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At Rapid Finance, we believe in second chances. We specialise in designing loan solutions for just about every circumstance. No matter your situation or credit history, we may be able to help you secure or re-finance your home loan. We offer:
A bad credit home loan is a finance product designed for applicants struggling to secure lender approval on their home loan due to bad credit history. Bad credit history covers a range of situations, including:
Bad credit home loans assist you to secure a loan to purchase a home or renovate a property, consolidate debts, defaults, judgements etc back into your mortgage via a re-finance (refinance home loans). Even if you have one of the worst credit files, been behind on loan payments and even behind on your mortgage, then a bad credit home loan could be the solution for you.
We may be able to assist you. We specialise in bad credit home loan approvals. It all comes back to your affordability and the amount of equity in your property. Rapid Finance may be able to help you by doing a Free Finance Assessment to determine your eligibility.
Refinancing your home to consolidate your debt could save you thousands!
Whether it’s getting you a better deal or whether it’s to consolidate debt to reduce your overall monthly outgoing cashflow payments, Rapid Finance is here to help in any way we can.
For 20 years, we’ve supported Australians to meet their financial commitments and improve their credit history – Even if you want cash out of your mortgage, with your debt consolidation, we should be able to assist. Our team of Rapid Finance specialists evaluate your unique situation to tailor the best possible outcomes for all parties.
Please note: This is an estimate provided for illustrative purposes only, and is based on the accuracy of information provided. It does not constitute a quote. Additional fees and charges may apply dependent on your individual circumstances. Fees, such as early repayment costs and establishment fees, are not accounted for in the examples of weekly repayments. Interest rates may be subject to change throughout the term of the loan.
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Rapid Finance is a specialist broker, who has over 20 years experience assisting borrowers get finance all across Australia. When you apply with us, you will be assigned a dedicated specialist from our team, who will work with you to assess your situation and strengths, to find you a home loan with bad credit. We have access to a large panel of lenders, and as a broker, we will work to get you the best terms possible. We help people all across Australia, who may have bad credit, get their home loan approved - whether it is your first home or refinancing.
Rapid Finance specialises in assisting customers with unusual circumstances, who have been refused elsewhere when their circumstances are outside normal banking guidelines - at Rapid Finance, we'll find a way!
Yes, it is generally possible through Rapid Finance. While most banks and other mainstream lenders will not even consider a home loan to anyone with bad credit, as a broker, we have access to a range of specialist lenders who will consider funding a bad credit home loan. When you apply with us, we can work with you to assess your strengths and present your application to the right lenders offering the right products for you.
The simple answer is that there isn't one. That is because most lenders do not publish their minimum credit scores. However, it is generally understood that a credit score under 500, would be considered a bad credit rating, and so difficult to get approval for a home loan with a traditional mortgage lender, such as a bank. If your credit score is low, there is an advantage in applying for a home loan through a specialist bad credit home loan broker, such as Rapid Finance. As a broker, we do not leave a mark on your credit file, unlike lenders. We also work with a panel of lenders who specialise in offering finance to people with non-standard credit profiles and some who do not credit score their customers.
You can apply for a Rapid Finance bad credit home loan online or over the phone via a simple process that takes just minutes. To begin, simply provide your personal details and the nature of your desired loan. For more information, contact the Rapid Finance team on 1300 467 274 or complete a Free Finance Assessment via the form on this page.
As home loan experts, the Rapid Finance team has access to a vast range of finance options that we can customise for almost any situation, including customers with a poor credit history. This could involve anything from an unpaid utility bill from years ago to a previous bankruptcy. Once you apply for a home loan, a Rapid Finance expert will get in touch to assess your unique circumstances, the options available, and the best home loan solution within those parameters. They will even help you correct any mistakes in your credit history or explain the way to do it.
As Rapid Finance is a broker, when you apply with us, we can view your credit file without leaving a mark. This is called a 'soft check' and is a great advantage for people with bad credit, looking for a home loan approval. As lenders will be required to leave a credit enquiry on your credit file, when making a credit enquiry. Too many enquiries may negatively affect your credit rating and make things worse.
In most cases, yes, a deposit is often required, but not always. We can often obtain home loan approvals for people with bad credit, with as little as 5% deposit. We will work with you to review your financial situation and match you with the right mortgage product and provider. Note that, if you're applying for a home loan with less than a 20% deposit, you may be required to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI), or subject to a lenders risk fee, which is an alternative to LMI. Deposits can sometimes come from a gift, sale of assets, savings or even a personal loan (in some circumstances). There is also the option of cross security with another property, even if owned by another family member.
See our low deposit home loans page for more details.
Poor credit history covers a range of circumstances. A client may have overlooked a bill, or have experienced bankruptcy in the past, to name a couple. We know life gets in the way, whether it’s a clerical miscommunication or a marriage breakdown that has thrown a spanner in the works for your credit situation. Comprehensive credit reporting has advanced over the past few years, with banks reporting 24 months of payment history on any credit facility you have back to credit reporting agencies. Whatever the reason for poor credit history, it can make it hard to secure finance.
Most people are aware if they have bad credit history, but if you’re unsure, contact the Australian Credit Reporting Agencies for a copy of your credit history. There are 3 Credit Reporting Agencies in Australia:
Of these, Equifax is the most prominent; however, Illion has grown in recent years. Prospective lenders are likely to check at least one, if not all three of these agencies, depending on which agency they subscribe to. As someone looking for a loan, it’s very tricky to find out which agency your prospective lender works with.
Avoid the hassle and let the Rapid Finance team handle these questions for you. You can also learn more about bad credit loans here.
While there is no universal interest rate that applies to every home loan, generally, the stronger your financial position/credit history is, the easier it is to secure home loan approval from most lenders – and at lower rates. Because of the complex factors that decide interest rates, the information on online comparison websites is often limited and can be entirely irrelevant to those with bad credit histories.
Rapid Finance experts comb over the details of your financial profile to assess the full picture of loan possibilities available to you. If you are re-financing, the more equity in your property the better – Generally you will get a lower rate, the more equity you have in your property.
Yes. It’s possible to secure a home loan even if you are with a new employer. If you work full-time, you can often apply straight away. If you work part-time or on a casual basis, you may need to pass your probationary period in the role before applying. Again, every situation is unique. You will be a more attractive candidate to prospective lenders if you have experience in your current field of work and can prove a stable income. E.g. – If you are in the same industry, have a new job and on probation, quite often we can achieve getting the loan for you. In some cases, new employment and a different industry can even improve your financial position. Contact the Rapid Finance team for expert insights on your profile.
Yes. Even if you have previously been bankrupt or had a Part IX Debt Agreement, you can achieve a home loan. While these major defaults remain on your credit history for at least 5–7 years, your new circumstances might convince lenders to approve your loan.
In such situations, you need to build and then strengthen your case for finance. The Rapid Finance team specialises in this area and knows what lenders are looking for – so you can be confident you have the best-possible shot at securing your home loan.
Yes. First home buyers can get a home loan – even if they have a bad credit history. With the right savings strategy in place and a budget that is affordable and achievable, the dream of owning a home could be within your reach.
As a first home buyer, you may even be eligible for a First Homeowners Grant, or FHOG. These grants will vary from state to state, so be sure to check your state’s revenue office for more information. There are some lenders that will lend up to 95% of the property value, self-mortgage insured (As the lend is over 80% of the property value) – So there is lots of options available to anybody wanting to get into their dream home!
See our first home buyer loans page for more details.
Yes. Home loan approval hinges on your income and ability to repay your loan. Many Centrelink payments, like the age pension, family tax A and B, parenting payment along with veteran’s pension among others, can constitute income. If you supplement your Centrelink income with just one other income source or if Centrelink is your only income, you’re closer to a home loan than you think! If in doubt, speak to our team of Rapid Finance experts for a clear evaluation of your options.
A loan-to-value ratio (LVR) is the value of the loan divided by the total value of the property in question. This calculation shows what proportion of the home has been financed with the home loan and what remaining proportion is financed by other sources, like savings.
For example, if your new home is $450,000 and the approved loan in question is $380,000, the LVR is 0.84. That is, 84% of the home was financed with the home loan, with the remaining 16% financed another way like deposit put in by the customer.
For a re-finance and with capital growth in property, the 16% with the above example may be equity due to the property going up in value – Of course, properties going up in value, all depends on the type of property, where its located, size etc.
A fixed interest rate remains the same over a period. A variable interest rate adjusts over the loan period. The choice between these types of interest rates may come down to your personal preference, but a Rapid Finance expert can talk you through the pros and cons.
For example, a variable rate could take advantage of lower future interest rates, but there is also a risk that interest rates may increase. While a fixed rate of interest is more stable and predictable, there may be additional fees to consider.
Whatever the current interest rates are, they are likely to change and all options should be considered depending on your circumstances.
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