SERVICE ONE Alliance Bank

HomePlus line-of-credit

Advertised Rate

4.70%

p.a Variable

Comparison Rate*

4.89%

p.a

Maximum LVR
80%
Real Time Rating™

1.44

/ 5
Monthly Repayment

$1,702

based on $300,000 loan amount for 25 years at 4.70%

Advertised Rate

4.70%

p.a Variable

Comparison Rate*

4.89%

p.a

Maximum LVR
80%
Real Time Rating™

1.44

/ 5
Monthly Repayment

$1,702

based on $300,000 loan amount for 25 years at 4.70%

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

    • No redraw and no offset
    • Higher than average interest rate
    • Ongoing fee
    • Higher than average upfront fee

    Features and Fees

    SERVICE ONE Alliance Bank Features and Fees

    Details

    Maximum LVR

    80%

    Total Repayments

    Next LVR

    Interest rate type

    Variable

    Borrowing range

    Suitable for

    Line of Credit, Owner Occupiers

    Loan term range

    1 - 30 years

    Principal & interest

    Interest only

    Applicable states

    ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

    Make repayments

    Fortnightly, Monthly, Weekly

    Features

    Extra repayments

    Unlimited extra repayments

    Redraw facility

    Split interest facility

    Loan portable

    Repayment holiday available

    Allow guarantors

    Available for first home buyers

    Fees

    Total estimated upfront fees

    $700

    Application fee

    $500

    Valuation fee

    At Cost

    Settlement fee

    $200

    Other upfront fee

    $0

    Ongoing fee

    $12 monthly

    Discharge fee

    $200

    Application method

    Online

    Phone

    Broker

    In branch

    Pros and Cons

      • No redraw and no offset
      • Higher than average interest rate
      • Ongoing fee
      • Higher than average upfront fee

      SERVICE ONE Alliance Bank Features and Fees

      Details

      Maximum LVR

      80%

      Total Repayments

      Next LVR

      Interest rate type

      Variable

      Borrowing range

      Suitable for

      Line of Credit, Owner Occupiers

      Loan term range

      1 - 30 years

      Principal & interest

      Interest only

      Applicable states

      ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA

      Make repayments

      Fortnightly, Monthly, Weekly

      Features

      Extra repayments

      Unlimited extra repayments

      Redraw facility

      Split interest facility

      Loan portable

      Repayment holiday available

      Allow guarantors

      Available for first home buyers

      Fees

      Total estimated upfront fees

      $700

      Application fee

      $500

      Valuation fee

      At Cost

      Settlement fee

      $200

      Other upfront fee

      $0

      Ongoing fee

      $12 monthly

      Discharge fee

      $200

      Application method

      Online

      Phone

      Broker

      In branch

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      FAQs

      What is a variable home loan?

      A variable rate home loan is one where the interest rate can and will change over the course of your loan. The rate is determined by your lender, not the Reserve Bank of Australia, so while the cash rate might go down, your bank may decide not to follow suit, although they do broadly follow market conditions. One of the upsides of variable rates is that they are typically more flexible than their fixed rate counterparts which means that a lot of these products will let you make extra repayments and offer features such as offset accounts.

      What is the difference between a fixed rate and variable rate?

      A variable rate can fluctuate over the life of a loan as determined by your lender. While the rate is broadly reflective of market conditions, including the Reserve Bank’s cash rate, it is by no means the sole determining factor in your bank’s decision-making process.

      A fixed rate is one which is set for a period of time, regardless of market fluctuations. Fixed rates can be as short as one year or as long as 15 years however after this time it will revert to a variable rate, unless you negotiate with your bank to enter into another fixed term agreement

      Variable rates is that they are typically more flexible than their fixed rate counterparts which means that a lot of these products will let you make extra repayments and offer features such as offset accounts however fixed rates do offer customers a level of security by knowing exactly how much they need to set aside each month.

      Will I be paying two mortgages at once when I refinance?

      No, given the way the loan and title transfer works, you will not have to pay two mortgages at the one time. You will make your last monthly repayment on loan number one and then the following month you will start paying off loan number two.

      If I don't like my new lender after I refinance, can I go back to my previous lender?

      If you wish to return to your previous lender after refinancing, you will have to go through the refinancing process again and pay a second set of discharge and upfront fees. 

      Therefore, before you refinance, it’s important to weigh up the new prospective lender against your current lender in a number of areas, including fees, flexibility, customer service and interest rate.

      Can I refinance if I have other products bundled with my home loan?

      If your home loan was part of a package deal that included access to credit cards, transaction accounts or term deposits from the same lender, switching all of these over to a new lender can seem daunting. However, some lenders offer to manage part of this process for you as an incentive to refinance with them – contact your lender to learn more about what they offer.

      Will I have to pay lenders' mortgage insurance twice if I refinance?

      If your deposit was less than 20 per cent of your property’s value when you took out your original loan, you may have paid lenders’ mortgage insurance (LMI) to cover the lender against the risk that you may default on your repayments. 

      If you refinance to a new home loan, but still don’t have enough deposit and/or equity to provide 20 per cent security, you’ll need to pay for the lender’s LMI a second time. This could potentially add thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in upfront costs to your mortgage, so it’s important to consider whether the financial benefits of refinancing may be worth these costs.

      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 a standard variable rate (SVR)?

      The standard variable rate (SVR) is the interest rate a lender applies to their standard home loan. It is a variable interest rate which is normally used as a benchmark from which they price their other variable rate home loan products.

      A standard variable rate home loan typically includes most, if not all the features the lender has on offer, such as an offset account, but it often comes with a higher interest rate attached than their most ‘basic’ product on offer (usually referred to as their basic variable rate mortgage).

      When should I switch home loans?

      The answer to this question is dependent on your personal circumstances – there is no best time for refinancing that will apply to everyone.

      If you want a lower interest rate but are happy with the other aspects of your loan it may be worth calling your lender to see if you can negotiate a better deal. If you have some equity up your sleeve – at least 20 per cent – and have done your homework to see what other lenders are offering new customers, pick up the phone to your bank and negotiate. If they aren’t prepared to offer you lower rate or fees, then you’ve already done the research, so consider switching.

      What is a split home loan?

      A split loan lets you fix a portion of your loan, and leave the remainder on a variable rate so you get a bet each way on fixed and variable rates. A split loan is a good option for someone who wants the peace of mind that regular repayments can provide but still wants to retain some of the additional features variable loans typically provide such as an offset account. Of course, with most things in life, split loans are still a trade-off. If the variable rate goes down, for example, the lower interest rates will only apply to the section that you didn’t fix.

      How do I refinance my home loan?

      Refinancing your home loan can involve a bit of paperwork but if you are moving on to a lower rate, it can save you thousands of dollars in the long-run. The first step is finding another loan on the market that you think will save you money over time or offer features that your current loan does not have. Once you have selected a couple of loans you are interested in, compare them with your current loan to see if you will save money in the long term on interest rates and fees. Remember to factor in any break fees and set up fees when assessing the cost of switching.

      Once you have decided on a new loan it is simply a matter of contacting your existing and future lender to get the new loan set up. Beware that some lenders will revert your loan back to a 25 or 30 year term when you refinance which may mean initial lower repayments but may cost you more in the long run.

      What is equity? How can I use equity in my home loan?

      Equity refers to the difference between what your property is worth and how much you owe on it. Essentially, it is the amount you have repaid on your home loan to date, although if your property has gone up in value it can sometimes be a lot more.

      You can use the equity in your home loan to finance renovations on your existing property or as a deposit on an investment property. It can also be accessed for other investment opportunities or smaller purchases, such as a car or holiday, using a redraw facility.

      Once you are over 65 you can even use the equity in your home loan as a source of income by taking out a reverse mortgage. This will let you access the equity in your loan in the form of regular payments which will be paid back to the bank following your death by selling your property. But like all financial products, it’s best to seek professional advice before you sign on the dotted line.

      What happens to my home loan when interest rates rise?

      If you are on a variable rate home loan, every so often your rate will be subject to increases and decreases. Rate changes are determined by your lender, not the Reserve Bank of Australia, however often when the RBA changes the cash rate, a number of banks will follow suit, at least to some extent. You can use RateCity cash rate to check how the latest interest rate change affected your mortgage interest rate.

      When your rate rises, you will be required to pay your bank more each month in mortgage repayments. Similarly, if your interest rate is cut, then your monthly repayments will decrease. Your lender will notify you of what your new repayments will be, although you can do the calculations yourself, and compare other home loan rates using our mortgage calculator.

      There is no way of conclusively predicting when interest rates will go up or down on home loans so if you prefer a more stable approach consider opting for a fixed rate loan.

      What is the difference between fixed, variable and split rates?

      Fixed rate

      A fixed rate home loan is a loan where the interest rate is set for a certain amount of time, usually between one and 15 years. The advantage of a fixed rate is that you know exactly how much your repayments will be for the duration of the fixed term. There are some disadvantages to fixing that you need to be aware of. Some products won’t let you make extra repayments, or offer tools such as an offset account to help you reduce your interest, while others will charge a significant break fee if you decide to terminate the loan before the fixed period finishes.

      Variable rate

      A variable rate home loan is one where the interest rate can and will change over the course of your loan. The rate is determined by your lender, not the Reserve Bank of Australia, so while the cash rate might go down, your bank may decide not to follow suit, although they do broadly follow market conditions. One of the upsides of variable rates is that they are typically more flexible than their fixed rate counterparts which means that a lot of these products will let you make extra repayments and offer features such as offset accounts.

      Split rates home loans

      A split loan lets you fix a portion of your loan, and leave the remainder on a variable rate so you get a bet each way on fixed and variable rates. A split loan is a good option for someone who wants the peace of mind that regular repayments can provide but still wants to retain some of the additional features variable loans typically provide such as an offset account. Of course, with most things in life, split loans are still a trade-off. If the variable rate goes down, for example, the lower interest rates will only apply to the section that you didn’t fix.

      What is an investment loan?

      An investment loan is a home loan that is taken out to purchase a property purely for investment purposes. This means that the purchaser will not be living in the property but will instead rent it out or simply retain it for purposes of capital growth.

      Does Australia have no cost refinancing?

      No Cost Refinancing is an option available in the US where the lender or broker covers your switching costs, such as appraisal fees and settlement costs. Unfortunately, no cost refinancing isn’t available in Australia.

      How to use the ME Bank reverse mortgage calculator?

      You can access the equity in your home to help you fund your needs during your senior years. A ME Bank reverse mortgage allows you to tap into the equity you’ve built up in your home while you continue living in your house. You can also use the funds to pay for your move to a retirement home and repay the loan when you sell the property.

      Generally, if you’re 60 years old, you can borrow up to 15 per cent of the property value. If you are older than 75 years, the amount you can access increases to up to 30 per cent. You can use a reverse mortgage calculator to know how much you can borrow.

      To take out a ME Bank reverse mortgage, you’ll need to provide information like your age, type of property – house or an apartment, postcode, and the estimated market value of the property. The loan to value ratio (LVR) is calculated based on your age and the property’s value.

      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.

      Remaining loan term

      The length of time it will take to pay off your current home loan, based on the currently-entered mortgage balance, monthly repayment and interest rate.

      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.