Compare home loan for apartments

Find home loans from a wide range of Australian lenders that best suit your needs, whether you're investing, refinancing or looking to buy your first home. Compare interest rates, mortgage repayments, fees and more. - Data last updated on 24 Jun 2018

Compare home loan for apartments

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Discount Offer Variable Home Loan ($200k-$700k)Rewards$1000 offer: Apply for a UHomeLoan of $200,000 or more (excl amounts to refinance a UBank loan) by 6 Aug 2018, & settle by 28 Sept 2018. You must have a USaver before settlement and until the $1000 is paid. Other T&C apply.
Advertised rate
3.69%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.69%
Monthly repayment
$1,149
Real Time Rating™

4.35 / 5

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Low Rate Home Loan with Offset (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)
Advertised rate
3.64%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.67%
Monthly repayment
$1,142
Real Time Rating™

4.66 / 5

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Discount Variable Home Loan ($150k+) (LVR < 80%)
Advertised rate
3.69%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.74%
Monthly repayment
$1,149
Real Time Rating™

4.35 / 5

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Basic Home Loan Special (LVR < 80%)SpecialEstablishment fee waived for Variable Basic Home Loans until 30 June 2018.
Advertised rate
3.65%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.66%
Monthly repayment
$1,144
Real Time Rating™

4.42 / 5

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Advantage Home Loan (PAYG Special No Offset) (LVR<80%)
Advertised rate
3.64%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.67%
Monthly repayment
$1,142
Real Time Rating™

4.37 / 5

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First Rate Home Loan (LVR < 80%)
Advertised rate
3.64%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.69%
Monthly repayment
$1,142
Real Time Rating™

4.31 / 5

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Select Basic Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (Amounts < $500k, LVR < 80%)
Advertised rate
3.69%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.70%
Monthly repayment
$1,149
Real Time Rating™

4.33 / 5

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Premier Standard Variable Home LoanSpecialAvailable on new Premier home loan borrowings from $50,000 when applying by 31 July 2018
Advertised rate
3.69%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.70%
Monthly repayment
$1,149
Real Time Rating™

4.43 / 5

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Basic Variable Rate Home Loan
Advertised rate
3.77%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.81%
Monthly repayment
$1,161
Real Time Rating™

4.19 / 5

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First Home Buyer Loan - 40 Year Term
Advertised rate
3.77%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.81%
Monthly repayment
$1,161
Real Time Rating™

4.19 / 5

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OMG Home Loan (Principal and Interest)
Advertised rate
3.79%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.83%
Monthly repayment
$1,163
Real Time Rating™

4.09 / 5

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Discount Variable Home Loan ($150k+) (LVR 80%-90%)
Advertised rate
3.79%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.84%
Monthly repayment
$1,163
Real Time Rating™

4.23 / 5

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Low Rate Home Loan with Offset (Principal and Interest) (LVR 80%-90%)
Advertised rate
3.84%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.87%
Monthly repayment
$1,171
Real Time Rating™

4.44 / 5

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Basic Home Loan (LVR < 80%)SpecialEstablishment fee waived for Variable Basic Home Loans until 30 June 2018.
Advertised rate
3.86%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.87%
Monthly repayment
$1,173
Real Time Rating™

4.21 / 5

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Rate Buster High Lend Variable Investment Loan (Principal and Interest)CashbackCashback Offer: $750 for loans under $500,000 or $1,500 for loans over $500,000
Advertised rate
3.89%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.89%
Monthly repayment
$1,178
Real Time Rating™

4.34 / 5

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IQ Basic Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 70%)
Advertised rate
3.89%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.90%
Monthly repayment
$1,178
Real Time Rating™

3.98 / 5

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Discount Variable Home Loan ($150k+) (LVR 90%-95%)
Advertised rate
3.89%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.94%
Monthly repayment
$1,178
Real Time Rating™

4.1 / 5

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Discount Offer for Investor Variable P&I RateRewards$1000 offer: Apply for a UHomeLoan of $200,000 or more (excl amounts to refinance a UBank loan) by 6 Aug 2018, & settle by 28 Sept 2018. You must have a USaver before settlement and until the $1000 is paid. Other T&C apply.
Advertised rate
3.99%
Variable
Comparison rate*
3.99%
Monthly repayment
$1,192
Real Time Rating™

4 / 5

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Extra Home Loan (Principal and Interest)
Advertised rate
3.99%
Variable
Comparison rate*
4.00%
Monthly repayment
$1,192
Real Time Rating™

4.36 / 5

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UHomeLoan Fixed (Principal and Interest) 3 Years
Advertised rate
3.74%
Fixed - 3 years
Comparison rate*
4.01%
Monthly repayment
$1,156
Real Time Rating™

3.51 / 5

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Home loans for apartments

Of all the different types of home loan available, home loans for apartments are perhaps the most complicated. There are a number of additional restrictions in this area that can make it harder for you to find the right one, but if you’re patient and you approach your search in the right way, you should be able to source something that works for you.

Deposits on apartments

Apartment loans are complicated because lenders consider them higher risk than houses, particularly if they are newer dwellings. This is mostly because it’s more difficult to sell an apartment than a house, so if you default on your loan they may struggle to recover their money. For this reason, they usually ask for at least a 20 per cent deposit. Because apartments tend to be cheaper, however, this won’t necessarily stop you from being able to get the deal you want. If you’re really struggling, finding a guarantor may help your situation.

Size and bedroom requirements

In order to reduce the risk of them being unable to sell if you default, many lenders refuse to offer loans for apartments under 45m² (not including the balcony). They sometimes also insist that the property has a separate bedroom and living area, because studio apartments are particularly difficult for them to shift. This means that in some cases you may find it’s easier to buy a property that’s slightly larger than you need.

Risks for the lender

As well as worrying about resale, lenders providing home loans for apartments don’t like putting too much of their money into one building, because if something goes wrong with the building it could place them at serious financial risk. This means that if they have already invested in other apartments in the same complex, they may be less willing to invest in yours. In this situation you will usually be able to find a different lender willing to help you.

What do you need?

It’s much easier to obtain a loan like this if you begin the process with a clear idea of what you need. Start by thinking about the size of property you want and how many rooms it should have, and then think about what you need from a loan. Are low interest rates the most important thing, are you anxious to pay it off as fast as you can, or are there special features that could make all the difference to whether or not you will accept a deal?

Comparing home loans

Once you’ve identified a group of loans that could meet your requirements, you’ll need to compare them to establish which offers the best financial deal. Ask for the Key Facts sheet to help you compare the details of the loans at a glance, and use the comparison rate to determine which offers the best deal when taking into account both interest rates and fees.

Pros and cons

  • More affordable;

  • Ideal for urban living;

  • Easy to rent out;

  • Restrictions on borrowing;

  • Harder to sell;

  • Slower growth in value.

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