Equity Line of Credit
- No ongoing fees
- Parents can sign as guarantor
- Repayments may decrease if RBA cuts rates
- No extra repayments
- No redraw and no offset
- Discharge fee at end of loan
- Repayments may increase if RBA raises rates
Interest rate structure
$10k - $3m
Principal & interest
Loan term range
1 - 30 years
Allows split interest
Line of Credit, Owner Occupiers
ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
Estimated upfront fees
Minimum SMSF Amount
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CUA is the largest credit union in Australia, with almost half a million customers and assets worth $13.75 billion. CUA is owned by its customers, not shareholders.
Its origins date back to 1946 when two small credit unions opened and joined forces to offer fairer deals than the banks. Since then, there’s been a series of amalgamations and today CUA is made up of 171 credit unions.
Formerly known as Credit Union Australia, in 2007 to rebranded to just CUA.
Australia no longer has no-deposit home loans – or 100 per cent home loans as they’re also known – because they’re regarded as too risky.
However, some lenders allow some borrowers to take out mortgages with a 5 per cent deposit.
Another option is to source a deposit from elsewhere – either by using a parental guarantee or by drawing out equity from another property.
Equity is the value of your property, less any outstanding debt against it. For example, if you have a $500,000 property and a $300,000 mortgage against the property, then you have $200,000 equity. This is the portion of the property that you actually own.
This type of loan is a flexible mortgage that allows you to draw on funds when you need them, similar to a credit card.
Equity refers to the difference between what your property is worth and how much you owe on it. Essentially, it is the amount you have repaid on your home loan to date, although if your property has gone up in value it can sometimes be a lot more.
You can use the equity in your home loan to finance renovations on your existing property or as a deposit on an investment property. It can also be accessed for other investment opportunities or smaller purchases, such as a car or holiday, using a redraw facility.
Once you are over 65 you can even use the equity in your home loan as a source of income by taking out a reverse mortgage. This will let you access the equity in your loan in the form of regular payments which will be paid back to the bank following your death by selling your property. But like all financial products, it’s best to seek professional advice before you sign on the dotted line.