buying your first home

Young couple Sam and Kate were keen to start paying off their own home rather than paying rent, but had no savings.

Here’s how they bought their first property.
Sam and Kate Bowen were wondering why they were paying off their landlord’s mortgage instead of their own, but they didn’t have the savings or financial history to convince a lender to give them a mortgage.

After being declined by two lenders, one a big bank and the other a smaller lender that they thought they would have luck with, they contacted their local MFAA Approved Finance Broker.

“During my initial discussions with Sam on the telephone, I asked him several questions to help me put the pieces of his jigsaw puzzle together,” says the Finance Broker. “And, on paper, it certainly didn’t look like a deal.”

As well as the lack of savings, the couple had a couple of other problems standing between them and a strong application: Sam had recently changed his employment and he had a small, paid default on his credit file.

At their first meeting with their Finance Broker, which was held at Sam’s parents’ home, they discussed their needs and objectives, and mulled over whether the only option for them was to create a savings plan in order to purchase at a later date.