Great Southern Bank Equity Line of Credit

Equity is an important asset, both as an indicator of net worth and as a tool for building personal wealth. Great Southern Bank's equity line of credit could help you make the most of your investment opportunities.

As soon as you start paying off your home, you start building equity in your home loan. This means that you can start owning a part of your purchase. Each additional repayment increases the stake – or equity. This stake represents the kind of personal wealth against which Great Southern Bank grants their Equity Line of Credit.

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Richard Whitten is a money editor at Finder, and has been covering home loans, property and personal finance for 6+ years. He has written for Yahoo Finance, Money Magazine and Homely; and has appeared on various radio shows nationwide. He holds a Certificate IV in mortgage broking and finance (RG 206) and a Tier 1 Generic Knowledge certification (RG 146).

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Great Southern Bank's Equity Line of Credit allows borrowers up to 80% of the property's value with repayments at a interest rate. The Equity Line of Credit is like a credit card, but with a much higher withdrawal limit. Borrowers only pay interest on the amount withdrawn from the line of credit.

Always keep in mind that a line of credit home loan shouldn't be used as a credit card, but extremely carefully, as the funds you are borrowing are based on your equity. Before applying for a line of credit home loan have a think about what you'd be spending the funds on, and if need be seek the advice of a financial planner for more information.

About this loan

What are the features and benefits of the Great Southern Bank Equity Line of Credit?

  • No monthly or payout fees. Borrowers pay no monthly administration fees for the Equity Line of Credit. No early payout fees are levied if borrowers choose to repay the credit in full.
  • Home loan rates for purchases. Since the Equity Line of Credit is granted against shares in property, amounts withdrawn for purchases are repaid with home loan interest rates, rather than interest rates offered with personal loans or credit cards.
  • Lump-sum payments. The Equity Line of Credit allows for lump-sum repayments without penalty.
  • Wealth creation. The more equity held in the property and the higher the property value, the bigger the line of credit to expand an investment portfolio with additional properties and company shares.
  • 80% of property value. Great Southern Bank allows a line of credit to be set up for 80% of the property's value. The higher the property value, the higher the amount forwarded for the line of credit.
  • Further advances. Borrowers can apply for further advances on the Equity Line of Credit.
  • Financial flexibility. Borrowers have a certain flexibility in repaying what they withdraw. However, this kind of unlimited access to funds requires discipline and strict financial planning since the home is used as collateral.

What fees and charges come with this loan?

  • Establishment fee: $600. All clients applying for home-loan credit and lines of credit are charged this fee for the administration and preparation of the loan and the relevant documentation.
  • Third-party costs. All charges incurred for solicitor services, the government's stamp fee and government registration are charged to the borrower's account.
  • Security administration fee: $195. This upfront fee covers the cost of setting up your property as security for the loan.

How to apply

Applying the Great Southern Bank Equity Line of Credit involves much of the same documentation needed for a home-loan application.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, over the age of 18 and able to produce proof of a regular income. Along with identification documents and proof of income, line of credit applications also require:

  • The details of what is owed on the current home loan to show equity
  • The value of additional assets like investments, savings and properties

An equity line of credit is more than just an endless supply of funds: by using property value and equity as assets, it's an opportunity to invest in personal wealth.

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