Finalising your home loan.
Home loans can be designed for you, just like the house you are buying. Here's what you need to consider when finalising your home loan.
Deposit & home loan options.
1. Consider all your Westpac home loan options
You can fix your home loan interest rate and it will stay the same for the agreed fixed rate term, even if interest rates in the market change.
Or you can have a floating rate that will go up or down with the market but provides flexibility to repay lump sums or increase your repayments whenever you like without prepayment costs.
You can even choose a combination of the two. It's important to consider how each loan option works so you can choose a structure that will work best for your situation.
2. Check whether you can use KiwiSaver
You might be able to withdraw most of your KiwiSaver1 to put towards buying your first home.
3. Low deposit home loans
If you don't have a 20% deposit2, there are still ways you can get into your new home including a:
- First Home Loan3, this is a partnership between Westpac and Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities for first home buyers
- Family Springboard loan, your family can help you get into your own home sooner
- Construction home loan, if you're considering building. This options only requires 10% deposit. A low equity margin may apply if you borrow more than 80% of the property's value.
4. First Home Grant
You might also be eligible for a First Home Grant through Kāinga Ora of up to $10,000. Learn more and see if you're eligible.
* Min 20% equity, plus salary credit to a Westpac transaction account. Not available with any other Westpac home loan offers, promotions or package discounts, or the Westpac Choices Home Loan with Airpoints™. Loans for business or investment purposes excluded.
If you don’t pay amounts when they’re due, your loan account may exceed its limit and the rate of interest that’ll be applied to the overlimit amount will be the interest rate + 5% p.a.
Get in touch.
Meet with an expert
Our Mobile Mortgage Managers can come to you, when it suits you best.
Talk to us
Call us from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm Saturday.
Make an appointment to talk to a home loan expert in branch.
Our home loan online application form is temporarily unavailable. We apologise for any inconvenience. You can apply for a home loan through a Mobile Mortgage Manager, by calling us on 0800 177 277, or making an appointment at your nearest branch. Existing customers can also apply via Westpac One® online banking.
Things you should know.
1 The information above is subject to changes in government policy and law, and changes to the Westpac KiwiSaver Scheme, from time to time.
2 Eligibility criteria, lending criteria, terms and conditions apply. An establishment fee may apply. If you are applying for a mortgage with low equity (i.e. your deposit is less than 20% of the value of the property), an additional interest margin may apply of between 0.25% to 1.5% per annum depending on your level of equity.
3 First Home Loan can only be used for the purchase of owner occupied properties. Income caps and regional loan caps apply. A one-off Lenders Mortgage Insurance Premium applies. Current First Home Loan lending criteria, terms and conditions apply. An establishment fee may apply.
Interest rates and fees are subject to change without notice.