Essentials Home Loan Review 2017

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The Essentials Home Loan offers a competitive rate and minimal fees, along with some basic features.

The Essentials Home Loan is a basic home loan with minimal fees. Read this product review to find out if it's the right loan for you.

Smart Loan Package offer is currently offering the Smart Loan Package home loan, which offers competitive rates for those who package their owner occupier loan with their investment loan.

Interest Rate Max Insured LVR Max LVR
Smart Loan IO
3.99% p.a.
Comparison Rate
4.01% p.a.
80% 80%
Smart Loan Package P&I
3.64% p.a.
Comparison Rate
3.66% p.a.
80% 80%
Variable (Investor, IO)
4.19% p.a.
Comparison Rate
4.21% p.a.
80% 80%
Variable (Investor, P&I)
3.99% p.a.
Comparison Rate
4.01% p.a.
80% 80%
Variable (Owner Occupier, IO)
3.99% p.a.
Comparison Rate
4.01% p.a.
80% 80%
Variable (Owner Occupier, P&I)
3.64% p.a.
Comparison Rate
3.66% p.a.
80% 80%
Product Essentials
Interest Rate TypeVariable
Comp Rate^ (p.a.)
Minimum Loan Amount$50,000
Maximum Loan Amount$1,000,000
Minimum Loan Term15 years
Maximum Loan Term30 years
Maximum LVR80%
Maximum Insured LVR80%
Mortgage Offset AccountNo
Mortgage 100% OffsetNo
Loan Redraw FacilityYes
Split Loan FacilityYes
Fixed Interest OptionYes
Loan PortableYes
Suitable for InvestmentYes
Extra RepaymentYes
Available as equity loan/line of creditNo
Repayment TypePrincipal & Interest and Interest Only Options

Application Fee$0
Lender's Legal Fee$0
Valuation Fee$220
Ongoing Fees$0 p.a.
Settlement Fee$300
Discharge Fee$300


  • No monthly or application fees.
  • Unlimited additional repayments and a redraw facility.
  • Interest only repayment options are available.


  • No offset account.
  • Valuation fee of $220 or at cost
  • $300 settlement fee.

What should I consider about this loan? is an 100% online lender. While this means fewer overhead costs (so the savings are passed onto their customers), it also means that there are no branches and face to face communication. Communication is conducted mainly on the phone and online.

This loan is available for purchasing or refinancing your home. Both owner occupiers and investors are eligible. Investors can also opt for interest-only repayments for a period. There is no offset account offered for this product, so there is no linked Visa Debit card. A rate lock is also not available.

What are the features and benefits of the Essentials Home Loan?

  • Extra repayments. You can put as much extra cash as you like towards the Essentials Home Loan to help you pay your loan off sooner.
  • Redraw facility. If you find that you need to access extra repayments you've made in the past, you can do this through the redraw facility. There's no minimum redraw amount, and it's free to redraw.
  • Loan amounts. You can borrow from $50,000 to $1,000,000, so this loan can be used for a variety of properties at different price points.
  • Loan to value ratio (LVR). You can borrow up to 80% of the property's value with this loan. The value is determined by an independent valuer hired by and not the price that you have paid for it. This means you'll need at least a 20% deposit to qualify for this loan.
  • Repayments. Principal and interest repayments are available with this loan. Interest-only repayments are available for up to five years.
  • Split loan facility. You get up to 5 free splits or sub-accounts with this product. This means you can split this loan and take advantage of the other loans on offer from Note that the Offset Variable is not available for this facility.
Who is backed by and are they a safe company? is an Australian owned and operated company. As a certified lender, they must adhere to ASIC laws and legal requirements. customers are protected under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act (NCCP). are underwritten by Firstmac, one of the largest financial services organisations in Australia. Firstmac have over 35 years of experience in the lending industry and has issued approximately $14 billion in mortgage bonds. is also a full member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA), and have a 'strong' rating (the best possible) from Standard & Poor's for their loan serviceability abilities.

Firstmac MFAA and Standard and Poors

What are the fees and charges?

    • Application fee, $0. At the moment does not charge an application fee for this loan.
    • Monthly fee, $0. You won't need worry about ongoing, monthly or annual fees for this loan.
    • Government charges, $Varies. Depending on your borrowing situation, you may be eligible for a concession or exemption.
  • Settlement fee, $300. This fee covers the cost of setting up your accounts once the loan is approved and established.
  • Valuation fee, $220 or at cost. This fee is charged to cover the cost of sending a valuer to the property that is to be held as security to estimate its value.
  • Discharge fee: $300. This is charged when you close all your loan accounts with
  • Discharge documentation fee: $250. This fee is charged to organise all the documents associated with closing your home loan accounts.

How do I apply or find out more information?

If you would like to find out more information, apply, or just speak to someone about the Essentials home loan, please click on 'go to site' to be taken to's enquiry page.

You'll be taken to a page that is similar to the one that is pictured, where you can enter a few of your details and a consultant will be in touch with you at a time that suits you.

This enquiry is obligation-free and does not appear on your credit file.

What can I expect during the loan process?

The below diagram is courtesy of and represents the loan application process after you contact them. application process Essentials Home Loan Review 2017 Interest Rate History vs RBA Cash Rate Graph

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39 Responses to Essentials Home Loan Review 2017

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    Chandra | March 28, 2017

    I see Min loan term 15 years. Does that mean there will be penalty in an event of a customer has to settle early?

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      Anndy | March 29, 2017

      Hi Chandra,

      Thanks for your question.

      Since the minimum term for this loan is 15 years, there will be a fee if you payout earlier than 15 years. The full discharge fees are normally listed in your loan agreement.

      However, if your loan term is say 30 years and you wish to make extra repayments and repay your loan in at least 15 years, there will be no fees for that.

      I hope this answers your question.


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    PD | February 1, 2017


    We currently live in Malaysia, and earn in MYR. We are looking to finance our investment property in Brisbane.
    Do you grant loans to foreigners? We are New Zealand Permanent residents.
    All documentation will be provided.


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      May | February 2, 2017

      Hi PD,

      Thank you for your question and for contacting we are a financial comparison website and general information service we are not mortgage specialists so can only offer general advice.

      Fortunately, the accept applicants from New Zealand permanent residents. I’d suggest that you contact them directly to discuss your loan options by clicking the green ‘Go to site’ button above. Alternatively, you can speak to a mortgage broker who will take all your circumstances into account and offer you a range of lending options.


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    jenna | January 4, 2017

    Is there any fee for extra repayment? any termination fee for finish the repayment earlier except for discharge fee?

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      Anndy | January 6, 2017

      Hi Jenna,

      Thanks for your question.

      For Essentials Home loan, you can put as much extra repayment as you like at no extra cost. There is also no termination fee in case you are able to repay your loan earlier, but the discharge fee will be $300.

      You can check this page for other home loans that allow for extra repayments.


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    LINDA | November 11, 2016

    My partner and I want to apply for $250,000 home loan as we will be building. Are there any fees for each stage of the build to draw on the money? He would also like to incorporate his $22,000 credit card debt, and we’d like our loan split between the two of us. Are there any associated fees with this?

    • Staff
      Harold | November 11, 2016

      Hello Linda,

      Thank you for your question.

      Basically, there’s a progress inspection fee. $110 per stage. they will require an independent valuer to visit your property during the construction and ensure that your builder has finished the work detailed in their invoice. The total cost of this over the five stages is $550. For more details you may find this article helpful for Construction Home Loan

      I hope this has helped.


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    Ann | April 5, 2016

    Hi, do you offer loans based on income earned outside of Australia ? We are permanent residents btw. Thanks.

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      Marc | April 7, 2016

      Hi Ann,
      thanks for the question. does in some cases accept borrowers with incomes earned outside of Australia, but this will be converted into Australian dollars.

      I hope this helps,

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    RobDen | February 17, 2016

    we are looking to invest. We already own a property and are looking to use the equity as deposit on an investment property. We owe 380000 on our home and its valued at 450000 -490000 ( as per ANZ & independent valuer). we have no other debt. We jointly earn $143000 + a year. Could we look at investment properties and be confident that it would be approved???

    • Staff
      Marc | February 18, 2016

      Hi there, thanks for the question!

      Unfortunately as we don’t represent ourselves I can’t answer this. I would recommend contacting directly to find out if you’re eligible for this loan. You can do so by clicking the green ‘Go to Site’ button on this page.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help,

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    Kelli | December 12, 2015

    Do you have Delegated Underwriting Authority for LMI?

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      Belinda | December 14, 2015

      Hi Kelli,

      Thanks for your enquiry. is an online comparison service so please note that we do not represent However, I can confirm that do have delegated underwriting authority for LMI with QBE and Genworth.

      Kind regards,

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    Tracy | November 29, 2015

    My only income is Centrelink my monthly gross income is 3165 I get family tax a & b my monthly is 1427 and my disability monthly income is 1734 I want to buy a home package deal loan but I don’t work and I have no deposit and no saving who can give me a loan and I want low interest repayments monthly

    • Staff
      Marc | November 30, 2015

      Hi Tracy,
      thanks for the question.

      You may wish to speak with a mortgage broker about what options may be available to you. Keep in mind that the usual deposit amount required for a home loan is between 5 – 20% depending on the loan. These days, no deposit home loans don’t really exist unless you have a close family member who can go guarantor for you using their property as security.

      I hope this helps,

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    Robby | November 23, 2015

    Wanted to make it known that the fees listed for are not all inclusive. The cost of valuation is only $220 if your home is worth less than $1 million, if it is more they will charge you double that, up front. Thought you may like to update the listed details.

    • Staff
      Jodie | November 23, 2015

      Hi Robby,

      Thank you for bringing this to our attention I have confirmed that the Essentials Home Loan has a maximum loan amount of $1 million, the loan you may be referring to is the Offset Variable Home Loan which has a maximum loan amount of $2 million and I have added a note to our review page for this loan regarding the valuation fee.

      Again thank you for your input.


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    Michelle | October 27, 2015

    Can the fees to establish a new loan (I am looking to refinance) be added to the loan amount or do you have to pay the fees upfront?

    • Staff
      Belinda | October 27, 2015

      Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for your enquiry.

      With the Essentials Home Loan, I can confirm that there are no establishment or application fee. The only up-front cost you’ll incur will be for the valuation of the property.


    • Staff
      Jodie | October 27, 2015

      Hi Michelle,

      Thank you for reaching out to, a financial comparison website.

      Most lenders will allow you to capitalise any upfront costs into your loan if this is what you need to do, if you are wanting to talk about refinancing with please use the “Go to site” button on this page to contact them directly.

      Jodie Essentials

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