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Australian Expat Mortgage Broker

Assisting Australian Expats with their home loan and mortgage needs

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Review your existing Australian Home Loan to find you a better deal and save money

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Start or continue to build your Australian investment property portfolio

Future Forever Home

Purchase a piece of the Australian dream for when you decide to return home

Can I get an Australian Mortgage whilst living overseas?

You Can Borrow Up To 90% Value

Australian expats can obtain a home loan up to a 90% LVR (Loan Value Ratio) of the property value. This is subject to Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) and a full credit assessment, but is an option for Australian expats that have a 10% deposit.

You can borrow using foreign income

Overseas income will be converted from foreign currency to AUD (using an FX conversion) and depending on the lender a portion of the AUD income will be used for borrowing purposes (this can be from 100% of income down to 60% income, depending on the lender and credit policy)

You can use self-employed income

If you run an overseas business, this income can still be used for borrowing purposes. Full financial statements and an accountants letter will be required as supporting documents. If the information is presented in a language other than English, this will need to be translated.

Home loan purpose

Australian expats can obtain a mortgage to purchase a new or existing investment property, refinance existing mortgages, access existing equity or construct a new property.

Non - Australian Spouse

Looking to purchase a property with your non-Australian spouse? This is ok with some lenders and the government will accept this arrangement. This means that the non-Australians income can be used for loan servicing and will be exempt from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) restrictions. Subject to state stamp duty rules.

What currencies are acceptable for an Australian Mortgage?


The most common currencies accepted:


  • United States Dollar (USD), Great Britain Pounds Sterling (GBP), Euro (EUR), Singapore Dollar (SGD), Canadian Dollar (CAD), Hong Kong Dollar (HKD), Japanese Yen (JPY), Swiss Franc (CHF), New Zealand Dollar (NZD), Chinese Renminbi (CNY).

These are considered tier one currencies for the Australian banks and increase your chance of getting a loan. Lenders can accept up to 80-100% of the gross converted income, with tier one currencies.


  • Bahrain Dinar (BHD), Bruneian Dollar (BND), Danish Krone (DKK), Fijian Dollar (FJD), Indian Rupee (INR), Indonesian Rupiah (IDR), Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD), Macau Pataca (MOP), Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), Norwegian Krone (NOK), Oman Rial (OMR), Papua New Guinean Kina (PGK), Philippine Peso (PHP), Qatari Riyal (QAR), Samoan Tala (WST), Saudi Arabian Riyal (SAR), Solomon Island Dollar (SBD), South African Rand (SAR), South Korean Won (KRW), Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR), Taiwan New Dollar (TND), Thai Baht (TBH), Tongan Pa’anga (TOP), Turkish Lira (TRY), United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED), Vanuatu Vatu (VUV), Vietnamese Dong (VND).

These currencies can be accepted, but as they are considered tier two currencies – lenders may only use 60-80% of the gross converted income. Speak with an expat mortgage to discuss your situation in detail.

What income is accepted for Australian Mortgages?

PAYG or W2 Income

Ordinary Income used for expat lending is generally in-line with standard lending practices and can be accepted. Lenders will shade foreign income (depending on the currency the income is generated in) and take a portion.

Tier one currencies, lenders will generally take 80% – 100% of the employment income. For tier two or silver type currencies, this currency will still be accepted through can be shaded to 60% – 80% of the income. Lenders will be more comfortable with Australian expats who can demonstrate that they generating PAYG or W2 income from an employer who is a large multinational.

Lenders will require to see an employment contract, confirming the length of the employment and the salary package. This will also be compared against the last 3 months of bank credits (to confirm the NET income matched the employers pay slip after tax and deductions are withheld). If an Australian expat receives other income as part of their ongoing salary package, this can be considered for servicing purposes.

Some Australian expats will have other pre-tax deductions removed from their payslip (medical, dental, travel costs) for tax purposes. This will be factored into the living expense section of the applicant.

Bonus or Commission Income

Provided this has been paid to the Australian expat for greater than a two year period, a portion of bonus income can be accepted for borrowing purposes. Commission income can also be accepted, if in line with the industry and paid for greater than a 12 month period.

Australian Rental Income

Existing and proposed rental income can be accepted for borrowing purposes. Generally, lenders will take 80% of the gross rental income for servicing. For existing properties, this will be confirmed against rental statements and for a proposed purchase this can be verified using a rental estimate and the bank valuation.

Negative Gearing

The negative gearing benefits that Australia Tax residents receive, cannot be accepted for expats living overseas. Lenders take the assumption that the borrower is not an Australian tax resident and the negative gearing benefit will not apply to the servicing calculator.

Overseas Rental Income

Rental income received from overseas investment properties can be accepted for servicing purposes. This income is converted to AUD and shaded per normal lending guidelines. If the borrower has an overseas mortgage, this will need to for servicing purposes. 

Self Employed Income

Self-employed income for borrowing purposes, can be accepted. Full financials and Accountants letter will be required to present to the bank, particularly if the tax jurisdiction is significantly different to the Australian Tax system. If the financial statements are not presented in English, the documents will need to be translated for certification purposes.

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