10 year fixed home loan rates

In Australia, ten years is considered a long period to fix your home loan. But it is an option, albeit a rare one.

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Most Australian borrowers fix their home loan rate for 1 to 5 years. Only rarely do people lock in their rates for a longer period, for a number of reasons:

  • Not all banks offer 10-year fixed rate home loans.
  • The longer you fix, the higher the interest rate tends to be.
  • It can be difficult and expensive to exit the loan early, such as if you decide to sell the property.
  • There's no opportunity to refinance during those 10-years, without paying break costs.

There are a handful of 10-year fixed rate loans on the market for borrowers who want to know exactly what their rate will be for many years to come. We explore how these loans work, and what the pros and cons are.

What is a 10 year fixed rate home loan?

When you get a 10-year fixed rate home loan, you lock in the certainty of knowing that your repayments will remain the same for 10 years.

The interest rate remains the same regardless of that changes that happen to variable rates during that time. Whether interest rates increase or decrease, your rate and yiour repayment stays the same for 10 years.

10 year fixed

As with any regular home loan, you borrow money and you make repayments to pay off the balance as well as the interest it attracts. When you get a 10 year fixed rate home loan, the interest the loan amount attracts remains the same for the first 10 years of the loan term, after which it changes to a variable rate. During the first 10 years, your repayments remain the same because the interest charged does not change.

While most variable rate home loans enable borrowers to make extra repayments, this is not the case with fixed rate loans. Even if a fixed rate home loan allows you to make extra repayments, there's a good chance that it comes with an annual maximum extra repayment cap of between $10,000 to $25,000.


What are the different types of home loans that I can fix for 10 years?

  • Basic home loans: A 10-year fixed rate basic home loan is offers little in terms of flexibility and features, will come with competitive interest rates and lower fees.
  • Full-featured home loans: These loans offer repayment flexibility, so you can make extra repayments and perhaps even uses a partial offset account – for a premium price.
  • Low doc loans: Self-employed borrowers and investors who can't provide all the required paperwork for a conventional loan can apply for low documentation loans. You can often apply with a lower deposit and higher Loan to Value Ratio (LVR), but interest rates are higher.
  • Bad credit home loans: These loans, as implied by the title, are for people who have poor credit histories. Finding a 10-year fixed rate home loan if you have poor credit can be quite a challenge; expect to pay a high interest rate, if these are available at all.
  • Package home loans: Package loans normally come with an annual fee of around, but they offer interest rate discounts and other benefits, like a fee waiver on a credit card and insurance premium discounts.

How to compare long term fixed rate home loans

1. Compare the advertised interest rates and comparison rates

This is the obvious starting point when you compare home loans, but don't limit your decision making based on this parameter alone. When comparing interest rates, take into account the fact that advertised interest rates don't account for ongoing account-keeping fees. Instead, comparison rates give a better indication of what to expect when you're repaying your loan.

2. Look at the features you want

While fixed rate home loans don't normally offer as many features as variable rate loans, you can still find alternatives that offer different features. Some 10-year fixed rate loans allow you to make extra repayments but they generally have annual caps in place. If you're making extra repayments, you can look for a facility to redraw these funds. An offset account allows you to save how much you pay in the form of interest, but while certain variable rate loans come with a 100% offset account, a fixed rate home loan might not offer more than a 40% or 50% offset account.

3. Take not of the fees

Applying for a home loan and maintaining it requires that you pay fees in some form or the other from time to time. Some of the fees you might have to pay include an application fee, rate lock fee, valuation fee, loan establishment fee, discharge fee, annual fee, settlement fee, extra repayment fee and early exit fee. Fees aren't a bad thing if they will get you a home loan with a feature which will save you thousands in the long run. If a home loan has a fee, be sure to find out why this is being charged and if it's worth it.


Pros and cons of a 10 year fixed rate home loan

Pros

  • Repayments won't change for 10 years. You can plan your budget effectively and you can even sign up for another fixed rate period at the end of the 10 years, if you wish.
  • Protected from rising interest rates. If the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) increases the cash rate, or your lender hikes up home loan interest rates, you don't have to worry, because your rates are set in stone for 10 years.
  • Extra repayments. While fixed rate home loans don't normally offer much flexibility, you can still find loans that allow you to make some extra repayments, as well as loans that come with linked offset accounts.

Cons

  • No benefit when interest drops. If the RBA or your lender drops variable home loan interest rates, you don't benefit. If you locked in a 10-year rate in 2019 before interest rates dropped from around 4% to around 2%,
  • Exit fees. If you decide to repay your loan ahead of schedule, or if you want to look for refinancing options, there's a good chance you'll have to pay considerably high exit fees.
  • No offset or redraw. Fixed rates generally don't come with the option to add an offset account, where you 'offset' the loan balance with your savings. As your situation changes over time, the loss of this feature could be costly.

Things to consider before jumping in

Taking out a 10 year fixed rate home loan requires you to think hard about the 10 year period because unlike a year or two, 10 years doesn't just rush by. If you think you might move within the next decade, you'll have to exit your loan before its fixed period comes to a close, so it’s best you avoid taking a fixed rate loan in such a scenario.

If you're not sure about how your finances might look in the years to come, avoiding locking in an interest rate for the longest possible duration is a good idea.


Frequently asked questions about 10 year fixed rate home loans

At the end of the 10 year period your loan will usually revert to the standard variable rate offered by your lender. Alternatively, you can elect to fix your home loan for another fixed period, which may be 10 years or shorter depending on what your lender offers.

Yes, some loans allow you to split the loan amount so one portion attracts a fixed rate and the other portion attracts a variable rate. This allows you to benefit from both rates and at the end of the fixed rate term period, the entire amount attracts a standard variable rate.

When banks offer fixed rate loans they have to factor in the risk of interest rates dropping in the future, and this is essentially why they attract higher interest rates. Besides, these loans also offer borrowers the convenience of fixed repayments.

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    JohnDecember 3, 2017

    Are there any 10 year fixed interest rates for an investor prefer interest only but i believe this is now not available must be p&i

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      DeeDecember 3, 2017Staff

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your question.

      We currently don’t feature a list of lenders that offer 10-year fixed interest home loans for investment.

      Alternatively, you may consider fixed-rate home loans. You can use our “advanced search” filter on the page to customize the listed lenders. The maximum term for a fixed-rate investment home loan that I can find on the page is 2 years.

      If you need assistance in finding a suitable home loan option, you may also get in touch with a mortgage broker.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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