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Asking how long it takes to get a loan approved is like asking how long a piece of string is. Every application is unique, so the time between your first contact with your bank or broker and approval can never be predetermined. There are, however, some things you can do to help hurry your application along.

Although very rare, same-day loan approvals are possible depending on the lender’s criteria, the complexity of the deal and turnaround time. “In my experience, this has been possible when the client’s lending position is fairly straightforward in terms of employment, asset and liability position,” says an MFAA accredited finance broker. “Also, if a valuation wasn’t required due to a low LVR and both parties were happy with the contract price.”

If you’re not prepared, it could take up to a month. The most common reason for a delay is a lender’s turnaround time to assessment, especially when some lenders have competitive offerings and experience larger application volumes, but a lack of preparation can cause this delay to snowball. “When there are such delays and then a lender must organise a valuation or request further information, this can lead to a lengthy process time,” the broker says.

A good finance broker will help you take all the necessary steps to ensure fast home loan approval, but there are simple ways you can help hurry the process along before your first meeting with your broker.

Disclose all information

To avoid back and forth requests, which can delay your application, ensure your lender has a thorough understanding of you as an applicant including appropriate identification of all borrowers. Provide all the supporting and necessary documents upfront to your broker, and convey as much detail as possible in relation to your requirements and objectives and have good, current information on your financial position. The broker will need to not only have your full financial details but will also need to take reasonable steps to verify it.

Application and supporting requirements

Being prepared prior to your appointment by gathering all necessary requirements is crucial to ensure a smooth and speedy process. Find below some of the key requirements , this can vary depending on each individual applicant.

Personal overview

  • Fact find form – Includes personal information , income , assets and liability position


  • Passport , Drivers licence and medicare card

Income documentation

  • PAYG borrowers – Two most recent payslips
  • Self-employed borrowers – Last 2 years financials , tax returns and notice of assessments
  • Investment , Rental and allowance income statements

Bank statements and expenses

  • 3 months of Trading ,Savings, Credit cards , Personal & Car loan statements
  • 6 months existing Home loan , Investment loan statements
  • Monthly living expenses – included in the Fact find form

Other documentation

  • Council rates notices
  • BAS statements
  • Applicant declarations

Upon appointment booking , Mortgage Navigators will confirmation the requirements needed based on your application and individual circumstances.

Skip the valuation queue

Not all applications require a valuation, depending on the property and lending institution, and forgoing this step can save a considerable amount of time. You can also save time by having a valuation completed prior to your application, as long as it’s accepted by your chosen lender – but check with your broker first.

To ensure your application avoids any unnecessary delays, contact Mortgage Navigators.