Saving For A Construction Loan: Steps To Building A House

Saving and applying for a home loan can seem like a massive challenge but it is very important in the steps to building a house . Depending on your financial situation, you will either work within your predefined budget or the budget that the bank approves you for. However, before you even start looking for land, house designs or house and land packages, you will have to save for a construction loan deposit.

Getting to a comfortable level, enough money for a construction loan deposit is one of the many major accomplishments for first-home buyers. If you need some clarification around how much you should be saving and other important information about a construction loan, keep reading.

How Much Do You Need?

If you’re ready to go through the process of building a new home, or purchasing a house & land package, you will have to apply for a construction loan. This requires you to meet certain “lending criteria”, and disclose information about your financial situation so that banks can decide how much they are willing to loan you, and how much deposit is required.

There’s no need to worry, however. If you don’t have a massive deposit at the ready, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be turned away from the lenders.

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There are many factors the banks will take into account in determining the loan to value ration (LVR) they will lend to, or minimum deposit they will accept. The banks views on LVR and minimum deposits also change periodically depending on regulatory changes, their overall loan portfolio, and their risk appetite at that time. However, you will almost always need a minimum of 10% deposit of the overall purchase price including stamp duty costs, and in many cases may need up to 20% in terms of deposit.


As it stands, the “big four” banks are typically willing to help finance your home purchase, that is provided you have a number of things in check:

1. Savings

You will need to provide detail that you have saved a very minimum of 10% but possibly up to 20% of the overall purchase price.

2. Strong Income

Lenders will be far more lenient toward you if you are able to display an ability to repay your loan with a greater degree of certainty.

3. Clear Credit History

Lenders will look through your credit file. This is done to ensure there are no blemishes that would lead them to any doubts. They will check whether you have paid off things like rent, credit cards, bills, and any other debts over the past year or so.

4. Minimal Debts

Those with a number of credit cards and other personal loans may be viewed upon poorly. Simply put, the less debts the better, with zero debts being obviously the ideal scenario.

It should be noted that this depends on the bank, and you don’t need to work with one of the ‘big four’ banks. In Australia there are many smaller banks that offer slightly different alternatives. The ideal situation is that you would compare your options and find the loan and bank that works for you.

Different Banks, Different Rules

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As you would come to expect – every bank is different, each offering a set of rules and standards. The common theme among the lenders is that the more you can present to them, the more leverage you will be given.

The more money you can provide the bank with, the less interest you will eventually pay. Of course, there are other determining factors, and it doesn’t all come down to how much money you have saved.

We Can Help!

If you’re still uncertain and would like more information, tips or suggestion on saving on a loan for a property on any kind, contact our home building experts on 1800 184 284. You can also book a call online.

They work independently and want to see you and your loved ones succeed in your property pursuits!

Michael Poiveson

Armed with a background in multimedia and written communications, Michael has a zest for everything outdoor living, and can be found enjoying the serenity of occasionally overlong scenic walks.


iBuildNew is the market leading aggregator dedicated to residential home construction and land development. As an independent platform, iBuildNew helps Australians identify and compare new home designs, house and land packages and land estates. It’s the smart way home buyers, who are considering a new build, can find the ideal options to match their individual needs. Home building is a big decision, we make sure you get it right.

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