Moving house? Take your home loan with you

Moving house? Take your home loan with you

Most home loans are set for 25 or 30-year periods, but you would be hard-pressed to find someone who lives in the same house for the entire lifespan of their mortgage.

The ability to transfer your home loan from one house to another is an increasingly attractive loan feature in a world where convenience is paramount.

Loan portability, as this feature is known, is available on a growing number of home loans. Of the 1262 home loans monitored by RateCity, 1143 offer mortgage portability – that’s more that 90 percent.

Interestingly, home loan portability is a relatively new feature, having been gradually introduced by lenders over the past eight years.

The benefit of home loan portability is that you won’t need to make any changes to your direct salary crediting and your automatic direct debits can continue without interruption, saving you the time and hassle of setting them all up again under a new mortgage. It’s a faster, more streamlined process.

As well as saving you time and paperwork, taking your mortgage with you from one house to another can save you money. While mortgage exit fees are now banned, most lenders still charge establishment fees on new loans. The amount ranges from loan to loan, but it can be upwards of $800.

Some home loan packages include portability free of charge, but others carry a portability fee. However, this is a flat fee regardless of the loan size and is generally a smaller amount than an establishment fee. ANZ, for example, charges a $320 portability fee, partly to offset the cost of lodging a new security document for the loan.

An ANZ spokesperson said: “Portability loans provide customers with flexibility of finding the right home and loan structure to suit their needs.”

By carrying across the same home loan to your new home, you can also retain the same home loan account number.

If you already have a home loan, check with your lender if this is part of your loan. If you are applying for your first home loan, make sure you ask about loan portability to leave your options open.

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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.

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

What is a building in course of erection loan?

Also known as a construction home loan, a building in course of erection (BICOE) loan loan allows you to draw down funds as a building project advances in order to pay the builders. This option is available on selected variable rate loans.

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Your current monthly home loan repayment. To accurately calculate how much you could save, an accurate payment figure is required. If you are not certain, check your bank statement.

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

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

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.

Does each product always have the same rating?

No, the rating you see depends on a number of factors and can change as you tell us more about your loan profile and preferences. The reasons you may see a different rating:

  • Lenders have made changes. Our ratings show the relative competitiveness of all the products listed at a given time. As the listing change, so do the ratings.
  • You have updated you profile. If you increase your loan amount, the impact of different rates and fees will change which loans are the lowest cost for you.
  • You adjust your preferences. The more you search for flexible loan features, the more importance we assign to the Flexibility Score. You can also adjust your Flexibility Weighting yourself, which will recalculate the ratings with preference given to more flexible loans.

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.

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Today’s home loans often try to lure borrowers with a range of flexible features, including offset accounts, redraw facilities, repayment frequency options, repayment holidays, split loan options and portability. Real Time Ratings™ weights each of these features based on popularity and gives loans a ‘flexibility score’ based on how much they cater to borrowers’ needs over time. The aim is to give a higher score to loans which give borrowers more features and options.

What is breach of contract?

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Why should you trust Real Time Ratings?

Real Time Ratings™ was conceived by a team of data experts who have been analysing trends and behaviour in the home loan market for more than a decade. It was designed purely to meet the evolving needs of home loan customers who wish to merge low cost with flexible features quickly. We believe it fills a glaring gap in the market by frequently re-rating loan products based on the changes lenders make daily.

Real Time Ratings™ is a new idea and will change over time to match the frequently-evolving demands of the market. Some things won’t change though – it will always rate all relevent products in our database and will not be influenced by advertising.

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