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With Australia’s household debt-to-income ratio being one of the highest in the world, individuals and families are finding it harder than ever to keep up with their repayments.
Fixed - 4 years
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Fixed - 4 years
$150k - $1.5mCalculate how much you can borrow
Principal & interest
Loan term range
1 - 30 years
Unlimited extra repayments
Allows split interest
ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
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Defence Bank (formerly Defence Force Credit Union Limited) was founded in 1975 to help Australian Defence Force personnel manage their money. One of Australia’s largest member-owned banks, Defence Bank has over 90,000 customers and manages more than $1.5 billion in assets.
Defence Bank is well known for providing a range of home loans tailored to Defence personnel in addition to more standardised financial products such as insurance, credit cards and every day banking facilities.
As Defence Bank isn’t controlled by shareholders it’s able to offer a range of financial products at competitive interest rates to customers across Australia. In 2014 and 2015 Defence Bank won Money Magazine’s ‘Best of the Best Award’ for it’s car loan and was a finalist in the 2013 Australian Lending Awards.
Defence Bank Home Loan Calculator
Interested in a Defence Bank home loan? RateCity has a suite of calculators that can show you what your repayments would be and how Defence Bank compares to its competitors. Simply plug in your borrowing amount below.
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.
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.