Get a lower rate the more you borrow
Imagine being rewarded for borrowing larger sums of money. The Bank Australia Premium Home Loan does just this, offering a rate that gets lower as you borrow more, with the biggest discount offered when borrowing more than $750,000.
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Along with all of Bank Australia's home loan options, the Premium Home Loan features a biodiversity offset aimed at supporting land conservation efforts in Australia. The offset means that Bank Australia will offset an equivalent amount of land according to the same amount of land being constructed on.
|Product Name||Bank Australia Premium Home Loan|
|Interest Rate Type||Variable|
|Comp Rate^ (p.a.)|
|Minimum Loan Amount||$10,000|
|Maximum Loan Term||30 years|
|Maximum Insured LVR||95%|
|Mortgage Offset Account||Yes|
|Loan Redraw Facility||Yes|
|Fixed Interest Option||No|
|Suitable for Investment||Yes|
|Available as equity loan/line of credit||No|
|Repayment Type||Principal & Interest and Interest Only Options|
|Ongoing Fees||$8 monthly ($96 p.a.)|
|Early Termination Fee||$0|
- 100% offset account.
- Redraw facility.
- Borrow up to 95% LVR.
- $8 per month account fee.
- There is an application fee of $595.
- There is $250 discharge fee when closing your loan accounts.
Things to consider about the Premium home loan.
Discounts apply as the loan amount increases, with amounts starting from $100,000 and available beyond amounts of $750,000. The Premium Home Loan allows for interest-only repayments, which may be an attractive option for borrowers applying for a bigger loan or who already have home loan repayments to take into account.
Bank Australia's Premium Home Loan is available to borrowers as an investment loan, not just for purchasing a home. Besides the ability to make additional repayments to help borrowers pay off their loans quicker, Bank Australia also allows for a repayment pauses where borrowers can defer their home loan payments for up to three months.
The Premium Home Loan is also available as a package when the borrowed amount is equal to or exceeds $250,000. The package includes discounted interest rates, a $350 package fee (instead of the $595 establishment fee that applies to the loan on its own) and free building insurance for three months.
Features of the Bank Australia Premium Home Loan
- Loan amount. The Premium Home Loan is available with a minimum loan amount of $10,000. You can borrow for a maximum period of up to 30 years. Keep in mind that different borrowing amounts will come with different interest rates.
- Available as a package. The Premium Home Loan is available as a package for loan amounts over $250,000. Borrowers are charged a discounted annual package fee instead of the establishment fee.
- 100% offset account. For a monthly fee of $8, a 100% offset account helps borrowers reduce the interest paid on the Premium Home Loan.
- Additional repayments. Borrowers can make additional repayments to pay off the loan over a shorter period.
- Free redraw. Borrowers have access to a free redraw facility via internet banking or through a phone request so they can get access to extra repayments which have been made. Funds can be deposited into this account and then redrawn at any time. However, this feature is not available to borrowers who choose interest-only repayments.
- Repayment frequency. Weekly, fortnightly and monthly repayment options are available so you can pay your loan off in a structure that suits you and your salary.
- Repayment pause. If the loan has been established for 12 months, borrowers can defer repayments for up to three months. A maximum Loan-to-Value Ratio (LVR) of 90% applies to the Family-Pause.
Fees you can avoid
- Monthly fee: $0. No monthly fee is charged on the Premium Home Loan.
- Additional valuation fee: $150. The first valuation is covered by the establishment fee, but any further valuations requested by the borrower incur this additional fee.
- Loan variation fee: $150. This fee will be charged if borrowers choose to switch from the Premium Home Loan to another home loan product.
- Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI): $50. When borrowers apply for a loan with more than 80% LVR, Bank Australia charges this fee to cover the administration of securing LMI. This charge is in addition to the actual LMI fee.
Fees you can’t avoid
- Establishment fee: $595. This amount covers the initial administration and arrangement of the loan, including creating the borrower's file and all supporting documentation.
- Loan discharge fee: $250. Once the loan has been repaid, a loan discharge fee will be levied to cover the bank's administration services.
- Offset service fee: $8. This fee is charged for the use of the offset account facility.
How to apply for the Premium home loan
Only Australian citizens or permanent residents in Australia are eligible for the Premium Home Loan. Prospective borrowers have to be 18 years of age or older and have to be able to prove a source of regular income.
The loan amount approved will be determined by the amount earned and whether or not the applicant is able to make repayments. Credit history at Bank Australia and/or other institutions, as well as additional assets are taken into account.
Essential documents include:
- Identification in the form of a passport, Medicare card or driver's licence
- Proof of salary before and after taxes, as well as other sources of income
- Other loan balances, credit-card repayments and existing overdrafts
Applications can be submitted online, by post or in person at one of the bank's offices.
Besides reasonable interest rates and flexible repayment options, signing on for the Premium Home Loan means contributing to social and environmental awareness in Australia. Add it to your comparison today.