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Interest rate structure
$150k - $100m
Principal & interest
Loan term range
1 - 30 years
Unlimited extra repayments
Redraw fee: $0
Allows split interest
Estimated upfront fees
Minimum SMSF Amount
Horizon Bank is an Australian customer-owned Bank and was founded in 1964 as the Illawarra County Council Staff Credit Union. It was renamed the Horizon Credit Union in 1995 following the takeover of the Shoalhaven City Employees’ Credit Union.
Horizon is based in Wollongong, with branches throughout the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions of NSW. It offers financial products such as home and personal loans, credit cards, insurance, foreign money services and financial planning services and share trading.
The bank has won a number of awards, including Money magazine’s Personal Lender of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
Horizon Bank Home Loan Calculator
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A loan-to-value ratio (otherwise known as a Loan to Valuation Ratio or LVR), is a calculation lenders make to work out the value of your loan versus the value of your property, expressed as a percentage. Lenders use this calculation to help assess your suitability for a home loan, and whether you need to pay lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI). As a general rule, most banks will require you to pay LMI if your loan-to-value ratio is 80 per cent or more. LVR is worked out by dividing the loan amount by the value of the property. If you are looking for a quick ball-park estimate of LVR, the size of your deposit is a good indicator as it is directly proportionate to your LVR. For instance, a loan with an LVR of 80 per cent requires a deposit of 20 per cent, while a 90 per cent LVR requires 10 per cent down payment.
LOAN AMOUNT / PROPERTY VALUE = LVR%
While this all sounds simple enough, it is worth doing a more accurate calculation of LVR before you commit to buying a place as there are some traps to be aware of. Firstly, the ‘loan amount’ is the price you paid for the property plus additional costs such as stamp duty and legal fees, minus your deposit amount. Secondly, the ‘property value’ is determined by your lender’s valuation of the property, not the price you paid for it, and sometimes these can differ so where possible, try and get your bank to evaluate the property before you put in an offer.