Home loans with no discharge fees

Home loans with no discharge fees

If you’re coming to the end of your home loan the last thing you want is to be stung with another cost.

Discharge fees can leave a sour taste in your mouth, given you’re handing over more of your money to the lender after years or even decades of already doing so.

If this is a fee you’d rather avoid, Savings.com.au has compiled a list of home loans that have no discharge fees.

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 discharge fee?

A discharge fee, also known as a settlement or termination fee, refers to a fee a lender may charge you to cover the cost of wrapping up your loan. Completing a loan requires paperwork and labour from the lender, which you may be required to reimburse them for. These fees typically range anywhere from $150 to $400. Each of the big four charges a $350 discharge fee, except ANZ, which charges $320 at the time of writing.


Home loans with no discharge fees

The table below shows home loans with some of the lowest interest rates on the market that also have no discharge fees:


Other exit costs you may incur

A discharge fee falls under the umbrella of home loan exit fees. Exit fees were banned by the Gillard Government on 1 July 2011, but they can still be charged if you took out your home loan prior to this. Given home loans can last for as long as 30 years, you may want to double-check with your lender if you will be subject to them.

If you pay off your home loan early you may also be subject to early exit fees, also known as early termination, early discharge, deferred establishment, or deferred application fees. These are charged to cover the cost of the loss the lender will incur from finishing up your loan early. These can be costly and are generally best avoided, so speak to your lender about how much they might be or check the terms and conditions of the loan.

Breaking a fixed-rate mortgage, either by paying it off early or refinancing, is also an exit cost you may incur. These can be even more costly than early exit fees, often costing thousands of dollars, and the advantages of breaking the fixed loan won’t always outweigh the disadvantages.

See a complete list of home loan fees you can be charged here.


Savings.com.au’s two cents

In the grand scheme of a home loan, discharge fees are unlikely to break the bank, as a few hundred dollars is very little compared to the hundreds of thousands a mortgage can cost.

While it's great if you find a mortgage that won’t charge you one, it should be pretty far down on the list of things to look at when shopping between lenders. Always be on the lookout for a low-interest rate, features you may want, and low or zero ongoing costs. A $0 discharge fee should be a bonus.


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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): Credit Union Australia, 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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