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Line of Credit Home Loans

for $150,000 over 25 years
No unnecessary features, no application fees and no monthly fees.

Home Loan Overview

Maximum LVR 95% Inlcuding LMI

Maximum insured LVR 95% Inlcuding LMI

Minimum loan amount$100,000

Maximum loan amount$999,999,999.99

Minimum loan term n/a

Maximum loan term 30 years

Interest rate type Variable

Home loan interest rates (base)3.79%

Home loan comparison rate3.79%

GO TO Hume Bank

Repayments & Redraws

Monthly repayments (approx)$774

Total repayments (approx)$232,341

Total interest (approx)$82,341

Redraw facility Yes

Redraw fee FREE (online) $25 in-branch

Minimum redraw amount $50

Offset facility No

Extra repayments allowed? Yes

Extra repayment fees No

Extra repayments restrictions n/a

Repayments weekly Yes

Repayments biweekly Yes

Repayments monthly Yes

GO TO Hume Bank

Home Loan Fees

Application fee $0

Legal fee $0

Valuation fee $0

Settlement fee $0

Discharge fee $0-$200

Regular or monthly fee $0

GO TO Hume Bank

Loan Availability

InvestmentNo

First home buyersNo

Owner occupierYes

RefinanceYes

Line of creditNo

Self-managed superNo

State availabilityNSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, ACT, NT, TAS

GO TO Hume Bank

Other

SponsoredYes

Data accurate as of12/07/2017

GO TO Hume Bank

Comparison rate warning

*Visit our website for full T&Cs. Rate only available to owner occupied loans refinanced from another institution with principal and interest repayments on loan amounts over $100,000. **Comparison rate based on a secured loan of $150,000 over 25 years for loans being refinanced from another institution. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Terms, conditions and normal lending criteria apply. Hume Bank Limited ABN 85 051 868 556 AFSL and Australian Credit Licence No. 244248.

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No upfront or ongoing fees. Save more than $500 and enjoy not having to pay on upfront or monthly fees. Free online redraw and unlimited additional repayments. 100% mortgage offset account.

Home Loan Overview

Maximum LVR 80%

Maximum insured LVR 80%

Minimum loan amount$150,000

Maximum loan amount$2,000,000

Minimum loan term 5 years

Maximum loan term 30 years

Interest rate type Variable

Home loan interest rates (base)3.79%

Home loan comparison rate3.79%

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Repayments & Redraws

Monthly repayments (approx)$774

Total repayments (approx)$232,341

Total interest (approx)$82,341

Redraw facility Yes

Redraw fee $0

Minimum redraw amount

Offset facility Yes

Extra repayments allowed? Unlimited

Extra repayment fees $0

Extra repayments restrictions No

Repayments weekly Yes

Repayments biweekly Yes

Repayments monthly Yes

GO TO Beyond Bank

Home Loan Fees

Application fee $0

Legal fee $0

Valuation fee $0

Settlement fee $0

Discharge fee $295

Regular or monthly fee $0

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Loan Availability

InvestmentNo

First home buyersYes

Owner occupierYes

RefinanceYes

Line of creditNo

Self-managed superNo

State availabilityACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

GO TO Beyond Bank

Other

SponsoredYes

Data accurate as of5/06/2018

GO TO Beyond Bank

Comparison rate warning

The comparison rate is calculated on a $150,000 loan with monthly repayments over a term of 25 years. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate. Interest rates are subject to change without notice.

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The Variable home loan is aimed at those looking for greater flexibility with their loan. The Variable account comes with a 100% offset account which allows for additional lump sum payments and higher loan repayments. This loan is perfect for those looking for greater flexibility within their lives.

Home Loan Overview

Maximum LVR 80%

Maximum insured LVR 80%

Minimum loan amount$50,000

Maximum loan amount$1,250,000

Minimum loan term 1 Year

Maximum loan term 30 Years

Interest rate type Variable

Home loan interest rates (base)3.99%

Home loan comparison rate3.90%

GO TO Freedom Lend

Repayments & Redraws

Monthly repayments (approx)$790

Total repayments (approx)$237,279

Total interest (approx)$87,279

Redraw facility No

Redraw fee $0

Minimum redraw amount $0

Offset facility No

Extra repayments allowed? Yes

Extra repayment fees $0

Extra repayments restrictions $20,000 p.a

Repayments weekly Yes

Repayments biweekly Yes

Repayments monthly Yes

GO TO Freedom Lend

Home Loan Fees

Application fee $0

Legal fee $0

Valuation fee $0

Settlement fee $0

Discharge fee $535

Regular or monthly fee $0

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Loan Availability

InvestmentNo

First home buyersYes

Owner occupierYes

RefinanceYes

Line of creditNo

Self-managed superNo

State availabilityNSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, ACT, NT, TAS

GO TO Freedom Lend

Other

SponsoredYes

Data accurate as of3/7/2018

GO TO Freedom Lend

Comparison rate warning

Monthly repayments, total repayment amount and comparison rates quoted are based on $150,000 for a term of 25 years. Rates apply to secured loans only. WARNING: This Comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different Comparison rate.

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MyState offers a Variable home loan, with comparison rates from 5.02%perannum

Home Loan Overview

Maximum LVR 95%

Maximum insured LVR 95%

Minimum loan amount$30,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000,000

Minimum loan term 1 year

Maximum loan term 30 years

Interest rate type Variable

Home loan interest rates (base)4.95%

Home loan comparison rate5.02%

GO TO MyState

Repayments & Redraws

Monthly repayments (approx)$872

Total repayments (approx)$261,756

Total interest (approx)$111,756

Redraw facility Yes

Redraw fee $0

Minimum redraw amount TBA

Offset facility Yes

Extra repayments allowed? Yes

Extra repayment fees $0

Extra repayments restrictions TBA

Repayments weekly Yes

Repayments biweekly Yes

Repayments monthly Yes

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Home Loan Fees

Application fee $650

Legal fee $0

Valuation fee $0

Settlement fee $350

Discharge fee $250

Regular or monthly fee $0

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Loan Availability

InvestmentNo

First home buyersYes

Owner occupierYes

RefinanceYes

Line of creditNo

Self-managed superNo

State availabilityNSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, ACT, NT, TAS

GO TO MyState

Other

SponsoredNo

Data accurate as of29/05/2018

GO TO MyState

Comparison rate warning

Monthly repayments, total repayment amount and comparison rates quoted are based on $150,000 for a term of 25 years. Rates apply to secured loans only. WARNING: This Comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different Comparison rate.

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HSBC's Home Value Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) is a Variable home loan with rates from 5.30%

Home Loan Overview

Maximum LVR 80%

Maximum insured LVR 80%

Minimum loan amount$20,000

Maximum loan amount$5,000,000

Minimum loan term 1 year

Maximum loan term 30 years

Interest rate type Variable

Home loan interest rates (base)5.24%

Home loan comparison rate5.30%

GO TO HSBC

Repayments & Redraws

Monthly repayments (approx)$897

Total repayments (approx)$269,397

Total interest (approx)$119,397

Redraw facility No

Redraw fee N/A

Minimum redraw amount Not available

Offset facility No

Extra repayments allowed? TBA

Extra repayment fees TBA

Extra repayments restrictions TBA

Repayments weekly Yes

Repayments biweekly Yes

Repayments monthly Yes

GO TO HSBC

Home Loan Fees

Application fee $600

Legal fee $0

Valuation fee $215

Settlement fee $150

Discharge fee $300

Regular or monthly fee

GO TO HSBC

Loan Availability

InvestmentYes

First home buyersYes

Owner occupierNo

RefinanceYes

Line of creditYes

Self-managed superNo

State availabilityNSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, ACT, NT, TAS

GO TO HSBC

Other

SponsoredNo

Data accurate as of5/01/2017

GO TO HSBC

Comparison rate warning

Monthly repayments, total repayment amount and comparison rates quoted are based on $150,000 for a term of 25 years. Rates apply to secured loans only. WARNING: This Comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different Comparison rate.

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MyState offers a Variable home loan, with comparison rates from 5.39%perannum

Home Loan Overview

Maximum LVR 80%

Maximum insured LVR 80%

Minimum loan amount$30,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000,000

Minimum loan term 1 year

Maximum loan term 30 years

Interest rate type Variable

Home loan interest rates (base)5.32%

Home loan comparison rate5.39%

GO TO MyState

Repayments & Redraws

Monthly repayments (approx)$905

Total repayments (approx)$271,524

Total interest (approx)$121,524

Redraw facility Yes

Redraw fee $0

Minimum redraw amount TBA

Offset facility Yes

Extra repayments allowed? Yes

Extra repayment fees $0

Extra repayments restrictions TBA

Repayments weekly Yes

Repayments biweekly Yes

Repayments monthly Yes

GO TO MyState

Home Loan Fees

Application fee $950

Legal fee $0

Valuation fee $0

Settlement fee $350

Discharge fee $250

Regular or monthly fee $0

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Loan Availability

InvestmentNo

First home buyersYes

Owner occupierYes

RefinanceYes

Line of creditNo

Self-managed superNo

State availabilityNSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, ACT, NT, TAS

GO TO MyState

Other

SponsoredNo

Data accurate as of29/05/2018

GO TO MyState

Comparison rate warning

Monthly repayments, total repayment amount and comparison rates quoted are based on $150,000 for a term of 25 years. Rates apply to secured loans only. WARNING: This Comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different Comparison rate.

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MyState offers a Variable home loan, with comparison rates from 5.39%perannum

Home Loan Overview

Maximum LVR 90%

Maximum insured LVR 90%

Minimum loan amount$30,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000,000

Minimum loan term 1 year

Maximum loan term 30 years

Interest rate type Variable

Home loan interest rates (base)5.32%

Home loan comparison rate5.39%

GO TO MyState

Repayments & Redraws

Monthly repayments (approx)$905

Total repayments (approx)$271,524

Total interest (approx)$121,524

Redraw facility Yes

Redraw fee $0

Minimum redraw amount TBA

Offset facility Yes

Extra repayments allowed? Yes

Extra repayment fees $0

Extra repayments restrictions TBA

Repayments weekly Yes

Repayments biweekly Yes

Repayments monthly Yes

GO TO MyState

Home Loan Fees

Application fee $950

Legal fee $0

Valuation fee $0

Settlement fee $350

Discharge fee $250

Regular or monthly fee $0

GO TO MyState

Loan Availability

InvestmentNo

First home buyersYes

Owner occupierYes

RefinanceYes

Line of creditNo

Self-managed superNo

State availabilityNSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, ACT, NT, TAS

GO TO MyState

Other

SponsoredNo

Data accurate as of29/05/2018

GO TO MyState

Comparison rate warning

Monthly repayments, total repayment amount and comparison rates quoted are based on $150,000 for a term of 25 years. Rates apply to secured loans only. WARNING: This Comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different Comparison rate.

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MyState offers a Variable home loan, with comparison rates from 5.42%perannum

Home Loan Overview

Maximum LVR 80%

Maximum insured LVR 80%

Minimum loan amount$30,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000,000

Minimum loan term 1 year

Maximum loan term 30 years

Interest rate type Variable

Home loan interest rates (base)5.72%

Home loan comparison rate5.42%

GO TO MyState

Repayments & Redraws

Monthly repayments (approx)$940

Total repayments (approx)$282,282

Total interest (approx)$132,282

Redraw facility Yes

Redraw fee $0

Minimum redraw amount TBA

Offset facility Yes

Extra repayments allowed? Yes

Extra repayment fees $0

Extra repayments restrictions TBA

Repayments weekly Yes

Repayments biweekly Yes

Repayments monthly Yes

GO TO MyState

Home Loan Fees

Application fee $950

Legal fee $0

Valuation fee $0

Settlement fee $350

Discharge fee $250

Regular or monthly fee $0

GO TO MyState

Loan Availability

InvestmentNo

First home buyersYes

Owner occupierYes

RefinanceYes

Line of creditNo

Self-managed superNo

State availabilityNSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, ACT, NT, TAS

GO TO MyState

Other

SponsoredNo

Data accurate as of29/05/2018

GO TO MyState

Comparison rate warning

Monthly repayments, total repayment amount and comparison rates quoted are based on $150,000 for a term of 25 years. Rates apply to secured loans only. WARNING: This Comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different Comparison rate.

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The Rock offers a Variable home loan, with comparison rates from 5.82%perannum

Home Loan Overview

Maximum LVR 90%

Maximum insured LVR 90%

Minimum loan amount$30,000

Maximum loan amount$100,000,000

Minimum loan term 1 year

Maximum loan term 30 years

Interest rate type Variable

Home loan interest rates (base)5.82%

Home loan comparison rate5.82%

GO TO The Rock

Repayments & Redraws

Monthly repayments (approx)$950

Total repayments (approx)$285,006

Total interest (approx)$135,006

Redraw facility Yes

Redraw fee $0

Minimum redraw amount TBA

Offset facility Yes

Extra repayments allowed? Yes

Extra repayment fees $0

Extra repayments restrictions TBA

Repayments weekly Yes

Repayments biweekly Yes

Repayments monthly Yes

GO TO The Rock

Home Loan Fees

Application fee $950

Legal fee $0

Valuation fee $0

Settlement fee $350

Discharge fee $250

Regular or monthly fee $0

GO TO The Rock

Loan Availability

InvestmentNo

First home buyersYes

Owner occupierYes

RefinanceYes

Line of creditNo

Self-managed superNo

State availabilityNSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, ACT, NT, TAS

GO TO The Rock

Other

SponsoredNo

Data accurate as of29/05/2018

GO TO The Rock

Comparison rate warning

Monthly repayments, total repayment amount and comparison rates quoted are based on $150,000 for a term of 25 years. Rates apply to secured loans only. WARNING: This Comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different Comparison rate.

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People's Choice Credit Union's Line of Credit is a Variable home loan with rates from 6.26%

Home Loan Overview

Maximum LVR 95%

Maximum insured LVR 95%

Minimum loan amount$20,000

Maximum loan amount$500,000

Minimum loan term 1 year

Maximum loan term 30 years

Interest rate type Variable

Home loan interest rates (base)6.10%

Home loan comparison rate6.26%

GO TO People's Choice Credit Union

Repayments & Redraws

Monthly repayments (approx)$975

Total repayments (approx)$292,707

Total interest (approx)$142,707

Redraw facility No

Redraw fee N/A

Minimum redraw amount Not available

Offset facility No

Extra repayments allowed? TBA

Extra repayment fees TBA

Extra repayments restrictions TBA

Repayments weekly Yes

Repayments biweekly Yes

Repayments monthly Yes

GO TO People's Choice Credit Union

Home Loan Fees

Application fee $600

Legal fee $200

Valuation fee $0

Settlement fee $150

Discharge fee $350

Regular or monthly fee $8 monthly

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Loan Availability

InvestmentYes

First home buyersYes

Owner occupierYes

RefinanceYes

Line of creditYes

Self-managed superNo

State availabilityNSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, ACT, NT, TAS

GO TO People's Choice Credit Union

Other

SponsoredNo

Data accurate as of5/01/2017

GO TO People's Choice Credit Union

Comparison rate warning

Monthly repayments, total repayment amount and comparison rates quoted are based on $150,000 for a term of 25 years. Rates apply to secured loans only. WARNING: This Comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different Comparison rate.

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Gateway Credit Union's EquitiSmart Line of Credit - Investment Home Loan is a Variable home loan with rates from 6.28%

Home Loan Overview

Maximum LVR 80%

Maximum insured LVR 80%

Minimum loan amount$20,000

Maximum loan amount$1,000,000

Minimum loan term 1 year

Maximum loan term 30 years

Interest rate type Variable

Home loan interest rates (base)6.22%

Home loan comparison rate6.28%

GO TO Gateway Credit Union

Repayments & Redraws

Monthly repayments (approx)$986

Total repayments (approx)$296,016

Total interest (approx)$146,016

Redraw facility No

Redraw fee N/A

Minimum redraw amount Not available

Offset facility No

Extra repayments allowed? TBA

Extra repayment fees TBA

Extra repayments restrictions TBA

Repayments weekly Yes

Repayments biweekly Yes

Repayments monthly Yes

GO TO Gateway Credit Union

Home Loan Fees

Application fee $200

Legal fee $275

Valuation fee $275

Settlement fee $0

Discharge fee $300

Regular or monthly fee

GO TO Gateway Credit Union

Loan Availability

InvestmentYes

First home buyersYes

Owner occupierNo

RefinanceYes

Line of creditYes

Self-managed superNo

State availabilityNSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, ACT, NT, TAS

GO TO Gateway Credit Union

Other

SponsoredNo

Data accurate as of5/01/2017

GO TO Gateway Credit Union

Comparison rate warning

Monthly repayments, total repayment amount and comparison rates quoted are based on $150,000 for a term of 25 years. Rates apply to secured loans only. WARNING: This Comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different Comparison rate.

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How to compare line of credit home loans

Home loans are as variable as the prospective homebuyers. There are a multitude of loans from different lending institutions. It’s worthwhile to research and compare your home loan options before making such a long-term commitment. Small differences in interest rates, terms or fees can significantly impact the overall cost of the owning a home.

Come prepared

Before you begin to compare line of credit home loans, it’s a good idea to come prepared with an understanding of what type of mortgage you require and for what purpose.

  • How much are you looking to spend on a property?
  • How big is your deposit?
  • Is it an investment property or will you live in the property?
  • Are you after an interest only or principal and interest home loan?
  • What features do you want with your home loan?

Additional types of line of credit home loans and features to consider

Consider the following when you research your options:

  • Introductory home loans. These can be a great option for first-time home buyers because these loans offer a lower interest rate for the first year or two, lower upfront fees and charges helping you reduce the overall financial strain for the first few years.
  • Interest only loans. Interest only loans are generally suited best toward investors. Interest only loans only require that the borrower pay the interest accrued and not the principal of the loan. This allows investors to purchase a property and make a minimum amount of payments on it.
  • Line of credit/home equity loans. These loans allow you to borrow against the equity of the property to pay for renovations, home improvements, purchasing a vehicle and more. Lines of credit are also a great choice for those who are building their own home to draw funds to pay for the construction.
  • Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) loan. A SMSF is a super fund where its members can direct the investment strategy (different than a standard super fund). In 2007, superannuation rules changed to allow Australians to use their super funds to borrow and purchase property. Many financial institutions now offer loans specifically for this situation.
  • Offset account. An offset account is a transaction account linked to an eligible home or investment loan. The money you have in this account could offset the amount you owe on that loan, and you’d only be charged interest on the difference.
  • Extra payments. Many home loans allow you to make additional payments. However, some loans and loan types limit the number of additional repayments.
  • Repayment holiday. This allows you to take some time off from paying the loan in the event of an unforeseen circumstance (like injury or illness). Some lenders only allow this if the loan is paid ahead of schedule.
  • Redraw facility. Withdraw extra payments made if your financial situation changes and you need additional money.
  • Rate lock. Typically, only offered for fixed rate loans, it ‘locks’ the price in (usually for a fee), so that in the time it takes for the loan to be approved, the rate will not change.
  • Portability. In the future, if you decide to sell your house and purchase a new one, you can transfer the existing loan to the new house to avoid additional fees on a new loan.

How to find the lowest home loan rates on BestFind?

Use the filter in our home loan comparison section to adjust your criteria and narrow down your options, until you find a suitable home loan for your situation.

You can sort and compare the products by either the comparison rate or by the approximate monthly repayments, to find the cheapest home loan for you.

What is a good home loan interest rate?

Interest rates lower than 4% are generally considered a good interest rates.

However, it is important to keep in mind that different features and loan purpose types can significantly impact the interest rates.

Moreover, many of the lowest rate mortgages may have limited features and are only available to customers that meet the lender’s financial requirements.

Calculate your mortgage repayments

The total cost of the loan includes not only the amount of money borrowed, but also interest accrued over the life of the loan as well as any additional fees and charges.

There are three types of fees you will encounter when applying for a mortgage:

  1. Upfront fees. These fees include application fees, settlement fees, valuation fees, legal fees, Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI), and stamp duty.
  2. Ongoing fees. Repayments, annual fees, monthly fees, redraw fees, and offset account fees.
  3. Exit fees. Title discharge fees and break costs.

This is a general overview of some of the fees you could incur during the home loan process. Each loan will differ so it is important to compare and calculate these costs to see the full cost of a home loan.

Other types of loans to compare

Your home loan will fall into one of these categories, based on why you are buying the house.

Home loans also come in different interest rate structures (variable rate loans, fixed, and split rates).

Who is eligible for line of credit home loans?

If you’re interested in securing a home loan but  unsure you’re eligible, consider speaking with a mortgage broker. Brokers earn a commission from the lending institution when you take out a loan, they therefore work hard to ensuring you get a loan that’s appropriate for you.

If you find yourself in one or more of the following situations, you are less likely eligible to secure a home loan:

  • You have impaired credit
  • You are on a low income
  • You are on a pension
  • You are self-employed
  • You are a casual or seasonal worker
  • You have a temporary visa
  • You do not have a down payment (but you have a pre-existing home with equity available)
  • You are on maternity leave
  • You are on a single income with a child or children
  • You recently transferred to a new job

You could still potentially get a home loan if you fall into one or more of the above criteria. However, your options may be limited. You may need to rely on getting a cheaper property, saving up a larger deposit, using equity in an existing home or taking out lender mortgage insurance (LMI).

Do I need pre-approval?

Pre-approval can make the home buying process smoother and easier. Essentially, pre-approval is when your home loan lender “conditionally” pre-approves you for a loan up to a certain amount once looking at your finances, employment, and other outstanding debts.

Prospective home buyers with pre-approval will be able to negotiate harder because they will be considered a preferred buyer. It will offer the sellers increased confidence that you’re serious and have the ability to afford the house. Pre-approval will also speed up the documentation process.

Understanding home loan interest rates

You will notice that banks advertise two types of interest rates, an “advertised rate” and a “comparison rate”.

When comparing line of credit home loans, you should focus your attentions towards the “comparison rate” as it takes into account your upfront and regular fees, and more accurately demonstrates the “true” cost per annum.

Home loans are offered with three interest rate types: variable, fixed, and split.

  • Variable interest rates. Borrowers can benefit from this type of interest rate if the interest rates are cut during the life of the loan. However, mortgagees can also end up paying more (if interest rates raise) and experience a lot of variance in their monthly repayment.
  • Fixed interest rates are set at a fixed rate for a stated period (usually one to five years). While a borrower with this type of interest rate may not enjoy the savings if interest rates are cut, they will also not be subject to interest rate hikes throughout the fixed term. This interest rate structure is good for setting a budget, because the monthly payments will remain consistent.
  • Split interest rates allow you to enjoy some of the benefits of both fixed and variable rates loans. Some lenders charge a fee for each split, while others do not charge a fee.