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Variable Home Loan (Interest Only) (Refinance)

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Loan Term

years

Repayment Frequency

Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Extra low interest rate for refinancers
  • No upfront or ongoing fees
  • Extra repayments + redraw services
  • Free redraw facility
Cons:
  • Not available for first home buyer
  • Repayments may increase if RBA raises rates
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Fees and Features

Maximum LVR
Maximum LVR
80%
Interest rate structure
Interest rate structure
Variable
Borrowing range
Borrowing range
$100k - $2m
Total repayments
Total repayments
$224,400
Principal & interest
Principal & interest
Interest only
Interest only
Loan term
Loan term
2 - 30 years
Offset account
Offset account
Extra repayments
Extra repayments
Unlimited extra repayments
Redraw facility
Redraw facility
Redraw fee: $0
Allows split interest
Allows split interest
Suitable For
Suitable ForOwner Occupiers
Applicable States
Applicable StatesACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
Make Repayments
Make RepaymentsFortnightly, Monthly, Weekly
Estimated upfront fees
Estimated upfront fees
$0
Application fee
Application fee
$0
Settlement fee
Settlement fee
$0
Valuation fee
Valuation fee
$0
Legal fee
Legal fee
$0
Ongoing fee
Ongoing fee
$0
Discharge fee
Discharge fee
$0
Property Type
Property Type
SMSF Trustee
SMSF Trustee
Minimum SMSF Amount
Minimum SMSF Amount
Maximum LVR
Maximum LVR
80%
Interest rate structure
Interest rate structure
Variable
Borrowing range
Borrowing range
$100k - $2m
Total repayments
Total repayments
$224,400
Principal & interest
Principal & interest
Interest only
Interest only
Loan term
Loan term
2 - 30 years
Offset account
Offset account
Extra repayments
Extra repayments
Unlimited extra repayments
Redraw facility
Redraw facility
Redraw fee: $0
Allows split interest
Allows split interest
Suitable For
Suitable ForOwner Occupiers
Applicable States
Applicable StatesACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
Make Repayments
Make RepaymentsFortnightly, Monthly, Weekly
Estimated upfront fees
Estimated upfront fees
$0
Application fee
Application fee
$0
Settlement fee
Settlement fee
$0
Valuation fee
Valuation fee
$0
Legal fee
Legal fee
$0
Ongoing fee
Ongoing fee
$0
Discharge fee
Discharge fee
$0
Property Type
Property Type
SMSF Trustee
SMSF Trustee
Minimum SMSF Amount
Minimum SMSF Amount
Other Benefits
Existing customers always get best rate offered to new customers

Athena is an online-only mortgage provider based in Sydney. As a digital non-bank lender, Athena can provide competitive interest rates and personalised customer service to help customers save time and money on their mortgage. Athena also offers like for like loans, where existing Athena customers get to enjoy the same interest rates as new customers, so nobody misses out on the best available rate from Athena.

FAQs

They’re impersonal 

Most comparison sites give you information about rates, fees and features, but expect you’ll pay more with a low advertised rate and $400 ongoing fee or a slightly higher rate and no ongoing fee. The answer is different for each borrower and depends on a number of variables, in particular how big your loan is. Comparisons are either done based on just today or projected over a full 25 or 30 year loan. That’s not how people borrow these days. While you may take a 30 year loan, most borrowers will either upgrade their house or switch their home loan within the first five years. 

You’re also expected to know exactly which features you want. This is fine for the experienced borrower, but most people know some flexibility is a good thing, but don’t know exactly which features offer more flexibility than others. 

What is the flexibility score?

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.

They’re not always timely

In today’s competitive home loan market, lenders are releasing new offers almost daily. These offers are often some of the most attractive deals in the market, but won’t get rated by traditional ratings systems for up to a year. 

The assumptions are out of date 

The comparison rate is based on a loan size of $150,000 and a loan term of 25 years. However, the typical loan size is much higher than that. Million dollar loans are becoming increasingly common, especially if you live in metropolitan parts of Australia, like Sydney and Melbourne. It’s also uncommon for borrowers to hold a loan for 25 years. The typical shelf life for a home loan is a few years. 

The other problem is because it’s a percentage, the difference between 3.9 or 3.7 per cent on a $500,000 doesn’t sound like much, but equals around $683 a year. Real Time Ratings™ not only looks at the difference in the monthly repayments, but it will work out the actual cost difference once fees are taken into consideration. 

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