What counts as genuine savings in a loan application?
Douglas Piening 23/8/2018
Genuine savings or equity are generally needed in the application process. If you apply for a home loan, particularly if the loan is for more than 80 per cent of a property’s value, you’ll more than likely have to prove to lenders that you have a satisfactory amount of savings. This is to demonstrate your ability to funnel a portion of your income into repayments.
Although it can differ, in most cases lenders generally look for consistent additions to savings over a period of at least three months and preferably a year or more. This means that the following are not considered genuine savings:
- a cash gift
- an inheritance
- casino/other gambling winnings
- proceeds of the sale of a non-investment asset
- government grants and other finance offered as incentives
Can I still get a loan without genuine savings?
For those who don’t have any genuine savings but still want to obtain finance, there are options. These include:
- Guarantor loans – Having a guarantor on your loan may mean that no deposit is required, with the equity or asset the guarantor stakes standing in for a deposit (Parental of Family guarantee is most common).
- Other significant assets such as shares, managed funds and/or equity in residential property – Depending on your chosen lender, cash isn’t the only thing accepted as genuine savings. There are even situations where the sale of a vehicle can be considered as genuine savings if proved that it was owned for three months or more.
- A strong rental record may see a lender allow you to forgo the genuine savings route – Some lenders will waive the requirements if a letter can be produced from a licensed real estate agent confirming that rent has been paid on time and in full for the preceding 12 months, as it highlights your ability to make repayments on time and on an ongoing basis.
I have written several loans for customers who have limited savings using the policy exceptions above. It is often a matter of looking at the full situation and understanding which lender will be suited to their circumstances. This knowledge is only gained by dealing across multiple lenders so if you have any concerns about your own savings history when getting a loan best speak to a good Broker
Douglas Piening is a Mortgage and Finance Broker with Piening Financial Solutions and is passionate about providing advice you can trust. Whether it’s buying a home, refinancing a loan, investing, building or renovating, Doug brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to assist with your lending needs.
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This information is of a general nature only and does not constitute professional advice. You should always seek professional advice in relation to your particular circumstances.