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Home loan refinance

Looking for a lower rate? More loan flexibility? RateCity has everything you've ever wanted to know about refinancing your home loan. - Last updated on 16 Nov 2019

Know more about Refinance

Find home loans from a wide range of Australian lenders that best suit your needs.

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Free up equity

Free up money in your home to renovate, buy an investment property or invest elsewhere.

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Reduce your monthly repayments

Budget too tight to manage? Consider switching to a loan with less interest and lower fees.

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Consolidate Debt

Pay off maxed-out credit cards and overdue personal loans with the help of your home loan.

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Refinance Process

Follow these steps to select a new home loan that better suits your needs:

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Identify your goals
Before you start, work out what you want from refinancing, whether it's to reduce your interest rate, pay off your loan faster or get a more flexibile loan.
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Collect your loan details
Collect the details of your current loan, such as the interest rate, amount owing and remaining term.
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Compare
Search for refinancing loans and work out a shortlist of the offers that meet your refinancing goals.
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Calculate switching costs
How much will you be charged in fees for ending one loan and starting another?
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Determine break-even
How long will it take for the savings on your new loan to make up for your switching costs?
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Make a decision
Based on your finances and refinancing goals, select a home loan that's right for you.

Refinance Calculator

Enter the details of your current loan amount, property value and remianing loan term, and we'll show you loans that are a potential match for your requirements.

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Case Studies

See the impact that refinancing and switching lenders made on the lifestyle and personal finances of these Australians:

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Ana and Marian

Owner occupiers Truganina, VIC

"When we first moved to Australia, we joined ANZ, so naturally we got a mortgage with them too. But we weren’t happy with their rising rates so I did some research and swapped to Reduce. They were very kind and helpful, and now we’re saving almost $400 a month!"

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Steve and Emily

Owner occupiers Roweville, VIC

"We had been on a Westpac mortgage for 10 years when they sent us letters saying they were raising rates. We spoke to ING and they quickly got the ball rolling. I’m self-employed and even for me it was a straightforward process. Now we’re saving over $2,500 a year."

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Nick

Owner Occupier & Investor Southport, QLD

"I’d been with CBA since I was a kid. One day I found a lower rate with Reduce Home Loans on a comparison site and made the switch. Reduce made it easy and straightforward, and now I’m saving almost $5,000 each year on my home and investment property."


​Nick Bendel is a senior property and personal finance writer for RateCity, and an experienced journalist with numerous writing credits to his name. To date. He covers property, home loans, credit cards, superannuation and other bank products, and loves getting elbow-deep in the latest ABS, APRA and RBA data.​


FAQs

Refinancing is when you change your home loan from one loan to another – provided either by the same lender or by switching to a different lender. When you refinance, you are technically paying out your old home loan early and starting up a new one.

Switching lenders is often much simpler than many Australians believe, and can make a significant difference to the finances and lifestyles of many home owners.

To help make comparing different home loan offers simpler, RateCity will compare your financial profile to the offers in the Switch & Save Sale, and filter out the loans that aren’t suitable for you, e.g. investor loans if you’re an owner-occupier. We’ll also calculate the potential savings of each loan compared to your current mortgage, and summarise the benefits offered by each lender so you can make a more informed decision.

Here’s how the refinancing process works at the Switch & Save Sale:

  • Proceed through the Switch & Save Sale wizard, and enter your home loan details and contact details
  • Select a loan out of the ones on sale
  • The lender will contact you to help you to answer any questions and help with the application process
  • Complete your application within 30 days of the event finishing if you decide to proceed
  • Have your property valued by the lender
  • Await approval
  • Settlement

Depending on your lender, this process could take as little as 3 days or as long as 30 days.

If you choose to proceed with an application to refinance, this usually requires some paperwork, such as confirmation of your identity, your income, your residence and any other debts. Once you’ve selected one or more home loan offers from the options at the Switch & Save Sale, the lender(s) will soon be in touch to guide you through their application process and provide assistance if required.

There are several potential benefits to refinancing your home loan, which won’t always apply to every borrower. These benefits include:

  1. Saving  money by moving to a lower interest rate – Moving to a lower interest rate can potentially save you thousands. Of course, you need to make sure your new loan has all the functions you need, and that you are happy with the service your new lender provides.
  2. Paying off your home loan faster – If you refinance onto a lower interest rate but keep making the same monthly repayments, you can pay off your loan faster, and save additional money by doing so. The longer it takes you to pay off your loan, the more you will pay your lender in interest.
  3. Find a home loan that suits your changing needs – A typical home loan lasts for 30 years, and a lot can happen over that time. When you switch to a new lender, it’s worth considering whether these features are important to you:
    • Extra repayments
    • Redraw facility
    • Offset Account
    • Interest only payments
    • Call centre/branch support

^Words such as "top", "best", "cheapest" or "lowest" are not a recommendation or rating of products. This page compares a range of products from selected providers and not all products or providers are included in the comparison. There is no such thing as a 'one- size-fits-all' financial product. The best loan, credit card, superannuation account or bank account for you might not be the best choice for someone else. Before selecting any financial product you should read the fine print carefully, including the product disclosure statement, fact sheet or terms and conditions document and obtain professional financial advice on whether a product is right for you and your finances.

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