Firstmac 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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at interest rate 2.19 %

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Pros and cons

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

Firstmac home loans rates

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Total estimated upfront fees
Comparison Rate*
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2.19%

Intro 24 months

$720

2.56%

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2.59%

Variable

$720

2.62%

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2.73%

Variable

$720

2.76%

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2.74%

Variable

$720

2.77%

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2.84%

Variable

$720

2.87%

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2.89%

Variable

$720

2.92%

$0
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3.04%

Variable

$720

3.07%

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3.09%

Variable

$720

3.12%

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3.13%

Variable

$720

3.16%

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3.13%

Variable

$720

3.16%

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3.03%

Fixed - 3 years

$720

3.22%

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3.57%

Variable

$720

3.22%

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3.03%

Fixed - 2 years

$720

3.23%

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3.13%

Fixed - 4 years

$720

3.23%

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3.77%

Variable

$720

3.24%

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3.03%

Fixed - 1 year

$720

3.25%

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3.23%

Fixed - 5 years

$720

3.26%

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3.23%

Variable

$720

3.26%

$0
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3.23%

Variable

$720

3.26%

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3.23%

Variable

$720

3.26%

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3.43%

Fixed - 1 year

$720

3.27%

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3.43%

Fixed - 2 years

$720

3.29%

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3.43%

Fixed - 3 years

$720

3.30%

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3.53%

Fixed - 4 years

$720

3.34%

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3.67%

Variable

$720

3.34%

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3.33%

Variable

$720

3.36%

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3.33%

Variable

$720

3.36%

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3.33%

Variable

$720

3.36%

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3.63%

Fixed - 5 years

$720

3.40%

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3.87%

Variable

$720

3.43%

$0
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3.43%

Variable

$720

3.46%

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3.43%

Variable

$720

3.46%

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3.43%

Variable

$720

3.46%

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3.43%

Variable

$720

3.46%

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3.53%

Variable

$720

3.56%

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3.53%

Variable

$720

3.56%

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3.53%

Variable

$720

3.56%

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3.63%

Variable

$720

3.66%

$0
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3.23%

Fixed - 3 years

$720

3.69%

$0
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3.33%

Fixed - 4 years

$720

3.69%

$0
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3.43%

Fixed - 5 years

$720

3.69%

$0
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3.23%

Fixed - 2 years

$720

3.73%

$0
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3.23%

Fixed - 1 year

$720

3.77%

$0
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3.63%

Fixed - 3 years

$720

3.78%

$0
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3.63%

Fixed - 2 years

$720

3.79%

$0
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3.63%

Fixed - 1 year

$720

3.80%

$0
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3.73%

Fixed - 4 years

$720

3.80%

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3.73%

Fixed - 5 years

$720

3.83%

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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 Firstmac

Can I change jobs while I am applying for a home loan?

Whether you’re a new borrower or you’re refinancing your home loan, many lenders require you to be in a permanent job with the same employer for at least 6 months before applying for a home loan. Different lenders have different requirements. 

If your work situation changes for any reason while you’re applying for a mortgage, this could reduce your chances of successfully completing the process. Contacting the lender as soon as you know your employment situation is changing may allow you to work something out. 

How can I get a home loan with bad credit?

If you want to get a home loan with bad credit, you need to convince a lender that your problems are behind you and that you will, indeed, be able to repay a mortgage.

One step you might want to take is to visit a mortgage broker who specialises in bad credit home loans (also known as ‘non-conforming home loans’ or ‘sub-prime home loans’). An experienced broker will know which lenders to approach, and how to plead your case with each of them.

Two points to bear in mind are:

  • Many home loan lenders don’t provide bad credit mortgages
  • Each lender has its own policies, and therefore favours different things

If you’d prefer to directly approach the lender yourself, you’re more likely to find success with smaller non-bank lenders that specialise in bad credit home loans (as opposed to bigger banks that prefer ‘vanilla’ mortgages). That’s because these smaller lenders are more likely to treat you as a unique individual rather than judge you according to a one-size-fits-all policy.

Lenders try to minimise their risk, so if you want to get a home loan with bad credit, you need to do everything you can to convince lenders that you’re safer than your credit history might suggest. If possible, provide paperwork that shows:

  • You have a secure job
  • You have a steady income
  • You’ve been reducing your debts
  • You’ve been increasing your savings

Are bad credit home loans dangerous?

Bad credit home loans can be dangerous if the borrower signs up for a loan they’ll struggle to repay. This might occur if the borrower takes out a mortgage at the limit of their financial capacity, especially if they have some combination of a low income, an insecure job and poor savings habits.

Bad credit home loans can also be dangerous if the borrower buys a home in a stagnant or falling market – because if the home has to be sold, they might be left with ‘negative equity’ (where the home is worth less than the mortgage).

That said, bad credit home loans can work out well if the borrower is able to repay the mortgage – for example, if they borrow conservatively, have a decent income, a secure job and good savings habits. Another good sign is if the borrower buys a property in a market that is likely to rise over the long term.

Do other comparison sites offer the same service?

Real Time RatingsTM is the only online system that ranks the home loan market based on your personal borrowing preferences. Until now, home loans have been rated based on outdated data. Our system is unique because it reacts to changes as soon as we update our database.

How much money can I borrow for a home loan?

Tip: You can use RateCity how much can I borrow calculator to get a quick answer.

How much money you can borrow for a home loan will depend on a number of factors including your employment status, your income (and your partner’s income if you are taking out a joint loan), the size of your deposit, your living expenses and any other debt you might hold, including credit cards. 

A good place to start is to work out how much you can afford to make in monthly repayments, factoring in a buffer of at least 2 – 3 per cent to allow for interest rate rises along the way. You’ll also need to factor in additional costs that come with purchasing a property such as stamp duty, legal fees, building inspections, strata or council fees.

If you are planning on renting the property, you can factor in the expected rental income to help offset the mortgage, but again it’s prudent to add a significant buffer to allow for rental management fees, maintenance costs and short periods of no rental income when tenants move out. It’s also wise to factor in changes in personal circumstances – the typical home loan lasts for around 30 years and a lot can happen between now and then.

What if I can't pay off my guaranteed home loan?

If you can’t pay off your guaranteed home loan, your lender might chase your guarantor for the money.

A guaranteed home loan is a legally binding agreement in which the guarantor assumes overall responsibility for the mortgage. So if the borrower falls behind on their mortgage, the lender might insist that the guarantor cover the repayments. If the guarantor fails to do so, the lender might seize the guarantor’s security (which is often the family home) so it can recoup its money.

What are the pros and cons of no-deposit home loans?

It’s no longer possible to get a no-deposit home loan in Australia. In some circumstances, you might be able to take out a mortgage with a 5 per cent deposit – but before you do so, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons.

The big advantage of borrowing 95 per cent (also known as a 95 per cent home loan) is that you get to buy your property sooner. That may be particularly important if you plan to purchase in a rising market, where prices are increasing faster than you can accumulate savings.

But 95 per cent home loans also have disadvantages. First, the 95 per cent home loan market is relatively small, so you’ll have fewer options to choose from. Second, you’ll probably have to pay LMI (lender’s mortgage insurance). Third, you’ll probably be charged a higher interest rate. Fourth, the more you borrow, the more you’ll ultimately have to pay in interest. Fifth, if your property declines in value, your mortgage might end up being worth more than your home.

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.

How do I know if I have to pay LMI?

Each lender has its own policies, but as a general rule you will have to pay lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI) if your loan-to-value ratio (LVR) exceeds 80 per cent. This applies whether you’re taking out a new home loan or you’re refinancing.

If you’re looking to buy a property, you can use this LMI calculator to work out how much you’re likely to be charged in LMI.

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.

What happens when you default on your mortgage?

A mortgage default occurs when you are 90 days or more behind on your mortgage repayments. Late repayments will often incur a late fee on top of the amount owed which will continue to gather interest along with the remaining principal amount.

If you do default on a mortgage repayment you should try and catch up in next month’s payment. If this isn’t possible, and missing payments is going to become a regular issue, you need to contact your lender as soon as possible to organise an alternative payment schedule and discuss further options.

You may also want to talk to a financial counsellor. 

How personalised is my rating?

Real Time Ratings produces instant scores for loan products and updates them based what you tell us about what you’re looking for in a loan. In that sense, we believe the ratings are as close as you get to personalised; the more you tell us, the more we customise to ratings to your needs. Some borrowers value flexibility, while others want the lowest cost loan. Your preferences will be reflected in the rating. 

We also take a shorter term, more realistic view of how long borrowers hold onto their loan, which gives you a better idea about the true borrowing costs. We take your loan details and calculate how much each of the relevent loans would cost you on average each month over the next five years. We assess the overall flexibility of each loan and give you an easy indication of which ones are likely to adjust to your needs over time. 

How often is your data updated?

We work closely with lenders to get updates as quick as possible, with updates made the same day wherever possible.

How can I get a home loan with no deposit?

Following the Global Financial Crisis, no-deposit loans, as they once used to be known, have largely been removed from the market. Now, if you wish to enter the market with no deposit, you will require a property of your own to secure a loan against or the assistance of a guarantor.

How much of the RBA rate cut do lenders pass on to borrowers?

When the Reserve Bank of Australia cuts its official cash rate, there is no guarantee lenders will then pass that cut on to lenders by way of lower interest rates. 

Sometimes lenders pass on the cut in full, sometimes they partially pass on the cut, sometimes they don’t at all. When they don’t, they often defend the decision by saying they need to balance the needs of their shareholders with the needs of their borrowers. 

As the attached graph shows, more recent cuts have seen less lenders passing on the full RBA interest rate cut; the average lender was more likely to pass on about two-thirds of the 25 basis points cut to its borrowers.  image002