Home loan comparison

Buying a home or looking to refinance? The table below features home loans
with some of the lowest interest rates on the market for owner occupiers.

Base criteria of: a $400,000 loan amount, variable, fixed, principal and interest (P&I) home loans with an LVR (loan-to-value) ratio of at least 80%. If products listed have an LVR <80%, they will be clearly identified in the product name along with the specific LVR. The product and rate must be clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. Monthly repayments were calculated based on the selected products’ advertised rates, applied to a $400,000 loan with a 30-year loan term.

 

What is a honeymoon interest rate?

A honeymoon interest rate, also simply known as an introductory interest rate, is a temporarily lower interest rate offered at the beginning of a home loan term for a set period of time. At the end of this introductory period, the interest rate switches to an ongoing revert rate , which is usually much higher and in line with the lender’s other mortgage products.

Honeymoon interest rates can be useful in the short-term, as they can offer some serious introductory savings, but they can hurt you in the long-term as the revert rate might be higher than the interest rates on other products. Plus, lenders sometimes charge higher switching fees for such loans to discourage people from changing once the honeymoon period is over.

To work out the repayments and total cost of a home loan with a honeymoon (introductory) interest rate, use our introductory interest rate calculator.

Introductory interest rate calculator

Savings.com.au’s introductory interest rate calculator can be used to let you work out the difference in repayments between the introductory period and after the introductory period ends.

All you need to do is enter:

  • The loan size and repayment frequency
  • The loan term
  • The honeymoon interest rate
  • The revert rate
  • The honeymoon period (usually between six months and two years)

This should give you an idea of whether you’ll be able to afford the mortgage’s repayments once the revert rate kicks in.

 

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Disclaimers

The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2020. They are (in descending order): Great Southern Bank, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2020) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.
  • If you click on a product link and you are referred to a Product or Service Provider’s web page, it is highly likely that a commercial relationship exists between that Product or Service Provider and Savings.com.au

Some providers' products may not be available in all states. To be considered, the product and rate must be clearly published on the product provider's web site.

In the interests of full disclosure, Savings.com.au, Performance Drive and Loans.com.au are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how Savings.com.au manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*The Comparison rate is based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

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