Borrowers warned to brace for 2014

Michelle Hutchison 14 November 2013

Be ready to brace yourself for the year ahead.

Australian borrowers should be warned that 21014 may be a disappointing financial year. According to a recent survey conducted by finder.com.au of leading Australian economists, the interest rate cycle could have hit bottom and interest rates are likely to rise in the next year or two. Borrowers have benefited from the ‘free money’ handed over by lenders from passing on rate drops, but with no further rate cuts expected, borrowers are facing a tough outlook for 2014.

The average standard variable home loan rate in the finder.com.au database has fallen by 0.61 percentage points since December 2012, which is $117 handed back in monthly repayments for a $300,000 home loan.

finder.com.au average standard variable home loan rates:

Average standard variable rateMonthly repayments for a $300,000 home loan
December 20135.59%$1,720
December 20126.20%$1,837
Difference-0.61%$117

*source: finder.com.au, monthly repayments based on a $300,000 loan over 30 years

Borrowers need to start preparing now for a tougher year ahead and one way to do this is to consider refinancing. Borrowers in 2014 can take advantage of the low interest rates on offer and refinance your home loans. From the start of 2013 to October, there were 160,549 refinanced home loans, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures. One in every three loans were refinanced each month and the value of refinanced home loans has reached over $4.9 billion in October – the highest value for refinancing we have ever seen.

There were also 732 more refinanced home loans in October than September and 1,283 more refinanced loans in October 2013 compared to October 2012. Mortgage holders should consider home loans that offer a lower rate and work out if they can save money by refinancing in the new year. When you are faced with a tough financial climate, it’s important to keep informed and be confident that you are maximising your savings potential. With the ‘free money’ drying up, it’s time for borrowers to find their own savings by comparing deals, which will lessen the impact of rising rates down the track.

Before you decide to refinance, there are a few things to ask yourself.

  • How much will I save by switching to a lower rate?

This is one of the most important questions to ask when you are considering refinancing. We often think refinancing to consolidate debt or to receive lower interest rates will save you money, but this is not always the case. If you will save money, how much will you save and is it worth it? You can use a calculator to compare different home loan rates to determine their savings potential. There are several useful mortgage calculators on finder.com.au

  • What exit fees will I have to pay?

This will have to be taken into consideration alongside your savings. Exit fees are common in home loans and it’s important to work out how much you save compared to the fees you may have to pay.

  • Was my loan opened after July 1, 2011?

If your home loan was opened after this date you won’t be charged early exit fees on variable rate home loans, but break costs still apply for fixed loans.

  • Am I refinancing to renovate?

You need to ensure you choose the appropriate refinancing home loan for your situations. If you are refinancing to renovate, compare different home loan types that offer free redraw or a line of credit facility.

  • How much equity do I have?

If you have less than 20% equity it is probably not worth refinancing as you will have to pay Lenders Mortgage Insurance again.

Comparison of Refinancing Home Loans

Rates last updated October 20th, 2017
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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comp Rate^ (p.a.) Application Fee Ongoing Fees Max LVR Monthly Payment Short Description
3.64%
3.66%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A basic home loan with a competitive rate and low fees.
3.65%
3.66%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Enjoy a low variable rate with no ongoing fees and borrow up to 90% of the value of the property.
3.58%
3.59%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A competitive variable rate product with low fees offered by a 100% online lender.
3.49%
4.47%
$0
$375 p.a.
90%
Discount off an already competitive interest rate for loans over $150k. NSW, QLD and ACT residents only.
3.54%
3.54%
$440
$0 p.a.
80%
Borrow up to 80% LVR with no ongoing fees and a 100% offset account.
3.54%
3.56%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
For new home buyers only. No refinance option. A low interest variable home loan with no application fee and free redraws.
3.64%
3.66%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A home loan with a competitive variable rate, limited fees and plenty of flexibility.
3.69%
3.72%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A low rate home loan with no ongoing fees.
3.65%
4.84%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
A 2 years fixed platinum package that has $0 application and a loan redraw facility.
3.69%
4.86%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
A special rate for first home buyers buying residential property and borrowing over $150K. 350K NAB Rewards Points offer available. Terms and conditions apply.
3.74%
3.74%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A basic owner-occupier home loan with a low variable rate that requires a 20% deposit.
3.69%
4.15%
$395
$0 p.a.
80%
A one year fixed rate offer with no ongoing bank fees.
3.74%
3.75%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A special variable rate home loan with no application or ongoing fees.
3.68%
3.83%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
A low interest rate home loan that allows borrowers to borrow up to 80% of the property value.
3.79%
3.92%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
A competitive variable rate home loan with flexible features. You can earn 30,000 Velocity Points for every $100k you borrow (for a limited time, subject to eligibility requirements).
3.72%
3.74%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Take advantage of a 100% offset account along with no annual or application fees.
3.94%
4.88%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
Enjoy a low interest rate and borrow up to 95% (with LMI) of your property's value.
3.72%
3.75%
$600
$0 p.a.
80%
A maximum 80% LVR home loan with no ongoing service fees and a linked transaction account.
3.73%
3.73%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
A special limited time offer for owner occupiers. An IMB Transaction Account must be opened with this loan.
3.74%
3.74%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Combine a low variable interest rate and free redraw with no application or ongoing fees.
3.77%
3.81%
$200
$0 p.a.
95%
A basic home loan with a low interest rate and a redraw facility available.
3.74%
4.15%
$0
$395 p.a.
80%
Enjoy a discount of a competitive interest rate and 100% offset account.
3.85%
4.97%
$300
$10 p.a.
95%
3.69%
3.75%
$600
$0 p.a.
80%
A low interest rate variable home loan with no ongoing fees.
3.69%
4.08%
$0
$395 p.a.
90%
A high maximum LVR home loan with redraw facility and additional payments.
3.79%
4.00%
$0
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
90%
Get a competitive interest rate for 3 years and a discounted variable rate when the fixed period ends.
3.81%
3.81%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A home loan with a competitive rate and plenty of handy features.
3.74%
3.74%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
A competitive variable rate with a redraw facility. NSW, QLD and ACT residents only.
3.83%
3.83%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
A special low variable rate for owner occupiers with 100% offset account and no application or ongoing fees.
3.84%
3.84%
$0
$0 p.a.
110%
Requires a family member to act as guarantor. Discounted rate available with family pledge loans. Family pledge loans require no LMI and no deposit. NSW, Qld and ACT only.
3.85%
4.10%
$500
$0 p.a.
95%
Apply for Easy Street fixed rate home loans and get a competitive loan with a fixed interest rate.
3.86%
3.87%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Pay no ongoing fees on a competitive variable rate home loan.
3.88%
4.89%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
A fixed rate package with flexible repayment options. 350K NAB Rewards Points offer available. Terms and conditions apply.
3.96%
3.98%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
Take advantage of a redraw facility, competitive variable rate and no application or settlement fees for a limited time.
3.97%
4.02%
$445
$0 p.a.
90%
Get a competitive rate without features you may not use.
3.99%
4.02%
$395
$0 p.a.
80%
A flexible low-rate variable home loan that lets you combine your loan with other financial products.
4.09%
4.11%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A low variable rate loan with no application or ongoing fees.
3.97%
3.99%
$0
$0 p.a.
90%
A discounted interest rate home loan with no monthly fees.
3.97%
3.97%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A competitive variable rate home loan with no ongoing fees.
3.79%
3.80%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
A competitive rate with no ongoing monthly fees or application fees.
3.72%
4.19%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Enjoy a variable 3 year introductory rate with the Bankwest Equaliser Home Loan.
3.84%
4.83%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
Get a competitive 2-year fixed rate with no application or ongoing fees.
3.69%
4.00%
$0
$350 p.a.
95%
Fix your rate for 3 years and borrow up to 95% LVR.
3.64%
3.64%
$0
$0 p.a.
70%
A basic low-rate home loan that still offers some useful features.
3.69%
4.45%
$0
$375 p.a.
90%
Discount off an already competitive 2 year fixed rate for loans over $150k. NSW,QLD and ACT residents only.
4.09%
4.25%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
80%
Get a competitive investment home loan rate without expensive features you may not need.
3.99%
4.77%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
A competitive 3 year fixed rate with a redraw facility and split loan options, plus no application fee.
3.99%
4.02%
$600
$0 p.a.
90%
Take advantage of a 0.60% discount on your rate, a 100% offset account and no ongoing fees.
3.88%
4.88%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
Lock in a discounted fixed rate with a low service fee.
4.33%
4.33%
$363
$0 p.a.
70%
A variable home loan with $0 annual or monthly fees.
4.03%
4.07%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
Enjoy a basic home loan with a high LVR and no application or ongoing fees.
3.85%
4.95%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
A discounted package rate for owner occupiers with the ability to package a Qantas rewards earning Amplify credit card. $1,500 cashback available for refinancers. Conditions apply.
3.99%
4.99%
$0
$395 p.a.
95%
A package home loan with fee free extra repayments available during the fixed term.
4.39%
5.42%
$300
$10 monthly ($120 p.a.)
95%
Borrow up to and fix in a 3 year home loan rate. Access your account via internet and phone banking.
3.69%
4.03%
$0
$299 p.a.
80%
Enjoy a low variable rate with no application fee.
3.88%
4.47%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
This competitive introductory rate is a limited time offer for new owner-occupiers
3.68%
3.69%
$600
$0 p.a.
90%
Get a low variable rate along with some important basic features.
3.80%
3.81%
$0
$0 p.a.
95%
A no frills loan with a competitive rate and a maximum LVR of 95%.

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