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Loan Portability – What is home loan portability?

Moving to a new house doesn’t necessarily mean you need a new loan. Consider getting a portable home loan option to help you save on any future upfront costs

Loan portability is usually standard on all home loans, but many borrowers don't know what it means. Loan portability allows you to move houses and transfer your current loan with you. By transferring your existing loan to another property, you don't have to go through the process of refinancing. There are pros and cons to porting your loan, so let's dive in.

What is loan portability?

Loan portability is a feature offered on the majority of variable rate home loans, which allows you to keep your loan when you buy a new property. Rather than refinancing your home loan, you switch the property you're using as security to take the current property off, and add the new property to the loan.

For instance:

  • You have a home worth $780,000 and a home loan of $600,000.
  • The loan term was 30 years, but you've had the loan 3 years, so there's 27 years remaining.
  • You sell this property for $780,000, giving you proceeds of $750,000 after real estate agent commission and selling costs.
  • Rather than paying out your home loan and getting a new mortgage, you port this loan to your new property.
  • The new property cost $800,000. Between the $150,000 profit you made on your property and your savings account, you have enough money to cover the $200,000 shortfall between the loan value ($600k) and the purchase price ($800k).

How does loan portability work?

When you have a portable loan, it allow you to transfer the loan to a new property if you decide to sell one home and buy a new one.

Loan portability can be convenient and can save you money, as it means:

  • You don't have to apply for a new loan, saving you application and establishment fees.
  • You don't have to change your direct debits and loan numbers.
  • Your loan continues on its trajectory - if you are 6 years into a 30-year loan term, and you have 24 years to go, you move your loan with you to the new property, so you continue to have just 24 years left until you own the home outright.

Keep in mind that your current loan might be the best home loan or the most suitable one for you, as your needs can change over time. So, it's important to make sure your loan still offers the best value.

For instance, you might have more savings now than you did when you first got the home loan. Those savings could be sitting in an offset account, helping you pay less mortgage interest.

Or, there might be a better value home loan that offers a cheaper interest rate and saves you money. Before you go down the path of loan portability, make sure you compare current home loan offers to make sure you're not paying too much.

Pros and cons of loan portability


  • Save money on establishment fees. When you apply for a loan you may be required to pay establishment or application fees of $500 to $1000. By transferring your old loan to the new house you can avoid paying these fees.
  • Avoid paying exit fees. When you leave a loan you will usually have to pay exit fees. The exact amount of these fees will vary depending on the provider, but they always include a $197 government fee. Again, by transferring your loan to the new house you’ll avoid paying these fees.
  • Save time. Loan portability can save you the time, hassle and stress involved in chasing paperwork and applying for a new loan.
  • Continuity. It allows you to continue on with your current loan number, repayment amount and loan term, and any associated direct debits and payment plans.


  • There may be restrictions. While loan portability is a potential way to save time and money it’s important to know whether there are any restrictions when using this feature. For instance, you won’t be able to change the loan structure (from fixed to variable, say), or the number of borrowers or the interest rate.
  • Loan portability fee. Most lenders charge you a fee to transfer a loan - around a couple of hundred dollars.
  • Opportunity cost. The main benefit of loan portability is saving money on application and exit fees, but those savings could be minor in comparison to refinancing to a loan with a lower interest rate or a home loan cashback offer.

Loan portability: Things to avoid

There’s a few rules you need to follow before transferring your loan. It’s best to confirm these before doing so with your lender as these are general guidelines:

  • Settlement on different days. One of the general rules when using loan portability features is that exchange and settlement for both properties need to occur on the same day. However, this stressful rule varies from lender to lender, so confirm this ahead of time.
  • Changing loan amounts. The loan amounts for the new property cannot change, so if you need extra funds for the new house you will need to make a new home loan application. Some lenders will let you ‘top up’ your loan, so again remember to check with your lender first.
  • Lacking documentation. Remember to provide evidence to show that you’re moving places. Documents to include are the Contract of Sale and the Contract of Purchase. Valuation documents must also be shown as acceptable security and comply within the Loan to Value (LVR) ratio. New mortgage documents will also need to be issued with the details of the new property.

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    ShashiJuly 27, 2017

    What are the charges to pay to a bank for home loan portability? What is the procedure of home loan portability?

      RenchJuly 28, 2017Finder

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Loan portability is a feature offered on many loans which allows you to keep your loan when moving to a new property, saving you the hassle of refinancing.

      Moving is becoming more and more common, loan portability is offered with many loans meaning you can move the loan with you. Loan portability saves you the time and cost associated with closing off one loan and applying for a new loan.

      Loan portability also have fees that you will encounter:

      – Establishment fees
      – Exit fees
      – Loan portability fee

      You can get this info above this page.

      You may contact your current lender requesting to transfer your current home loan to the other bank. They should be able to explain to how the procedure will be.

      Hope this information helped.


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    AndreaApril 15, 2015

    We are with the CBA and wanted to port our loan over to a new property after we sell our current one. I was initially told that it was a simple form to fill out but have now been told that I will need to answer income, liability, outgoings etc questions.

    Our income has reduced since we took out our original loan (we are still able to pay significantly more than we need to in repayments) and we have had two children so I’ve been told that we probably cannot port the loan across as we would no longer qualify for the same loan amount.

    As our house goes up for auction on Saturday, we are now faced with losing our home loan and having to rent until our income increases. To say this is disappointing is an understatement.

    Any suggestions? Please don’t say ‘cancel the auction’ as it’s not an option.

    Thanks very much

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      JodieApril 28, 2015

      Hi Andrea,

      Thank you for getting in contact.

      You have reached out to, a financial comparison site, we are not able to offer specific personalised advice. Please contact a mortgage broker whom would be able to advise and assist you with your personalised needs.


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    GabbyDecember 24, 2014


    We have a home loan with a bank which is portable loan amount is $280,000 we have recently had an offer on our property and we have placed an offer on another property which has been accepted we are trying to time it so everything happens on the same day. Our new property we want to purchase is less than our current home so we will have more than a 20% deposit also the new property is rural on 15acres with a brick house. We did double check with our lender before we placed our house on the market and they assured us that it was portable, but we are getting a broker to help arrange things and she keeps telling us we have to close this account and apply for a new loan, we r just a bit worried this will add extra time and cause delays, can you tell me if this seems right.

      ShirleyDecember 29, 2014Finder

      Hi Gabby,

      Thanks for your question.

      Generally the portability feature is designed to help you move properties (at the same or lessor value) while keeping the same home loan. It’s advisable for you to question your mortgage broker on his or her rationale behind applying for a new loan, as this will likely take a longer time than using the portability feature. You may also want to get your mortgage broker to speak to your lender to discuss the situation.


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    shajeeJuly 28, 2014

    I wanted to port a loan from Vic to QLD and i want to reduce the loan amount to 321000 to 305000 what is the possibility and is there any other fee involved

      ShirleyJuly 29, 2014Finder

      Hi Shajee,

      Thanks for your question.

      Please speak to you lender about porting your loan. This feature is quite common across home loans in Australia.

      In terms of reducing your loan amount, you will also need to bring this up with your lender. Generally there are some fees involved with using the portability feature. (Again, this will depend on your home loan and your lender.)


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