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Home Loan Rate Promise

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Check your home loan rate by entering your details below. If we can't find you a better rate, you will score a $100 Gift Voucher*. That's our promise to you.

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^Terms & Conditions - RateCity chance to win $1 million promotion
  1. Information on how to enter and the prize form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
  1. Entry is only open to Australian residents, aged 18 years or older.
  1. Employees (and their immediate families) of the Promoter and agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible to enter. Immediate family means any of the following: spouse, ex-spouse, de-facto spouse, child or step-child (whether natural or by adoption), parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister or 1st cousin
  1. Entries into the promotion open on 24/05/2019 and close at 11:59PM AEST on 20/05/2020 (“Promotional Period”).
  1. To enter, individuals must enter via ratecity.com.au or the URL as advertised on the RateCity digital channels, input the requested details including full name and contact details, answer the relevant questions when prompted, and submit the fully completed entry form during the Promotional Period. Entrants warrant that by submitting an entry in this promotion, they are under no obligation to choose or apply for any financial product/s and/or services.
  1. Upon submitting a completed entry form in accordance with the above (“Initial Entry”), entrants will be given the opportunity to earn additional entries by referring their friends and family to the promotion. To refer a friend or family member, the entrant must share a unique URL (which will be provided to them after submitting their Initial Entry). Entrants can share their unique URL via email, Twitter and/or Facebook. Entrants will receive one (1) additional entry into the draw (“Additional Entry”) for each friend or family member, who used the Entrant’s unique URL to submit an entry into the promotion in accordance with clause 5 above.
  1. Multiple entries permitted, subject to the following: (a) only one Initial Entry is permitted per person; (b) only one (1) Additional Entry is permitted per referral that is actioned in accordance with clause 7 above; and (c) each entry must be submitted separately and in accordance with entry requirements.
  1. The Promoter reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants (including an entrant’s identity, age and place of residence) and reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who the Promoter has reason to believe has breached any of these Terms and Conditions, tampered with the entry process or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise fair and proper conduct of the promotion. Errors and omissions may be accepted at the Promoter's discretion. Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights. The Promoter's legal rights to recover damages or other compensation from such an offender are reserved.
  1. Incomplete or indecipherable entries will be deemed invalid.
  1. If there is a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine the identity of the entrant.
  1. The draw will take place at Loyalty, 11 Springfield Avenue Toorak VIC 3142 21/05/2020 at 1:00pm AEST, in the presence of an independent scrutineer. The Promoter may draw additional reserve entries and record them in order in case an invalid entry or ineligible entrant is drawn. The winner will be notified in writing within two business days of the draw and their name will be published online at ratecity.com.au from 22/05/2020.
  1. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  1. The first valid entry drawn will win that entrant (“Participant”) the opportunity to play a contingency game (“the Game”) for the chance to win $1,000,000.
  1. The Game will take place at RateCity, Level 3, Suite 3.02, 52 Alfred Street Milsons Point NSW 2061 on 28/05/2020 at 1:00pm AEST in the presence of a scrutineer. Any and all costs associated with attending the Game are the sole responsibility of the Participant. If the Participant cannot attend the Game, the Participant may participate in the Game via telephone whereby they will select a number between 1 and 200 (inclusive) and a representative of the Promoter will select the game piece bearing that number on their behalf; or the Participant may appoint a proxy over 18 years of age to play the Game on his/her behalf provided the Participant gives the Promoter written, signed notice to that effect before the start of the Game.  In the event that the Promoter has not been able to contact the Participant before the start of the Game, a representative of the Promoter will play the Game on the Participant’s behalf. 
  1. There will be 200 numbered game pieces on display at the start of the Game. One (1) game piece will contain a promotional message representing $1,000,000 and 199 game pieces will each contain a promotional message representing $5,000.  The Participant/proxy/representative (“Attendee”) must choose only one (1) game piece without touching, handling or interfering in any way with any of the other game pieces on display.  If the Attendee is found to have breached this condition, he/she will be disqualified.  If the Attendee selects the game piece containing the promotional message representing $1,000,000, then, subject to verification by the judges, the drawn Participant will win $1,000,000.  If the Attendee selects a game piece containing a promotional message representing $5,000, then the $1,000,000 prize will not be given away and, subject to verification by the judges, the drawn Participant will win $5,000 cash. Prize will be awarded by way of Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) providing the Participants bank details are provided. Prize will be awarded within 28 days of the Game.
  1. The drawn Participant’s odds of winning the $1,000,000 prize are 1 in 200. The odds of being drawn as a Participant may be significantly higher than the odds of the drawn Participant winning the major prize and will depend upon the number of entries received.
  1. Subject to the unclaimed prize draw clause, if for any reason the winner does not take the prize by the time stipulated by the Promoter, then the prize will be forfeited.
  1. Total prize pool value is up to $1,000,000. The prize is not transferable or exchangeable. 
  1. A draw for the prize if unclaimed may take place on 21/08/2020 at the same time and place as the original draw, subject to any directions from a regulatory authority. The winner (if one is required) will be notified in writing within two business days of the draw and their name will be published online at ratecity.com.au from 24/08/2020. For clarity, any prize awarded in the unclaimed prize draw will be the same prize that was awarded as a result of the Game and was, for any reason, unclaimed by the Participant.
  1. Entrants consent to the Promoter using their name, likeness, image and/or voice in the event they are a winner (including photograph, film and/or recording of the same) in any media for an unlimited period without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this promotion (including any outcome), and promoting any products manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promoter.
  1. If this promotion is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter, including but not limited to technical difficulties, unauthorised intervention or fraud, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law: (a) to disqualify any entrant; or (b) subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the promotion, as appropriate.
  1. Any cost associated with accessing the promotional website is the entrant’s responsibility and is dependent on the Internet service provider used.
  1. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions limits, excludes or modifies or purports to limit, exclude or modify the statutory consumer guarantees as provided under the Competition and Consumer Act, as well as any other implied warranties under the ASIC Act or similar consumer protection laws in the States and Territories of Australia (“Non-Excludable Guarantees”). Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the promotion.
  1. Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) is not responsible for and excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter’s control); (b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; (c) any entry or prize claim that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Promoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; (d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions; (e) if the Game is delayed, postponed or cancelled for any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; (f) any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant; or (g) use of the prize.
  1. As a condition of accepting the prize, the winner must sign any legal documentation as (and in the form) required by the Promoter and/or prize suppliers in their absolute discretion, including but not limited to a legal release and indemnity form.
  1. The Promoter collects personal information ("PI") in order to conduct the promotion and may, for this purpose, disclose such PI to third parties, including but not limited to agents, contractors, service providers, prize suppliers and, as required, to Australian regulatory authorities. Entry is conditional on providing this PI. The Promoter will also use and handle PI as set out in its Privacy Policy, which can be viewed at https://www.ratecity.com.au/privacy-policy. In addition to any use that may be outlined in the Promoter’s Privacy Policy, the Promoter may, for an indefinite period, unless otherwise advised, use the PI for promotional, marketing, publicity, research and profiling purposes, including sending electronic messages or telephoning the entrant. The Privacy Policy also contains information about how entrants may opt out, access, update or correct their PI, how entrants may complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles or any other applicable law and how those complaints will be dealt with. All entries become the property of the Promoter. The Promoter will not disclose PI to any entity outside of Australia.
  1. The Promoter is RateCity Pty Limited (ABN 12 122 743 542) of Level 3, Suite 3.02, 52 Alfred Street Milsons Point NSW 2061, telephone 1300 001 153.

NSW Permit No. LTPS/19/34793

ACT Permit No. TP19/03377

SA Permit No. T19/809 

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*Terms & Conditions - RateCity Rate Guarantee
  1. Rate Guarantee - RateCity will find a lower interest rate, with one of the lenders we compare, than the interest rate on your current mortgage. If we cannot find a lower interest rate than your current mortgage rate, we will provide you with a $100 Mastercard gift card. The promise will be met where RateCity’s site displays an interest rate that is lower than your current interest rate, for an equivalent loan. If the site cannot display a rate lower than yours (on an equivalent loan), you will be invited to lodge a claim. The promise applies by matching the comparison rate on your existing mortgage to the comparison rate of the loans on the RateCity site.
  2. Comparison rate will only be beaten on loans available to the general public from lenders incorporated and licensed within Australia where the interest rate is advertised on the lender’s website for equivalent loans.
  3. RateCity reserves the right to determine, in its sole discretion whether your existing mortgage is an equivalent loan to the quotes you have obtained through our site. An equivalent loan will have comparable loan features (e.g. offset accounts, redraw available), identical or similar security, identical loan purpose, interest-only and the period to which it applies, and any introductory rates.
  4. Where you have a discounted rate on your home loan rate under a combination loan arrangement which requires you to have at least two loans to receive a discounted rate, the Rate Promise is applied to the interest rate calculated by averaging the rates on all loans in your combination loan.
  5. If you have a cheaper rate, you must provide evidence to us in the form of a letter from your lender or statement of account for your mortgage (no more than 3 months’ old) demonstrating the current comparison interest rate applicable to your mortgage.
  6. This offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer from RateCity, unless otherwise stated.
  7. This offer is only open to natural persons who are Australian residents who meet the following criteria:
    • a) Over 18 years of age;
    • b) Have a current single property home loan;
    • c) Are not in arrears on their home loan;
    • d) Have an outstanding home loan amount of $150,000 up to $2,000,000.
    • e) Have not packaged the home loan with a business loan or secured the loan through business relationships or any other preferential arrangement not available to the market at large e.g. a discounted offer available to members of a certain professional association or offered because of a separate business banking relationship;
    • f) Have a loan value to security ratio of less than 80%; and
    • g) Have had the current home loan for at least 90 days.
  8. Exclusions – This offer is not available where your existing mortgage is a discounted employment package, staff discount home loan, or any other kind of loan discounted for a specialised or defined group that is not available to the public at large.
  9. Where you make a successful claim, the Mastercard will be emailed to the email address you specify in your claim within 28 days after the end of the month in which you made your claim. RateCity accepts no responsibility for the Mastercard being intercepted fraudulently, misdelivered, or otherwise lost in transit.
  10. Where your mortgage has joint borrowers, you may make a claim in the name of both or either of you, but there is a limit of one claim in respect of the same mortgage. Where you make your claim in joint names, delivery of the Mastercard to one or either of you satisfies our obligations under these terms and conditions.
  11. RateCity reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time for any reason. Upon RateCity deciding to withdraw this offer, which will be effected by the removal of these terms and conditions from the site, RateCity will honour all claims already submitted but will not accept any further claims.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you REALLY giving away a million bucks?

We are giving away, for one lucky entrant, the chance to win $1 million. Here’s how it will work:

On 21 May 2020, one winner will be drawn from all the entries. This winner will then get a one in 200 shot at winning one million dollars. Even if they’re unlucky and don’t win the one million, they’ll still leave $5000 richer. 

How does RateCity make money?

For details on how RateCity makes money, please see here.

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.

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.

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.

When does Commonwealth Bank charge an early exit fee?

When you take out a fixed interest home loan with the Commonwealth Bank, you’re able to lock the interest for a particular period. If the rates change during this period, your repayments remain unchanged. If you break the loan during the fixed interest period, you’ll have to pay the Commonwealth Bank home loan early exit fee and an administrative fee.

The Early Repayment Adjustment (ERA) and Administrative fees are applicable in the following instances:

  • If you switch your loan from fixed interest to variable rate
  • When you apply for a top-up home loan
  • If you repay over and above the annual threshold limit, which is $10,000 per year during the fixed interest period
  • When you prepay the entire outstanding loan balance before the end of the fixed interest duration.

The fee calculation depends on the interest rates, the amount you’ve repaid and the loan size. You can contact the lender to understand more about what you may have to pay. 

How do you determine which home loan rates/products I’m shown?

When you check your home loan rate, you’ll supply some basic information about your current loan, including the amount owing on your mortgage and your current interest rate.

We’ll compare this information to the home loan options in the RateCity database and show you which home loan products you may be eligible to apply for.

 

What is the Home Loan Rate Promise?

The Home Loan Rate Promise is RateCity putting its money where its mouth is. We believe that too many Australians are paying too much for their home loans. We’re so confident we can help Aussies save money, if we can’t beat your current rate, we’ll give you a $100 gift card.*

There are two reasons it pays to check your rate with the Home Loan Rate Promise:

  • You can find out how much you could save on your home loan by switching to a loan with a lower interest rate
  • If we can’t beat your current rate, you can claim a $100 gift card with our Home Loan Rate Promise*

What happens to my home loan when interest rates rise?

If you are on a variable rate home loan, every so often your rate will be subject to increases and decreases. Rate changes are determined by your lender, not the Reserve Bank of Australia, however often when the RBA changes the cash rate, a number of banks will follow suit, at least to some extent. You can use RateCity cash rate to check how the latest interest rate change affected your mortgage interest rate.

When your rate rises, you will be required to pay your bank more each month in mortgage repayments. Similarly, if your interest rate is cut, then your monthly repayments will decrease. Your lender will notify you of what your new repayments will be, although you can do the calculations yourself, and compare other home loan rates using our mortgage calculator.

There is no way of conclusively predicting when interest rates will go up or down on home loans so if you prefer a more stable approach consider opting for a fixed rate loan.

Does the Home Loan Rate Promise apply to discounted interest rate offers, such as honeymoon rates?

No. Temporary discounts to home loan interest rates will expire after a limited time, so they aren’t valid for comparing home loans as part of the Home Loan Rate Promise.

However, if your home loan has been discounted from the lender’s standard rate on a permanent basis, you can check if we can find an even lower rate that could apply to you.

What is a variable home loan?

A variable rate home loan is one where the interest rate can and will change over the course of your loan. The rate is determined by your lender, not the Reserve Bank of Australia, so while the cash rate might go down, your bank may decide not to follow suit, although they do broadly follow market conditions. One of the upsides of variable rates is that they are typically more flexible than their fixed rate counterparts which means that a lot of these products will let you make extra repayments and offer features such as offset accounts.

How much are repayments on a $250K mortgage?

The exact repayment amount for a $250,000 mortgage will be determined by several factors including your deposit size, interest rate and the type of loan. It is best to use a mortgage calculator to determine your actual repayment size.

For example, the monthly repayments on a $250,000 loan with a 5 per cent interest rate over 30 years will be $1342. For a loan of $300,000 on the same rate and loan term, the monthly repayments will be $1610 and for a $500,000 loan, the monthly repayments will be $2684.

Who has the best home loan?

Determining who has the ‘best’ home loan really does depend on your own personal circumstances and requirements. It may be tempting to judge a loan merely on the interest rate but there can be added value in the extras on offer, such as offset and redraw facilities, that aren’t available with all low rate loans.

To determine which loan is the best for you, think about whether you would prefer the consistency of a fixed loan or the flexibility and potential benefits of a variable loan. Then determine which features will be necessary throughout the life of your loan. Thirdly, consider how much you are willing to pay in fees for the loan you want. Once you find the perfect combination of these three elements you are on your way to determining the best loan for you. 

What is a comparison rate?

The comparison rate is a more inclusive way of comparing home loans that factors in not only on the interest rate but also the majority of upfront and ongoing charges that add to the total cost of a home loan.

The rate is calculated using an industry-wide formula based on a $150,000 loan over a 25-year period and includes things like revert rates after an introductory or fixed rate period, application fees and monthly account keeping fees.

In Australia, all lenders are required by law to publish the comparison rate alongside their advertised rate so people can compare products easily.

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.

What is the difference between fixed, variable and split rates?

Fixed rate

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.

Variable rate

A variable rate home loan is one where the interest rate can and will change over the course of your loan. The rate is determined by your lender, not the Reserve Bank of Australia, so while the cash rate might go down, your bank may decide not to follow suit, although they do broadly follow market conditions. One of the upsides of variable rates is that they are typically more flexible than their fixed rate counterparts which means that a lot of these products will let you make extra repayments and offer features such as offset accounts.

Split rates home loans

A split loan lets you fix a portion of your loan, and leave the remainder on a variable rate so you get a bet each way on fixed and variable rates. A split loan is a good option for someone who wants the peace of mind that regular repayments can provide but still wants to retain some of the additional features variable loans typically provide such as an offset account. Of course, with most things in life, split loans are still a trade-off. If the variable rate goes down, for example, the lower interest rates will only apply to the section that you didn’t fix.