Here's why an Express Home Loan is a great choice
In today's fast-paced world our Express Home Loan, with its quick online approval and competitive interest rate, could be ideally suited to your needs. So if you prefer doing things online and don't feel the need to meet with a lender face to face, then an Express Home Loan might be just what you're looking for.
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Fast online approval
Your application and assessment will be conducted 100% online. We assess you as you apply.
Flexible repayment options
Choose from Principal & Interest or Interest Only and access additional repayments using online redraw
Full approval (not pre-approval) in 3 easy steps
Here's how to do it.
Step 1 - Be ready
Make sure you have your important information handy, like your identification, the address of the property you want to buy, and your income and expenses.
Step 2 - Apply online
We'll value your property, verify your personal details, run a credit check and validate your income and expenses in real-time as you complete the application. If there is something we can't do online, your application will be sent to our online team to review.
Step 3 - Get a quick result
Receive a quick decision, if there's any issues we'll work to resolve them as soon as possible. If approved, your loan documents will be auto-generated and emailed to you, in most cases, within minutes.
How to apply
Where do I start? Let's check your eligibility.
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Is Express the right choice for my situation?
If you can answer yes to the following questions, there's a good chance we can help you with an Express Home Loan.
Personal application - you’re applying as a Personal customer and not wanting to use dual security or to apply as a company or Trust.
Property type - you're buying or refinancing an established property (not off the plan or under construction)
Location - you're buying a home or investment property in a capital city or major regional centre.
Deposit amount - you have at least a 10% deposit or equity, plus savings to cover fees and charges such as stamp duty. If you have less than a 20% deposit, you'll also need to pay Lenders' Mortgage Insurance (LMI).
Loan amount - we can lend you a minimum loan amount of $5K, and a maximum loan amount of $3M.
Employment - you're currently employed, either through PAYG or self-employment.
ID - you have at least one form of government ID, such as a passport, drivers licence or Medicare card.
Country - you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident who lives in Australia.
Express Home Loan eligibility
What do I need to apply?
Before you apply for an Express Home Loan, you'll need to make sure you have the following information ready.
Please note that we will run a credit check and validate your income and expenses in real-time as you complete the application.
The address of the home you wish to purchase or refinance.
A valid email address and mobile phone number.
One of the following: Australian drivers licence; Australian passport; foreign passport with an Australian Visa; or a Medicare Card.
Your bank details if you wish to upload your financial documents digitally.
If you choose to upload your financial documents manually, you will need copies of your bank statements. This will need to include credit card, personal or home loan, and/or deposit statements. If we need additional documentation we will be sure to let you know through the application process.
Ready to get started?
How does it all work?
We perform your home loan assessment as you fill in your application. So you get real time answers online. Before you start, check if you are eligible and get your information ready.
How does the application process work?
Step 1 - Your property
We’ll ask you about the property address and the amount you want to borrow. We then run an automated valuation to make sure we can lend against the home. If at any point it becomes apparent that you are not eligible, we will let you know straight away.
Step 2 - Your loan
We’ll enquire about what’s important to you and try to gauge your priorities, as well as how frequently you would like to make repayments. Based on your answers we’ll suggest some loan options that could suit you.
Step 3 - Apply for your loan
We’ll verify your personal details by securely checking your identification with a government database. We’ll also run an instant credit check in the background at the same time. If that’s all clear, we’ll ask about your employment, followed by some questions about your deposit and what other assets you have. If you already own a property, we will need to receive details about it.
Step 4 - Estimate your expenses
This will help us determine your current position. You’ll also need to advise us of any other loans or credit cards you currently have.
Step 5 - Verify your finances
For fast digital validation, login securely with your bank accounts and we will receive read only copies of your account statements. Alternatively, you can manually upload your transaction statements and one of our team members will review these as soon as possible.
Step 6 - Outcome
Once all your information has been electronically processed, and if your application is assessed as suitable for the loan type and amount, you’ll receive approval. If there is anything else we need to look into, we’ll let you know and a home loan expert will contact you. And of course, if you have any questions, our Australian based team are on call 7 days a week.
What happens next?
This is also an appropriate time to obtain building insurance and arrange a conveyancer to officially transfer the property title. One thing you’ll need to do in person is to have your identification verified in-branch – once that’s done, we will email you your home loan contract.
Once you have read the documents, you’ll need to print out the specified parts that need to be returned to us. The final step in the process is waiting for the settlement date – at which point you will become the property’s new owner!
Frequently asked questions
About Express Home Loan
If you can answer yes to the following few questions, there’s a good chance we can help you with a home loan.
- Property type – you’re buying or refinancing an established property (not off the plan or under construction).
- Location – you’re buying a home or investment property in a capital city or major regional centre. If you’re purchasing, - an approximate address of the property you’re looking to buy (if you know the exact address, use that!). If you don’t have an address, you can use a dummy one and we can fix that up later.
- Deposit amount – you have at least a 10% deposit or equity, plus savings to cover fees and charges such as stamp duty. If you have less than a 20% deposit, you'll also need to pay Lenders' Mortgage Insurance (LMI).
- Loan amount – we can lend a minimum loan amount of $5K, and a maximum loan amount of $2M.
- Employment – you’re currently employed, either through PAYG or self-employment
- ID – you have at least one form of government ID, such as an Australian Passport, Driver’s Licence or Medicare card.
- Country – you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident who lives in Australia.
Unfortunately, no. You must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident living in Australia to be eligible for an Express Home Loan.
There are those who will lend to foreign citizens or expat Australians living abroad and wanting to buy investment property in Australia, but there are usually higher interest rates attached to such loans and a larger deposit is often required.
Certain foreigners and visa holders may also be required to pay a surcharge on stamp duty and possibly land tax, depending on which state they want to purchase in.
Before you apply for an Express Home Loan, you’ll need to make sure you are eligible and have your information ready.
- The address of the home you wish to purchase or refinance
- A valid email address and mobile phone number
- One of the following:
- Australian Passport
- Foreign Passport with an Australian Visa or
- Medicare Card
- Your bank details if you wish to upload your financial documents digitally.
- If you choose to upload your financial documents manually, you will need copies of your bank statements, including any credit card, personal or home loan, and/or deposit statements.
After you’ve applied for an Express home loan, we’ll either approve you on the spot, approve you conditionally, subject to providing further info, or advise you we can’t lend you the money.
If you’re approved, you’ll either have ‘in principle’ approval to borrow the amount you want or, if you’re buying a particular property and your offer has been accepted by the seller, you’ll have final approval when you show us the purchase contract.
Here’s how it works once you’re approved:
- You’ll sign the contract for your new home, pay your deposit to the agent and confirm your final settlement date, which is usually 30 – 60 days.
- Other things you’ll need to take care of include building insurance for your new property, organising for the utilities to be switched over on settlement day and having your mail redirected.
- If you’re buying a property for yourself, we pay the seller the agreed price and your home loan begins.
- If you’re refinancing, we pay out your existing lender and your new loan begins.
Once you apply for an Express Home Loan, you’ll receive your log in credentials, which will allow you to log in and manage your account online. This will also allow you to check on the status of your loan application, if it hasn’t been approved on the spot.
Your log in credentials will include your account details, a customer number and a temporary password, which you’ll need to change for security reasons.
If you misplace or forget your customer number or password, you can contact us on 1300 289 796.
Applying for an Express home loan can take as little as one hour.
Because our application process is entirely online, we’ve been able to streamline it right down to the basics.
Once you’ve completed the application process (and real-time assessment), you’ll either be instantly approved or referred to one of our home loan experts to fill in any blanks.
Then when you're approved, you'll get an email from us with next steps, along with your home loan contract. You’ll also get a settlement pack which will outline further steps such as getting an in-person ID check.
About the application process
Starting with your eligibility, we'll ask a few basic questions about the property you'd like to purchase. We run a quick check on the property to make sure we can lend against it, and then we'll ask about your priorities for having a home loan. Our system will recommend a loan product for you (for example, a Variable Live-In Principal and Interest home loan or a 2-year Fixed Live-In Principal and Interest home loan).
We'll ask for your name and D.O.B., then digitally verify a form of your ID. You can use your Driver’s Licence, an Australian Passport, your Medicare card or a foreign passport with an Australian Visa. Please note: at this point, we'll run a credit check.
You are able to resume your home loan application where you left off.
You will be asked to sign in with the user name and password you set during the application. If you have forgotten your password you can reset it.
We'll ask for a bit of information around your current financial situation. You'll have the opportunity to provide a thoughtful estimate of your income and expenses, as well as information about your current commitments (such as any existing home or car loans).
Then to instantly verify the info, you can securely link your bank account(s) so our in-house technology can fetch read-only copies of your transaction statements. Don't worry – we use bank-grade technology to do this part, and no one will ever see your bank logins.
You can manually upload copies of your transaction statements, but we'll need one of our team members to review these, so it'll take a little longer.
After you submit your financials, our application will come to a decision. If you're approved, then all you have to do is wait for the settlement process.
If there's something we need to look into further, we'll let you know and one of our Credit Assessors will be in touch shortly.
There are three ways Bendigo Express can value your property:
- Automated Valuation Model (AVM). If our technology can get a good read on your property, we'll do an AVM, which means we will value your property instantly by analysing the values of comparable properties. How? We've integrated external providers, existing property and land databases and our own tech models to get a very good estimate of the property value.
- Desktop valuation. If we are not able to value your property instantly, we'll need to do a desktop valuation or a full valuation. A desktop valuation is when an accredited valuer uses publicly available information such as tax records and comparable sales in the area to work out a property’s value.
- Full valuation. A full valuation is when we arrange for an independent and qualified valuer to inspect your property and issue a report with the valuation. This may be required if:
- You have less than a 20% deposit
- The property’s estimated value is more than $2 million
- The property is a high density apartment.
In a full valuation, the licensed appraiser visits the property, takes photographs and measurements and evaluates the location, features, selling points and overall condition of the property.
Credit scores generally range from 0 to 1200, with higher scores suggesting lower risk to the lender. They are calculated by the credit reporting bodies using information in your credit report, including your repayment history; length of credit history, how much debt you have and the types of credit you've applied for.
Higher credit scores are an indicator that you’ve demonstrated responsible credit behaviour, making lenders more likely to lend to you, while lower scores may make it harder for you to qualify for a loan or get a lower interest rate.
You can improve your credit score by making your repayments on time, paying off your debts quickly, keeping your credit card balance well below the limit and only applying for credit when you're serious.
Credit reporting bodies supply us with your credit history report (and your credit score) so we can responsibly assess you for your home loan. Our enquiry remains on your file, which is like having a post-it that says "Applied for a Bendigo Express home loan". This is a standard check that all lenders do for both pre-approval and full approval.
Having multiple credit enquiries on your file can impact your score negatively, particularly when made in a short period of time, because it can look like you're shopping around for lots of different loans. Lenders may ask you to explain recent enquiries on your credit report if they cannot reconcile them to your existing credit commitments.
There are 14 steps to home ownership with an Express Home Loan.
- Home loan approval - Get approved from Bendigo Bank to borrow the amount you need to purchase you home.
- Find your place to call home - Find your perfect home and make an offer, within your approved loan amount. If your offer is accepted, you move onto step 3.
- Sign your purchase contract, pay your deposit - Sign your purchase contract for your new home and pay your deposit to the agent. This is when you'll confirm your settlement date (usually between 30 and 90 days from signing).
- Protect your home - As soon as you sign your purchase contract, you’re responsible for your home so it’s important you take out building insurance. This protects you, as well as us, should something happen to your home. If your new home is an apartment, you may just need a copy from Strata. Proof of building insurance will need to be provided to us at a later date when you forward your other loan documents.
- Finalising home loan approval - Email your signed purchase contract to us so we can provide final approval for your home loan.
- Confirm your identity - This last ID check confirms in person that you are who you say you are. Book a ZipID appointment via the link we sent you in your approval email. If ZipID isn’t available to you, please visit your nearest Australia Post or call us and we’ll set it up for you.
- Receive your home loan contract - Receive via email (or mail if you have requested we post them) your home loan contract and other settlement documents. If you chose email, we can send these to you within 30 minutes depending on which state you live in.
- Hire a conveyancer - A conveyancer is someone who legally transfers the property you buy into your name. PEXA (Property Exchange Australia) is an online platform for digital conveyancing which enables secure, reliable and fast digital settlements. Talk to us if you need help or would like further information about this process.
- Read and sign your home loan documents - Ensure you take time to read through your home loan contract and settlement documents carefully. Once complete, sign the loan contract and all other documents and mail them to our online home loan conveyancer:
LeadPoint DMS GPO Box 5276, Brisbane Qld 4001
- Final inspection - Conduct a final inspection on your property. The seller must hand over the property in the same condition as when it was sold. If you are concerned something has changed, please speak with your conveyancer.
- Organise your utilities - Arrange to have your gas, electricity, internet and subscriptions to be redirected or set up.
- Change of address - Your conveyancer will advise local council, water company, Strata (if applicable), and Land Tax department of the change in ownership of your property.
- Settlement - Your conveyancer will call you and give you the good news that settlement has occurred. Settlement is when we formally drawn down on your loan. This means your home loan officially begins – you receive your loan and the seller receives their payment. Any additional fees, including stamp duty and government charges are also transferred during this time.
- The keys to your happy place - Collect the keys to your front door from your real estate agent and move in. Congratulations!
After you’ve been approved for your Bendigo Express Home Loan it’s time to look forward to settlement. If you haven’t already, sign the purchase contract for your new home and pay your deposit.
After, make sure you get building insurance and get yourself a conveyancer to transfer the title officially. We’ll email you your loan documents. Sign the documents, put them in the post and wait for your settlement date when the finance changes hands. We’ll keep you up to date with SMS updates
Next, our solicitor gets to work and chats to your conveyancer. You’ll need to confirm that you are you. We provide an instruction sheet in your settlement pack for arranging an appointment with one of our representatives to verify your identification in person.
Once your home settles, you’ll get the keys to unlock your new home and celebrate.
There are different rules for different Australian states about who can act as a witness, which will be outlined in your home loan documents. The witness may need to meet certain criteria, depending on where you're located. This criteria could be:
- a Justice of the Peace,
- a commissioner for declarations,
- an Australian lawyer,
- a notary public,
- a licensed conveyancer, or
- another person approved by the Registrar of Titles.
However, in New South Wales and South Australia, the witness can be any adult who has known you for 12 months.
A few days after your loan settles, we’ll give you a call to check-in to see how things are going. We’ll make sure your automatic loan repayment is set up the way you want it to be.
We’ll ensure you are all set up for online banking and advise where the nearest Bendigo Bank branch is should you require additional support.
About fees and features
LMI stands for Lenders’ Mortgage Insurance and is an insurance paid by the lender when your deposit is less than 20% of your property’s purchase price, to protect them in case you can’t repay your home loan. And you cover the cost of it. In other words, if you don’t have a 20% deposit saved but want to buy a home anyway, you’re probably going to need to cover the cost of LMI.
LMI allows customers with smaller deposits, to buy their own home sooner.
This is a State Government tax based on the purchase price of the property. Each state and territory has different rules and calculations.
The following examples are based on a $700,000 existing property to live in (and a second/next home buyer). Any stamp duty exclusions, discounts or waivers that may apply have not been considered in this example. The data is current as at 31st August, 2020
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The establishment fee that you pay us when your Bendigo Express Home Loan settles is $250.
External fees such as valuations and disbursements along with statutory Government charges (like stamp duty) may also apply.
Many Banks charge borrowers an annual package fee of up to $400. With a Bendigo Express Home Loan, you only pay a $10 monthly service fee.
Yes, an offset account is a savings account that’s linked to your home loan which offsets the balance of your home loan, so you only pay interest on the home loan balance minus the amount in your offset account.
A full offset account is available on variable rate home loan or partial offset facility on fixed rate home loan.
See our offset facility page for more information.
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Things you should know
1 Important information about comparison rate: The comparison rate displayed is calculated for a loan of $150,000 over 25 years. If the comparison rate relates to a loan with a fixed interest rate, the comparison rate has been calculated on the basis that our current applicable variable rate will apply at the end of the fixed rate period. WARNING: The comparison rate is true only for the example given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.
2 Bendigo Express Home Loan: The interest rate displayed is for a live-in (owner occupied), principal and interest loan and is based on a maximum Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) of 90%.
3 Where the fixed home loan interest rate is less than or equal to the partial offset rate, no offset benefit exists.