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What's the best home loan for your current situation?

What's the best home loan for your current situation?

There are hundreds of home loans available, with new products emerging all the time. We can help you do the homework when you’re on the hunt for a new property and break down the pros and cons associated with each loan option.

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Understand the features and benefits that best suit you.

Understand the features and benefits that best suit you.

We ensure you choose a loan with the features and benefits that are right for you. Extra repayments? Redraw facility? Offset account? We can recommend a loan for your particular needs – and take care of all the paperwork.

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Fast track your loan with the relevant documentation.

Fast track your loan with the relevant documentation.

Most lenders require the same documents to approve a loan. We’ll provide a checklist of the relevant documents needed for your type of loan, which will assist you in fast-tracking your loan application for approval.

We help you safely navigate the home loan minefield

Here’s a snapshot of the main types of home loans and some of their pros and cons.

Variable Loans

Standard variable loans are the most popular home loan in Australia. Interest rates go up or down over the life off the loan depending on the official rate set by the Reserve Bank of Australia and funding costs. Your regular repayments pay off both the interest and some of the principal. You can also choose a basic variable loan, which offers a discounted interest rate but has fewer loan features, such as a redraw facility and repayment flexibility.

Pros

If interest rates fall, the size of your minimum repayments will too.

Standard variable loans allow you to make extra repayments. Even small extra payments can cut the length and cost of your mortgage.

Basic variable loans often don’t come with a redraw facility, removing the temptation to spend money you’ve already paid off your loan.

Cons

If interest rates rise, the size of your repayments will too.

Increased loan repayments due to rate rises could impact your household budget, so make sure you take potential interest rate hikes into account when working out how much money to borrow.

You need to be disciplined around the redraw facility on a standard variable loan. If you dip into it too often, it will take much longer and cost more to pay off your loan.

If you have a basic variable loan, you won’t be able to pay it off quicker or get access to money you have already repaid if you ever need it.

Fixed Loans

The interest rate is fixed for a certain period, usually the first one to five years of the loan. This means your regular repayments stay the same regardless of changes in interest rates. At the end of the fixed period you can decide whether to fix the rate again, at whatever rate lenders are offering, or move to a variable loan.

Pros

Your regular repayments are unaffected by increases in interest rates.

You can manage your household budget better during the fixed period, knowing exactly how much is needed to repay your home loan

Cons

If interest rates go down, you don’t benefit from the decrease. Your regular repayments stay the same.

You can end up paying more than someone with a variable loan if rates remain higher under your agreed fixed rate for a prolonged period.

There is very limited opportunity for additional repayments during the fixed rate period.

You may be penalised financially if you exit the loan before the end of the fixed rate period.

Split loans

Your loan amount is split, so one part is variable, and the other is fixed. You decide on the proportion of variable and fixed. You enjoy some of the flexibility of a variable loan along with the certainty of a fixed rate loan.

Pros

Your regular repayments will vary less when interest rates change, making it easier to budget.

If interest rates fall, your regular repayments on the variable portion will too.

You can repay the variable part of the loan quicker if you wish.

Cons

If interest rates rise, your regular repayments on the variable portion will too.

Only limited additional repayments of the fixed rate portion are allowed.

You will be penalised financially if you exit the fixed portion of the loan early.

Interest only

You repay only the interest on the amount borrowed usually for the first one to five years of the loan, although some lenders offer longer terms. Because you’re not also paying off the principal, your monthly repayments are lower. At the end of the interest-only period, you begin to pay off both interest and principal. These loans are especially popular with investors who plan to pay off the principal when the property is sold, having achieved capital growth.

Pros

Lower regular repayments during the interest only period.

If it is not a fixed rate loan, you have the flexibility to pay off, and often redraw, the principal at your convenience.

Cons

At the end of the interest only period you have the same level of debt as when you started.

If you’re not able to extend your interest-only period, you could face the possibility of increased repayments.

You could face a sudden increase in regular repayments at the end of the interest-only period.

Line of Credit

You can pay into and withdraw from your home loan every month, so long as you keep up the regular required repayments. Many people choose to have their salary paid into their line of credit account. This type of loan is good for people who want to maximise their income to pay off their mortgage quickly and/or who want maximum flexibility in their access to funds.

Pros

You can use your income to help reduce interest charges and pay off your mortgage quicker.

Provides great flexibility for you to access available funds.

You can consolidate spending and debt management in a single account.

Cons

Without proper monitoring and discipline, you won’t pay off the principal and will continue to carry or increase your level of debt.

Line of credit loans usually carry slightly higher interest rates.

Introductory/Honeymoon

Originally designed for first-home buyers, but now available more widely, introductory loans offer a discounted interest rate for the first 6 to 12 months, before the rate reverts to the usual variable interest rate.

Pros

Lower regular repayments for an initial ‘honeymoon’ period.

Cons

Loans may have restrictions, such as no redraw facilities, for the entire length of the loan.

You may be locked into a period of higher interest rates at the expiry of the honeymoon period.

Low Doc

Popular with self-employed people, these loans require less documentation or proof of income than most, but often carry higher interest rates or require a larger deposit because of the perceived higher lender risk. In most cases you will be financially better off getting together full documentation for another type of loan. But if this isn’t possible, a low doc loan may be your best opportunity to borrow money.

Pros

Lower requirement for evidence of income. May overlook non-existent or poor credit rating.

Cons

You will probably pay higher interest than with other home loan types, or may need a larger deposit, or both.

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Top FAQ's

Browse our top frequently asked questions or visit our FAQ's page for more

Buying a home

Setting up the right loan

The home loan application process

When buying a home, what fees/costs should I budget for?

How much do I need for a deposit?

How much will regular repayments be?

Should I find a property or get approved for a home loan first?

How often do I make home loan repayments — weekly, fortnightly or monthly?

How do I choose the loan that’s right for me?

Which is better, redraw or offset?

How much do I need to have saved to get approved for a home loan?

Should I choose a variable or fixed rate home loan?

How much can I borrow?

Can I have a combination of a fixed and variable home loan?

Is the product with the cheapest interest rate the best one?

Can I use a guarantor to help get my loan approved?

What is mortgage insurance?

I have a default; will I get approved for a home loan?

I’m self-employed; can I apply for a home loan? What documentation do I need?

How long will it take for my home loan to be approved?

What documentation do I need to apply for a home loan?

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    Australian Mortgage Statistics*

    25%
    of the real estate market comprises of homeloans
    52%
    of mortgages go through a broker
    15%
    Of mortgaes are for First time home buyers
    33%
    fully own their homes in 18 years