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Pros and cons

  • Variety of home loan products.
  • Opportunity to bundle other financial products.
  • Caters for people with specific needs.
  • Community based bank run by members.
  • Some products include fees.
  • Limited branch access.

Owner occupied products interest rates

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Loan typePrincipal & Interest rateInterest Only
Mortgage Saver Special Home Loan - Owner Occupied (QLD only) (Min Deposit 30%)
2.19% p.a.
2.21% p.a. Comparison rate
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Mortgage Saver Special Home Loan - Owner Occupied (QLD only) (Min Deposit 20%)
2.34% p.a.
2.36% p.a. Comparison rate
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Mortgage Breaker Special - Owner Occupied (QLD only) (Min Deposit 30%)
2.39% p.a.
2.45% p.a. Comparison rate
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1 Year Fixed Rate Home Loan - Owner Occupied (QLD only) (Min Deposit 5%)
1.79% p.a.
2.58% p.a. Comparison rate
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Mortgage Breaker Special - Owner Occupied (QLD only) (Min Deposit 20%)
2.54% p.a.
2.6% p.a. Comparison rate
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Mortgage Saver Special Home Loan - Owner Occupied (QLD only) (Min Deposit 5%)
2.59% p.a.
2.61% p.a. Comparison rate
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2 Year Fixed Rate Home Loan - Owner Occupied (QLD only) (Min Deposit 5%)
2.49% p.a.
2.63% p.a. Comparison rate
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3 Year Fixed Rate Home Loan - Owner Occupied (QLD only) (Min Deposit 5%)
2.89% p.a.
2.72% p.a. Comparison rate
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Mortgage Breaker Special - Owner Occupied (QLD only) (Min Deposit 10%)
2.79% p.a.
2.85% p.a. Comparison rate
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5 Year Fixed Rate Home Loan - Owner Occupied (QLD only) (Min Deposit 5%)
3.19% p.a.
2.89% p.a. Comparison rate
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Home Loan Overdraft - Owner Occupied (QLD Only) (Min Deposit 5%)
4.85% p.a.
4.91% p.a. Comparison rate
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Investment purpose products interest rates

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Loan typePrincipal & Interest rateInterest Only
Mortgage Breaker Investor Special (QLD only) (Min Deposit 30%)
2.59% p.a.
2.65% p.a. Comparison rate
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Mortgage Breaker Investor Special (QLD only) (Min Deposit 20%)
2.74% p.a.
2.8% p.a. Comparison rate
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1 Year Fixed Rate Home Loan - Investor (QLD only) (Min Deposit 10%)
1.99% p.a.
2.96% p.a. Comparison rate
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2 Year Fixed Rate Home Loan - Investor (QLD only) (Min Deposit 10%)
2.69% p.a.
3% p.a. Comparison rate
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Mortgage Breaker Investor Special (QLD only) (Min Deposit 10%)
2.99% p.a.
3.05% p.a. Comparison rate
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3 Year Fixed Rate Home Loan - Investor (QLD only) (Min Deposit 10%)
3.09% p.a.
3.08% p.a. Comparison rate
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5 Year Fixed Rate Home Loan - Investor (QLD only) (Min Deposit 10%)
3.39% p.a.
3.21% p.a. Comparison rate
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Home Loan Overdraft - Investor (QLD Only) (Min Deposit 20%)
5.71% p.a.
5.78% p.a. Comparison rate
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Home loan repayment calculator

Thinking about taking out a home loan with RACQ Bank? Use our home loan calculator to see how much you’d have to repay under different borrowing scenarios. You can also see how RACQ Bank home loans compare with other options.

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RACQ Bank customer service

RACQ Bank has numerous services for customers to access their accounts and get support. RACQ Bank also has a presence on the ground in Queensland, with over 13 branches throughout the state. RACQ Bank also has a team of mobile lenders. They can visit you at home and talk to you about a loan set-up that suits your personal circumstances. Customers can access their accounts 24-hours-a-day via internet banking and telephone banking is also available. Both these services allow you to access things such as your recent transactions history and account balance, as well as to  find a bank branch or ATM. The bank can also be contacted by email.

  • Mobile app
  • Online banking
  • Branch
  • Mobile banking staff

How to Apply

Applications and home loan enquiries can be made online at the RACQ Bank website or by downloading and completing relevant documentation then sending them to RACQ Bank via post. Relevant information includes:

  • Personal identification material
  • Proof of income
  • Information regarding your living costs

Learn more about home loans

When do mortgage payments start after settlement?

Generally speaking, your first mortgage payment falls due one month after the settlement date. However, this may vary based on your mortgage terms. You can check the exact date by contacting your lender.

Usually your settlement agent will meet the seller’s representatives to exchange documents at an agreed place and time. The balance purchase price is paid to the seller. The lender will register a mortgage against your title and give you the funds to purchase the new home.

Once the settlement process is complete, the lender allows you to draw down the loan. The loan amount is debited from your loan account. As soon as the settlement paperwork is sorted, you can collect the keys to your new home and work your way through the moving-in checklist.

Cash or mortgage – which is more suitable to buy an investment property?

Deciding whether to buy an investment property with cash or a mortgage is a matter or personal choice and will often depend on your financial situation. Using cash may seem logical if you have the money in reserve and it can allow you to later use the equity in your home. However, there may be other factors to think about, such as whether there are other debts to pay down and whether it will tie up all of your spare cash. Again, it’s a personal choice and may be worth seeking personal advice.

A mortgage is a popular option for people who don’t have enough cash in the bank to pay for an investment property. Sometimes when you take out a mortgage you can offset your loan interest against the rental income you may earn. The rental income can also help to pay down the loan.

When does Commonwealth Bank charge an early exit fee?

When you take out a fixed interest home loan with the Commonwealth Bank, you’re able to lock the interest for a particular period. If the rates change during this period, your repayments remain unchanged. If you break the loan during the fixed interest period, you’ll have to pay the Commonwealth Bank home loan early exit fee and an administrative fee.

The Early Repayment Adjustment (ERA) and Administrative fees are applicable in the following instances:

  • If you switch your loan from fixed interest to variable rate
  • When you apply for a top-up home loan
  • If you repay over and above the annual threshold limit, which is $10,000 per year during the fixed interest period
  • When you prepay the entire outstanding loan balance before the end of the fixed interest duration.

The fee calculation depends on the interest rates, the amount you’ve repaid and the loan size. You can contact the lender to understand more about what you may have to pay. 

How can I apply for a first home buyers loan with Commonwealth Bank?

Getting a home loan requires planning and research. If you are considering a home loan with the Commonwealth Bank, you can find the information you need in the buying your first home section of the bank’s website.

You can see the steps you should take before applying for the loan and use the calculators to work out how much you can borrow, what your monthly repayments would be and the upfront costs you’d likely pay.

You can also book a time with a Commonwealth first home loan specialist by calling 13 2221.

CommBank publishes a property report that may help you understand the real estate market. The bank has also created a CommBank Property App that you can use to search for property.  The link to download this app is available on the same webpage.

If you are eligible for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, CommBank will help you process your application. The scheme helps first home buyers to purchase a home with a low deposit. You can read details about this scheme here and speak with a CommBank home lending specialist to understand your options.

What are the features of home loans for expats from Westpac?

If you’re an Australian citizen living and working abroad, you can borrow to buy a property in Australia. With a Westpac non-resident home loan, you can borrow up to 80 per cent of the property value to purchase a property whilst living overseas. The minimum loan amount for these loans is $25,000, with a maximum loan term of 30 years.

The interest rates and other fees for Westpac non-resident home loans are the same as regular home loans offered to borrowers living in Australia. You’ll have to submit proof of income, six-month bank statements, an employment letter, and your last two payslips. You may also be required to submit a copy of your passport and visa that shows you’re allowed to live and work abroad.

How do I apply for a home loan pre-approval from Commonwealth Bank?

To apply for a Commbank home loan pre-approval, you can either call the bank at 13 2224 or meet one of the bank’s lending specialists. You can set up a meeting online if you wish. You’ll need to do some homework before contacting the bank, such as gathering information on the kind of properties you’d like to buy and their prices.

Preparing a financial summary, which lists all your income sources as well as significant expenses, can also help determine how much you can afford to borrow. You may also want to check your credit score before applying for pre-approval.

It’s worth remembering that a CBA home loan pre-approval doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get the loan. Once you get the pre-approval, you’ll have about three to six months to decide on a property and apply for the home loan. The bank will then confirm that the property is suitable for the loan before fully approving it.

How to apply for a pre-approval home loan from Bendigo Bank?

Applying for pre-approval on your home loan gives you confidence in your ability to secure finance while looking at potential new homes. You can get a free and personalised pre-approval home loan from Bendigo Bank in just a few minutes, without any credit checks or paperwork. 

Bendigo Bank offers pre-approval for home loans that allow you to understand the home loan size you may be able to get before looking for a new home. 

With the pre-approval, Bendigo Bank provides an estimate of your borrowing power. This figure incorporates stamp duty, lenders mortgage insurance (LMI) and any first home buyer incentives you may be eligible for. You may also qualify for the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme initiative, depending on your circumstances. 

To apply for a pre-approval on your home loan from Bendigo Bank, all you need to do is fill in a smart form. You could also contact the bank directly on 1300 236 344.

How do I find out my current interest rate and how much is owing on my loan?

Your bank statements and/or your internet banking should show these details. If you are not sure, call your bank or estimate.

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.

Why does Westpac charge an early termination fee for home loans?

The Westpac home loan early termination fee or break cost is applicable if you have a fixed rate home loan and repay part of or the whole outstanding amount before the fixed period ends. If you’re switching between products before the fixed period ends, you’ll pay a switching break cost and an administrative fee. 

The Westpac home loan early termination fee may not apply if you repay an amount below the prepayment threshold. The prepayment threshold is the amount Westpac allows you to repay during the fixed period outside your regular repayments.

Westpac charges this fee because when you take out a home loan, the bank borrows the funds with wholesale rates available to banks and lenders. Westpac will then work out your interest rate based on you making regular repayments for a fixed period. If you repay before this period ends, the lender may incur a loss if there is any change in the wholesale rate of interest.

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.

What is the average annual percentage rate?

Also known as the comparison rate, or sometimes the ‘true rate’ of a loan, the average annual percentage rate (AAPR) is used to indicate the overall cost of a loan after considering all the fees, charges and other factors, such as introductory offers and honeymoon rates.

The AAPR is calculated based on a standardised loan amount and loan term, and doesn’t include any extra non-standard charges.

What is the best interest rate for a mortgage?

The fastest way to find out what the lowest interest rates on the market are is to use a comparison website.

While a low interest rate is highly preferable, it is not the only factor that will determine whether a particular loan is right for you.

Loans with low interest rates can often include hidden catches, such as high fees or a period of low rates which jumps up after the introductory period has ended.

To work out the best value for money, have a look at a loan’s comparison rate and read the fine print to get across all the fees and charges that you could be theoretically charged over the life of the loan.

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.

What's the difference between Real Time Ratings and comparison rates?

A comparison rate calculates the cost of a $150,000 loan over 25 years. While a comparison rate is a good industry benchmark, it doesn’t consider your specific lending requirements.

Real Time RatingsTM factors in essential information like your loan size, your loan-to-value ratio (LVR), whether you want an offset account and whether you are an investor or an owner-occupier.