Firstmac

Home Loan Fixed (Principal and Interest) 5 Years

Real Time Rating™

1.40

/ 5
Advertised Rate

3.23%

Fixed - 5 years

Comparison Rate*

3.26%

Maximum LVR
90%
Real Time Rating™

1.40

/ 5
Monthly Repayment

$1,302

based on $300,000 loan amount for 25 years

Calculate repayment for Firstmac product

Advertised Rate

3.23%

Fixed - 5 years

Comparison Rate*

3.26%

Maximum LVR
90%
Real Time Rating™

1.40

/ 5

I'd like to borrow

$

Loan term

years

Your estimated repayment

$1,302

based on $300,000 loan amount for 25 years

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • No ongoing fees
  • Split account option
  • Limited extra repayments
  • No redraw and no offset
  • Discharge fee at end of loan
  • No repayment holidays

Firstmac Features and Fees

Firstmac Features and Fees

Details

Maximum LVR

90%

Total Repayments

Next LVR

Interest rate type

Fixed - 5 years

Borrowing range

Suitable for

Owner Occupiers

Loan term range

15 - 30 years

Principal & interest

Interest only

Applicable states

ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

Make repayments

Fortnightly, Monthly, Weekly

Features

Extra repayments

Yes - limited to $10000

Redraw facility

Split interest facility

Loan portable

Repayment holiday available

Allow guarantors

Available for first home buyers

Fees

Total estimated upfront fees

$720

Application fee

$0

Valuation fee

$220

Settlement fee

$300

Other upfront fee

$0

Ongoing fee

$0

Discharge fee

$550

Application method

Online

Phone

In branch

Other Benefits

Discharge fees are waived if the loan goes full term.

Pros and Cons

  • No ongoing fees
  • Split account option
  • Limited extra repayments
  • No redraw and no offset
  • Discharge fee at end of loan
  • No repayment holidays

Firstmac Features and Fees

Details

Maximum LVR

90%

Total Repayments

Next LVR

Interest rate type

Fixed - 5 years

Borrowing range

Suitable for

Owner Occupiers

Loan term range

15 - 30 years

Principal & interest

Interest only

Applicable states

ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

Make repayments

Fortnightly, Monthly, Weekly

Features

Extra repayments

Yes - limited to $10000

Redraw facility

Split interest facility

Loan portable

Repayment holiday available

Allow guarantors

Available for first home buyers

Fees

Total estimated upfront fees

$720

Application fee

$0

Valuation fee

$220

Settlement fee

$300

Other upfront fee

$0

Ongoing fee

$0

Discharge fee

$550

Application method

Online

Phone

In branch

Other Benefits

Discharge fees are waived if the loan goes full term.

Firstmac is available through brokers

Madhu Chaudhuri
5.0
20 Reviews
Madhu Chaudhuri’s journey from a practicing Architect to a Broker has shaped her 27-year career in Australia culminating in the formation of her company Finance & Mortgage Solutions in 2001. Her vision to assist people to grow themselves financially, to be able to contribute and flourish in the community is the foundation of her practice, resulting in Industry recognition at the State and National level as a top mortgage broker. At FMS, Madhu leads a multi-lingual team to design and engineer finance solutions whether to build a home and material stability or supporting emerging entrepreneurs to open and run small businesses in their local communities. Coming to Australia as an immigrant herself more than 20 years ago, Madhu has lived experience and understanding of some of the struggles of relocating financially and emotionally- especially for migrants. Recognising the need for multi-lingual and multi-cultural access points, FMS has filled this need for migrant journey’s to be heard and supported. She donates her time for various women’s groups such as Saheli Club and Indian Mums Sydney and receives genuine fulfillment when counselling and advising on financial matters to help women achieve financial independence. She has now also been invited to Lean In Org to be the financial mentor in a workshop series for migrant women. Madhu’s drive lies in genuine connection with the community, recognising that it is built by diverse perspectives and experiences and there is a lot to learn from the young and old collectively. Madhu has sponsored an annual ‘Good Word Award’ at the local public school to support public speaking and communication programs for children for the past 7 years, as well as regular events and outing for the aged South Asian community. Finance & Mortgage Solutions strength lies in guiding, mentoring and coaching clients as well as brokers, which has resulted in growth in cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Canberra. Their services break down a pathway for migrants to financial autonomy into achievable milestones to build a strong, foreseeable financial future in their new country.
ACT2604
ACL: 384375
Tony Imbruglia
5.0
12 Reviews
Meet Tony Imbruglia. He is your Mortgage Professional. Tony has been in the Banking and Finance Industry since 1975 and worked for much of his career for a major Australian bank. During his career, Tony began licking stamps at a bank branch and worked his way up to become a Senior Executive, relationship managing some of the country's largest mortgage broking groups. He is a Justice of the Peace (which comes in handy when you need documents witnessed) and he holds a Diploma in Finance and Mortgage Broking Management. After leaving the bank, he became involved in developing software to help Australians manage their household budgets and mortgage brokers monitor their client's loan portfolios. Using his many years of experience in the corporate world, he also started a mortgage broking business in 2007 and after leaving this partnership, he started My Mortgage Professionals in 2016. He uses his sound communication skills to educate his clients to ensure they understand how finance works. He is extremely methodical and has streamlined his business to make the loan application process as easy as possible for his clients using technology and sound lending practices. You will find that applying for a loan has never been so easy and most things can be done remotely without the need for numerous meetings. Tony will lead you through the loan application process step by step and explain the process as he goes. In his spare time, Tony loves to entertain, listen to music, spending time with family, cooking and reading. He enjoys a glass of red wine with a good Italian meal and relaxing is his favourite pastime.
NSW2745
CRN: 494854

FAQs

What is a fixed home loan?

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.

What is 'principal and interest'?

‘Principal and interest’ loans are the most common type of home loans on the market. The principal part of the loan is the initial sum lent to the customer and the interest is the money paid on top of this, at the agreed interest rate, until the end of the loan.

By reducing the principal amount, the total of interest charged will also become smaller until eventually the debt is paid off in full.

How does Real Time Ratings work?

Real Time RatingsTM looks at your individual home loan requirements and uses this information to rank every applicable home loan in our database out of five.

This score is based on two main factors – cost and flexibility.

Cost is calculated by looking at the interest rates and fees over the first five years of the loan.

Flexibility is based on whether a loan offers features such as an offset account, redraw facility and extra repayments.

Real Time RatingsTM also includes the following assumptions:

  • Costs are calculated on the current variable rate however they could change in the future.
  • Loans are assumed to be principal and interest
  • Fixed-rate loans with terms greater than five years are still assessed on a five-year basis, so 10-year fixed loans are assessed as being only five years’ long.
  • Break costs are not included.

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.

How do guaranteed home loans work?

A guaranteed home loan involves a guarantor (often a parent) promising to pay off a mortgage if the principal borrower (often the child) fails to do so. The guarantor will also have to provide security, which is often the family home.

The principal borrower will usually be someone struggling to find the money to enter the property market. By partnering with a guarantor, the borrower increases their financial power and becomes less of a risk in the eyes of lenders. As a result, the borrower may:

  • Qualify for a mortgage that they would have otherwise been denied
  • Not be required to pay lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI)
  • Be charged a lower interest rate
  • Be charged less in fees

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.

How do I take out a low-deposit home loan?

If you want to take out a low-deposit home loan, it might be a good idea to consult a mortgage broker who can give you professional financial advice and organise the mortgage for you.

Another way to take out a low-deposit home loan is to do your own research with a comparison website like RateCity. Once you’ve identified your preferred mortgage, you can apply through RateCity or go direct to the lender.

How can I calculate interest on my home loan?

You can calculate the total interest you will pay over the life of your loan by using a mortgage calculator. The calculator will estimate your repayments based on the amount you want to borrow, the interest rate, the length of your loan, whether you are an owner-occupier or an investor and whether you plan to pay ‘principal and interest’ or ‘interest-only’.

If you are buying a new home, the calculator will also help you work out how much you’ll need to pay in stamp duty and other related costs.

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.

What is an interest-only loan? How do I work out interest-only loan repayments?

An ‘interest-only’ loan is a loan where the borrower is only required to pay back the interest on the loan. Typically, banks will only let lenders do this for a fixed period of time – often five years – however some lenders will be happy to extend this.

Interest-only loans are popular with investors who aren’t keen on putting a lot of capital into their investment property. It is also a handy feature for people who need to reduce their mortgage repayments for a short period of time while they are travelling overseas, or taking time off to look after a new family member, for example.

While moving on to interest-only will make your monthly repayments cheaper, ultimately, you will end up paying your bank thousands of dollars extra in interest to make up for the time where you weren’t paying off the principal.

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. 

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.

Will I be paying two mortgages at once when I refinance?

No, given the way the loan and title transfer works, you will not have to pay two mortgages at the one time. You will make your last monthly repayment on loan number one and then the following month you will start paying off loan number two.

Does Australia have no cost refinancing?

No Cost Refinancing is an option available in the US where the lender or broker covers your switching costs, such as appraisal fees and settlement costs. Unfortunately, no cost refinancing isn’t available in Australia.

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. 

Can I get a home loan if I am on an employment contract?

Some lenders will allow you to apply for a mortgage if you are a contractor or freelancer. However, many lenders prefer you to be in a permanent, ongoing role, because a more stable income means you’re more likely to keep up with your repayments.

If you’re a contractor, freelancer, or are otherwise self-employed, it may still be possible to apply for a low-doc home loan, as these mortgages require less specific proof of income.

Will I have to pay lenders' mortgage insurance twice if I refinance?

If your deposit was less than 20 per cent of your property’s value when you took out your original loan, you may have paid lenders’ mortgage insurance (LMI) to cover the lender against the risk that you may default on your repayments. 

If you refinance to a new home loan, but still don’t have enough deposit and/or equity to provide 20 per cent security, you’ll need to pay for the lender’s LMI a second time. This could potentially add thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in upfront costs to your mortgage, so it’s important to consider whether the financial benefits of refinancing may be worth these costs.

Is there a limit to how many times I can refinance?

There is no set limit to how many times you are allowed to refinance. Some surveyed RateCity users have refinanced up to three times.

However, if you refinance several times in short succession, it could affect your credit score. Lenders assess your credit score when you apply for new loans, so if you end up with bad credit, you may not be able to refinance if and when you really need to.

Before refinancing multiple times, consider getting a copy of your credit report and ensure your credit history is in good shape for future refinances.

I have a poor credit rating. Am I still able to get a mortgage?

Some lenders still allow you to apply for a home loan if you have impaired credit. However, you may pay a slightly higher interest rate and/or higher fees. This is to help offset the higher risk that you may default on your repayments.

I can't pick a loan. Should I apply to multiple lenders?

Applying for home loans with multiple lenders at once can affect your credit history, as multiple loan applications in short succession can make you look like a risky borrower. Comparing home loans from different lenders, assessing their features and benefits, and making one application to a preferred lender may help to improve your chances of success