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The Mutual Home Loan

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The Mutual Home Loan is available for a range of borrowing needs – whether you’re purchasing or building a home or investment property or refinancing – and the variable interest rate offered to owner-occupiers is moderately low and to investors is moderate. While not the lowest, this loan gives you the ability to structure your repayments to best suit you with features that can help you to reduce the total interest you must pay throughout your loan term.

Principal and interest repayments can be made on a monthly, fortnightly or weekly schedule and you have the option of making interest-only repayments for a period, which can typically be made monthly and is a particularly attractive feature for investors. A partial offset account is offered on this loan through a savings account with The Mutual, which would allow you to deposit savings into this account which would then directly offset the interest payable on your loan. However, you don’t get full offset benefits since it is not a 100 per cent offset account.

Additional repayments can also be made, which would help you to reduce your total loan amount through potentially take years off your loan – saving you money on interest. This feature is complemented by a redraw facility to give you the ability to withdraw the funds that you’ve put towards extra repayments, giving you more control over your finances.

To be eligible for the Mutual Home Loan, you must be a member of The Mutual or apply to join and you must be within the tight minimum and maximum allowed borrowing amount. Only a small deposit is required for this loan, although lenders mortgage insurance must be paid for making any deposit less than 20 per cent.

Who is the The Mutual Mutual Home Loan good for?

The Mutual Home Loan is available to borrowers looking for an affordable loan of small to medium size that will offer a good deal of control over interest structure and payments. The interest-only option may appeal to investors, while the extra repayments may appeal particularly to owner-occupiers.

Review - What RateCity says

The Mutual Home Loan is a basic loan offering with a competitive variable interest rate, which could end up being a suitable option for you should you meet the eligibility criteria and should this loan stack up against your wish list. The biggest downsides of the Mutual Home Loan are the entry and exit fees and the lack of a 100 per cent offset account, though partial, you can’t take full advantage as you would if it were 100 per cent offset, as there are other basic variable loans on the market that offer this feature.

The Mutual Home Loan Options

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Variable Rates from

4.48%

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4.50%

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Pros
  • 100 per cent offset account.
  • Early repayments and redraws allowed.
  • No ongoing fees.
Cons
  • Entry and exit fees.
  • Minimum and maximum loan amount.
  • Limited branch access.
Eligibility

Must be a member of The Mutual.

Must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

Must meet serviceability criteria.

Suitable For
  • First Home Buyers
  • Owner-Occupiers
  • Refinancers
  • Investors
Fees
  • Estimated upfront fees: $450
  • Discharge fees: $200
  • Ongoing fees: $0

A moderate upfront cost made up of application and establishment fees and a moderate exit cost made up of a discharge fee are the main fees you’ll have to pay on this loan. The offset savings account through The Mutual might have added fees and costs so make sure you know what this account entails before signing up for it.

Features
  • Redraw facility
  • 100% offset account
  • Unlimited extra repayments
  • Weekly repayments
  • Fortnightly repayments
  • Monthly repayments
About The Mutual

Also known as the Maitland Mutual Building Society, The Mutual has been offering financial services to the Maitland community since 1888. It continues to play an active role in the community and has a limited branch network in Newcastle. However, customers have access to telephone and online banking services and an ATM network throughout Australia.

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