Borrowing money in Australia

Borrowing money in Australia

If you are planning on borrowing money from a financial institution in Australia, there are many important facts you should know before comparing home loans. For instance, lenders have strict criteria that must be met in order to be approved for borrowing money. These rules can vary slightly from lender to lender but there are similar guidelines including you must show six months of regular income and savings and you need a deposit especially if it is a home loan you generally need at least 10 percent.

When you are borrowing money, you should also be aware of fees and charges associated with the loan. Fees and charges vary with price and with lenders but may include:

  • Establishment fees
  • Legal fees
  • Monthly or yearly service fees
  • Offset account and redraw fees
  • And of course the interest rate

There are hundreds of lenders with thousands of loans on the market all competing for your business so make sure you shop around for the best mortgage deals before borrowing money.

You can compare variable rate home loans, fixed rate home loans plus SMSF home loans at RateCity. You can also use our free Australian Mortgage Calculator to see how much you might need to repay for different home loan amounts and different interest rates.

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Mortgage Balance

The amount you currently owe your mortgage lender. If you are not sure, enter your best estimate.

How much are repayments on a $250K mortgage?

The exact repayment amount for a $250,000 mortgage will be determined by several factors including your deposit size, interest rate and the type of loan. It is best to use a mortgage calculator to determine your actual repayment size.

For example, the monthly repayments on a $250,000 loan with a 5 per cent interest rate over 30 years will be $1342. For a loan of $300,000 on the same rate and loan term, the monthly repayments will be $1610 and for a $500,000 loan, the monthly repayments will be $2684.

Mortgage Calculator, Repayment Frequency

How often you wish to pay back your lender. 

What is appreciation or depreciation of property?

The increase or decrease in the value of a property due to factors including inflation, demand and political stability.

What is an ombudsman?

An complaints officer – previously referred to as an ombudsman -looks at formal complaints from customers about their credit providers, and helps to find a fair and independent solution to these problems.

These services are handled by the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, a non-profit government organisation that addresses and resolves financial disputes between customers and financial service providers.

What is a specialist lender?

Specialist lenders, also known as non-conforming lenders, are lenders that offer mortgages to ‘non-vanilla’ borrowers who struggle to get finance at mainstream banks.

That includes people with bad credit, as well as borrowers who are self-employed, in casual employment or are new to Australia.

Specialist lenders take a much more flexible approach to assessing mortgage applications than mainstream banks.

Remaining loan term

The length of time it will take to pay off your current home loan, based on the currently-entered mortgage balance, monthly repayment and interest rate.

Mortgage Calculator, Deposit

The proportion you have already saved to go towards your home. 

What is the average annual percentage rate?

Also known as the comparison rate, or sometimes the ‘true rate’ of a loan, the average annual percentage rate (AAPR) is used to indicate the overall cost of a loan after considering all the fees, charges and other factors, such as introductory offers and honeymoon rates.

The AAPR is calculated based on a standardised loan amount and loan term, and doesn’t include any extra non-standard charges.

Mortgage Calculator, Repayments

The money you pay back to your lender at regular intervals. 

How can I get a home loan with no deposit?

Following the Global Financial Crisis, no-deposit loans, as they once used to be known, have largely been removed from the market. Now, if you wish to enter the market with no deposit, you will require a property of your own to secure a loan against or the assistance of a guarantor.

Do other comparison sites offer the same service?

Real Time RatingsTM is the only online system that ranks the home loan market based on your personal borrowing preferences. Until now, home loans have been rated based on outdated data. Our system is unique because it reacts to changes as soon as we update our database.

How will Real Time Ratings help me find a new home loan?

The home loan market is complex. With almost 4,000 different loans on offer, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to work out which loans work for you.

That’s where Real Time RatingsTM can help. Our system automatically filters out loans that don’t fit your requirements and ranks the remaining loans based on your individual loan requirements and preferences.

Best of all, the ratings are calculated in real time so you know you’re getting the most current information.

Mortgage Calculator, Interest Rate

The percentage of the loan amount you will be charged by your lender to borrow.