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Pros and cons

  • Variety of home loan products to choose from
  • Loans can be packaged with other financial products
  • Extensive branch and customer service offering
  • Some loans have annual packaging fees
  • Higher rates for some types of customers

Owner occupied products interest rates

TMD

Loan typePrincipal & Interest rateInterest Only
Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
n/a
4.14% p.a.
4.15% p.a. Comparison rate
1 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 30%)
2.79% p.a.
3.57% p.a. Comparison rate
4.24% p.a.
4.22% p.a. Comparison rate
Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 5%)
n/a
4.24% p.a.
4.25% p.a. Comparison rate
2 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 30%)
3.69% p.a.
3.69% p.a. Comparison rate
4.39% p.a.
4.29% p.a. Comparison rate
1 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
4.34% p.a.
4.32% p.a. Comparison rate
2 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
4.49% p.a.
4.39% p.a. Comparison rate
Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 30%)
3.44% p.a.
3.85% p.a. Comparison rate
4.03% p.a.
4.42% p.a. Comparison rate
3 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 30%)
4.19% p.a.
3.86% p.a. Comparison rate
4.79% p.a.
4.44% p.a. Comparison rate
Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
4.13% p.a.
4.52% p.a. Comparison rate
3 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
4.89% p.a.
4.54% p.a. Comparison rate
4 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 30%)
4.39% p.a.
4% p.a. Comparison rate
4.99% p.a.
4.59% p.a. Comparison rate
4 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
5.09% p.a.
4.69% p.a. Comparison rate
Basic Variable Rate (Flexi First Option) Home Loan (Min Deposit 5%)
4.18% p.a.
4.23% p.a. Comparison rate
4.67% p.a.
4.72% p.a. Comparison rate
5 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 30%)
4.59% p.a.
4.17% p.a. Comparison rate
5.09% p.a.
4.72% p.a. Comparison rate
Basic Variable Rate (Flexi First Option) Home Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
4.08% p.a.
4.13% p.a. Comparison rate
4.77% p.a.
4.82% p.a. Comparison rate
5 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
5.19% p.a.
4.82% p.a. Comparison rate
2 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
3.99% p.a.
4.61% p.a. Comparison rate
4.69% p.a.
5.22% p.a. Comparison rate
2 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
4.69% p.a.
5.22% p.a. Comparison rate
1 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
4.54% p.a.
5.25% p.a. Comparison rate
1 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
3.09% p.a.
4.58% p.a. Comparison rate
4.54% p.a.
5.25% p.a. Comparison rate
3 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
5.09% p.a.
5.29% p.a. Comparison rate
3 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
4.49% p.a.
4.7% p.a. Comparison rate
5.09% p.a.
5.29% p.a. Comparison rate
4 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
4.69% p.a.
4.76% p.a. Comparison rate
5.29% p.a.
5.35% p.a. Comparison rate
4 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
5.29% p.a.
5.35% p.a. Comparison rate
5 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
5.39% p.a.
5.4% p.a. Comparison rate
5 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
4.89% p.a.
4.85% p.a. Comparison rate
5.39% p.a.
5.4% p.a. Comparison rate
Rocket Repay Home Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
4.73% p.a.
4.87% p.a. Comparison rate
5.32% p.a.
5.46% p.a. Comparison rate
Rocket Repay Home Loan (Min Deposit 20%)
n/a
5.42% p.a.
5.56% p.a. Comparison rate
Basic Variable Rate (Flexi First Option) Home Loan (LVR up to 70%) (Min Deposit 30%)
2.49% p.a.
2.43% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
1 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 5%)
2.89% p.a.
3.67% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
2 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 5%)
3.79% p.a.
3.79% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 5%)
3.54% p.a.
3.94% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
3 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 5%)
4.29% p.a.
3.96% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
4 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 5%)
4.49% p.a.
4.1% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
5 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 5%)
4.69% p.a.
4.27% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
1 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 5%)
3.09% p.a.
4.58% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
2 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 5%)
3.99% p.a.
4.61% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
3 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 5%)
4.49% p.a.
4.7% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
4 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 5%)
4.69% p.a.
4.76% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
5 Year Fixed Options Home Loan (Min Deposit 5%)
4.89% p.a.
4.85% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a
Rocket Repay Home Loan (Min Deposit 5%)
4.83% p.a.
4.97% p.a. Comparison rate
n/a

Investment purpose products interest rates

TMD

Loan typePrincipal & Interest rateInterest Only
Flexi First Option Investment Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
4.63% p.a.
4.68% p.a. Comparison rate
4.64% p.a.
4.69% p.a. Comparison rate
Flexi First Option Investment Loan (Min Deposit 5%)
4.73% p.a.
4.78% p.a. Comparison rate
4.74% p.a.
4.79% p.a. Comparison rate
1 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 30%)
2.99% p.a.
4.07% p.a. Comparison rate
3.49% p.a.
4.35% p.a. Comparison rate
2 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 30%)
3.89% p.a.
4.17% p.a. Comparison rate
4.19% p.a.
4.43% p.a. Comparison rate
1 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 10%)
3.09% p.a.
4.17% p.a. Comparison rate
3.59% p.a.
4.44% p.a. Comparison rate
2 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 10%)
3.99% p.a.
4.26% p.a. Comparison rate
4.29% p.a.
4.52% p.a. Comparison rate
3 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 30%)
4.38% p.a.
4.31% p.a. Comparison rate
4.69% p.a.
4.57% p.a. Comparison rate
Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 30%)
3.99% p.a.
4.38% p.a. Comparison rate
4.25% p.a.
4.64% p.a. Comparison rate
3 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 10%)
4.49% p.a.
4.41% p.a. Comparison rate
4.79% p.a.
4.67% p.a. Comparison rate
Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 10%)
4.09% p.a.
4.48% p.a. Comparison rate
4.35% p.a.
4.73% p.a. Comparison rate
4 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 30%)
4.69% p.a.
4.46% p.a. Comparison rate
4.99% p.a.
4.73% p.a. Comparison rate
4 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 10%)
4.79% p.a.
4.56% p.a. Comparison rate
5.09% p.a.
4.83% p.a. Comparison rate
5 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 30%)
4.79% p.a.
4.57% p.a. Comparison rate
5.09% p.a.
4.84% p.a. Comparison rate
5 Year Premier Advantage Package (Min Deposit 10%)
4.89% p.a.
4.67% p.a. Comparison rate
5.19% p.a.
4.94% p.a. Comparison rate
2 Year Fixed Rate Investment Property Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
4.19% p.a.
5.09% p.a. Comparison rate
4.49% p.a.
5.36% p.a. Comparison rate
2 Year Fixed Rate Investment Property Loan (Min Deposit 10%)
4.19% p.a.
5.09% p.a. Comparison rate
4.49% p.a.
5.36% p.a. Comparison rate
1 Year Fixed Rate Investment Property Loan (Min Deposit 10%)
3.29% p.a.
5.09% p.a. Comparison rate
3.79% p.a.
5.37% p.a. Comparison rate
1 Year Fixed Rate Investment Property Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
3.29% p.a.
5.09% p.a. Comparison rate
3.79% p.a.
5.37% p.a. Comparison rate
3 Year Fixed Rate Investment Property Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
4.69% p.a.
5.15% p.a. Comparison rate
4.99% p.a.
5.42% p.a. Comparison rate
3 Year Fixed Rate Investment Property Loan (Min Deposit 10%)
4.69% p.a.
5.15% p.a. Comparison rate
4.99% p.a.
5.42% p.a. Comparison rate
4 Year Fixed Rate Investment Property Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
4.99% p.a.
5.22% p.a. Comparison rate
5.29% p.a.
5.49% p.a. Comparison rate
4 Year Fixed Rate Investment Property Loan (Min Deposit 10%)
4.99% p.a.
5.22% p.a. Comparison rate
5.29% p.a.
5.49% p.a. Comparison rate
5 Year Fixed Rate Investment Property Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
5.09% p.a.
5.25% p.a. Comparison rate
5.39% p.a.
5.53% p.a. Comparison rate
5 Year Fixed Rate Investment Property Loan (Min Deposit 10%)
5.09% p.a.
5.25% p.a. Comparison rate
5.39% p.a.
5.53% p.a. Comparison rate
Rocket Investment Home Loan (Min Deposit 30%)
5.28% p.a.
5.42% p.a. Comparison rate
5.54% p.a.
5.68% p.a. Comparison rate
Rocket Investment Home Loan (Min Deposit 10%)
5.38% p.a.
5.52% p.a. Comparison rate
5.64% p.a.
5.78% p.a. Comparison rate

Home loan repayment calculator

Thinking about taking out a home loan with Westpac? Use our home loan calculator to see how much you’d have to repay under different borrowing scenarios. You can also see how Westpac home loans compare with other options.

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Westpac customer service

Home loan customers at Westpac can contact the bank by calling the customer service centre 7 days a week. In addition, home loan customers can pop into a local branch or arrange a call back through the online enquiry form.

  • Customer service centre (phone, email, branch)
  • Mobile app
  • Online banking
  • Mobile banking staff

How to apply for a Westpac home loan

Customers wanting to apply for a Westpac Home Loan can start their application by giving the bank a call or requesting a call back. 

Before applying for a home loan it’s important to consider how much money you can afford to borrow and comfortably repay in your current financial situation. 

You will also need to provide documentation when applying for a home loan, including:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of income and employment details e.g. payslips
  • Details of household expenses and other debts, including credit cards, personal loans and car loans.
  • Self-employed borrowers will need the last two years of company and personal tax returns.

About Westpac home loans

Westpac offers a vast range of home loans, with options suited to almost every type of mortgage borrower in Australia, including:

  • First-time home buyers
  • Upgraders
  • Investors
  • Renovators
  • Refinancers
  • Self-employed (low-doc loans)

Borrowers who take out Westpac home loans can choose to make principal and interest or interest-only repayments. Westpac home loans can have variable or fixed interest rates, or customers can choose to split their loan between fixed and variable rates.

Westpac offers special benefits to customers when they package their home loan and bank account. Borrowers can enjoy interest rate discounts and savings on other Westpac products.

Westpac does not always offer the lowest mortgage interest rates on the market, but it can be an attractive option for many Australians because of its extensive branch network and respected reputation.

Westpac home loan rates

Westpac home loan rates tend to be on the higher end of the spectrum, though they’re not generally the highest on the market. Westpac home loan interest rates vary from mortgage to mortgage, and borrowers can choose between fixed, variable, and split rate home loans.

Owner-occupiers are generally offered lower rates than investors, and borrowers who make principal and interest repayments more often get lower rates than those who make interest-only repayments.

Interest rates can also vary between variable rate and fixed rate mortgages, and also with the length of a fixed rate term. Westpac home loans can be fixed from one to five years. As a general rule, the interest rate goes up the longer you want to fix, meaning a five-year fixed term has a higher interest rate than a one-year fixed term.

Westpac home loans review

Westpac has a strong reputation for home loans within Australia, which can make it a popular choice with many borrowers. Because it is an established brand with millions of customers, a Westpac mortgage can feel like a straightforward choice in a confusing mortgage market. Plus, Westpac can offer access and convenience to Australian borrowers, as unlike online-only lenders, Westpac has an extensive branch network that operates beyond the capital cities.

Westpac’s home loans may be suited to almost any type of borrower. Westpac offers standard loans for first home buyers, renovators, owner-occupiers, and investors, but it also has products for more specialist clients, such as those who are self-employed.

Although Westpac can be a more convenient option when it comes to home loans, it’s not always the most affordable option. Westpac home loan rates tend to be moderate or moderately high.

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How do I apply for Westpac’s first home buyer loan?

If you’re a first home buyer looking to apply for a home loan with Westpac, they offer an online home loan application. They suggest the application can be completed in about 20 minutes. Based on the information you provide, Westpac will advise you the amount you can borrow and the costs associated with any possible home loan. 

You can use Westpac’s online mortgage calculators to estimate your borrowing power. You can also work out the time it might take to save up for the deposit, and the size of your home loan repayments

When applying for a home loan with Westpac, you’re assigned a home finance manager who can address your concerns and provide information. The manager will also offer guidance on any government grants you may be eligible for. 

Why does Westpac charge an early termination fee for home loans?

The Westpac home loan early termination fee or break cost is applicable if you have a fixed rate home loan and repay part of or the whole outstanding amount before the fixed period ends. If you’re switching between products before the fixed period ends, you’ll pay a switching break cost and an administrative fee. 

The Westpac home loan early termination fee may not apply if you repay an amount below the prepayment threshold. The prepayment threshold is the amount Westpac allows you to repay during the fixed period outside your regular repayments.

Westpac charges this fee because when you take out a home loan, the bank borrows the funds with wholesale rates available to banks and lenders. Westpac will then work out your interest rate based on you making regular repayments for a fixed period. If you repay before this period ends, the lender may incur a loss if there is any change in the wholesale rate of interest.

How do you compare home loans?

To compare home loans, you can assess the components of the loan against your own financial situation and other mortgages in the market.

Look at the interest rate, rate type (fixed or variable), loan fees, features, loan term, repayment frequency and more to find a home loan that fits with your budget and property goals.

Then, use comparison tools like comparison tables, calculators, or RateCity's Real Time RatingsTM to create a short list of home loan options, and decide which home loan best suits your needs.

What are the features of home loans for expats from Westpac?

If you’re an Australian citizen living and working abroad, you can borrow to buy a property in Australia. With a Westpac non-resident home loan, you can borrow up to 80 per cent of the property value to purchase a property whilst living overseas. The minimum loan amount for these loans is $25,000, with a maximum loan term of 30 years.

The interest rates and other fees for Westpac non-resident home loans are the same as regular home loans offered to borrowers living in Australia. You’ll have to submit proof of income, six-month bank statements, an employment letter, and your last two payslips. You may also be required to submit a copy of your passport and visa that shows you’re allowed to live and work abroad.

What are the different types of home loan interest rates?

A home loan interest rate is used to calculate how much you’ll pay the lender, usually annually, above the amount you borrow. It’s what the lenders charge you for them lending you money and will impact the total amount you’ll pay over the life of your home loan. 

Having understood what are home loan rates in general, here are the two types you usually have with a home loan:

Fixed rates

These interest rates remain constant for a specific period and are a good option if you’re a first-time buyer or if you’re looking for a fixed monthly repayment. One possible downside of a fixed rate is that it may be higher than a variable rate. Also, you don’t benefit from any lowering of interest rates in the market. On the flip side, if rates go up, your rate won’t change, possibly saving you money.

Variable rates

With variable interest rates, the lender can change them at any time. This change can be based on economic conditions or other reasons. Changes in interest rates could be beneficial if your monthly repayment decreases but can be a problem if it increases. Variable interest rates offer several other benefits often not available with fixed rate home loans like redraw and offset facilities and free extra repayments. 

Does the Home Loan Rate Promise apply to discounted interest rate offers, such as honeymoon rates?

No. Temporary discounts to home loan interest rates will expire after a limited time, so they aren’t valid for comparing home loans as part of the Home Loan Rate Promise.

However, if your home loan has been discounted from the lender’s standard rate on a permanent basis, you can check if we can find an even lower rate that could apply to you.

Do you compare mortgages using the comparison or advertised rate?

A lot of Australians compare home loans using the advertised interest rate, which indicates how much interest you’ll be charged on your mortgage repayments. The lower your rate, the cheaper your home loan should be.

However, interest charges aren’t the only cost associated with home loans. Most mortgage lenders also charge fees on their home loans. A mortgage with a low interest rate and high fees can sometimes cost more than a mortgage with a high interest rate and low fees.

A home loan’s comparison rate combines the cost of interest with the cost of standard fees and charges into a single percentage rate. Mortgage lenders are required to display a comparison rate alongside their advertised rate to better indicate the home loan’s overall cost.

Keep in mind that to ensure consistency, all comparison rates are calculated assuming a $150,000 principal and interest mortgage with a 25 year term. As your home loan may be different, the comparison rate may not accurately reflect exactly how much your home loan may cost. Also, the comparison rate doesn’t include every home loan fee and charge, so it’s still important to compare home loans and read the fine print before you apply.

How long does Westpac take to approve a home loan?

Applying for a home loan at Westpac is fairly simple. The process from initial application to settlement varies in its time frame. Some customers receive in-principle approval within a couple of days. 

You can initiate the process by filling out the bank’s home loan form and requesting a callback. A Westpac representative will get in touch with you within 24 hours. You will need to provide the following information to the representative during the call: 

  • Total income
  • Total expenses
  • Details about all your liabilities and debts
  • Information and value of all your assets. 

The Westpac representative will then share with you information about the types of home loans you may qualify for, along with an estimate of interest rates and applicable fees. 

Once Westpac has received all your details, loan preferences, and documents, the representative will assess all the information. If everything is in order, you may receive an Approval in Principle (AIP) within 2 working days. This specifies the amount Westpac is willing to offer for your home loan. 

Your Approval in Principle will often remain valid for only 90 days and if you don’t find a suitable property within that time frame, you need to apply for a renewal on your Approval in Principle. In this circumstance, if the Westpac representative confirms that there are no changes in your financial circumstances, your Approval can be extended for another 90 days. 

After you have found a home that matches the Approval in Principle, you will need a confirmed contract of sale before Westpac initiates the loan settlement. This process takes about 4-12 weeks or 2-5 days if you’re refinancing. 

How do you find cheap home loans?

With so many interest rate options and repayment types available, finding the cheapest home loan may depend on the type of loan you choose.

Whether you’re looking for an owner-occupier or investor loan, with interest-only or principal and interest repayments, on a fixed or variable interest rate, the cheapest home loan rate available may vary greatly.

One way to find the cheapest option for you is to narrow down your search and compare the options that best suit your individual requirements. RateCity’s home loan comparison tables can help you get started on your search and take the hassle out of shopping around.

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.

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.

Are fixed rates or variable rates cheaper?

Fixed and variable home loan interest rates are discretionary based on the lender’s decision. They will also be influenced by the Australian economy, as well as the Reserve Bank of Australia’s cash rate. The specific interest rate you may be offered will also depend on your credit history and financial situation.

Whether a fixed or variable rate home loan is the cheaper option for you will depend on all the above, and may still fluctuate over a 25-year home loan term. Therefore, it’s worth comparing your loan options with our comparison tables to see how the rates compare, based on your specific financial needs.

What is a home loan?

A home loan is a finance product that allows a home buyer to borrow a large sum of money from a lender for the purchase of a residential property. The home is then put up as "security" or "collateral" on the loan, giving the lender the right to repossess the property in the case that the borrower fails to repay their loan.

Once you take out a home loan, you'll need to repay the amount borrowed, plus interest, in regular instalments over a predetermined period of time.

The interest you're charged on each mortgage repayment is based on your remaining loan amount, also known as your loan principal. The rate at which interest is charged on your home loan principal is expressed as a percentage.

Different home loan products charge different interest rates and fees, and offer a range of different features to suit a variety of buyers’ needs.

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.

How do I apply for a home improvement loan?

When you want to renovate your home, you may need to take out a loan to cover the costs. You could apply for a home improvement loan, which is a personal loan that you use to cover the costs of your home renovations. There is no difference between applying for this type of home improvement loan and applying for a standard personal loan. It would be best to check and compare the features, fees and details of the loan before applying. 

Besides taking out a home improvement loan, you could also:

  1. Use the equity in your house: Equity is the difference between your property’s value and the amount you still owe on your home loan. You may be able to access this equity by refinancing your home loan and then using it to finance your home improvement.  Speak with your lender or a mortgage broker about accessing your equity.
  2. Utilise the redraw facility of your home loan: Check whether the existing home loan has a redraw facility. A redraw facility allows you to access additional funds you’ve repaid into your home loan. Some lenders offer this on variable rate home loans but not on fixed. If this option is available to you, contact your lender to discuss how to access it.
  3. Apply for a construction loan: A construction loan is typically used when constructing a new property but can also be used as a home renovation loan. You may find that a construction loan is a suitable option as it enables you to draw funds as your renovation project progresses. You can compare construction home loans online or speak to a mortgage broker about taking out such a loan.
  4. Look into government grants: Check whether there are any government grants offered when you need the funds and whether you qualify. Initiatives like the HomeBuilder Grant were offered by the Federal Government for a limited period until April 2021. They could help fund your renovations either in full or just partially.