Calculate the best home loan for you

Calculate the best home loan for you

With homeowners spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a home loan, choosing the right loan can seem like a complicated task. A great way to narrow down your search is to compare loans online by using repayment calculators to estimate repayment amounts, total interest payable and the total loan amount.

Using the compare home loan calculator is easy. Enter the amount that you wish to borrow and the compare home loan calculator will quote a monthly repayment figure from a number of different home loan lenders.

In addition to entering a dollar amount into the compare home loan calculator, you can also select from the different features and benefits you would like in the loan, including whether you prefer to have a ‘fixed’ or ‘variable’ interest rate.

Fixed rate loan

With a fixed rate home loan, the interest rate is set for an agreed term, usually between one and five years. While this provides homeowners with greater financial certainty, the drawback with fixed loans is if the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) drops official interest rates.  If interest rates head south, you could be stuck paying a higher rate than if you had a variable rate loan.

Variable rate loan

With a variable rate home loan, the interest rate fluctuates up and down, usually in line with changes to interest rates set by the RBA. RateCity’s compare home loan calculator provides a comprehensive list of current variable home loan rates from most home loan lenders. One benefit of variable rate loans is they usually offer you the flexibility of making extra repayments, which is useful if you plan to pay off your mortgage faster.

Different borrowers want different features from their home loan. Some borrowers are satisfied with a simple ‘no frills’ mortgage, while others prefer a loan with a wider range of features.

Comparing different home loans, lenders and features will help you decide the right home loan for you. A great tool to help you compare home loans is the home loan repayment calculator.

Calculator features

  • Loan amount
  • Interest rate
  • Loan term
  • Repayments
  • Additional repayments
  • Repayment type
  • Mortgage type

RateCity makes it simple for you to discover the right loan for you. Why not try it out now and compare some of the best home loans on the Australian market today?

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What is a fixed home loan?

A fixed rate home loan is a loan where the interest rate is set for a certain amount of time, usually between one and 15 years. The advantage of a fixed rate is that you know exactly how much your repayments will be for the duration of the fixed term. There are some disadvantages to fixing that you need to be aware of. Some products won’t let you make extra repayments, or offer tools such as an offset account to help you reduce your interest, while others will charge a significant break fee if you decide to terminate the loan before the fixed period finishes.

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.

Savings over

Select a number of years to see how much money you can save with different home loans over time.

e.g. To see how much you could save in two years by switching mortgages,  set the slider to 2.

What is breach of contract?

A failure to follow all or part of a contract or breaking the conditions of a contract without any legal excuse. A breach of contract can be material, minor, actual or anticipatory, depending on the severity of the breaches and their material impact.

Mortgage Calculator, Loan Amount

How much you intend to borrow. 

Who offers 40 year mortgages?

Home loans spanning 40 years are offered by select lenders, though the loan period is much longer than a standard 30-year home loan. You're more likely to find a maximum of 35 years, such as is the case with Teacher’s Mutual Bank

Currently, 40 year home loan lenders in Australia include AlphaBeta Money, BCU, G&C Mutual Bank, Pepper, and Sydney Mutual Bank.

Even though these lengthier loans 35 to 40 year loans do exist on the market, they are not overwhelmingly popular, as the extra interest you pay compared to a 30-year loan can be over $100,000 or more.

How often is your data updated?

We work closely with lenders to get updates as quick as possible, with updates made the same day wherever possible.

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.

What do mortgage brokers do?

Mortgage brokers are finance professionals who help borrowers organise home loans with lenders. As such, they act as middlemen between borrowers and lenders.

While bank staff recommend home loan products only from their own employer, brokers are independent, so they can recommend products from a range of institutions.

Brokers need to be accredited with a particular lender to be able to work with that lender. A typical broker will be accredited with anywhere from 10 to 30 lenders – the big four banks, as well as a range of smaller banks, credit unions and non-bank lenders.

As a general rule, brokers don’t charge consumers for their services; instead, they receive commissions from lenders whenever they place a borrower with that institution.

What does going guarantor' mean?

Going guarantor means a person offers up the equity in their home as security for your loan. This is a serious commitment which can have major repercussions if the person is not able to make their repayments and defaults on their loan. In this scenario, the bank will legally be able to the guarantor until the debt is settled.

Not everyone can be a guarantor. Lenders will generally only allow immediate family members to act as a guarantor but this can sometimes be stretched to include extended family depending on the circumstances.

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.

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.

What factors does Real Time Ratings consider?

Real Time RatingsTM uses a range of information to provide personalised results:

  • Your loan amount
  • Your borrowing status (whether you are an owner-occupier or an investor)
  • Your loan-to-value ratio (LVR)
  • Your personal preferences (such as whether you want an offset account or to be able to make extra repayments)
  • Product information (such as a loan’s interest rate, fees and LVR requirements)
  • Market changes (such as when new loans come on to the market)

Mortgage Calculator, Repayment Type

Will you pay off the amount you borrowed + interest or just the interest for a period?