Reward Me Home Loan Fixed 3 Years ($300k+) (Principal & Interest) (New Customer)

Real Time Rating™

4.14

/ 5

Cashback

$3000 cashback when you refinance. ~ Ends in about 2 months

Minimum loan size $300k, LVR up to 80%. You will need to open a Reward Me Home Loan Companion account alongside your loan, where the $3,000 cashback payment will be credited within 60 days of settlement.

RateCity Says: An award winning owner occupier home loan with a competitive interest rate that's fixed for three years.

Advertised Rate

2.04%

Fixed - 3 years

Comparison Rate*

2.73%

Maximum LVR
80%
Real Time Rating™

4.14

/ 5
Monthly Repayment

$1,115

based on $300,000 loan amount for 25 years

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Loan term

years

Your estimated repayment

$1,115

based on $300,000 loan amount for 25 years

Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons

  • Interest rates ranked in the best 20%
  • Split account option
  • Features on 2020 RateCity Awards
  • Limited extra repayments
  • No redraw and no offset
  • Ongoing fee
  • Discharge fee at end of loan

Virgin Money Features and Fees

Virgin Money Features and Fees

Details

Maximum LVR

80%

Total Repayments

Next LVR

Interest rate type

Fixed - 3 years

Borrowing range

Suitable for

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

Yes - limited to $10000

Redraw facility

Split interest facility

Loan portable

Repayment holiday available

Allow guarantors

Available for first home buyers

Fees

Total estimated upfront fees

$450

Application fee

$300

Valuation fee

$0

Settlement fee

$150

Other upfront fee

$0

Ongoing fee

$10 monthly

Discharge fee

$350

Application method

Phone

In branch

Specials
  • Cashback $3000 cashback when you refinance.
    Minimum loan size $300k, LVR up to 80%. You will need to open a Reward Me Home Loan Companion account alongside your loan, where the $3,000 cashback payment will be credited within 60 days of settlement.
  • Other Take out a new Virgin Money Home Loan and you could save with our $0 Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) offer.
    Available on eligible new Owner Occupied Principal and Interest purchase only applications approved by 22 January 2021 and settle before 30 May 2021. You will need to contribute a minimum deposit between 15% and 20% of the property’s valuation.
  • Cashback $3000 cashback when you refinance.
    Minimum loan size $300k, LVR up to 80%. You will need to open a Reward Me Home Loan Companion account alongside your loan, where the $3,000 cashback payment will be credited within 60 days of settlement.

Other Benefits

Velocity Points on settlement, monthly, every 3 years

Other Restrictions

PAYG only, new loans of $300,000 or more

Pros and Cons

  • Interest rates ranked in the best 20%
  • Split account option
  • Features on 2020 RateCity Awards
  • Limited extra repayments
  • No redraw and no offset
  • Ongoing fee
  • Discharge fee at end of loan

Virgin Money Features and Fees

Details

Maximum LVR

80%

Total Repayments

Next LVR

Interest rate type

Fixed - 3 years

Borrowing range

Suitable for

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

Yes - limited to $10000

Redraw facility

Split interest facility

Loan portable

Repayment holiday available

Allow guarantors

Available for first home buyers

Fees

Total estimated upfront fees

$450

Application fee

$300

Valuation fee

$0

Settlement fee

$150

Other upfront fee

$0

Ongoing fee

$10 monthly

Discharge fee

$350

Application method

Phone

In branch

Specials
  • Cashback $3000 cashback when you refinance.
    Minimum loan size $300k, LVR up to 80%. You will need to open a Reward Me Home Loan Companion account alongside your loan, where the $3,000 cashback payment will be credited within 60 days of settlement.
  • Other Take out a new Virgin Money Home Loan and you could save with our $0 Lenders Mortgage Insurance (LMI) offer.
    Available on eligible new Owner Occupied Principal and Interest purchase only applications approved by 22 January 2021 and settle before 30 May 2021. You will need to contribute a minimum deposit between 15% and 20% of the property’s valuation.
  • Cashback $3000 cashback when you refinance.
    Minimum loan size $300k, LVR up to 80%. You will need to open a Reward Me Home Loan Companion account alongside your loan, where the $3,000 cashback payment will be credited within 60 days of settlement.

Other Benefits

Velocity Points on settlement, monthly, every 3 years

Other Restrictions

PAYG only, new loans of $300,000 or more

Virgin Money is available through brokers

FAQs

What is appreciation or depreciation of property?

The increase or decrease in the value of a property due to factors including inflation, demand and political stability.

How does a redraw facility work?

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.

Mortgage Balance

The amount you currently owe your mortgage lender. If you are not sure, enter your best estimate.

How much are repayments on a $250K mortgage?

The exact repayment amount for a $250,000 mortgage will be determined by several factors including your deposit size, interest rate and the type of loan. It is best to use a mortgage calculator to determine your actual repayment size.

For example, the monthly repayments on a $250,000 loan with a 5 per cent interest rate over 30 years will be $1342. For a loan of $300,000 on the same rate and loan term, the monthly repayments will be $1610 and for a $500,000 loan, the monthly repayments will be $2684.

How personalised is my rating?

Real Time Ratings produces instant scores for loan products and updates them based what you tell us about what you’re looking for in a loan. In that sense, we believe the ratings are as close as you get to personalised; the more you tell us, the more we customise to ratings to your needs. Some borrowers value flexibility, while others want the lowest cost loan. Your preferences will be reflected in the rating. 

We also take a shorter term, more realistic view of how long borrowers hold onto their loan, which gives you a better idea about the true borrowing costs. We take your loan details and calculate how much each of the relevent loans would cost you on average each month over the next five years. We assess the overall flexibility of each loan and give you an easy indication of which ones are likely to adjust to your needs over time. 

Why should you trust Real Time Ratings?

Real Time Ratings™ was conceived by a team of data experts who have been analysing trends and behaviour in the home loan market for more than a decade. It was designed purely to meet the evolving needs of home loan customers who wish to merge low cost with flexible features quickly. We believe it fills a glaring gap in the market by frequently re-rating loan products based on the changes lenders make daily.

Real Time Ratings™ is a new idea and will change over time to match the frequently-evolving demands of the market. Some things won’t change though – it will always rate all relevent products in our database and will not be influenced by advertising.

If you have any feedback about Real Time Ratings™, please get in touch.

What is appraised value?

An estimation of a property’s value before beginning the mortgage approval process. An appraiser (or valuer) is an expert who estimates the value of a property. The lender generally selects the appraiser or valuer before sanctioning the loan.

What happens to your mortgage when you die?

There is no hard and fast answer to what will happen to your mortgage when you die as it is largely dependent on what you have set out in your mortgage agreement, your will (if you have one), other assets you may have and if you have insurance. If you have co-signed the mortgage with another person that person will become responsible for the remaining debt when you die.

If the mortgage is in your name only the house will be sold by the bank to cover the remaining debt and your nominated air will receive the remaining sum if there is a difference. If there is a turn in the market and the sale of your house won’t cover the remaining debt the case may go to court and the difference may have to be covered by the sale of other assets.  

If you have a life insurance policy your family may be able to use some of the lump sum payment from this to pay down the remaining mortgage debt. Alternatively, your lender may provide some form of mortgage protection that could assist your family in making repayments following your passing.

What is a specialist lender?

Specialist lenders, also known as non-conforming lenders, are lenders that offer mortgages to ‘non-vanilla’ borrowers who struggle to get finance at mainstream banks.

That includes people with bad credit, as well as borrowers who are self-employed, in casual employment or are new to Australia.

Specialist lenders take a much more flexible approach to assessing mortgage applications than mainstream banks.

What is a building in course of erection loan?

Also known as a construction home loan, a building in course of erection (BICOE) loan loan allows you to draw down funds as a building project advances in order to pay the builders. This option is available on selected variable rate loans.

What is a fixed home loan?

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.

How can I get a home loan with no deposit?

Following the Global Financial Crisis, no-deposit loans, as they once used to be known, have largely been removed from the market. Now, if you wish to enter the market with no deposit, you will require a property of your own to secure a loan against or the assistance of a guarantor.

What is bridging finance?

A loan of shorter duration taken to buy a new property before a borrower sells an existing property, usually taken to cover the financial gap that occurs while buying a new property without first selling an older one.

Usually, these loans have higher interest rates and a shorter repayment duration.

Mortgage Calculator, Deposit

The proportion you have already saved to go towards your home. 

Why is it important to get the most up-to-date information?

The mortgage market changes constantly. Every week, new products get launched and existing products get tweaked. Yet many ratings and awards systems rank products annually or biannually.

We update our product data as soon as possible when lenders make changes, so if a bank hikes its interest rates or changes its product, the system will quickly re-evaluate it.

Nobody wants to read a weather forecast that is six months old, and the same is true for home loan comparisons.

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.

What is a redraw fee?

Redraw fees are charged by your lender when you want to take money you have already paid into your mortgage back out. Typically, banks will only allow you to take money out of your loan if you have a redraw facility attached to your loan, and the money you are taking out is part of any additional repayments you’ve made. The average redraw fee is around $19 however there are plenty of lenders who include a number of fee-free redraws a year. Tip: Negative-gearers beware – any money redrawn is often treated as new borrowing for tax purposes, so there may be limits on how you can use it if you want to maximise your tax deduction.

Can I take a personal loan after a home loan?

Are you struggling to pay the deposit for your dream home? A personal loan can help you pay the deposit. The question that may arise in your mind is can I take a home loan after a personal loan, or can you take a personal loan at the same time as a home loan, as it is. The answer is that, yes, provided you can meet the general eligibility criteria for both a personal loan and a home loan, your application should be approved. Those eligibility criteria may include:

  • Higher-income to show repayment capability for both the loans
  • Clear credit history with no delays in bill payments or defaults on debts
  • Zero or minimal current outstanding debt
  • Some amount of savings
  • Proven rent history will be positively perceived by the lenders

A personal loan after or during a home loan may impact serviceability, however, as the numbers can seriously add up. Every loan you avail of increases your monthly installments and the amount you use to repay the personal loan will be considered to lower the money available for the repayment of your home loan.

As to whether you can get a personal loan after your home loan, the answer is a very likely "yes", though it does come with a caveat: as long as you can show sufficient income to repay both the loans on time, you should be able to get that personal loan approved. A personal loan can also help to improve your credit score showing financial discipline and responsibility, which may benefit you with more favorable terms for your home loan.

Does Real Time Ratings' work for people who already have a home loan?

Yes. If you already have a mortgage you can use Real Time RatingsTM to compare your loan against the rest of the market. And if your rate changes, you can come back and check whether your loan is still competitive. If it isn’t, you’ll get the ammunition you need to negotiate a rate cut with your lender, or the resources to help you switch to a better lender.

Mortgage Calculator, Repayment Type

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