HSBC home loans review

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on December 02, 2021 Fact Checked
HSBC home loans review

HSBC has been using its unique expertise, capabilities, breadth, and perspectives to open up a ‘world of opportunity’ for its customers since 1865.

Established in 1865, HSBC Group hopes to bring people, ideas, and capital together to help create a better world for its customers, employees, investors, communities, and “the planet we all share”.

HSBC set up shop in Australia in 1965, developing its products locally to suit Australian consumers. Being one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations, HSBC also spans across the world over 64 countries and territories.

“Today, (HSBC) provides market leading fixed rate and variable rate home loans across 38 branches and broker partners,” a HSBC spokesperson told

HSBC home loan products

HSBC offers “the full suite of home loans”, with “market leading and competitive” variable rate home loans, packages with 100% offset accounts, free redraw facilities, and more notable features.

For instance, its ‘Home Value’ variable rate home loan has a low variable rate of 1.97% p.a. (1.98% comparison rate), with free extra repayments and no ongoing monthly service fee.

The bank also offers home loans with the ability to use the equity in your home; fixed rates that you can lock in for up to five years; and an interest-only line of credit home loan with no fixed term.

Here’s a snapshot of HSBC’s home loans for owner occupiers and investors:


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Home Value Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 70%)

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    Home Value Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 80%)

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      Standard Variable Rate Home Loan (Principal & Interest) (LVR > 80%)

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        Home Value Investment Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 70%)

          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%. However, the ‘Compare Home Loans’ table allows for calculations to be made on variables as selected and input by the user. All products will list the LVR with the product and rate which are clearly published on the Product Provider’s web site. Monthly repayments, once the base criteria are altered by the user, will be based on the selected products’ advertised rates and determined by the loan amount, repayment type, loan term and LVR as input by the user/you. *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. Rates correct as of May 25, 2022. View disclaimer.

          HSBC home loan features: Flexible mortgages with benefits

          HSBC offers a number of key features with its mortgage products.

          It’s currently running a $3,288 cashback for external refinances until the end of 2021 (eligible for applications between 15 February and 31 December 2021 and settled by 28 February 2022, conditions apply).

          The bank also offers unlimited additional repayments on certain home loans, unlimited redraws, and no ongoing monthly fees on its Home Value home loan.

          Flexibility is key as you can schedule your repayments to the timing of your income; whether that be weekly, fortnightly, or monthly. Standard variable rate loans come with an 100% offset account.

          From additional repayments to its offset accounts, there are a number of ways for HSBC customers to save on interest charges and pay off your loan faster.

          Some HSBC loans let you split between a fixed and variable interest rate, “giving you the best of both worlds”.

          Additionally, HSBC’s Home Loan Package offers discounted rates and waived fees - this is only available for certain products.

          “Customers who qualify for Premier can access a dedicated Relationship Manager as well as wider worldwide Premier benefits,” a HSBC spokesperson said.

          ‘Market leading, award-winning bank’

          When asked why someone should choose HSBC over another bank, HSBC cited its market leading products and international expertise.

          The bank’s award-winning Everyday Global transaction account, credit cards, deposits, and personal loans are among its market leading products on offer; not to mention its low-rate mortgages.

          Additionally, since HSBC has a global presence, it says it uses its ‘unique’ expertise, capabilities, breadth, and perspectives to “open up a world of opportunity for its customers”.

          How to apply for an HSBC home loan

          You must meet the lending requirements before applying for a mortgage with HSBC. Generally, you need to be:

          • At least 18 years old;

          • An Australian citizen or permanent resident

          • Employed or earning a steady income

          Depending on the loan, you might also need a clean credit history. 

          You can apply for a mortgage on the HSBC website. You can also speak with a mortgage expert on 1300 694 722 or visit a branch.

          Documents needed

          You will generally need to supply the following documents:

          • Personal ID such as your driver’s license, passport, or Medicare card 

          • Payslips and proof of other sources of income

          • Asset and liability documents

          • Proof of savings, term deposits, managed funds etc.

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          Rachel is a Finance Journalist, and joined Savings in 2021. Coming from a background in the FinTech space, her interests include the innovation of lending technology, property, investing, and more. With a passion for educating and informing people about their finances, she hopes to increase the financial literacy of everyday Australians.


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