Full Feature Home Loan (Interest Only)
Cashback$2000 Refinance cashback
- Last updated on 10 Jul 2020
based on $300,000 loan amount for 25 years
- No ongoing fees
- 100% full offset account
- Parents can sign as guarantor
- Extra repayments + redraw services
- Discharge fee at end of loan
- Repayments may increase if RBA raises rates
Interest rate structure
$15k - $100m
Principal & interest
Loan term range
1 - 30 years
100% offset account
Unlimited extra repayments
Redraw fee: $0
Allows split interest
ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
Total estimated upfront fees
Other upfront fee
Minimum SMSF Amount
- Cashback $2000 Refinance cashbackReceive a $2,000 cashback when you refinance your home loan to a new RAMS Home Loan, with a minimum loan size of $250k, between 28 February 2020 and 30 June 2020 and settle by 31 August 2020.
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RAMS is a home loan lender headquartered in Sydney. RAMS was formed in 1991 as ‘Registered Australian Mortgage Securities.’ In 1995, RAMS home loans entered the retail market, and in 2008, the RAMS brand and distribution business was bought by Westpac Banking Corporation.
RAMS is known for providing flexible, simple home loan products to everyday Australians. It offers a wide variety of mortgages, including options for investors, re-financers, first home buyers, and self-employed borrowers.
A redraw facility attached to your loan allows you to borrow back any additional repayments that you have already paid on your loan. This can be a beneficial feature because, by paying down the principal with additional repayments, you will be charged less interest. However you will still be able to access the extra money when needed.
Most comparison sites give you information about rates, fees and features, but expect you’ll pay more with a low advertised rate and $400 ongoing fee or a slightly higher rate and no ongoing fee. The answer is different for each borrower and depends on a number of variables, in particular how big your loan is. Comparisons are either done based on just today or projected over a full 25 or 30 year loan. That’s not how people borrow these days. While you may take a 30 year loan, most borrowers will either upgrade their house or switch their home loan within the first five years.
You’re also expected to know exactly which features you want. This is fine for the experienced borrower, but most people know some flexibility is a good thing, but don’t know exactly which features offer more flexibility than others.
What is the flexibility score?
Today’s home loans often try to lure borrowers with a range of flexible features, including offset accounts, redraw facilities, repayment frequency options, repayment holidays, split loan options and portability. Real Time Ratings™ weights each of these features based on popularity and gives loans a ‘flexibility score’ based on how much they cater to borrowers’ needs over time. The aim is to give a higher score to loans which give borrowers more features and options.
They’re not always timely
In today’s competitive home loan market, lenders are releasing new offers almost daily. These offers are often some of the most attractive deals in the market, but won’t get rated by traditional ratings systems for up to a year.
The assumptions are out of date
The comparison rate is based on a loan size of $150,000 and a loan term of 25 years. However, the typical loan size is much higher than that. Million dollar loans are becoming increasingly common, especially if you live in metropolitan parts of Australia, like Sydney and Melbourne. It’s also uncommon for borrowers to hold a loan for 25 years. The typical shelf life for a home loan is a few years.
The other problem is because it’s a percentage, the difference between 3.9 or 3.7 per cent on a $500,000 doesn’t sound like much, but equals around $683 a year. Real Time Ratings™ not only looks at the difference in the monthly repayments, but it will work out the actual cost difference once fees are taken into consideration.