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Are you buying a home or investment property, or refinancing your existing home loan?

You can use our free Home Loan Finder® service to compare Australian home loans from a range of brands.  We compare loans from well known banks and exciting new online brands.

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Rates last updated June 25th, 2016. Move Fast Special - Owner Occupier Only

Interest rate decreased to 3.63%

May 5th, 2016

Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan - 3 Years Fixed

Interest rate decreased by 0.20%

May 9th, 2016 Essentials - Package Offer

The Essentials Package offer has been reduced by 0.25%

May 10th, 2016

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Product nameInterest Rate (p.a.) Comp Rate^ (p.a.) Application Fee Ongoing Fees Max LVR Monthly Payment
3.74% 3.74% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info Move Fast Special - Owner Occupier Only
Enjoy a low interest rate, no application fee and fee-free redraws for loans between $50,000 and $500,000.
3.63% 4.03% $0 $375 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
NAB National Choice Package Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Principal and Interest)
A fixed rate home loan package with flexible repayments options.
3.89% 4.98% $0 $395 p.a. 95% Go to site More info 3 Years Fixed Special Offer (LVR <80% Owner Occupier)
Lock in your owner-occupier home loan for 3 years and keep your LVR under 80% to get access to this special offer.
3.67% 3.88% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
HSBC Home Value Loan - Home Sweet Home (Owner Occupier)
Pay $0 application fee and borrow up to 90% LVR with LMI.
3.85% 3.87% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Australian Unity Kick Starter Home Loan
$0 ongoing service fees, maximum 80% LVR and a linked transaction account.
3.85% 3.88% $600 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Greater Bank Ultimate Home Loan - Discounted 2 Year Fixed ($150K+ Owner Occupier)
Discount off an already competitive 2 year fixed rate for loans over $150k. NSW,QLD and ACT residents only.
3.79% 4.49% $0 $375 p.a. 85% Go to site More info Essentials - Variable (Owner Occupier)
A low interest rate variable home loan suited for new purchases or refinancing.
3.84% 3.86% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Mortgage House Advantage Essentials Home Loan - 80% LVR
Get a competitive interest rate and 100% offset account if you have an LVR under 80%.
3.82% 3.96% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Hunted United Get a Better Home Loan
New customer refinancers have the application fee waived plus 100% offset account and competitive variable rate.
3.95% 4.05% $0 $8 monthly ($96 p.a.) 90% Go to site More info
Greater Bank Ultimate Home Loan - Discounted 1 Year Fixed ($150K+ Owner Occupier)
Discount off an already competitive interest rate for loans over $150k. NSW, QLD and ACT residents only.
3.69% 4.51% $0 $375 p.a. 85% Go to site More info
Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan - 2 Years Fixed
Enjoy a low interest rate home loan. Borrow up to 95% (with LMI) of your home loan value.
3.64% 4.82% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
IMB Budget Home Loan - LVR <80% (Owner Occupier)
A competitive budget home loan without any bells and whistles.
3.94% 3.99% $445 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Switzer Home Loan
No upfront or ongoing fees and a competitive variable rate for owner occupiers.
3.89% 3.89% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Heritage Bank Discount Variable Home Loan - Special Rate Offer (Owner Occupier)
A discounted interest rate home loan with no monthly fees.
3.98% 4.03% $600 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Greater Bank Great Rate Home Loan - Discounted Variable ($150K+ Owner Occupier)
A competitive rate, partial offset account and redraw facility. NSW, QLD and ACT residents only.
3.99% 3.99% $0 $0 p.a. 85% Go to site More info
Teachers Mutual Bank Classic Home Loan - Owner Occupier
A basic home loan without all the bells and whistles you may not use with your home loan.
3.91% 3.96% $600 $0 p.a. 85% Go to site More info
CUA Fresh Start Basic Variable Home Loan - Owner Occupier
A basic home loan available only to customers who switch their everyday banking to CUA.
3.99% 4.04% $600 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
ClickLoans The Online Home Loan -  Owner Occupier ≤ 80% LVR
A home loan with 100% offset account and no monthly or annual fees.
3.84% 3.84% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
UBank UHomeLoan - 3 Year Fixed Rate (Owner Occupier)
3 Years fixed home loan with a competitive rate.
3.69% 4.00% $395 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan - 1 Year Fixed
Get a short term fixed rate for that investment property with no application or ongoing fees.
3.59% 4.95% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Australian Unity Health, Wealth and Happiness Package - (Owner Occupier)
Get a 0.60% discount on your home loan with 100% offset and no ongoing fees.
4.00% 4.03% $600 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
ME Bank Flexible Home Loan With Member Package - LVR <=80% (Owner Occupier)
Enjoy a discount of 0.79% off your interest rate with this new owner occupier home loan special offer.
3.89% 4.30% $0 $395 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
UBank UHomeLoan - 3 Year Fixed Rate (Investor)
Pay no ongoing fees on this investment loan fixed for 3 years.
3.69% 4.21% $395 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info Offset Variable - Up to 80% LVR (Owner Occupier)
No application or annual fees, and access to a 100% offset account.
3.89% 3.91% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
4.04% 4.17% $0 $10 monthly ($120 p.a.) 95% Go to site More info Essentials - Package Offer
Package your owner-occupier loan with your investment loan and get a competitive rate for both.
3.84% 3.86% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
NAB Base Home Loan - Principal and Interest (Owner Occupier)
A competitive no frills home loan with no application fees for a limited time.
4.20% 4.20% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Switzer Investment Loan
An investment home loan with no application or ongoing fees, and your very own lending service manager.
4.09% 4.09% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Beyond Bank Total Home Loan Package - 3 Years Fixed
A great fixed rate and great features including 100% offset
4.09% 4.95% $0 $395 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
3.89% 3.89% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Bank of Queensland Fixed Rate Home Loan - 3 Year Fixed Rate Discount Rate $150k+ <80% LVR (Owner Occupier)
Special offer for new lending of $150k or more & under 80% LVR, this offer has been extended.
3.89% 4.47% $300 $10 monthly ($120 p.a.) 80% Go to site More info
Switzer Fixed Rate Home Loans - 2 Years Fixed Rate
A competitive 2 year fixed rate with your very own lending service manager.
3.97% 3.99% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info Fixed - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier)
Another low interest rate offer from No application fee to pay.
3.99% 3.91% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
ME Bank Basic Home Loan - LVR <=80% Owner Occupier
A low variable rate home loan with no application or ongoing fees.
4.24% 4.26% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
IMB Essential Home Loan - LVR < 80% (Owner Occupier)
Get a discount on your rate and flexible repayment options with this loan.
4.24% 4.24% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
ME Bank Flexible Home Loan Fixed - 2 Year Fixed Rate (Owner Occupier)
No application or ongoing fees and a competitive 2 year fixed rate.
3.99% 4.86% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan - 3 Years Fixed
Split your home loan for free with one of the lowest fixed home loan rates.
3.89% 4.78% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
UBank UHomeLoan Variable Rate - Real Reward Offer (Owner Occupier Interest Only)
Enjoy a competitive variable rate home loan from UBank.
4.13% 4.13% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info Fixed - 3 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier)
Low rate 3 year option with no ongoing fees or application fee, is an award winning home loan lender.
3.99% 3.91% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
NAB National Choice Package Home Loan - 5 Year Fixed (Principal and Interest)
A competitive home loan comes with flexible features.
4.59% 5.07% $0 $395 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
CUA Fixed Rate Home Loan - 3 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier)
Lock in a competitive rate for three year with CUA.
3.99% 4.64% $600 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
NAB National Choice Package Variable Rate - $250k to $749,999 P&I
A great variable package home loan from NAB which includes offset and redraw features. No application fee to pay.
4.50% 4.89% $0 $395 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Liberty Financial Star Home Loan - LVR ≤ 70%
A competitive variable rate with 100% offset account and no application fees.
3.99% 4.30% $0 $295 p.a. 70% Go to site More info
ANZ Fixed Rate Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier)
Lock in your rate for 2 years with an interest only option.
3.90% 5.16% $600 $10 monthly ($120 p.a.) 95% More info
Westpac Flexi First Option Home Loan - Special Offer
Discount off the standard interest rate for new owner-occupier loans for the first 2 years.
3.75% 4.16% $0 $0 p.a. 95% More info
St.George Basic Home Loan - Promotional Rate (Owner Occupier >$150k)
A no frills home loan with competitive rate.
4.04% 4.05% $0 $0 p.a. 95% More info
St.George Fixed Rate Advantage Package - 2 Years Fixed (Owner Occupier Promotional Rate)
Lock in your interest rate for 2 years with the St.George Advantage package and you'll currently get an additional discount.
3.75% 5.11% $0 $395 p.a. 95% More info
Suncorp Home Package Plus Fixed - 3 Year Fixed Rate (Special Offer $150k+ LVR <=90% Owner Occupier)
Lock in a special offer rate for 3 years for loans over $150k with LVR below 90%.
3.99% 4.49% $0 $375 p.a. 90% More info
Commonwealth Bank Wealth Package Fixed Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier)
Fee free extra repayments available during the fixed term. $1,500 cash back offer for refinancers. Conditions apply.
4.19% 5.13% $0 $395 p.a. 95% More info
4.19% 5.39% $0 $395 p.a. 95% More info
Westpac Fixed Options Home Loan Premier Advantage Package - 2 Years
A low interest rate home loan with a low service fee.
4.19% 5.01% $0 $395 p.a. 95% More info

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With the UBank UHomeLoan Value Offer enjoy a home loan with no upfront or ongoing fees as well as competitive interest rate. You just need to have 20% deposit.

  • Interest Rate of 3.74% p.a.
  • Comparison Rate of 3.74% p.a.
  • Application Fee of $0
  • Maximum LVR: 80%
  • Minimum Borrowing: $100,000
  • Maximum Borrowing: $2,000,000

How to compare home loans using

The table above makes comparing home loans simple.

  1. First, type in how much you'll be borrowing and the length of the loan. This will give you an estimate of how much each loan will cost you per month.
  2. You can change the rank of products using the sorters at the top of the table.
  3. If you want to compare two or more home loans, click the checkbox and then the 'compare' button.
  4. You can use the advanced search to narrow down your options. For example you can use it to only view loans with offset accounts, or only variable rate loans. If you have a clear idea of what loan you're after, use the advanced search to compare relevant loans.

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How do home loans work?

A home loan is an arrangement where you borrow money from a lender to buy a property, whether as a home or investment. It usually lasts for between 25 - 30 years.

In exchange for allowing you to borrow this money, your lender will charge you interest. This can be either fixed at a certain rate, or variable.

You'll usually pay your loan off in instalments known as repayments. These are usually required every week, fortnight or month.

A home loan is also known as a mortgage or as home finance.

Read our guide about how home loans work

How much does a home loan cost?

The total cost of a home loan depends on how much you borrow, as well as the interest rate and any fees you need to pay.

Home loans also come with fees charged at different stages:

Upfront fees

  • Application fees. This fee pays for your lender to process and finalise your application. This can also be called an establishment fee.
  • Settlement fees. This is charged to cover costs when transferring your funds to you.
  • Valuation fees. Your lender will organise an independent valuation to make sure the sale price is reasonable.
  • Legal fees. A legal professional will need to look over your application to make sure it's compliant.

Ongoing fees

  • Annual fees. This is usually charged on package loans.
  • Monthly fees. Some loans charge account keeping fees each month, which are usually below $20.
  • Redraw fees. Some loans allow you to make extra repayments on it to pay it off earlier. A redraw facility allows you access these funds, but can come with a fee. Depending on the loan, it might be waived if you conduct your redraws online.
  • Offset account fees. An offset account is typically a transaction or savings account linked to a home loan and helps you save money. This feature can also come with a monthly fee, although this is now less common.

Exit fees

  • Title discharge fees. You'll pay these fees when you close your home loan and they cost between $150 and $700. They're different to early exit fees, which apply to loans entered into before 1 July 2011.
  • Break costs. These are fees charged when you exit a fixed rate home loan during the fixed rate term. These fees are worked out based on multiple factors relating to your loan and the market.

Deposits and Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI)

Lenders need borrowers to have at least 20% of the price of the property as a deposit. Some loans need as little as 5% deposit, but will come with LMI fees.

LMI is an upfront fee charged to cover your lender in the event that you default on your home loan. The amount you pay varies based on:

  • The value and location of your property.
  • Your deposit size.
  • Whether you're a first home buyer.

Stamp duty

Don't forget that when buying a property you should factor in how much stamp duty costs. You'll usually have to pay this tax as an upfront fee within 30 days of settlement.

Stamp duty is calculated differently depending on what state you live in.

For example, in Victoria it's usually charged as a percentage of the dutiable value.

But in New South Wales on a property of $1 - 3 million, you'll first pay $40,490. Then you'll also pay $5.50 for every $100 of the dutiable value of the property over $1 million.

The easiest way to find out how much stamp duty you would have to pay is to use a stamp duty calculator.

What's a comparison rate?

A comparison rate is an interest rate which includes many of the fees and charges you'll pay on your home loan.

Comparison rates are calculated using the same example, regardless of how much you're borrowing. This example is a $150,000 loan taken out over 25 years.

If your loan size or length is different to this, the comparison rate could be less accurate.

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Am I eligible for a home loan if...

  • I'm self-employed. Most home loan lenders will offer loans to those who are self-employed. Lenders will usually want business bank statements, BAS and/or accountant's letters verifying your income.
  • I have a low income. Yes, lenders will accept borrowers with low incomes. Loan approval will depend on the size of your deposit, the amount you're borrowing and whether your lender thinks you can afford it.
  • I have bad credit. Yes, speciality lenders do offer loans to bad credit borrowers. These loans generally have higher interest rates than regular home loans. They can also have larger deposit requirements.
  • I'm on a pension. Some lenders will see a pension as they would a regular salary. Some lenders may also set age limits on certain products and will require a good showing of your capacity to repay. Find out more in our guide on getting a home loan if you're a pensioner.
  • I'm a casual or seasonal worker. There are major and smaller lenders which will grant loans to casual workers. Lenders will want to see employment contracts as well as invoices for prior work.
  • I have a temporary visa. Yes, but the amount you can borrow and the requirements may be stricter than for regular borrowers. You might also need approval for the purchase from the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB). Find out what you need to know when getting a home loan on a temporary visa.
  • I don't have a deposit, but have a home with equity in it. You might be able to use a line of credit loan to buy a home. A line of credit or home equity loan allows you to borrow money from a lender using the equity in your home as security.
  • One of us is on maternity leave? Whether your lender approves your loan will depend on your income. They'll want to see you can still service the loan on the one income.
  • If I've recently gotten a new job? Some lenders will only want to see borrowers at least out of probation. Others will want to see a borrower in the same job for at least six to 12 months.
  • I'm on a single income with a child? This depends on your income, debts and liabilities.

Have a more complex situation? In most cases, it's a good idea to chat with a mortgage broker. They can save you the hassle of getting your application rejected.

They're usually free to you, as they earn a commission from the lender when you take out the loan.

Fill out the form above to speak to one.

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What are the types of home loans on offer?

You can boil down Australian home loans into the following types:

Standard variable rates

These have an interest rate which changes over time. Your lender will decide on how often it changes and by how much depending on various economic factors.

Fixed rates

These are loans where you lock in an interest rate for some years (usually 1- 5). During the locked period your rate won't change at all.

Interest only

You don't have to pay off the principal with an interest only loan. This leaves you responsible for just the interest charges each month.

In effect this makes the repayments much smaller on comparable loans. Interest only loans appeal to investors because of this, and the tax benefits they come with.

There is an added risk with this type of loan because you're not paying the actual loan amount down.

Find out more about how they work in our interest only comparison guide.

Split rates

Split rate loans allow you to split your rate into fixed and variable rate portions. This gives you the ability to get some of the benefits of both.

Introductory home loans

These loans have a lower interest rate for the first year or two. Once the intro period ends, the rate reverts to the lender’s standard variable rate. They can be useful for first home buyers due to the lower costs during the first years of home ownership.

Line of credit/ home equity loans

These allow you to access the equity you have built in your home through a chequebook or online banking. You can use this type of loan to buy an investment, renovate your home, buy a car and much more.

You may also consider this type of loan if you are building your home as it allows you to continually draw funds from the borrowed amount which is suitable when you are paying for different stages of construction.

SMSF home loans

A Self Managed Super Fund (SMSF) can use this type of loan to borrow money to buy a property. They're limited recourse borrowing arrangements, are only able to be used to purchase investment properties and are suitable for more experienced investors. Read more about them in our guide on SMSF home loans and how they work.

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What features can you get with a home loan?

Home loan features

Extra repayments

Most loans today allow you to make additional repayments, which can help pay your loan off sooner.

Some loans limit the amount of extra repayments you can make each year. For example, some fixed rate home loans will have a limit of between $10,000 and $25,000 per year.

Extra repayments can be made regularly or as a lump sum payment.

Redraw facility

A redraw facility allows you to get access to the extra repayments you’ve made on your home loan, which is useful for emergencies or sudden expenses.

Redraw facilities are very common on home loans, and usually have no extra fees, although can have minimum redraw amounts.

Most home loans allow you to carry out redraws online.

Offset facility

An offset facility is a transaction account which is linked to your home loan. Any money deposited into the account offsets interest on your home loan.

For example, imagine a home loan of $100,000 which has an offset account with $10,000 in it.

When interest is calculated on the home loan, it’s only calculated on $90,000. This is because the $10,000 is subtracted from the loan amount for the purpose of calculating interest.

There are two types of offset accounts:

  • 100% offset accounts. Where the full amount in the account is used when offsetting the home loan balance.
  • Partial offset accounts. Where only a portion e.g 70% of the balance of the account is used when offsetting the loan balance.

Offset accounts can come with monthly fees ranging between $5 - $20 per month.

Repayment holiday

A repayment holiday is a period of time where you don’t have to make repayments on your home loan, which is useful for unexpected situations such as if you get sick or lose your job.

Some lenders only offer this option to borrowers who have made extra repayments.

Rate lock

A rate lock allows you to lock in an advertised rate so that in the time taken for your loan to be approved, it doesn’t change.

This is usually offered only on fixed rate loans.

Rate locks generally have a fee which can be either a dollar amount, or percentage of the loan amount, or both.


Portability allows you to take your loan with you if you sell your property.

This means you can bring it to your new home without having to worry about signing up for a new loan, with this you can also avoid fees.

Split rate

This feature allows you to have both a fixed rate and variable rate on your home loan.

This means you can enjoy some of the benefits of a fixed rate, and some of the benefits of a variable rate.

In many cases, a home loan can be split more than once.

Some lenders don’t charge a fee for this, while others will charge a fee per split.

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How to compare home loans

You can learn how to compare home loans from start to finish, including using key facts sheets, in our article on how to compare home loans.

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What's pre-approval and do I need it?

Pre-approval means your lender will 'conditionally' approve you for a specific loan amount. They'll take into account your income, debts and liabilities when deciding this.

It's usually extended for a few months, allowing you to look for a property with a bit more confidence.

It's important to note that pre-approval conditions can differ depending on the lender. Read our expert explanation of pre-approval to find out what to look for.

How to prepare when applying for a home loan

  • Is your credit file in order? Bad credit files can scare off lenders. Find out how to get a copy of your credit file and make sure there are no errors on it. If you have defaults or late repayments on your file, be able to explain them. Close any credit cards you're no longer using.
  • Are you getting a joint home loan? Think about how strong your relationship is with the other party. Changes to your relationship could make it hard if one party wishes to sell their part of the property.
  • What are your plans for the property over the next few years? Match your home loan to your future plans. For example, avoid taking out a fixed rate loan if you plan to sell the property shortly after buying it. Fixed rate loans have break costs which can be expensive.
  • Are you eligible for the loan? Borrowers generally need to be over 18 years of age. There are other requirements too, but these depend on the lender. Some will want you to have a good credit rating. Others might not allow you to buy inner city apartments. Always read these before applying.
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What paperwork do I need to give my lender when applying for a home loan?

Your lender will want to work out whether or not you can afford a home loan, so will want to see a bit of information from you. This includes:

Personal details

This includes your full name, tax file number, driver's licence number or some other form of photo ID, phone number and address.

Employment details

Your lender wants to know about your job and how long you've been in your position and industry and may ask for the contact details of your HR department to confirm these details.

Financial details

Your lender will want to know how much you earn and spend. They'll want to see recent payslips, as well as details of your expenses and debts including other personal loans or credit cards.

Information about your property

The exact paperwork required will depend on the type of property you're buying. You'll need to tell your lender the property address, the type of property it is, the number of rooms it has and more.

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What type of lender should I go with?

Home loan lenders all have to abide by the same strict guidelines and laws. This makes choosing between the a bank, a not-for-profit credit union or an online or non-bank lender a matter of savings and personal preference.


A bank is an institution where you can deposit and withdraw funds. They also offer loans, including home loans.

Banks have larger client bases than other lenders, so offer more products. These include longer fixed term lengths and loans for low doc borrowers.

Another benefit of using a bank is that they usually have branches for you to do your banking in person.

Not-for-profit credit unions

Unlike a bank, a credit union is owned by its members. This means profits earned go back into the union to improve products.

Credit unions generally won't have the large product ranges a bank does. Instead, they'll offer the most popular home loans. In some cases they might also limit their products to workers in a specific industry, such as teachers or university employees.

Online or non-bank lenders

Online lenders often offer competitive rates and products. This is because they don't have to pay for the physical branches a regular lender has to. This has a downside, as you'll usually only be able to carry out your banking over the phone or online.

Many of these lenders are in fact brands of larger well known banks. UBank for example is an online brand of NAB, and is a Firstmac brand.

More frequently asked questions about home loans

Will my credit report impact my application?

Your credit history will be important when your lender evaluates your application.

Lenders want borrowers who have good track records of paying back credit cards and loans. This can be a good sign that they'll pay back their home loan.

Some lenders will auto-decline those with defaults. Others might give you a chance to explain them. Specialist lenders like Pepper, Bluestone Mortgages and Liberty consider borrowers with credit impairment issues. Be aware that they might raise the interest rate to accommodate the extra risk they're taking on.

Extra repayments vs offset accounts

Extra repayments made towards your home loan go towards paying off your principal.

Putting money into an offset account reduces the amount of your home loan that interest is charged on.

The differences between the two come into play later on once you want to withdraw your money.

Redraw facility
  • Can access money using the redraw facility debit card
  • Generally offered on basic and no frills loans
  • Can have a minimum withdrawal amount and redraw fees
  • Some loans might have limits on how many redraws you can do per year
  • Some loans can limit the amount of extra repayments you can make each year, especially fixed rates
Offset account
  • Can access your offset money through your linked debit card
  • Usually no minimum withdrawal amounts or fees
  • Can come with tax benefits in certain situations
  • Are not always offered on no frills loans

Can I switch from a fixed rate to a variable rate or vice versa?

Most lenders will allow you to switch from a fixed rate to a variable rate or vice versa but some may charge a fee for this.

If you're switching from a fixed rate loan, be aware that you'll usually have to pay a break cost. This is because you'll be leaving your fixed term before it's completed.

If I make extra repayments, can I access that money?

If your home loan has a redraw facility, this is possible.

You'll have to contact your lender to request the redraw, or in most cases, conduct the redraw online.

Am I eligible for the first home owners grant (FHOG) and what benefits does it come with?

The FHOG is handled by your state or territory office of revenue.

You can read more about if it applies to you in our guide.

How long will my home loan take to approve?

This differs depending on the lender and your application. If you provide all the required information, your lender can approve your loan in 2 - 3 business days.

Some lenders like CBA even advertise that they will provide a decision in as little as 60 minutes.

Remember that the more complicated an application, the longer approval can take.

Why does my lender need a valuation of my property?

Your lender will want to get an independent valuer to find out what the value of your property is. They'll then use this valuation to work out how much they will lend to you.

Where to from here?

You can compare home loans or speak to a mortgage broker by viewing our comparison table. This shows interest rates, comparison rates, maximum LVRs, application fees and upfront fees. There's also a calculator at the top of the table which you can use to find out what your monthly repayments might be.

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87 Responses to Buying or refinancing? Compare home loan rates from 3.59%

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    Brian | October 27, 2015

    I am an aged pensioner and have my own property with a double garage and wish to improve it to liveable state.and need aloan to do so It is in a small country community which is going ahead. What are the chances of finance?

    • Staff
      Marc | October 28, 2015

      Hi Brian,
      thanks for the question.

      Your chance of receiving a loan will depend on a range of factors, including your income, assets and debts. One option might be to contact a mortgage broker and see what lenders or loans they suggest might result in your application being approved.

      I hope this helps,

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    | September 3, 2015

    Iam living in a town house and have rented my two rooms privately and getting rent of $200 weekly from each room. Can I include this income as a genuine savings, If yes, how to prove this.

    • Staff
      Marc | September 4, 2015

      Hi Binod,
      thanks for the question.

      The definition of ‘Genuine Savings’ changes depending on the lender, but the below is what the Commonwealth Bank define as genuine savings:

      - A savings pattern established over at least 3 months
      - Term Deposit held for at least 3 months
      - Shares held for at least 3 months
      - Gifts held in your account for at least 3 months
      - Cash held in your account for at least 3 months
      - Equity in an existing property
      - Inheritance money held in your account for at least 3 months

      If your rental income fits into one of the above categories than for this lender it would be counted as genuine savings. I would recommend contacting a lender you’re interested in applying with and seeing what their policy is regarding rental incomes.

      I hope this helps,

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    Lena | July 8, 2015

    Hi. This website is great for comparing home loans but they are mostly not with the major banks.
    Could you tell me if there is a website that deals mainly with the anz, nab, commonwealth etc similar to this one.

    • Staff
      Belinda | July 9, 2015

      Hi Lena,

      Thanks for the feedback. is an online comparison and general information service and in fact, we do compare a wide range of home loans offered by many reputable Australian lenders including the ‘BIg 4’ and specifically ANZ, NAB and the Commonwealth Bank, as you’ve mentioned.

      You might be interested to compare competitive home loans products by these lenders using the hyperlinks provided above.


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    Amy | June 6, 2015

    Do I put money in my super or pay my loan ?
    When I sixty I can get some money out of my super and put it in my mortgage good idea or not ?

    • Staff
      Belinda | June 9, 2015

      Hi Amy,

      Thanks for your enquiry. is an online comparison website so we cannot offer financial advice regarding your superannuation.

      It would be best that you speak directly with your super fund provider regarding the process of accessing your superannuation.


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    Renee | June 1, 2015

    Do any banks offer a personal loan as the deposit and include this in the home loan repayments?

    • Staff
      Jodie | June 3, 2015

      Hi Renee,

      Thank you for reaching out to a financial comparison website.

      Most lenders have a maximum percentage of the value of the home they will allow you to borrow, however, each lender has their own w structure of loans and how they lend money.

      if you are looking to purchase or refinance it may be in your best interest to speak to a mortgage broker who can talk you through the lending process and also offer advice on your specific circumstances.


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    Kano | March 18, 2015

    Would you be able to calculate the savings on paying a home loan daily VS weekly? How many years will this reduce is loan by?
    Loan amount of = $307000
    Monthly payment principal and interest = $2475
    Daily repayments = $108.76

    • Staff
      Shirley | March 18, 2015

      Hi Kano,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately we don’t have any daily repayment calculators at our disposal. You’ll find that lenders offer weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments.

      If you’d like, you can see a range of home loan calculators available on this page to help you plan your mortgage.


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    Chris | February 20, 2015

    I have 2 home loans.

    West Pac
    Brisbane house (investment) interest only.
    House value -$ 310,000. Loan amount about $270,000

    Perth house (principal & interest).
    House value- $510,000. Loan amount about $356,000

    I have 2 personal loans and 1 credit card want to clear. about $ 30,000.
    Should I re-finance with Nab my home loan or do you have better bank with lower interest rate.

    My Nab is 2 yrs fixed loan so i will have to pay out around $2,500 for breaking the loan. Thank you

    • Staff
      Shirley | February 23, 2015

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for your question.

      Please note that is an online comparison service and is not in a position to recommend specific products, providers and services, nor provide financial advice.

      If you’d like to compare a range of home loans available for refinancing, please have a look at our refinancing guide.

      Our guide also covers different reasons for refinancing, such as debt consolidation if you would like to pay off your personal loan and credit card. You can also use our calculator to help you figure out if refinancing makes financial sense for your situation, seeing as you need to pay around $2,500 for exit costs.

      All the best,

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    vicki | February 17, 2015

    hi i have$50,000-$60,000 saved i run my own buisiness but the way my account has done my taxes it shows i dont earn alot and the house and land i want to purchase is $600,000 i have been told to go for a low doc loan but then i need to come up with $130,000 do you know of some one who can help me as this is my dream house as i am desperate and starting to get so destroyed by it all they say it the australian dream to own your own home..then help me please…

    • Staff
      Shirley | February 18, 2015

      Hi Vicki,

      Thanks for your question.

      You may want to use our borrowing power calculator to see where you stand.

      If you find that none of the loans we feature are suitable for your situation, there is always the option of speaking to a home loan broker. 

      They’ll be able to help you further should need further help in narrowing down a suitable home loan option. 


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    Rosa | February 12, 2015

    Hi – I am looking at refinancing my mortgages. My question is – do lending institutions negotiate on fixed term rates or just variable rates? I am chatting to two of the Big 4 banks so would like to know all the bargaining strategies I can utilise! Thanks in advance. Rosa

    • Staff
      Shirley | February 12, 2015

      Hi Rosa,

      Thanks for your question.

      You can negotiate both the fixed term rates and variable rates. It would be best to arm yourself with market knowledge so you know if you’re getting a good deal or not when the bigger banks make their offers.

      Don’t be afraid to negotiate and always tell the banks what the other banks are offering you, and challenge them to meet it.

      All the best and let us know how you go,

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    V | February 5, 2015

    im want to change my home loan with cba paying 5.20

    are there any varible cheeper than 4.68

    • Staff
      Shirley | February 6, 2015

      Hi V Hung,

      Thanks for your question.

      There are number of variable rate home loans below 4.68. If you click on ‘interest rate (p.a.)’ in our blue comparison table above, it will automatically sort the interest rates in ascending order.

      If you would like to refinance, our refinancing guide can help you decide with lender to go with and if it will make financial sense for your situation.


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