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Every month, our home loan experts analyse over 50 home loan rates from our database to find our best home loan picks. We only select home loans that are suitable for a typical borrower, so we don't include loans that require enormous deposits or have extra eligibility requirements.
We then rank these loans, with a scoring system that awards a higher score for loans with the lowest rates and fewest fees.
All our picks are from lenders with whom Finder has a commercial partnership. The best home loan looks a little different for every borrower, and our picks may not be the best option for your situation.
Every year Finder runs awards to find the best home loans from the previous 12 months. These are the loans which came out on top in the 2023 Finder Awards.
Check out the full awards page to learn more about how we chose the winners.
There are 3 things every borrower needs to look at when hunting for the perfect home loan:
The interest rate determines your borrowing costs. The lower the rate, the less interest you pay each month.
Let's say your loan amount is $500,000 with a 30-year loan term. Here's how different rates change the repayments.
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The best home loan will always have a low interest rate compared to most loans on the market.
Look for a loan that doesn't charge many fees. Ongoing annual fees can cost hundreds of dollars and one-off application or settlement fees can costs hundreds more.
While a low rate is more important, don't forget to add up the cost of fees.
Home loans with added features can offer you more flexibility in how you repay and manage your loan:
Low rates and fees always matter. But every borrower's needs are slightly different. The best home loan for each borrower depends on their short- and long-term plans.
Here are some examples of specific borrowers with very different needs.
Plenty of investors haven't paid their own home loans off yet. For this type of borrower, one approach could be as follows:
This is just one approach for a property investor to take. In a complex scenario like this, getting personal advice from a mortgage broker and an accountant is a really good idea.
Let's say you have a 20% deposit and you're looking for a home loan. Obviously, the best loan for you has a low interest rate. But let's say you also have a lot of extra money sitting in your bank account earning very little interest.
Assuming you don't want to invest this money and want access to it in an emergency. In this scenario the best home loan for you will come with a 100% offset account.
The offset account means you can park your savings in the home loan. By saving the money there, you're cutting down the amount of interest your lender charges you.
If settlement day is fast approaching and you haven't got a home loan approved, the best home loan is the one that a lender will approve quickly.
This could mean a few things. You might abandon the hunt for a better deal and just talk to your own bank. Or you might try an online lender with a fast approval process.
Mortgage brokers are professionals who have access to a panel of lenders. They can find you a product that matches your financial needs and also help with your application.
Talk to a qualified mortgage broker today.
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