How to find the cheapest home loan rate

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A cheaper home loan can save you thousands. Learn how to find the cheapest home loan for you.

Finding a cheap home loan can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.

This guide will give you expert advice on finding the cheapest loan by looking at interest rates, fees, features and loan periods. Or you can start comparing loans in the table below.

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The loans.com.au Essentials PI - Refinance Special is a low rate with no monthly fees. Borrow up to 80% of the property's value. For owner occupiers and principal and interest repayments only.

  • Interest rate of 3.54% p.a.
  • Comparison rate of 3.56% p.a.
  • Application fee of $0
  • Maximum LVR: 80%
  • Minimum borrowing: $50,000
  • Max borrowing: $1,000,000
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Rates last updated November 22nd, 2017.

IMB Platinum Package Fixed Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (LVR < 90% Owner Occupier)

Interest rate decreases by 0.10%

October 4th, 2017

Tic:Toc Live in Loan Variable Rate

Comparative rate decreases by 0.10% | Interest rate decreases by 0.10%

October 13th, 2017

Easy Street Fixed Home Loan - 2 Years (Owner Occupier, P&I)

Interest rate increases by 0.35%

October 16th, 2017

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loans.com.au Essentials PI - Refinance Special
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This loan is exclusively available on finder up to and including 22 November (enquiries must be submitted by that date). This loan is for refinancers only. A basic but flexible low-rate loan for refinancers looking to save on repayments.

3.54% 3.56% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
HSBC Home Value Loan - Resident Owner Occupier only, P&I
Enjoy a low variable rate with no ongoing fees and borrow up to 90% of the value of the property.
3.65% 3.66% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
NAB Choice Package Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier P&I) First Home Buyer Special
A special rate for first home buyers buying residential property and borrowing over $150K. 350K NAB Rewards Points offer available. Terms and conditions apply.
3.69% 4.86% $0 $395 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Greater Bank Ultimate Home Loan - Discounted 1 Year Fixed LVR ≤90% ($150K+ Owner Occupier)
Discount off an already competitive interest rate for loans over $150k. NSW, QLD and ACT residents only.
3.49% 4.47% $0 $375 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Tic:Toc Live in Loan Variable Rate
A competitive variable rate product with low fees offered by a 100% online lender.
3.58% 3.59% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
 loans.com.au Offset PI - Refinance Special
Exclusive Offer to finder.com.au

This loan is exclusively available on finder up to and including 22 November (enquiries must be submitted by that date). This loan is for refinancers only. Switch from your current loan to this low-rate, flexible and feature-packed refinance special.

3.62% 3.64% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Yellow Brick Road Rate Smasher Home Loan
A low interest rate home loan with no application or ongoing fees.
3.58% 3.58% $0 $0 p.a. 70% Enquire now More info
Mortgage House Advantage Variable Home Loan - 80 (PAYG Special No Offset)
A home loan with a competitive variable rate, limited fees and plenty of flexibility.
3.64% 3.66% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Homestar Refinance Owner Occupied Special
This variable loan has a sharp rate, low fees, flexible repayment options and an offset account. This loan is available for PAYG borrowers only.
3.44% 3.45% $440 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
ClickLoans Basic Home Loan - LVR <70%
A low-rate basic home loan requiring a 30% deposit.
3.64% 3.64% $0 $0 p.a. 70% Go to site More info
3.69% 3.72% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Australian Unity Wealth Builder Investor Home Loan - Variable, P&I
Borrow up to 90% LVR and pay no ongoing fees with this investment loan.
4.29% 4.32% $600 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Tic:Toc Invest Fixed Rate Loan - 1 Year Fixed
Enjoy a fast application process and flexible repayment options with this fixed rate investment loan.
4.64% 4.01% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
loans.com.au Essentials Homebuyer Special (Owner Occupier, P&I)
For new home buyers only. No refinance option. A low interest variable home loan with no application fee and free redraws. Offer ends 30th Nov.
3.54% 3.56% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Mortgage Choice Basic Variable Rate - OO LVR <= 70% ($150k +) P&I Only
A basic variable home loan that offers a competitive interest rate with no application fees and no ongoing fees.
3.64% 3.64% $0 $0 p.a. 70% More info
IMB Budget Home Loan - Special LVR <=90% (Owner Occupier, P&I)
A special limited time offer for owner occupiers. An IMB Transaction Account must be opened with this loan.
3.69% 3.69% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Bank of Queensland Fixed Rate Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed Rate Discount Rate $150k+ <80% LVR (Investor, P&I)
A flexible, competitive fixed rate loan that allows for extra repayments.
3.85% 4.97% $300 $10 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
ING Orange Advantage Loan - $500k to $1m (LVR <=80% Owner Occupier, P&I)
A loan with no application fee and borrow up to 95% LVR.
3.69% 4.01% $0 $299 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
3.99% 4.91% $300 $10 monthly ($120 p.a.) 80% Go to site More info
ClickLoans Basic Home Loan - LVR <80%
A basic low-rate home loan that still offers some useful features.
3.78% 3.78% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
loans.com.au Essentials - Variable (Owner Occupier, P&I)
A basic home loan with a competitive rate and low fees.
3.64% 3.66% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
St.George Basic Home Loan - Promotional Rate (Owner Occupier, P&I)
A no frills loan with a competitive rate and a maximum LVR of 95%.
3.78% 3.79% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Enquire now More info
Mortgage Choice Basic Variable Rate - OO LVR <= 80% ($150k +) P&I Only
A basic owner-occupier home loan with a low variable rate that requires a 20% deposit.
3.74% 3.74% $0 $0 p.a. 80% More info
IMB Platinum Package Fixed Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (LVR < 90% Owner Occupier)
A 2 years fixed platinum package that has $0 application and a loan redraw facility.
3.65% 4.84% $0 $395 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Newcastle Permanent Building Society Premium Plus Package Home Loan - New Customer Offer ($150,000+ Owner Occupier, P&I)
Apply for a new owner occupier loan or refinance from another lender and receive this discounted rate.
3.64% 4.03% $0 $395 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
UBank UHomeLoan Variable Rate - Standard Variable Rate Value Offer (Owner Occupier P&I)
Combine a low variable interest rate and free redraw with no application or ongoing fees.
3.74% 3.74% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
ING Orange Advantage Loan - $150,000 to $500,000 (LVR <=80% Owner Occupier, P&I)
A fully featured home loan with an offset account and discounts available.
3.79% 4.11% $0 $299 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
loans.com.au Offset Variable - Up to 80% LVR (Owner Occupier P&I)
Take advantage of a 100% offset account along with no annual or application fees.
3.72% 3.74% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Mortgage Choice Plus Home Loan - OO LVR <=80% ($150k+) P&I Only
A home loan with a competitive rate and plenty of handy features.
3.81% 3.81% $0 $0 p.a. 80% More info
Virgin Reward Me Variable Home Loan - LVR <= 80% ($750k+ Owner Occupier, P&I)
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).
3.64% 3.78% $0 $10 monthly ($120 p.a.) 80% Enquire now More info
UBank UHomeLoan - 1 Year Fixed Rate (Owner Occupier)
A one year fixed rate offer with no ongoing bank fees.
3.69% 4.15% $395 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Virgin Reward Me Fixed Rate Home Loan - 3 Years $300k+ Special offer (Owner Occupier, P&I)
Get a competitive interest rate for 3 years and a discounted variable rate when the fixed period ends.
3.79% 4.00% $0 $10 monthly ($120 p.a.) 90% Enquire now More info
SCU Basic Variable Rate Home Loan
A basic home loan with a low interest rate and a redraw facility available.
3.77% 3.81% $200 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Greater Bank Great Rate Discount Variable with Family Pledge Home Loan - Up to 110% LVR
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.
3.84% 3.84% $0 $0 p.a. 110% Go to site More info
Yellow Brick Road Empower Home Loan - 3 Years Fixed (Owner Occupier P&I)
A competitive 3-year fixed rate loan with a high max insured LVR.
3.88% 3.81% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Enquire now More info
ME Basic Home Loan - LVR <=80% (Owner Occupier, P&I)
A low variable rate loan with no application or ongoing fees.
4.09% 4.11% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Easy Street Fixed Home Loan - 2 Years (Owner Occupier, P&I)
Apply for Easy Street fixed rate home loans and get a competitive loan with a fixed interest rate.
3.85% 4.18% $500 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Bankwest Equaliser Home Loan - LVR ≤80% (Owner Occupier, P&I & $200k+) new customers only
Enjoy a variable 3 year introductory rate with the Bankwest Equaliser Home Loan.
3.72% 4.19% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Greater Bank Great Rate Home Loan - Discounted Variable ($150K+ Owner Occupier) New Loans only
A competitive variable rate with a redraw facility. NSW, QLD and ACT residents only.
3.74% 3.74% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
3.69% 3.75% $600 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
Heritage Bank Discount Variable Home Loan - LVR <=80% (Owner Occupier) New Customers Only
A discounted interest rate home loan with no monthly fees.
3.97% 4.02% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Enquire now More info
State Custodians Low Rate LOC - LVR up to 80% (Owner Occupier, IO)
Access the equity in your home with a competitive interest-only rate and no application fee.
4.09% 4.12% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
AMP Essential Home Loan  -  $100,000 and above (Owner Occupier)
Take advantage of a redraw facility, competitive variable rate and no application or settlement fees for a limited time.
3.96% 3.98% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
ME Flexible Home Loan Fixed - 2 Year Fixed Rate (Owner Occupier, P&I)
Get a competitive 2-year fixed rate with no application or ongoing fees.
3.84% 4.83% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
NAB Choice Package Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier P&I)
A fixed rate package with flexible repayment options. 350K NAB Rewards Points offer available. Terms and conditions apply.
3.88% 4.89% $0 $395 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Greater Bank Ultimate Home Loan - Discounted 2 Year Fixed LVR ≤90% ($150K+ Owner Occupier)
Discount off an already competitive 2 year fixed rate for loans over $150k. NSW,QLD and ACT residents only.
3.69% 4.45% $0 $375 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
IMB Essentials Home Loan - $300,000+, LVR < 90% (Owner Occupier, P&I)
A competitive variable rate home loan with no ongoing fees.
3.97% 3.97% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Aussie Select Basic Variable  - <$500k (LVR <= 80%) (Owner Occupier)
A competitive rate with no ongoing monthly fees or application fees.
3.79% 3.80% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Enquire now More info
RACQ Mortgage Saver Special Home Loan
A low rate home loan with no application or ongoing fees. Note that to be eligible for this loan you must be QLD resident.
3.74% 3.74% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Beyond Bank Low Rate Special Home Loan - LVR <70%
A special low variable rate for owner occupiers with 100% offset account and no application or ongoing fees.
3.73% 3.73% $0 $0 p.a. 70% Go to site More info
Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan - 2 Years Fixed (Owner Occupier, P&I)
Enjoy a low interest rate and borrow up to 90% (with LMI) of your property's value.
3.94% 4.88% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Macquarie Bank Basic Home Loan - LVR up to 70% (Owner Occupier, P&I)
Enjoy a low variable rate with no application and ongoing fees.
3.69% 3.69% $0 $0 p.a. 70% Enquire now More info
Finsure Home Loan Deal
Enjoy a low variable rate with no application fee.
3.69% 4.03% $0 $299 p.a. 80% Enquire now More info
Connective Smart Options Basic Home Loan - LVR ≤ 70% (Owner Occupier, P&I)
A variable home loan with $0 annual or monthly fees.
4.33% 4.33% $363 $0 p.a. 70% Enquire now More info
ANZ Simplicity PLUS Home Loan - Special Offer (Owner Occupier, P&I)
Enjoy a basic home loan with a high LVR and no application or ongoing fees.
3.99% 4.03% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Enquire now More info
Commonwealth Bank Wealth Package Fixed Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier) P&I
A package home loan with fee free extra repayments available during the fixed term.
3.99% 4.99% $0 $395 p.a. 95% Enquire now More info
St.George Fixed Rate Advantage Package -  2 Year Fixed Rate (Owner Occupier, P&I)
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.
3.85% 4.95% $0 $395 p.a. 95% Enquire now More info
3.68% 3.69% $600 $0 p.a. 90% Enquire now More info
Westpac Flexi First Option Home Loan - 2 Years Introductory Special Offer (New Owner Occupier, P&I)
This competitive introductory rate is a limited time offer for new owner-occupiers
3.75% 4.44% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Enquire now More info
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Home Loan Interest Rate (p.a.) Comparison rate (p.a.)
loans.com.au Essentials PI - Refinance Special 3.54% 3.56%
HSBC Home Value Loan - Resident Owner Occupier only, P&I 3.65% 3.66%
NAB Choice Package Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier P&I) First Home Buyer Special 3.69% 4.86%
Greater Bank Ultimate Home Loan - Discounted 1 Year Fixed LVR ≤90% ($150K+ Owner Occupier) 3.49% 4.47%
Tic:Toc Live in Loan Variable Rate 3.58% 3.59%
loans.com.au Offset PI - Refinance Special 3.62% 3.64%

How can I find the cheapest home loan?

The cheapest or lowest home loan rate for you may not be the cheapest home loan for someone else. Everyone is different, so you need to determine which home loan is the cheapest based on your borrowing capacity, your deposit, the features you need and how soon you plan to repay your loan.

The key features to focus on are finding a loan with:

  • A low interest rate
  • Low fees
  • A shorter term
  • Added features

Low interest-rate loans

This is probably what most people have in mind when they they think about finding the cheapest home loan. A low interest rate makes a massive difference to the overall expense of a home loan. Just look below to see how much of a difference it can make in the hypothetical situation below, all things being equal.Cheapest home loans

Typically, low interest rates are offered on basic home loans, or loans from lenders who have been able to reduce their costs, such as online lenders. Sometimes lenders will also offer very low fixed rates as promotions to secure new business. Once the fixed period ends, the rate can revert to a less competitive variable rate, so be sure to ask lenders what their revert rate will potentially be.

Learn more about finding the lowest interest rates

Different types of interest rate

It’s also important to consider the different types of rates on offer:

Standard Variable Rate

This is the standard headline rate on offer from the lender. It can change at any time, based on moves by the Reserve Bank of Australia, the lender’s cost of funds or regulatory change. Have a look at some of the reasons lenders change their rates.finding the cheapest home loan rates

Ongoing Discount Rate

This is a discount off a lender’s headline rate offered to entice borrowers, and can be dependent on factors such as special promotions, the borrower’s credit history and the loan-to-value ratio.

Package loans can also offer discounts in exchange for opening transaction accounts and credit cards with the lender. Bear in mind that they also usually charge an annual fee, so be sure that the discounts outweigh this fee. Some package loans also offer discounted insurance products and fee waivers for other products.

Fixed Rate

These rates remain locked in for a predetermined period, usually one, three or five years. While borrowers can secure some certainty that their home loan repayment won’t rise for the fixed term, fixed rate loans also mean they won’t see the benefit from any downward move on rates.

How can a loan with low fees save me money?

It’s important to look beyond the headline rate when considering a loan. Most loans have upfront fees, ongoing fees and discharge fees associated with them that can cost thousands.

When comparing loans it's a good idea to look at fees and rates together. Some loans may have low interest rates but high ongoing fees, as is the case with most package loans. These home loans charge an annual fee of $200 - $400 per year but offer discounted interest rates and upfront fee waivers.

A great way to understand these costs is to look at the comparison rate.

What’s a comparison rate?

A comparison rate gives borrowers an idea of the true cost of a loan. It takes into account both the loan’s interest rate and any associated fees and charges, and expresses this as a single percentage figure. Remember, a low advertised rate might not seem so low when fees and charges are taken into account.

Watch this video to learn more about comparison rates

How can a shorter loan period give me a cheaper loan?

It's simple: the faster you pay off a home loan, the less interest you pay over time. So even though the repayments for a 25 year home loan might look high compared to those of an identical 30 year home loan, the savings would be higher.

Check out the difference in the total cost of two loans below:Cheapest home loan - 25 vs 30 years example

Why does this happen? With a longer loan term a borrower will be paying interest for longer. This makes the total cost of a loan much higher.

A 20 year home loan vs a 30 year home loan

$400,000 loan with an interest rate of 5%

30-year loan
  • Repayments. $2,147.29 per month
  • Total interest payable over 30 years. $373,023.14
20-year loan
  • Repayments. $2,639.82 per month
  • Total interest payable over 20 years. $233,557.51

As you can see, in this example, repayments on a shorter term loan would be just under $500 more each month, but would save $139,465.63 in interest payable over that time.

See how much you could save by shortening your loan term

How can a loan's extra features make my mortgage cheaper?

There's a reason why banks advertise home loan features like offset accounts, interest only payments and loan portability. This is because they're popular features which can save savvy borrowers money. Here are a few common features offered on home loans:

  • Offset accounts. An offset account is a transaction account linked to the home loan which reduces the amount of interest payable. For example, if you have a $200,000 loan and $10,000 in a 100% offset account, you will only pay interest on $190,000. You can use the offset account funds if you need to spend them, but then you'll have to pay interest on the full amount. Look out for monthly offset account fees, although most lenders don't charge them.
  • Loan portability. This feature lets you move your loan to a new property without the high costs of exiting a loan and taking out a new one.
  • Interest only payments. This can reduce your repayments because you only have to pay off the interest of the loan and not the principal. The downside of this is it can extend the loan term, potentially making the loan more expensive in the long run.
  • Unlimited extra repayments. Some lenders charge penalty fees when you make extra repayments. But the most affordable home loan could be the one that lets you pay it off in your own way, so watch out for repayment fees. Note that while most lenders allow you to pay variable rate home loans off early with no problem, fixed loans will charge a penalty fee known as break costs.

How can I compare the cheapest home loans to get a better deal on my mortgage?

Cheapest doesn't always mean best. And your personal circumstances and goals matter just as much as the loan itself. These are the things you need to look for when comparing cheap home loans.

  • Know your needs. Before making any decisions you really need to look at how much you can afford to borrow and repay, what kind of purchase you're making and what kind of features or rate types will benefit you. You might value the stability of a fixed interest rate, for example. Or you might benefit from a shorter loan with flexible, no-fee repayments.
  • Read your key facts sheets. Every lender must supply you with a key facts sheet. You can easily generate your own on a lender's website. The key facts sheet gives you a clear breakdown of your fees, charges and estimated costs over the course of the loan.
  • Compare, compare, compare. The home loan market is highly competitive. And a home loan is probably the largest amount of money you'll ever borrow. Do your homework and compare as many loans as you can.

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    May 31, 2017

    cheapest interest on reverse mortgage loan ?

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      JonathanMay 31, 2017

      Hi Peter!

      Thanks for the comment.

      You may use this comparison page that we have for Reverse Mortgage to shop around with the rates from different lenders.

      Just click “More Info” green button if you wish to proceed with a specific lender.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    JOHNMay 14, 2017

    Looking to refinance a investment unit and pay to off in 4/5 years.
    Pay fortnightly $1300 . Looking for a home loan to achieve this,

    • Staff
      AnndyMay 14, 2017Staff

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you are looking for a refinancing home loan for investment properties, you may compare your options on this page.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    ElaineMay 11, 2017

    If you are on a pension and own 90 percent of your home is a loan permitted

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      ArnoldMay 11, 2017Staff

      Hi Elaine,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Yes, pensioners are able to apply for home loans. The image below shows what options are available for you.

      Types of Loans

      For information on eligibility, requirements, and application process. You can visit this page. – https://www.finder.com.au/home-loans-for-pensioners -

      If you have further concerns you may want to Reach out to a Broker which can give you a professional assessment and will guide you through the application.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    KateApril 20, 2017

    Hi I’d like to know if there are home loans available for people who are unable to work but plan to return to work in the foreseeable future? Thanks

    • Staff
      AnndyApril 20, 2017Staff

      Hi Kate,

      Thanks for your question.

      If you are currently unemployed, the lenders on this page may consider you for a home loan.

      Alternatively, if you are self-employed, you may compare home loan products here.

      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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    PremFebruary 4, 2017

    Will this interest rate go up and down with the interest rate raise and fall or is it a honey moon rate which will go back up over 4% when the honey moon period finish

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      MayFebruary 5, 2017Staff

      Hi Prem,

      Thank you for your question and for contacting finder.com.au we are a financial comparison website and general information service we are not mortgage specialists so can only offer general advice.

      The home loan rates will depend on its type either “variable” or “fixed” rate. If it’s “variable rate home loan” this product has an interest rate which fluctuates up or down over time as your lender sees fit. Your repayments for this type of home loan will also change if the interest rate will change.

      Whilst with “fixed rate home loan”, the interest on your home loan will remain unchanged for the length of your loan term. This means that you’ll know what your repayments will be.

      Cheers,
      May

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    CuriousDecember 18, 2016

    I was wondering where online banking institutions such as UBank and ING Direct are based and if they are required to follow Australian banking regulations/laws.

    As someone who has always done business with the traditional banks I need to be sure these online banks are reliable and safe.

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      MayDecember 18, 2016Staff

      Hi Curious,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes, UBank and ING Direct are both registered and are required to follow Australian banking regulations and laws. UBank is an online bank and a division of a division of National Australia Bank Limited (NAB). It has the same credit licence as NAB, which means the loans are underwritten by NAB too. Deposits held within UBank are guaranteed under the Government Financial Claims Scheme and UBank adheres to the Code of banking Practice. The home loan products they offer are listed on this page.

      Whilst ING Direct is wholly owned by ING Group and headquartered in Sydney. They are also regulated by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), like all banks. Their combined savings balances of up to $250,000 per customer are guaranteed by the Australian Government. If you’d like to compare their home loan products, please click this link.

      Cheers,
      May

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    enlightenedAugust 17, 2016

    Why dont you list the money magazines best home loan winner for 2016. With loan rate of 3.35 Reduce home loans is the clear winner and not even a mention?

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      JodieAugust 30, 2016Staff

      Hi there,

      Thank you for contacting finder.com.au we are a financial comparison website and general information service.

      We appreciate your feedback and will take it on board, however, we list a selection of loans on this page and it is by no means comprehensive if you would like to find out more about how we operate please read our disclaimer.

      With regards to the Reduce Home Loans Rate Buster home loan, it is only suitable for borrowers who have a loan-to-value ratio of under 80% or a minimum deposit of 20% as well as a loan amount below $500,000, whereas we have a range of loans to suit a large selection of customers on this page.

      Thanks again for your feedback we do always like to hear from our users.

      Regards
      Jodie

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    EwenAugust 3, 2016

    Is U Bank part of NAB and if so why can’t NAB give me the same competitive interests rate with no fees.

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      MayAugust 3, 2016Staff

      Hi Ewen,

      Thanks for your question. You’ve come through to finder.com.au we are an Australian financial comparison website and general information service, not actually NAB.

      Yes, UBank is an online lender that is backed by NAB. Though the two offer home loan products, they differ in the interest rates for their products, where UBank offers more competitive rates and products as they don’t have physical branches like NAB. NAB is a big bank and offers a wide variety of financial products than UBank. For more information, you may also like to read our article on how home loan lenders differ from each other.

      Hope that helps.

      Cheers,
      May

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    FlapjackswimmingMay 31, 2016

    whilst all these low rates are enticing, I am looking for a line of credit (portfolio loan). This feature has been great but it isn’t clear when looking at other options if this is available. Could you point me in the right direction?
    Regards
    john

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      MarcJune 2, 2016Staff

      Hi John,
      thanks for the question.

      You can compare line of credit loans here to get an idea of the rates available for these types of loans.

      I hope this helps,
      Marc.

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    MohammedMay 9, 2016

    We have migrated to Sydney with 457 skilled migration 4 year visa and my wife working as a GP with 5 year contract.

    please need to find what kind of and how much with LTV we can borrow for a mortgage.

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