The customer owned bank said more customers are paying off more of their home loan than ever, with over 75% of its mortgage customers more than one month in advance on their mortgage repayments as at 31 January 2021. 

As an example, it said customers with a $300,000 Ultimate Variable Home Loan with a loan term of 30 years could save $16,051 and reduce their loan term by two years just by paying an additional $20 a week on their loan.


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.

Lender

VariableMore details
Online ExclusiveUp To $4K Cashback
  • Immediate cashback upon settlement
  • $2,000 for loans up to $700,000
  • $4,000 for loans over $700,000
Online ExclusiveUp To $4K Cashback

loans.com.au – Variable Basic Cashback Home Loan (Principal and Interest) (LVR < 70%)

  • Immediate cashback upon settlement
  • $2,000 for loans up to $700,000
  • $4,000 for loans over $700,000
VariableMore details
Unlimited RedrawsApply In Minutes
  • Low Deposit (<95% LVR) with No LMI required
  • Unlimited Redraw and additional repayments
  • No Application or ongoing fees
Unlimited RedrawsApply In Minutes

Sucasa – Ultra Low Rate (Variable) - <95% LVR - No LMI (New Purchases)

  • Low Deposit (<95% LVR) with No LMI required
  • Unlimited Redraw and additional repayments
  • No Application or ongoing fees
VariableMore details
Refinance OnlyApply In Minutes
  • No application or ongoing fees. Annual rate discount
  • Unlimited redraws & additional repayments. LVR <80%
  • A low-rate variable home loan from a 100% online lender. Backed by the Commonwealth Bank.
Refinance OnlyApply In Minutes

Unloan – Variable Rate Home Loan – Refinance Only

  • No application or ongoing fees. Annual rate discount
  • Unlimited redraws & additional repayments. LVR <80%
  • A low-rate variable home loan from a 100% online lender. Backed by the Commonwealth Bank.
Important Information and Comparison Rate Warning

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. Some products will be marked as promoted, featured or sponsored and may appear prominently in the tables regardless of their attributes. All products will list the LVR with the product and rate which are clearly published on the product provider’s website. 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 March 1, 2024. View disclaimer.

Treasury figures show that Australian households deposited $100 billion more in their savings accounts in the 12 months to the end of November 2020, as Australians changed their spending habits due to uncertainty around employment and finances as a result of COVID-19.

During the same period, Greater Bank reported an increase in customer home loan repayments, which the bank says also aligned with the availability of more flexible repayment options on home, personal and business loans.

Greater Bank CEO Scott Morgan said for many Australians a home loan is the biggest debt they will ever have, and it's important to pay it off as soon as possible.

“Customer research that we undertook in November last year highlighted that paying off their home loan sooner was the number one financial priority for our customers,” Mr Morgan said.

“While COVID placed financial stress on many customers, it also provided an opportunity for us to work closely with those affected to ensure they remained financially secure through the pandemic, but also for many customers to actually improve their financial position by paying more off their home loan.

“On the back of recently released, record low home loan interest rates, customers continue to be well positioned to reduce both the interest payable and term of their loan, and realise their dream of owning their home sooner,” Mr Morgan said.

Customer-owned Greater Bank recently slashed its 'no-frills' one-year fixed rate to 1.69% p.a. (3.49% p.a. comparison rate*) making it one of the lowest fixed rate owner occupier loans on the market.

See also: The pros and cons of lowering your home loan repayments

How much you could save by making extra home loan repayments

Customers can potentially save a lot of money over the years by paying above the minimum required repayment. 

If your home loan allows you to make extra repayments you can pay off your loan faster - even just contributing an extra $100 a month could shave off thousands in interest over the life of your loan. 

For example, if you took out a $400,000 home loan with a loan term of 30 years, here's how much you could potentially save by contributing an extra $100 a month after the first five years according to Savings.com.au research:

Interest RateMin RepaymentAdditional contributionInterest saved by extra repaymentsTime taken off loan term
1.80% p.a $1,439/month $1.539/month $7,198 2 years
2.50% p.a $1,580/month $1,680/month $10,621 2 years
3.60% p.a $1,819/month $1,919/month $16,858 2 years 

Calculations via Savings.com.au's Extra & Lump Sum Payment Calculator.

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