If you're having trouble figuring out a product to choose, a Home Lending Specialist or broker will be able to help you find a home loan to suit your needs.
Before you start your property search, it’s worth getting conditional approval for a home loan. It’s a letter from your lender that indicates how much they’re likely to let you borrow. It’s based on a few things, like a review of your financial details, goals and requirements. The info will also have been assessed and validated by us.
You might've also heard the term 'pre-approval' – also known as an approval in principle, a pre-approval letter will also give you an indication of what you might be able to borrow. The difference is that the info you've given us isn't assessed and validated.
Keep in mind
A conditional approval is a level up from pre-approval – this letter is what you’d take with you to an auction.
A Home Lending Specialist or broker can help you through the process.
Things to have ready:
With conditional approval, you'll have a clear idea of what you could realistically afford and can start looking for your property with peace of mind. It also puts you in a strong position when you make an offer on a house or purchase a property at auction, as it shows the seller and real estate agent that you’re a serious buyer.
Once you've found your property, you can move to the next step...
You need to get in touch with a Home Lending Specialist or broker and provide a copy of the signed contract of sale. From there, they’ll organise the rest of your application and let you know if any documents are missing. They’ll also help you select a suitable home loan product that’s right for you.
Unconditional approval (also known as full loan approval) happens after your offer on a property has been accepted. You usually sign a contract ‘subject to finance’ when you make an offer, so after that, you can apply for unconditional approval. Your application will be assessed, and then the bank will carry out a valuation on the property. This can take a week or two, depending on your situation and the settlement period.
Your Home Lending Specialist or broker will keep you up to date, but you can also conveniently track your application and receive email notifications for key milestones with our Home Loan Application Tracker.
Once your home loan has been unconditionally approved, the bank will send your contract documents to you and you’ll need to read, sign and return them. The bank will then verify the contract documents and settlement will be booked.
With a Bankwest home loan, you can sign most of your contract documents online anytime. Find out more about digital signing.