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How long does it take to get a home loan approval?

Every borrower, lender, and loan is unique, so loan approval times can vary widely. Generally speaking, for a basic scenario where the clients have prepared their supporting documents, a home loan approval can be sought in as little as 3 to 5 business days.

More complex situations will obviously take a longer time to get an approval than simple loans. The standard process for applying for a home loan is as follows.

How long does home loan approval take?

Step Timeframe
Pre-approval 1-3 days
Application 3-5 business days
Property valuation 3-5 business days
LMI (if it applies) 1-2 days
Loan approval & settlement 4-6 weeks

Pre-approval

Getting a pre-approval on your home loan can make the process much quicker. You’ll know the maximum amount you’re allowed to borrow and what your mortgage repayments will be. Also, this will give you an idea on what type of properties you can purchase and in what location. Going through the pre-approval stage early on will save you time in the home loan approval process later. This can be done within the day with your home loan lender or in minutes online with loans.com.au .

Home loan pre-approval times are valid for a given period, usually three months but some lenders allow up to six months. If you don't manage to find a property within this time and the pre-approval time frame has expired, you can apply for home loan pre-approval again.

Whether you're an investor, a second home buyer or a first home buyer, home loan pre-approval is an important first step in the home buying journey.

Submitting your application

To get a home loan, you’ll need to fill out an application form provided by your lender, then you need to submit necessary documents supporting your financial information including your income, expenses, and liabilities. If you get a loan with loans.com.au you can do this all online at a time of your convenience. You will then need to speak with a mortgage specialist to review your application and help you choose the most appropriate loan.

The documents most lenders ask for are:

  • Payslips for the last 3 to 6 months. If you’re self-employed, you need to submit 2FY of personal and business tax returns or full financial statements for the business
  • Evidence about other sources of income such as a rental property
  • Bank statements such as savings accounts, and term deposits
  • Statements of current debts and expenses such as credit cards, HECS debts, phone bills, and rent to name a few.

Once you’ve submitted the documents, your lender will assess your home loan application. This may take 3 to 5 business days. If you don’t have or can’t provide all of the documents needed, your home loan approval will take a longer time.

Property valuation

After reviewing your application, your lender will then arrange for a property valuation on your chosen home. This process can take 3 to 5 business days, because after valuation, the person will need to send in the report and your lender will review the valuation.

Paying for Lender’s Mortgage Insurance

If you borrowed more than 80% of the value of the property, you will be required to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance or LMI. This may take 1 to 2 business days to organise after the property valuation has been received.

Loan Approval

If your property valuation falls within the expected range, the credit check is positive, and if LMI approval has been obtained your home loan will be approved. You will then be sent an approval letter for your loan.

The average time for formal approval takes about four to six weeks from submitting the application to your lender, to reaching settlement on the property.

What if my home loan is not approved in time?

If your home loan approval is delayed, it could mean that you miss out on scoring your dream home because you're unable to bid at auction or submit an offer. If your lender is dragging their heels (an extremely unlikely event for us) the first step you should take is to contact the bank to see what the hold up is.

It may be as simple as lengthy processing times if there has been a deluge of applications, or your application may be missing some important documents. If required, we will work with you to request an extension from the vendor.

What do you need for fast home loan approval?

To reduce the risk of delays, you should ask the lender what the processing times are and make sure your home loan application is as complete as possible by including all documentation.

What happens when your home loan is approved?

After your home loan has been approved, a home loan contract will be issued.

At this stage of final approval you should read through all the documentation and make sure the details are correct.

You will receive:

  • Letter of Offer - Read over the conditions and details of your home loan.
  • Witness acknowledgement - a document to be signed by a third party.
  • Disbursement form - Proof of funds from your lender.
  • Loan payment form - Information on when repayments will be made.

After you've confirmed all the details are correct, you should sign the contract so your conveyancer or solicitor can then prepare for settlement. The lender will then attempt to contact the other party to settle the loan.

Settlement

The final stage in the home loan approval process. Settlement is where you contact your conveyancer or solicitor to arrange the necessary funds to complete the purchase. After the settlement, your lender will give you your home loan details, repayment amount, and your repayment schedule.

Get started now with your home loan application by applying for a pre-approval with loans.com.au .

Find out if you qualify

Every borrower, lender, and loan is unique, so loan approval times can vary widely. Generally speaking, for a basic scenario where the clients have prepared their supporting documents, a home loan approval can be sought in as little as 3 to 5 business days.

More complex situations will obviously take a longer time to get an approval than simple loans. The standard process for applying for a home loan is as follows.

Find out if you qualify

How to speed up the process

The more lenders know about your financial situation, the the quicker the process.

Have documents ready:

  • ID such as drivers license or birth certificate
  • Household bills
  • Payslips from the past 6 months
  • Tax return
  • Living expenses

If you are utilising a broker, request a document list prior to meeting with them. This will allow them to come back to you sooner with your borrowing capacity.

Reduce your expenses and debts:

Showing a lender you are a responsible borrower and spender, will improve not only your borrowing capacity and your deposit size, but also reassure them that you are capable of budgeting, making repayments and managing those repayments.

Get pre-approval:

Home loan pre-approval is an agreement from a lender to lend you a certain amount of money to buy a home, based on a short initial assessment.

Pre-approval will prepare you for a speedy home loan application process.

Get pre-approved

FAQs

The lender will consider the size of the home, the land size and other property features like floor space/pool/yard.

A bank valuation is the lenders estimate of the property’s value before they give unconditional approval. This is when they determine the loan to value ratio, and whether the property provides enough security for the loan.

About the article

As Australia's leading online lender, loans.com.au has been helping people into their dream homes and cars for more than 10 years. Our content is written and reviewed by experienced financial experts. The information we provide is general in nature and does not take into account your personal objectives or needs. If you'd like to chat to one of our lending specialists about a home or car loan, contact us on Live Chat or by calling 13 10 90.