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  • Flexible repayment options
  • Discounted rates for larger deposits
  • Competitive variable rates
  • No branch network
  • Limited loan options

Owner occupied products interest rates

TMD

Loan typePrincipal & Interest rateInterest Only
Green Construction OO 90 (Min Deposit 10%)
n/a
2.19% p.a.
2.51% p.a. Comparison rate
Offset 80 (Broker Special Plus) (Min Deposit 20%)
2.39% p.a.
2.42% p.a. Comparison rate
2.49% p.a.
2.52% p.a. Comparison rate
Green Basic 90 IO (Min Deposit 10%)
n/a
2.49% p.a.
2.78% p.a. Comparison rate
1 Year Fixed Home Loan 80 (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
2.99% p.a.
2.84% p.a. Comparison rate
Basic 80 I/O (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
2.89% p.a.
2.92% p.a. Comparison rate
2 Year Fixed Home Loan 80 (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
3.54% p.a.
2.93% p.a. Comparison rate
Green Offset 90 IO (Min Deposit 10%)
n/a
2.69% p.a.
2.98% p.a. Comparison rate
Basic 90 I/O (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 10%)
n/a
2.99% p.a.
3.02% p.a. Comparison rate
3 Year Fixed Home Loan 80 (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
3.79% p.a.
3.03% p.a. Comparison rate
Offset 80 I/O (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
3.09% p.a.
3.12% p.a. Comparison rate
Offset 90 I/O (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 10%)
n/a
3.09% p.a.
3.12% p.a. Comparison rate
4 Year Fixed Home Loan 80 (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
4.09% p.a.
3.18% p.a. Comparison rate
Construction Owner Occupier 80% (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
3.57% p.a.
3.22% p.a. Comparison rate
Construction Owner Occupier 80-90% (Min Deposit 10%)
n/a
3.77% p.a.
3.24% p.a. Comparison rate
5 Year Fixed Home Loan 80 (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
4.24% p.a.
3.31% p.a. Comparison rate
Green Basic 90 P&I (Min Deposit 10%)
2.19% p.a.
2.48% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
Basic 80 P&I (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 20%)
2.19% p.a.
2.56% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
Offset 80 (Broker Special 2 year Discount Variable) (Min Deposit 20%)
2.19% p.a.
2.56% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
Green Offset 90 P&I (Min Deposit 10%)
2.34% p.a.
2.63% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
ZIP Home Loan (Min Deposit 10%)
2.73% p.a.
2.76% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
1 Year Fixed Home Loan (Min Deposit 10%)
2.59% p.a.
2.81% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
Basic 90 P&I (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 10%)
2.79% p.a.
2.82% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
2 Year Fixed Home Loan (Min Deposit 10%)
3.14% p.a.
2.87% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
Offset 90 P&I (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 10%)
2.89% p.a.
2.92% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
3 Year Fixed Home Loan (Min Deposit 10%)
3.39% p.a.
2.95% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
4 Year Fixed Home Loan (Min Deposit 10%)
3.69% p.a.
3.07% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
Offset 80 P&I (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 20%)
2.74% p.a.
3.09% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
5 Year Fixed Home Loan (Min Deposit 10%)
3.84% p.a.
3.18% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a

Investment purpose products interest rates

TMD

Loan typePrincipal & Interest rateInterest Only
Green INV Basic 90 IO (Min Deposit 10%)
n/a
2.64% p.a.
2.93% p.a. Comparison rate
Green Construction INV 90 (Min Deposit 10%)
n/a
2.64% p.a.
2.96% p.a. Comparison rate
1 Year Investment Fixed (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
3.19% p.a.
3.04% p.a. Comparison rate
INV 90 I/O (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
3.04% p.a.
3.07% p.a. Comparison rate
Green INV Offset 90 IO (Min Deposit 10%)
n/a
2.79% p.a.
3.08% p.a. Comparison rate
2 Year Investment Fixed (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
3.74% p.a.
3.13% p.a. Comparison rate
INV 90 I/O (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 10%)
n/a
3.19% p.a.
3.22% p.a. Comparison rate
Investor Offset 80 I/O (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
3.19% p.a.
3.22% p.a. Comparison rate
3 Year Investment Fixed (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
3.99% p.a.
3.23% p.a. Comparison rate
Investor Offset 90 I/O (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 10%)
n/a
3.29% p.a.
3.32% p.a. Comparison rate
Construction Investor 80% (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
3.67% p.a.
3.34% p.a. Comparison rate
4 Year Investment Fixed (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
4.29% p.a.
3.38% p.a. Comparison rate
Construction Investor 80-90% (Min Deposit 10%)
n/a
3.87% p.a.
3.43% p.a. Comparison rate
5 Year Investment Fixed (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
4.44% p.a.
3.51% p.a. Comparison rate
Non-resident VIP (Min Deposit 20%)
3.33% p.a.
3.36% p.a. Comparison rate
3.53% p.a.
3.56% p.a. Comparison rate
Green INV Basic 90 P&I (Min Deposit 10%)
2.44% p.a.
2.73% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
Investor Offset 80 P&I (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 20%)
2.94% p.a.
2.97% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
1 Year Investment Fixed (Min Deposit 10%)
2.79% p.a.
3.01% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
INV 90 P&I (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 10%)
2.99% p.a.
3.02% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
INV 80 P&I (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 20%)
2.84% p.a.
3.04% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
2 Year Investment Fixed (Min Deposit 10%)
3.34% p.a.
3.07% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
Investor Offset 90 P&I (Broker Special) (Min Deposit 10%)
3.09% p.a.
3.12% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
3 Year Investment Fixed (Min Deposit 10%)
3.59% p.a.
3.15% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
4 Year Investment Fixed (Min Deposit 10%)
3.89% p.a.
3.27% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
5 Year Investment Fixed (Min Deposit 10%)
4.04% p.a.
3.38% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
Green INV Offset 90 P&I (Min Deposit 10%)
2.54% p.a.
3.83% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
SMSF 80 Broker Special (Min Deposit 20%)
3.99% p.a.
4.02% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
5 Year SMSF 70 (Refinance) (Min Deposit 30%)
4.75% p.a.
4.76% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
SMSF 70 (Refinance) (Min Deposit 30%)
4.75% p.a.
4.76% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
5 Year SMSF 70 (Purchase) (Min Deposit 30%)
4.75% p.a.
4.78% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
SMSF 70 (Purchase) (Min Deposit 30%)
4.75% p.a.
4.78% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
SMSF 80 (Refinance) (Min Deposit 20%)
4.99% p.a.
5% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
5 Year SMSF 80 (Refinance) (Min Deposit 20%)
4.99% p.a.
5% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
SMSF 80 (Purchase) (Min Deposit 20%)
4.99% p.a.
5.02% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
5 Year SMSF 80 (Purchase) (Min Deposit 20%)
4.99% p.a.
5.02% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a

Home loan repayment calculator

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

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Firstmac homeloans are vailable through brokers who can help find the right loan and manage your application at no charge.

Firstmac customer service

Home loan customers can contact Firstmac through a number of channels. The lender has a general Australia-based customer assistance phone line for any enquiries and can also be contacted via email, or via online chat on the Firstmac website.

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

How to apply for a Firstmac home loan

Firstmac provides potential customers with a number of options when applying for a home loan, including an online application form, phone applications, or applying in person at their office. 

Before applying for any home loan, calculate how much money you can afford to borrow and comfortably repay, given your financial situation and income. 

You will also need to provide documentation when applying for a home loan, such as:

  • Personal identification documents
  • Proof of income and type of employment
  • Proof of other income and assets
  • Details of current debts and liabilities
  • Personal insurance documents

Learn more about home loans

How do you compare home loans?

To compare home loans, you can assess the components of the loan against your own financial situation and other mortgages in the market.

Look at the interest rate, rate type (fixed or variable), loan fees, features, loan term, repayment frequency and more to find a home loan that fits with your budget and property goals.

Then, use comparison tools like comparison tables, calculators, or RateCity's Real Time RatingsTM to create a short list of home loan options, and decide which home loan best suits your needs.

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. 

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.

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.

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.  

Why does Westpac charge an early termination fee for home loans?

The Westpac home loan early termination fee or break cost is applicable if you have a fixed rate home loan and repay part of or the whole outstanding amount before the fixed period ends. If you’re switching between products before the fixed period ends, you’ll pay a switching break cost and an administrative fee. 

The Westpac home loan early termination fee may not apply if you repay an amount below the prepayment threshold. The prepayment threshold is the amount Westpac allows you to repay during the fixed period outside your regular repayments.

Westpac charges this fee because when you take out a home loan, the bank borrows the funds with wholesale rates available to banks and lenders. Westpac will then work out your interest rate based on you making regular repayments for a fixed period. If you repay before this period ends, the lender may incur a loss if there is any change in the wholesale rate of interest.

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. 

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.

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 do I get a pre-approved home loan with Aussie?

Getting Aussie home loan pre-approval means receiving conditional support from Aussie Home Loans to borrow the money you need to buy a home. 

It’s an indication of the approximate amount Aussie may offer you, subject to some terms and conditions. Keep in mind, having a pre-approved home loan does not guarantee an actual approval of your loan when it comes time to buy.

Aussie home loan pre-approval often involves speaking to one of the lender’s brokers. You can make an appointment online. You’ll often have to submit your personal details and other information about your assets, income, liabilities and expenses.  It’s worth remembering that a pre-approved loan is usually valid for a few months.

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.

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.

What is a home loan?

A home loan is a finance product that allows a home buyer to borrow a large sum of money from a lender for the purchase of a residential property. The home is then put up as "security" or "collateral" on the loan, giving the lender the right to repossess the property in the case that the borrower fails to repay their loan.

Once you take out a home loan, you'll need to repay the amount borrowed, plus interest, in regular instalments over a predetermined period of time.

The interest you're charged on each mortgage repayment is based on your remaining loan amount, also known as your loan principal. The rate at which interest is charged on your home loan principal is expressed as a percentage.

Different home loan products charge different interest rates and fees, and offer a range of different features to suit a variety of buyers’ needs.

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.

How to apply for a home loan pre-approval from St. George?

By applying for a home loan pre-approval, you can establish how much you can afford to borrow and look for houses within that pre-approved budget. Getting home loan pre-approval from St. George is a fairly simple process that can be completed within 15 minutes. 

The first step in this process is completing a home loan application. Once that application is submitted, a home loan expert from St. George will contact you to understand your requirements and your current financial position. You could also directly contact a home loan expert at the bank by calling 13 33 30 or by visiting your nearest branch. 

Once the application has been processed, the home loan expert will ask for some basic documentation to confirm your borrowing capacity. After this, you should be issued a home loan pre-approval, subject to certain conditions. 

Based on your home loan pre-approval from St. George, you can then find a property and make an offer. Your home loan expert will arrange to have the property valued and may request for more documentation, taking your home loan application to the next step.