Just provide a few details, and our clever finance team will let you know if you’re eligible.
Why choose Keystart?
Keystart is designed to make home ownership more achievable.
If you’re facing challenges in saving for a deposit or securing a traditional home loan, Keystart home loans may be an option for you. With Keystart, you can enjoy several key benefits:
Get a home loan for as little as 2% deposit compared to the 5% of major lenders.
Worried about your poor credit rating, defaults or bankruptcy? You may still be eligible.
No Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)
You can reduce the overall upfront cost of your new home and save thousands.
No monthly account fees
Say goodbye to fees! Make money manageable by just focusing on repayments.
5 steps to home ownership with a Keystart Home Loan
Check your eligibility
Find out if you qualify for Keystart by completing a quick pre-qualification assessment. Our in-house finance team (Westgate 👋) will help you understand the criteria and guide you through the process.
Get conditional approval
Easystart (and Westgate) will help you get conditional approval while your building plans and contracts are completed. Conditional approval is the lender's way of saying, “We’re happy to lend to you, but we need more information.”
Receive formal approval
Once you've found the right house & land package with Easystart, and have met any of the conditions outlined, Keystart will value your proposed package and provide formal approval 🎉
Easystart (and Westgate) will liaise with your settlement agent to make sure everything is in order for settlement. Once settlement on your block occurs, the building process really kicks off!
Manage your loan
The team at Westgate Finance won’t just help you get your Keystart loan, but will ensure your loan will still be suitable in years to come, e.g. you may choose to refinance when you have enough equity.
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Still have Keystart questions? Here are some answers
I’m not a first home buyer, can I still get a Keystart home loan?
Yes! Keystart loans aren’t just for first home buyers. However, you will still need to meet the minimum requirements to be eligible.
What is the difference between a Keystart home loan and a regular bank loan?
Keystart loans are unique as they are specifically designed with lower entry costs, helping you get into a home faster (and easier). Keystart loans require lower deposits than traditional bank loans and do not charge Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI). Keystart is also a transitional lender, meaning they encourage you to refinance your home loan with another lender when you are ready and able to do so.
How do I apply for a Keystart Loan?
Before applying for a Keystart loan, we recommend finding out if you qualify first. Easystart Homes has helped thousands of people just like you get approved for finance. Just get in touch with our friendly in-house finance team to see if you qualify.
Can I refinance a Keystart Loan?
Yes! Keystart is a transitional lender, which means that they encourage all home buyers to refinance as soon as they’re financially ready. Depending on your financial goals and situation, you may wish to refinance your loan in order to find a better interest rate or get access to loan features such as flexible repayments.
What is Lenders Mortgage Insurance?
Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) is an insurance policy that some borrowers need to pay their lender (bank) in order to protect the lender in case the borrower (you) can’t afford to meet the home loan repayments. If the borrower defaults on their loan and the sale of the property doesn’t cover the unpaid value of the mortgage, lenders will claim on the LMI policy to make up the difference.
Do I need to worry about the debt servicing ratio?
Nope! A few years ago, Keystart made changes to their eligibility criteria by removing their Debt Servicing Ratio (DSR) requirement. This meant that if you previously had a car loan, personal loan or credit card which exceeded 10% of your monthly income, you’d have to say ‘see you later’ to Keystart. However, with DSR now a thing of the past, approval for Keystart just got a whole lot easier.