Online home loans and lenders

Online lenders can deliver sharp rates and innovative products. Plus, many of them are backed by larger, traditional lenders.

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Online home loans from digital lenders are a popular option for home buyers on a strict budget, or anyone who wants to save money. With sharp rates, a wide range of products and easy-to-use platforms, they can be a great alternative to traditional banks.

Well Home Loans Home Loan Offer

Well Home Loans Balanced Variable - LVR 80% (Owner occupier, P&I)

2.47 % p.a.

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2.50 % p.a.

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Well Home Loans Home Loan Offer

The Well Home Loans Balanced Variable - LVR 80% (Owner occupier, P&I) is a low rate loan with no ongoing fees and a fee-free redraw. Add a 100% offset account for $10 a month.

  • Interest rate of 2.47% p.a.
  • Comparison rate of 2.50% p.a.
  • Application fee of $250
  • Maximum LVR: 80%
  • Minimum borrowing: $200,000
  • Max borrowing: $2,000,000
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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comp Rate^ (p.a.) Application Fee Ongoing Fees Max LVR Monthly Payment Short Description
Well Home Loans Balanced Variable - LVR 80% (Owner occupier, P&I)
2.47%
2.50%
$250
$0 p.a.
80%
A very low interest rate for home buyers with 20% deposits saved. Add an offset account for a small fee. Not available for construction purposes.
IMB Fixed Rate Home Loan - 2 Year Fixed (LVR 90% Owner Occupier, P&I, NSW and ACT borrowers only)
2.39%
3.14%
$449
$6 monthly ($72 p.a.)
90%
NSW and ACT customers only. 2 years fixed interest terms and free access to redraw facility online. Available with a 5% deposit.
ME Flexible Home Loan Fixed with Members Package - 2 Year Fixed Rate LVR <= 80% (Owner Occupier, P&I)
2.49%
3.41%
$0
$395 p.a.
80%
Lock in a competitive rate for owner occupiers for two years. Comes with a 100% offset account.
Well Home Loans Balanced Variable - LVR 90% (Owner occupier, P&I)
2.67%
2.70%
$250
$0 p.a.
90%
A very low variable interest rate for borrowers with a 10% deposit. Add a 100% offset account for $10 a month. Not available for construction purposes.
loans.com.au Smart Home Loan - (Owner Occupier, P&I)
2.57%
2.59%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Get a low variable interest rate and pay 0 application or ongoing fees with this convenient online lender.
ME Basic Home Loan - LVR <=80% (Owner Occupier, P&I)
3.17%
3.19%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
This variable rate loan keeps the features simple and fees low. This loan is offered by a 100% online lender.
Well Home Loans Balanced Fixed Home Loan - 2 Year (Owner occupier, P&I)
2.22%
2.46%
$250
$0 p.a.
90%
A low fixed mortgage with an optional 100% offset account. Not available for construction purposes.
ME Flexible Home Loan With Member Package - LVR <=80% $400k up to $699,999 (Owner Occupier, P&I)
2.84%
3.29%
$0
$395 p.a.
80%
Unlock a range of savings with this competitive package home loan offer. Offset account and redraw facility included.
IMB Budget Home Loan - Special LVR <=90% (Owner Occupier, P&I, NSW and ACT borrowers only)
2.78%
2.84%
$449
$0 p.a.
90%
NSW and ACT customers only. You can get an interest rate discount for a limited time with this competitive variable mortgage.
ME Flexible Home Loan Fixed - 3 Year Fixed Rate LVR <= 80% (Owner Occupier, P&I)
2.74%
3.93%
$0
$0 p.a.
80%
Pay no application fees and access a fee-free redraw facility with this fixed rate loan.
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Are online home loans safe?

Just because you haven't heard of a small online lender doesn't mean they're unreliable. Most of these brands are owned or funded by a larger lender. And even the smallest lender is bound by Australian financial regulations.

However, if you are concerned about the safety of an online lender, you should check that they have a Australian Credit Licence (ACL). Lenders should list their ACL number at the bottom of their webpage. This number can be cross-referenced with ASIC Connect's databases.

Who takes the risk?

It's important to keep in mind that when you take out a home loan, the lender is the one actually taking the risk. In the extremely unlikely event an online lender closes up shop, your home loan is likely to be sold to another lender. This should have little to no effect on your repayments, and the only change will be the company servicing your loan.

Tell me more about some of these online lenders

Here's a little more information about some of the online lenders in our table, including which organisations fund or support them, and the digital innovations they offer:

  • UBank. This entirely digital lender is backed by NAB, one of the nation's largest banks.
  • Athena. This digital fintech lender offers low-rate mortgages and an entirely online, convenient service.
  • Tic:Toc. This startup boasts that its online application tool can process your mortgage application faster. They're backed by the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.
  • Homestar. A 100% online lender, Homestar has been providing mortgages to Australian borrowers since 2004.
  • Loans.com.au. A Brisbane-based online lender, Loans.com.au is backed by Firstmac, Australia's largest non-bank lender.
  • ME Bank. Member's Equity was established back in 1994 and went fully digital in 2012.
  • ING. This online bank is part of the global, Dutch-based financial group of the same name.

What are the benefits of using an online home loan lender?

  • Lower rates. Because they don't have the overheads of operating branches, online lenders can pass their savings onto you in the form of much lower interest rates. Many online lenders also offer innovative products and have a wide product range to suit a variety of borrowers.
  • Convenience. Online lenders also often have easy-to-use platforms that can help you speed through the application process. And with a heavy focus on tech development, they're often able to offer faster approvals than traditional lenders. They also offer the ease and convenience of completing the mortgage application process from home rather than having to visit a bank branch.

Are there any downsides to going with a digital lender?

  • For regional properties. Some of the smaller online lenders aren't able to lend money for properties in regional areas. In the mortgage world, rural areas are regarded as riskier security, and many online lenders don't have the size nor expertise to handle these types of loans. When purchasing a rural property, it is worth asking around for the lenders that permit home loans for regional areas.
  • The personal touch. If you're uncomfortable with using the Internet for your banking, or you'd prefer face-to-face communication with your lender, then an online home loan probably isn't right for you.

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Logo for UBank UHomeLoan Variable Rate - Discount offer for Owner Occupiers, P&I Borrowing over $200,000
UBank UHomeLoan Variable Rate - Discount offer for Owner Occupiers, P&I Borrowing over $200,000

Take advantage of a low-fee mortgage with a special interest rate of just 2.59% p.a. and a 2.59% p.a. comparison rate.

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HSBC Home Value Loan - Promotional Offer (Owner Occupier P&I)

Get a low interest rate loan with no ongoing fees. Plus you can make extra repayments and free redraw online.

Logo for ME Flexible Home Loan Fixed with Members Package - 2 Year Fixed Rate LVR <= 80% (Owner Occupier, P&I)
ME Flexible Home Loan Fixed with Members Package - 2 Year Fixed Rate LVR <= 80% (Owner Occupier, P&I)

Lock in a competitive rate for owner occupiers for two years. Comes with a 100% offset account.

Logo for Suncorp Back to Basics Home Loan - Better Together Special Offer $150k+ LVR<=90% Incl. LMI (Owner Occupier, P&I)
Suncorp Back to Basics Home Loan - Better Together Special Offer $150k+ LVR<=90% Incl. LMI (Owner Occupier, P&I)

Get one free online redraw per month and pay no ongoing fees. Application fees are waived for loans above $150,000. Refinance to an eligible Suncorp loan and get a cashback of $2,000 or $3,000, depending on your loan amount. Other conditions apply.

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    Kevin.January 13, 2020

    Do you lend on property purchases in country Qld e.g Innisfail?

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      NikkiJanuary 15, 2020

      Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for your comment and I hope you are doing well. You would be able to know if a lender approves property purchases in a certain state by contacting them directly. You will find a table that compares the features and benefits of each home loan provider such as max loan rate, interest and etc. This way it will be easier for you to see which provider fits you best. To get started, browse through the list of lenders on the page and click the GO TO SITE button to be redirected to their main website. You can also click the compare box beside each loan option and compare up to 4 options side by side for easier comparison.

      As a friendly reminder, carefully review the eligibility criteria of the loan before applying to increase your chances of approval. Read up on the terms and conditions and product disclosure statement and contact the bank should you need any clarifications about the policy.

      Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us again for further assistance.

      Best,
      Nikki

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