Bank First home loan repayment calculator

Thinking about taking out a home loan with Bank First? Use our home loan calculator to see how much you’d have to repay under different borrowing scenarios. You can also see how Bank First home loans compare with other options.

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Borrow amount

$

Deposit amount %

Loan term

Your estimated mortgage repayments

at interest rate 2.39%

Total interest payable

$0

Total loan repayments

$0

Pros and cons

  • Commonwealth Bank ATM access.
  • Flexible home loan products.
  • Few home loan products have a minimum borrowing amount.
  • Branch access limited to Victoria.

Bank First home loans rates

Advertised Rate

2.84

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

2.88

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.84

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$650
Comparison Rate*

2.89

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.39

% p.a

Fixed - 3 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

2.91

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.39

% p.a

Fixed - 2 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

2.92

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.39

% p.a

Fixed - 1 year

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

2.93

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.48

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

2.94

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.59

% p.a

Fixed - 3 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

2.98

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.64

% p.a

Fixed - 4 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

2.99

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.64

% p.a

Fixed - 5 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.00

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

3.04

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.08

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.04

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$650
Comparison Rate*

3.09

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.59

% p.a

Fixed - 2 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.13

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.14

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.18

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.84

% p.a

Fixed - 4 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.19

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.14

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$650
Comparison Rate*

3.19

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.59

% p.a

Fixed - 1 year

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.20

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.84

% p.a

Fixed - 5 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.20

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.21

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.25

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.21

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.26

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.54

% p.a

Fixed - 1 year

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.28

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.79

% p.a

Fixed - 3 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.28

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.54

% p.a

Fixed - 3 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.31

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.88

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.32

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

3.04

% p.a

Fixed - 5 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.32

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.04

% p.a

Fixed - 4 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.33

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.54

% p.a

Fixed - 2 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.35

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.79

% p.a

Fixed - 3 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.36

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.74

% p.a

Fixed - 3 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.38

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.04

% p.a

Fixed - 5 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.38

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.04

% p.a

Fixed - 4 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.39

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.59

% p.a

Fixed - 3 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.40

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.79

% p.a

Fixed - 2 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.40

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.84

% p.a

Fixed - 5 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.42

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.98

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.42

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.59

% p.a

Fixed - 2 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.43

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.79

% p.a

Fixed - 1 year

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.43

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.84

% p.a

Fixed - 4 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.44

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

3.04

% p.a

Fixed - 4 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.44

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
Go to site
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Advertised Rate

3.04

% p.a

Fixed - 5 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.44

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

3.41

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.45

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.41

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.46

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.59

% p.a

Fixed - 3 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.47

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.59

% p.a

Fixed - 1 year

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.47

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
Go to site
More details
Advertised Rate

2.79

% p.a

Fixed - 2 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.48

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
Go to site
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Advertised Rate

2.84

% p.a

Fixed - 5 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.48

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
Go to site
More details
Advertised Rate

2.59

% p.a

Fixed - 2 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.51

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.84

% p.a

Fixed - 4 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.51

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
Go to site
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Advertised Rate

2.79

% p.a

Fixed - 1 year

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.52

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.08

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.52

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

3.08

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.52

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.74

% p.a

Fixed - 2 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.55

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.51

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.55

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.59

% p.a

Fixed - 1 year

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.56

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

3.51

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.56

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.24

% p.a

Fixed - 4 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.57

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.24

% p.a

Fixed - 5 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.57

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.57

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.61

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.18

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.62

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

3.18

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.62

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

3.57

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.62

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.74

% p.a

Fixed - 1 year

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.63

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.94

% p.a

Fixed - 3 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.68

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.44

% p.a

Fixed - 5 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.68

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.44

% p.a

Fixed - 4 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.71

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.66

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.71

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.44

% p.a

Fixed - 5 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.74

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.94

% p.a

Fixed - 3 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.75

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.74

% p.a

Fixed - 3 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.76

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

3.44

% p.a

Fixed - 4 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.77

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.77

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.80

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.74

% p.a

Fixed - 2 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.82

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.94

% p.a

Fixed - 2 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.82

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.77

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.82

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.74

% p.a

Fixed - 3 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.83

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

3.24

% p.a

Fixed - 5 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.84

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

3.24

% p.a

Fixed - 4 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.86

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.94

% p.a

Fixed - 1 year

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.87

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

2.74

% p.a

Fixed - 1 year

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.88

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.74

% p.a

Fixed - 2 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.90

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.94

% p.a

Fixed - 2 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.90

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.24

% p.a

Fixed - 5 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.90

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

3.87

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.90

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.86

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.91

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.87

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.92

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.24

% p.a

Fixed - 4 years

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.93

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.94

% p.a

Fixed - 1 year

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

3.96

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.53

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.96

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

2.74

% p.a

Fixed - 1 year

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

3.97

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

3.96

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

4.01

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

3.63

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$0
Comparison Rate*

4.05

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$390 annually
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Advertised Rate

4.07

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

4.12

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

4.27

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

4.32

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

4.37

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

4.42

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$0
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Advertised Rate

4.39

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

4.72

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$300 annually
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Advertised Rate

4.49

% p.a

Variable

Total estimated upfront fees
$300
Comparison Rate*

4.82

% p.a

Ongoing fee
$300 annually
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Bank First customer service

Bank First does not have a large branch network outside of Victoria. However, customers can access their funds via any Commonwealth Bank ATM, giving you access to one of the largest ATM networks in the country. Customers can contact the lender via phone, live chat, email or through a branch if they are in Victoria.

  • Customer service centre (phone)
  • Mobile app
  • Online banking
  • Email
  • Live Chat
  • Branch
  • Mobile banking staff

How to Apply

Bank First customers can apply for a home loan online through the website or can request a consultation with a Bank First representative. Before applying for a home loan it is advisable to think about how much money you could conceivably borrow given your financial situation and income. You will also need to provide documentation when applying for a home loan. This will include:

  • Personal identification material.
  • Proof of income and other earnings.
  • Proof and type of employment.
  • Details of current loans, debts and liabilities.
  • Personal insurance documents.

Learn more about home loans

How can I apply for a first home buyers loan with Commonwealth Bank?

Getting a home loan requires planning and research. If you are considering a home loan with the Commonwealth Bank, you can find the information you need in the buying your first home section of the bank’s website.

You can see the steps you should take before applying for the loan and use the calculators to work out how much you can borrow, what your monthly repayments would be and the upfront costs you’d likely pay.

You can also book a time with a Commonwealth first home loan specialist by calling 13 2221.

CommBank publishes a property report that may help you understand the real estate market. The bank has also created a CommBank Property App that you can use to search for property.  The link to download this app is available on the same webpage.

If you are eligible for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, CommBank will help you process your application. The scheme helps first home buyers to purchase a home with a low deposit. You can read details about this scheme here and speak with a CommBank home lending specialist to understand your options.

How to apply for a pre-approval home loan from Bendigo Bank?

Applying for pre-approval on your home loan gives you confidence in your ability to secure finance while looking at potential new homes. You can get a free and personalised pre-approval home loan from Bendigo Bank in just a few minutes, without any credit checks or paperwork. 

Bendigo Bank offers pre-approval for home loans that allow you to understand the home loan size you may be able to get before looking for a new home. 

With the pre-approval, Bendigo Bank provides an estimate of your borrowing power. This figure incorporates stamp duty, lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) and any first home buyer incentives you may be eligible for. You may also qualify for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme initiative, depending on your circumstances. 

To apply for a pre-approval on your home loan from Bendigo Bank, all you need to do is fill in a smart form. You could also contact the bank directly on 1300 236 344.

Can first home buyers apply for an ING home loan?

First home buyers can apply for an ING home loan, but first, they need to select the most suitable home loan product and calculate the initial deposit on their home loan. 

First-time buyers can also use ING’s online tool to estimate the amount they can borrow. ING offers home loan applicants a free property report to look up property value estimates. 

First home loan applicants struggling to understand the terms used may consider looking up ING’s first home buyer guide. Once the home buyer is ready to apply for the loan, they can complete an online application or call ING at 1800 100 258 during regular business hours.

When do mortgage payments start after settlement?

Generally speaking, your first mortgage payment falls due one month after the settlement date. However, this may vary based on your mortgage terms. You can check the exact date by contacting your lender.

Usually your settlement agent will meet the seller’s representatives to exchange documents at an agreed place and time. The balance purchase price is paid to the seller. The lender will register a mortgage against your title and give you the funds to purchase the new home.

Once the settlement process is complete, the lender allows you to draw down the loan. The loan amount is debited from your loan account. As soon as the settlement paperwork is sorted, you can collect the keys to your new home and work your way through the moving-in checklist.

What are the features of home loans for expats from Westpac?

If you’re an Australian citizen living and working abroad, you can borrow to buy a property in Australia. With a Westpac non-resident home loan, you can borrow up to 80 per cent of the property value to purchase a property whilst living overseas. The minimum loan amount for these loans is $25,000, with a maximum loan term of 30 years.

The interest rates and other fees for Westpac non-resident home loans are the same as regular home loans offered to borrowers living in Australia. You’ll have to submit proof of income, six-month bank statements, an employment letter, and your last two payslips. You may also be required to submit a copy of your passport and visa that shows you’re allowed to live and work abroad.

Cash or mortgage – which is more suitable to buy an investment property?

Deciding whether to buy an investment property with cash or a mortgage is a matter or personal choice and will often depend on your financial situation. Using cash may seem logical if you have the money in reserve and it can allow you to later use the equity in your home. However, there may be other factors to think about, such as whether there are other debts to pay down and whether it will tie up all of your spare cash. Again, it’s a personal choice and may be worth seeking personal advice.

A mortgage is a popular option for people who don’t have enough cash in the bank to pay for an investment property. Sometimes when you take out a mortgage you can offset your loan interest against the rental income you may earn. The rental income can also help to pay down the loan.

How do I apply for a home loan pre-approval from Commonwealth Bank?

To apply for a Commbank home loan pre-approval, you can either call the bank at 13 2224 or meet one of the bank’s lending specialists. You can set up a meeting online if you wish. You’ll need to do some homework before contacting the bank, such as gathering information on the kind of properties you’d like to buy and their prices.

Preparing a financial summary, which lists all your income sources as well as significant expenses, can also help determine how much you can afford to borrow. You may also want to check your credit score before applying for pre-approval.

It’s worth remembering that a CBA home loan pre-approval doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get the loan. Once you get the pre-approval, you’ll have about three to six months to decide on a property and apply for the home loan. The bank will then confirm that the property is suitable for the loan before fully approving it.

Where can I get all the information about an ANZ first home buyer’s loan?

As a first home buyer, you may require help and hand-holding, and as such ANZ has the buying your first home section on its website full of important information. ANZ also has a form in this section you can fill out to get a free consultation from an ANZ First Home Coach and create your own plan for buying your first home. This coach will help you understand where your current income is being spent and plan for your home loan repayments. You’ll get a clear picture of the costs involved in purchasing a property and how to budget or save for these costs. The coach will help you understand different deposit options and manage your accounts to enhance your savings.

There are three types of ANZ first home loans - Standard Variable, Fixed, and Equity Manager. The features, interest rates, and terms for each are different, and you can compare them here.

When they apply for an ANZ home loan, first home buyers can also get guidance on applying for the First Home Owner Grant (FHOG). This is a one-off government grant that may be available to you when you’re buying your first home. The eligibility criteria for FHOG differs between the different states and territories, which is why it’s helpful to have expert advice when applying.

How do I apply for a home improvement loan?

When you want to renovate your home, you may need to take out a loan to cover the costs. You could apply for a home improvement loan, which is a personal loan that you use to cover the costs of your home renovations. There is no difference between applying for this type of home improvement loan and applying for a standard personal loan. It would be best to check and compare the features, fees and details of the loan before applying. 

Besides taking out a home improvement loan, you could also:

  1. Use the equity in your house: Equity is the difference between your property’s value and the amount you still owe on your home loan. You may be able to access this equity by refinancing your home loan and then using it to finance your home improvement.  Speak with your lender or a mortgage broker about accessing your equity.
  2. Utilise the redraw facility of your home loan: Check whether the existing home loan has a redraw facility. A redraw facility allows you to access additional funds you’ve repaid into your home loan. Some lenders offer this on variable rate home loans but not on fixed. If this option is available to you, contact your lender to discuss how to access it.
  3. Apply for a construction loan: A construction loan is typically used when constructing a new property but can also be used as a home renovation loan. You may find that a construction loan is a suitable option as it enables you to draw funds as your renovation project progresses. You can compare construction home loans online or speak to a mortgage broker about taking out such a loan.
  4. Look into government grants: Check whether there are any government grants offered when you need the funds and whether you qualify. Initiatives like the HomeBuilder Grant were offered by the Federal Government for a limited period until April 2021. They could help fund your renovations either in full or just partially.  

Can I get a NAB first home loan?

The First Home Loan Deposit Scheme of NAB helps first home buyers purchase a property sooner by reducing the upfront costs required. This scheme is offered based on a Government-backed initiative, with10,000 available places announced in October 2020.

Suppose your application for the NAB first home buyer loan is successful. In that case, you’ll only need to pay a low deposit, between 5 and 20 per cent of the property value and won’t be asked to pay lender's mortgage insurance (LMI). You’ll also receive a limited guarantee from the Australian government to purchase the property.

If you’re applying for the NAB first home buyer home loan as an individual, you need to have earned less than $125,000 in the last financial year. Couples applying for the NAB first home loan need to have earned less than $200,000 to be eligible. To be considered a couple, you need to be married or in a de facto relationship. A parent and child, siblings or friends are not considered a couple when applying for a NAB first home loan.

The NAB First Home Loan Deposit Scheme is currently offered only to purchase a brand new property, rather than an established property.

How do I apply for Westpac’s first home buyer loan?

If you’re a first home buyer looking to apply for a home loan with Westpac, they offer an online home loan application. They suggest the application can be completed in about 20 minutes. Based on the information you provide, Westpac will advise you the amount you can borrow and the costs associated with any possible home loan. 

You can use Westpac’s online mortgage calculators to estimate your borrowing power. You can also work out the time it might take to save up for the deposit, and the size of your home loan repayments

When applying for a home loan with Westpac, you’re assigned a home finance manager who can address your concerns and provide information. The manager will also offer guidance on any government grants you may be eligible for. 

What are the benefits of getting a pre-approved home loan from Citibank?

While hunting for your dream home, getting a Citibank home loan pre-approval can have multiple benefits, which include:

  • You'll have an idea on your personal price range, which can save time to find your home.
  • With a pre-approved home loan, you may find yourself with more financial control to better decide how much you can spend.
  • A Citibank pre-approved home loan is a commitment  by a lender that signals you're ready to jump into the property market.

You can apply for pre-approval by providing basic details, such as name, email, and phone number on the bank’s website. Alternatively, you can contact the bank on 1300 361 922 or find a home lending officer on the website.

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.

Can I take a personal loan after a home loan?

Are you struggling to pay the deposit for your dream home? A personal loan can help you pay the deposit. The question that may arise in your mind is can I take a home loan after a personal loan, or can you take a personal loan at the same time as a home loan, as it is. The answer is that, yes, provided you can meet the general eligibility criteria for both a personal loan and a home loan, your application should be approved. Those eligibility criteria may include:

  • Higher-income to show repayment capability for both the loans
  • Clear credit history with no delays in bill payments or defaults on debts
  • Zero or minimal current outstanding debt
  • Some amount of savings
  • Proven rent history will be positively perceived by the lenders

A personal loan after or during a home loan may impact serviceability, however, as the numbers can seriously add up. Every loan you avail of increases your monthly installments and the amount you use to repay the personal loan will be considered to lower the money available for the repayment of your home loan.

As to whether you can get a personal loan after your home loan, the answer is a very likely "yes", though it does come with a caveat: as long as you can show sufficient income to repay both the loans on time, you should be able to get that personal loan approved. A personal loan can also help to improve your credit score showing financial discipline and responsibility, which may benefit you with more favorable terms for your home loan.

How can I get ANZ home loan pre-approval?

Shopping for a new home is an exciting experience and getting a pre-approval on the loan may give you the peace of mind that you are looking at properties within your budget. 

At the time of applying for the ANZ Bank home loan pre-approval, you will be required to provide proof of employment and income, along with records of your savings and debts.

An ANZ home loan pre-approval time frame is usually up to three months. However, being pre-approved doesn’t necessarily mean you will get your home loan. Other factors could lead to your home loan application being rejected, even with a prior pre-approval. Some factors include the property evaluation not meeting the bank’s criteria or a change in your financial circumstances.

You can make an application for ANZ home loan pre-approval online or call on 1800100641 Mon-Fri 8.00 am to 8.00 pm (AEST).