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

Real Time Rating™

3.87

/ 5

Cashback

$3000 cashback when you refinance. ~ Ends in 2 days

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™

3.87

/ 5
Monthly Repayment

$1,115

based on $300,000 loan amount for 25 years

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Loan term

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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 received between 24 September 2020 and 29 November 2020 (inclusive) and that settle by 30 May 2021. You will need to contribute a minimum deposit between 15% and 20% of the property’s valuation.
  • Other $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 received between 24 September 2020 and 29 November 2020 (inclusive) and that settle by 30 May 2021. You will need to contribute a minimum deposit between 15% and 20% of the property’s valuation.
  • Other $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 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 do mortgage brokers do?

Mortgage brokers are finance professionals who help borrowers organise home loans with lenders. As such, they act as middlemen between borrowers and lenders.

While bank staff recommend home loan products only from their own employer, brokers are independent, so they can recommend products from a range of institutions.

Brokers need to be accredited with a particular lender to be able to work with that lender. A typical broker will be accredited with anywhere from 10 to 30 lenders – the big four banks, as well as a range of smaller banks, credit unions and non-bank lenders.

As a general rule, brokers don’t charge consumers for their services; instead, they receive commissions from lenders whenever they place a borrower with that institution.

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 Calculator, Interest Rate

The percentage of the loan amount you will be charged by your lender to borrow. 

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.

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.

What is a construction loan?

A construction loan is loan taken out for the purpose of building or substantially renovating a residential property. Under this type of loan, the funds are released in stages when certain milestones in the construction process are reached. Once the building is complete, the loan will revert to a standard principal and interest mortgage.

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.

Savings over

Select a number of years to see how much money you can save with different home loans over time.

e.g. To see how much you could save in two years by switching mortgages,  set the slider to 2.

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.

Mortgage Calculator, Repayment Frequency

How often you wish to pay back your lender. 

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.

What is a valuation and valuation fee?

A valuation is an assessment of what your home is worth, calculated by a professional valuer. A valuation report is typically required whenever a property is bought, sold or refinanced. The valuation fee is paid to cover the cost of preparing a valuation report.

Mortgage Calculator, Property Value

An estimate of how much your desired property is worth. 

Mortgage Balance

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

How is the flexibility score calculated?

Points are awarded for different features. More important features get more points. The points are then added up and indexed into a score from 0 to 5.

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.

Interest Rate

Your current home loan interest rate. To accurately calculate how much you could save, an accurate interest figure is required. If you are not certain, check your bank statement or log into your mortgage account.

What is the ratings scale?

The ratings are between 0 and 5, shown to one decimal point, with 5.0 as the best. The ratings should be used as an easy guide rather than the only thing you consider. For example, a product with a rating of 4.7 may or may not be better suited to your needs than one with a rating of 4.5, but both are probably much better than one with a rating of 1.2.