still go up to 97%.

With the help of a guarantor, you can borrow over 100% of the purchase price. This will allow you to buy a home and pay for purchasing costs such as stamp duty and legal costs.

Like to know more? View page GUARANTOR HOME LOANS or book a time to chat CLICK HERE

What’s a simple way to increase my borrowing capacity?

All lenders have a different criteria when assessing you borrowing capacity. A mortgage broker will review lenders if required to maximise your borrowing capacity.

Other ways to increase you borrowing capacity are:

  • Reduce your credit card limits - even if you have a zero balance, lenders will use the limit
  • Reduce or close personal loans before applying for a home loan.
  • Cut you living expenses. Lenders will allow a minimum amount for your livings expenses, however if you are spending more then the lenders minimum, they will use the higher figure.

Book a call with Your Home Loan Consultant for full review of your borrowing capacity

What is stamp duty?

Stamp duty – or transfer duty – is charged on transfers of residential land and is payable by the purchaser. The amount of stamp duty which is payable is based on the purchase price of the property. If you are a First Home Buyer and purchasing a property as your primary residence, you may be entitled to a Stamp Duty concession.

For more information visit "The Office of State Revenue" in your state QLD OSR

Why use a Mortgage broker?

A mortgage or finance broker acts as your go-between, communicating with banks and lenders on your behalf, in order to secure you the best deal for your circumstances.
Australian banks and lenders have different policies and loan requirements, and it is a brokers job to find a loan from one of these finance institutions that fit with your individual situation.
Mortgage Brokers can help find the right home loan for any situation, from purchasing your first home to buying an investment property all the way to refinancing your home loan to a better interest rate.
Your mortgage broker is responsible for negotiating with credit providers such as banks, to find the best possible loan for your circumstances. They can offer you a range of loan options and help you manage the process of buying your property.
Your Home Loan Consultant provides a greater service, more than just home loans.

We pride ourselves on looking after our customers by discussing all the necessary products and services that we can offer you, including:

  • Solicitor/Conveyancer, if you haven’t already appointed one
  • Home Insurance cover to protect your property and contents
  • Financial Planners for superannuation & Life Cover
  • Loan Protection Insurance
  • Set up your essential services such as Electricity, Gas, Internet etc.

For more information about how a Mortgage Broker can assist, Click Here

Learn more about...

Home Loan Fees

Don't get caught with hidden fees

Home Loan Process

Understand the home loan Process

Finance Brokers

Finance Broker or Bank?

Your Home Loan Consultant Monthly Up-dates

Stay informed with the latest finance and property information.

Receive our monthly updates delivered directly to your inbox.

testimonials

What they say

Can't talk Right Now!

Schedule a time directly into our calendar at a time that suits you.


About Us

James Sylvester commenced Mortgage Brokering in 2009 and launched the Mortgage Broker Brisbane business "Your Home Loan Consultant" in February 2012.

James Sylvester

James Sylvester

principle of your home loan CONSULTANT


James Sylvester's knowledge and experience provides his clients with a unique service offering.

As "Your Home Loan Consultant", you can rest assured knowing that we will always have your best interests in mind.

With over 10 years of experience in the finance industry, our team in Brisbane are here to assist you.

We pride ourselves on transparency and communication, and no matter what you need – we are never more than a phone call away.

Your Home Loan Consultant is a full-service Mortgage Brokerage. Assisting first home buyers to get into their own home and then with the correct guidance show them how to create wealth through property investing.

Discover Our Latest Articles

How To Crush Bad DebtHow To Eliminate Bad DebtChances are that at

About Your Spending This year has been like no other.  Even while

Typically a new home means a new mortgage and it’s important to

Is now the time to up-grade your home? Big life decisions are

How a broker can help

Can save you time

Why meet with multiple lenders when your broker can do it all for you.

Offers more choice

Brokers have access to a wide range of lenders and products.

Finds more options

Secure a loan that is suitable for you both now and into the future.

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and topics and Free entry to our competition

Our Competition

Please feel comfortable about entering the competition because we DO NOT and WILL NOT rent or sell any of your details to a third party. EVER!

Monthly Updates

We work hard to make sure that you understand what is going on in the financial industry. Our communication initiative ensures that you are kept up-to-date. This is much more than just the RBA announcements.

Our Magazine

Keep up-to-date  with our our 8-page magazine with current topics on finance and property information posted directly to you.

>