Home loan repayment calculator

Home loan repayment calculator

Choosing the best home loan from the vast array of lenders in Australia can be a complicated business. With literally hundreds of mortgages to choose from, it’s essential you shop around and compare home loans to find the most suitable product.

The good news is the RateCity repayment calculator for home loans can simplify your search for the best mortgage for your circumstances, by providing a comprehensive estimate of potential loan payments. Simply punch in the amount you wish to borrow, the interest rate and the term of the loan, and the calculator will display a complete list of home loans from the thousands registered with RateCity.

For those wishing for more specific results, the repayment calculator for home loans also lets you adjust the payment frequency (weekly, fortnightly or monthly) or choose a ‘fixed’ or ‘variable’ rate. The calculator also offers the option to select ‘principal and interest’ or ‘interest only’ repayments. The flexibility of the repayment calculator for home loans allows you to compare home loans that are most relevant to you.

Comparison Rate

The RateCity repayment calculator for home loans also provides information that ensures you choose a great mortgage by listing the ‘comparison’ rate alongside the advertised rate. The comparison rate is a true representation of the total cost of a home loan, as it includes the majority of fees and charges, such as any upfront or monthly costs. On the flipside, the advertised rate won’t reveal the true cost of the home loan.

‘Your results’

Another great feature offered by the home loan calculator is the ‘Your Results’ table. The table displays the potential interest savings you could generate from the various search criteria you enter.  For example, by switching your monthly mortgage repayments to fortnightly repayments, you could save many thousands of dollars in interest over the life of the loan. Moreover, the table clearly displays this result as a dollar amount.

Finally, please note the results from the RateCity repayment calculator for home loans should be used as an indication only. As part of the home loan application process, be sure to double check any features, fees and charges with your lender.

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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 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.

Mortgage Calculator, Interest Rate

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

How is the flexibility score calculated?

Points are awarded for different features. More important features get more points. The points are then added up and indexed into a score from 0 to 5.

Mortgage Calculator, Repayment Frequency

How often you wish to pay back your lender. 

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.

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)

What is a redraw fee?

Redraw fees are charged by your lender when you want to take money you have already paid into your mortgage back out. Typically, banks will only allow you to take money out of your loan if you have a redraw facility attached to your loan, and the money you are taking out is part of any additional repayments you’ve made. The average redraw fee is around $19 however there are plenty of lenders who include a number of fee-free redraws a year. Tip: Negative-gearers beware – any money redrawn is often treated as new borrowing for tax purposes, so there may be limits on how you can use it if you want to maximise your tax deduction.

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.

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.

Mortgage Calculator, Repayment Type

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

What is the ratings scale?

The ratings are between 0 and 5, shown to one decimal point, with 5.0 as the best. The ratings should be used as an easy guide rather than the only thing you consider. For example, a product with a rating of 4.7 may or may not be better suited to your needs than one with a rating of 4.5, but both are probably much better than one with a rating of 1.2.

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.

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.