A bad credit history doesn't mean you're history
Just because you might have missed paying a phone or electricity bill shouldn’t mean an instant black mark against your name. We understand that things are not always black and white and there may have been circumstances beyond your control that resulted in late payments, a default or even bankruptcy. Real life happens. That’s why we sit down with you for a one-on-one chat to learn more about your story. The more we know about you and your situation, the better we are equipped to find a solution.
Thinking that's outside the tick box
Our decision is not all about your credit history, good or bad. There’s a whole bunch of other things we look at. Instead of simply ticking boxes, like most, we like to get a bigger picture of you. And we won’t make any notes on your credit file without your okay.
To paint that picture, we begin with 4 things and fill in details around them the more we talk with you.
- What you do – how you make a living, full-time, part-time, casual, or run your own business
- What you own – your assets, do you own a home or investment property or have you saved a deposit?
- What are your outgoings? – your liabilities, do you have a mortgage, car payments or credit card debt? Do you have a business debt or ATO debt? What are your living expenses?
- What you missed – your credit history, do you have any defaults, missed loan repayments or missed bills? Even if any of these things are complicated in any way, we’ll do our best to help.
A simple home loan for borrowers with a clear credit history.
A balanced home loan for borrowers who haven't had a credit problem in the last 2 years.
A real home loan for borrowers whose circumstances have made getting a loan challenging.
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 Financial Statements and Certified Tax Returns + Tax Assessment Notice. If you are self-employed and unable to provide these documentation, 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.
However, we recommend at least 10% as an ideal target as 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. 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.
There are fees associated with every home loan application which should be factored on top of your deposit. For example, establishment and ongoing administration of your loan account, legal fees, stamp duty and mortgage insurance fees.
Get in touch with one of our Lending Specialists on 13 73 77 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.
We are Australia’s number 1 non-bank lender, as voted by the Australian Lending Awards 2018, and we live our mission every day: to help people 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 2001 because so many people needed home loans that banks weren’t prepared to offer. Since then we’ve helped over 200,000 Australians who don’t tick all the traditional boxes for home loans – and we also provide personal loans as well as professional equipment and car loans. Learn more about us here.
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