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A home equity loan, also known as a line of credit, could be a great option for Australian borrowers who want to take advantage of the equity they have in their current home. At RateCity you can carry out a search online to compare home equity home loans side-by-side, highlighting some of the best deals.

Home equity loans can be used for a range of reasons including, but not limited to, home renovation, to purchase another property or even to fit out your home with new furniture. The amount of equity you can borrow will be worked out by your lender who will calculate the current value of your home minus your existing mortgage balance.

Australian home owners could benefit from this type of home loan as it allows you to pay off the interest only but also offers the flexibility to make extra repayments, if you want to start paying towards the principal also. Generally you have access to redraw funds whenever you need it and for whatever purpose.

If want to make your home equity work for you start searching and comparing Australian home equity loans below.

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Lender’s Mortgage Insurance (LMI) is an insurance policy, which protects your bank if you default on the loan (i.e. stop paying your loan). While the bank takes out the policy, you pay the premium. Generally you can ‘capitalise’ the premium – meaning that instead of paying it upfront in one hit, you roll it into the total amount you owe, and it becomes part of your regular mortgage repayments.

This additional cost is typically required when you have less than 20 per cent savings, or a loan with an LVR of 80 per cent or higher, and it can run into thousands of dollars. The policy is not transferrable, so if you sell and buy a new house with less than 20 per cent equity, then you’ll be required to foot the bill again, even if you borrow with the same lender.

Some lenders, such as the Commonwealth Bank, charge customers with a small deposit a Low Deposit Premium or LDP instead of LMI. The cost of the premium is included in your loan so you pay it off over time.

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