The home loan refinancing gold rush that could save you up to $25,000

 

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If you're paying more than 4.00% interest on your home loan, you're probably paying too much!

Unhappy with your current home loan? Then it's time to look at refinancing. It's an increasingly popular option: more than a third (35%) of all mortgages organised in June 2015 involved refinancing, up from just 32% the year before, according to ABS Housing Finance data.

Why is refinancing on the rise? One obvious reason is that many banks have put up their interest rates for borrowers, despite the fact that official rates have been unchanged for six months. But that doesn't mean you can't get a good deal: you just have to look around and compare your options. On a $300,000 loan over 30 years, a difference of 0.6% in interest rates can mean an extra $36,000 extra in your pocket over the lifetime of the loan.

What does refinancing involve?

Refinancing moves moving your mortgage from one lender to another to access better rates or features. Typically this will involve changing providers, but you can also refinance with your existing bank. Our detailed guides will help you with each stage in the refinancing journey:

Compare home loans available for refinancing

Below is finder's refinancing home loan comparison table, complete with up-to-date rate information from a range of lenders. Enter the amount of your current mortgage and you can see what your repayments would be with different lenders. To find out more about a loan from a particular lender click on the "go to site" button to lodge an enquiry or begin an application.

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Rates last updated February 26th, 2017.

Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan - 1 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier)

Comparison rate increases by 0.03% | Interest rate increases by 0.25%

February 13th, 2017

Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan - 2 Years Fixed (Owner Occupier)

Comparative rate increases by 0.04% | Interest rate increases by 0.25%

February 13th, 2017

HSBC Home Value Loan - Resident Owner Occupier only

Application fee waived for Resident Owner Occupier only.

February 15th, 2017

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Newcastle Permanent Building Society Premium Plus Package Home Loan - New Customer Offer ($150,000+ Owner Occupier)
Apply for a new owner occupier loan or refinance from another lender and receive this discounted rate.
3.74% 4.12% $0 $395 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
HSBC Home Value Loan - Resident Owner Occupier only
Enjoy the low variable rate with $0 ongoing fee and borrow up to 90% LVR.
3.75% 3.77% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Greater Bank Ultimate Home Loan - Discounted 1 Year Fixed LVR ≤85% ($150K+ Owner Occupier)
Discount off an already competitive interest rate for loans over $150k. NSW, QLD and ACT residents only.
3.59% 4.42% $0 $375 p.a. 85% Go to site More info
Beyond Bank Low Rate Special Home Loan
A special low variable rate for Owner Occupier with 100% offset account and no application or ongoing fees.
3.73% 3.73% $0 $0 p.a. 70% Go to site More info
Switzer Home Loan
No upfront or ongoing fees and a competitive variable rate for owner occupiers.
3.89% 3.89% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Auswide Bank Home Loan Plus with Freedom Package - Special Package Discount LVR <= 90% (Owner Occupier) P&I
A high maximum LVR home loan with redraw facility and additional payments.
3.79% 4.18% $0 $395 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
CUA Fresh Start Basic Variable Home Loan - Owner Occupier
A basic mortgage with flexible repayments options.
3.89% 3.94% $600 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier Special Rate)
A limited time 2 year fixed rate for owner occupiers. Conditions apply.
3.89% 4.79% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Bank Australia Basic Home Loan - Variable (Owner Occupier)
A competitive variable that allows borrowers to borrow a minimum of $100,000 with a $0 ongoing fee.
3.79% 3.83% $0 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
ING  DIRECT Orange Advantage Loan - $150,000+ (LVR <= 80% Owner Occupier)
Pay no annual fee for the first year with this packaged variable rate home loan with offset.
3.89% 4.11% $0 $199 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
3.85% 4.26% $0 $395 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
IMB Budget Home Loan - LVR <=90% (Owner Occupier)
A competitive budget rate without any unwanted bells and whistles.
3.87% 3.92% $445 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
CUA Fixed Rate Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier)
A fixed home loan with no ongoing fees and flexible repayments options.
3.84% 4.59% $600 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Australian Unity Kick Starter Home Loan
$0 ongoing service fees, maximum 80% LVR and a linked transaction account.
3.79% 3.82% $600 $0 p.a. 80% Go to site More info
3.94% 4.33% $0 $395 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan - 3 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier Special Rate)
A limited time fixed rate home loan with extra repayment abilities. Conditions apply.
3.99% 4.73% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Bank Australia Premium Home Loan Package - 2 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier) LVR < 80%
A discounted 2 year fixed rate loan with high maximum LVR and no application fee.
3.69% 4.31% $0 $350 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
ME Flexible Home Loan Fixed - 3 Year Fixed Rate (Owner Occupier)
A competitive 3 year fixed rate with a redraw facility and split loan options, plus no application fee.
4.09% 4.80% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Bank Australia Premium Home Loan Package - LVR<=80% $700k + (Owner Occupier)
Enjoy the discounted interest rate with redraw facility and no ongoing fees.
3.82% 4.17% $595 $350 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Greater Bank Great Rate Home Loan - Discounted Variable ($150K+ Owner Occupier)
A competitive rate with redraw facility. NSW, QLD and ACT residents only.
3.89% 3.89% $0 $0 p.a. 85% Go to site More info
Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan - 2 Years Fixed (Owner Occupier)
Enjoy a low interest rate and borrow up to 95% (with LMI) of your home value.
4.49% 4.90% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
Australian Unity Health, Wealth and Happiness Package - (Owner Occupier)
Get a 0.60% discount on your rate, a 100% offset account and no ongoing fees.
4.05% 4.08% $600 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
Newcastle Permanent Building Society Fixed Rate Home Loan - 1 Year Fixed (Owner Occupier)
Get a short term fixed rate for that investment property with no application or ongoing fees.
4.49% 4.95% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Go to site More info
IMB Essential Home Loan - LVR <=90% (Owner Occupier)
100% offset account, unrestricted additional repayments and no monthly account keeping fees
4.09% 4.09% $0 $0 p.a. 90% Go to site More info
ANZ Simplicity PLUS Home Loan - Special Offer (Owner Occupier)
Enjoy a home loan with no aplication fee or ongoing fee.
4.03% 4.07% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Enquire now
3.88% 3.89% $600 $0 p.a. 90% Enquire now
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% 5.00% $0 $395 p.a. 95% Enquire now
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 cash back available for refinancers, conditions apply.
3.99% 5.04% $0 $395 p.a. 95% Enquire now
Westpac Fixed Options Home Loan Premier Advantage Package - 2 Years
A low interest rate home loan and competitive two year fixed rate.
4.19% 5.32% $0 $395 p.a. 95% Enquire now
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%.
4.08% 4.09% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Enquire now
Westpac Flexi First Option Home Loan - 3 Years Introductory Special Offer (New Owner Occupier, P&I)
A limited time deal for new owner occupiers. Advertised rate includes 1.03%p.a. discount for the first two years.
3.99% 4.37% $0 $0 p.a. 95% Enquire now

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4 Responses to The home loan refinancing gold rush saving Aussies millions

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    rolf | December 30, 2015

    If I look at the home loan repayment at the top they are all under $750 per month that’s pretty cheap if I consider I pay $1200 in rent per month yet I have no chance to get a home loan because my income is only $650 a week it doesn’t make sence to me

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      Jodie | December 31, 2015

      Hi Rolf,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.com.au a financial comparison website.

      Different lenders have different assessment criteria when they assess whether to offer a home loan to a borrower, there are a few options for borrowers with lower incomes. The first step if you really want to review your ability to borrow is to use our borrowing capacity calculator to assess how much you may be able to borrow or speak to a mortgage broker who can advise you on you lending options.

      There are many lenders out there that are happy to offer loans to borrowers with lower incomes you can compare some of their loans on this page. Another option you may like to consider is having a family member go guarantor for you this will benefit you when the bank assesses your risk as a borrower they will see you as less of a risk we have a range of guarantor loans to compare here.

      Don’t feel like there is no option as there are options out there if you want to purchase a home you just need to do some research, we have multiple pages on all the options available to get a home loan in Australia so have a browse of our website and see what information is out there.

      Regards
      Jodie

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    Alina | December 5, 2015

    Hi,

    Looking for construction home loan. 80-85% LVR. I have land purchased, approximately 25% equity on the land. Looking to refinance the land and borrow additional funds to construct. Preferably as owner builder, however I can get a fix building contract as well.

    Thank you.

    Alana

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      Belinda | December 7, 2015

      Hi Alana,

      Thanks for your enquiry.

      You can use our comparison table here to review different construction and owner-occupier home loans.

      To discuss the structure of the mortgage or your future refinancing options for the land, you can fill out the form to speak with a mortgage broker.

      Thanks,
      Belinda

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