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Wondering if you can get a home loan with a bad credit score?
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Real life happens and sometimes unexpected financial hurdles come our way. From a change in circumstances through to financial hardship, it can sometimes be tough to get your finances back on track. This can be made trickier when banks make finance harder to come by after a default or blip on your credit history.

We don’t think that should hold you back from your financial goals, which is why we offer home loans for real people, and evaluate each application based off the person behind the numbers. We’ll take a holistic view of your current financial situation and look beyond your credit history to find a way forward.

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It’s these sorts of real life surprises that can cause blips in our ability to pay our bills, and the result can be a problem in our credit history.

Many people with bad credit can be reluctant to apply for a home loan and get misinformed and told they won’t be able to get a loan. This may not be the case. There is a plan b. At Pepper Money we have a range of home loans specifically designed for people who have these sorts of problems. So, if you’re having trouble because of your credit history talk to us at Pepper Money, we’ll do our best to help find a way forward.

Everyone's story is unique. We might be able to help if you:

  • Have past defaults (paid or unpaid)
  • Are in a debt agreement (Part IX or X)

  • Are a discharged bankrupt. Watch the real life story »
  • Have had mortgage arrears

  • Have made late credit or mortgage repayments

  • Have been refused credit from your bank or another lender

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What could a Pepper Money home loan look like?

Estimate your home loan repayments with our calculator below, and then just answer a few more questions to find out how much you could borrow and your indicative interest rate.

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Important Information

This repayment calculator gives you an estimate of what your home loan repayments could be, based on information you have provided in the calculator. The calculator does not take into account loan establishment or application fees, nor government statutory or lender fees.  It is to be used as a guide only and does not constitute a quote, pre-qualification, approval for credit or an offer for credit and you should not enter commitments based on it.

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Here are some FAQs about applying for a Pepper Money home loan with bad credit.

You will need to have documents supporting your current financial position such as recent bank statements, payslips or other proof of income, personal identification and a snapshot of your current asset and liability position.

For PAYG applicants we require two current payslips plus one of the following:

  • Most recent group certificate
  • Most recent tax return / taxation notice
  • Current letter of employment
  • Bank statements – to confirm last 3 months salary credits

For Self-Employed applications we need your last two years Tax Returns, two years Tax Assessment Notice and & last 1 month’s business bank statements. If you are self-employed and unable to provide this documents, you may still qualify for an alternative documentation (alt doc) loan. For more details click here

At Pepper Money we can finance home purchases of up to 95% LVR (subject to the loan meeting our eligibility criteria), which means you can start to look at buying once you have saved around 5% of the purchase price. 

It is important to factor in the additional costs you will need to cover when you are taking out a loan. 

At Pepper Money, we offer a range of variable interest rates depending on your individual circumstances and the product you apply for. A decision on your rate will be based on a range of different factors including;

  • The amount you need to borrow against the property value; known as the Loan-to-Value Ratio (LVR)
  • The size of your deposit
  • Your source of income
  • Credit history
  • Assets and liabilities 
  • And whether the loan is to purchase an owner-occupied property or an investment property. 

Click here to learn more about our home loan products, or to get an indicative interest rate speak to one of our Lending Specialists on 137 377

There are fees and charges associated with every home loan which should be factored in when saving your deposit. For example, establishment/application fee, monthly administration fee, legal fees, stamp duty and mortgage risk fee (if applicable). 

Get in touch with one of our Lending Specialists on 137 377 to understand the full list of fees on a Pepper Money home loan and when these might apply. Alternatively you can view a high level summary of our home loan fees here

Your Pepper Money Home Loan Journey can take up to six weeks – this is the typical timeframe for a home purchase, however the process may be quicker if all the necessary documentation is provided sooner. 

Delays in decisions are often caused by incorrect or missing documentation. 

To learn more about Pepper Money Home Loan application process, click here or for more information speak to a Lending Specialists on 137 377.

Our home loan borrowing capacity calculator asks a few personal and financial questions to calculate an estimate of how much you may be able to borrow with Pepper Money. After finding out how much you could potentially borrow, you can then either speak to a lending specialist about your situation, or continue on to get an indicative interest rate online.

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While a high credit score might help you get a rock-bottom interest rate, it may still be possible to apply for a home loan with a less-than-perfect credit score. While the Big 4 banks often prefer to lend to those with a perfect credit history, at Pepper Money, we take a real-life approach to lending and look beyond your credit score to see how we can help you secure the best loan for your individual situation.

Talk to a lending specialist about your situation. We’re here to help

Some of the big banks may turn applicants away if they have a less-than-perfect credit score. Alternative lenders, such as Pepper Money, look beyond a credit score to understand a customer’s full financial situation before making a decision. This is achieved by taking a more holistic approach than traditional lenders - speaking with customers to understand how any credit problems occurred and considering each borrower’s individual needs and circumstances.

If you’d like to learn more about our home loan options for bad credit, then speak with one of our friendly lending specialists on 137 377. Alternatively, enquire online to request a call back and we'll be in touch.

We are Australia’s number 1 non-bank lender - we’ve been awarded Best Non-Bank Lender three times – in 2017 and 2019 at the Australian Mortgage Awards and in 2018 at the Australian Lending Awards.

We live our mission every day: to help you succeed.

We specialise in working on each individual application so we can fully understand your real life situation and help find a suitable solution.

We were set up in 2000 to provide a fresh alternative for those people who needed a home loan that banks weren’t prepared to offer. We now also provide car loans, personal loans, loans for professional equipment, and commercial loans. Learn more about us here.

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Important Information

All applications are subject to Pepper's credit assessment and loan eligibility criteria. Terms, conditions, fees and charges apply. 

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Note - All applications are subject to Pepper's normal credit assessment and loan suitability criteria. Terms, conditions, fees and charges apply.