4 things banks will never tell home loan customers

Have you ever wondered what the big banks aren’t telling you? When it comes to your home loan, the big banks don’t want you to look too hard or ask too many questions because you might find out something that will cost them and save you thousands of dollars over your lifetime.

The fact is with official interest rates at all time lows there has never been a better time to hunt for a home loan deal. There’s also never been a better time to know these four things the big banks won't tell you: 

1. If you phone them up and ask for a better interest rate you'll likely get one

2. They'll often give new customers a better deal (instead of rewarding you for being a loyal customer)

3. Switching to a cheaper lender could save you tens of thousands over the life of your loan

4. Remaining loyal to one bank instead of regularly comparing your options could cost you a small fortune 

So don’t be conditioned by the big banks into thinking you're just lucky to get a loan. The reality is that there are dozens of smaller lenders out there waiting to welcome you with super low rates that could save you thousands. In fact, choosing the best value home loan over the average big bank loan could save a typical owner occupier borrower with a $400,000 mortgage more than $72,000 over the life of the loan.

Take a look at some of the top home loans on the market below and see if you could switch and save. 

LOW RATE HOME LOANS AUGUST 2019 - last updated 13 April 2024

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    Express Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR <90%

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    Initial monthly repayment
    6.01% p.a. variable
    6.14% p.a.

    Get fast online approval from the award-winning Bendigo Bank Express Home Loan. Multiple offset accounts and redraw available. 100% offset on variable rate loans and partial offset on fixed rate. Flexible repayment options. New home loans only.

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  • Flex Home Loan

    Fixed, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR <60%

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    5.99% p.a.
    fixed 3 years
    6.37% p.a.

    Competitive Fixed rate. Multiple offset accounts available. Borrowers can also make extra repayments. Redraw facility available. Simple online application process. 40% deposit required.

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    Police Value Home Loan

    Fixed, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR <90%

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    5.79% p.a.
    fixed 3 years
    6.26% p.a.

    Refinance your eligible home loan to get $2,000 cashback (T&Cs apply). Establishment fee applicable. Stay in control of your financial future and lock in some certainty with the Police Bank Fixed Value Home Loan. Only 10% deposit required. No monthly account keeping fee or annual fee to pay. Choose your repayment schedule – weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

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  • Neat Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR <60%

    interest rate
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    Initial monthly repayment
    6.14% p.a. variable
    6.16% p.a.

    Competitively-priced variable rate loan. Ideal for owner occupiers and investors. No service fees to pay. Make free extra repayments and redraws. Flexible repayment schedule available.

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    Fixed Rate Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

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    Initial monthly repayment
    5.99% p.a.
    fixed 2 years
    6.24% p.a.

    Secure a low rate and enjoy the certainty of repayments, with the BCU Fixed Rate Home Loan. Save with no ongoing annual fees. Pay up to $25,000 extra during a fixed period (T&Cs apply). Lock in for up to 5 years.

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  • Discounted Home Value Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, LVR 70-80%

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    Initial monthly repayment
    6.09% p.a. variable
    6.09% p.a.

    Enjoy competitive rates for owner occupiers. Enjoy unlimited free extra repayments. Flexibility to redraw additional payments for free. No ongoing monthly service fee. Settlement fee waived on new borrowings from $50,000 (T&Cs apply).

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  • OMG Home Loan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, <60% LVR

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    Initial monthly repayment
    5.99% p.a. variable
    6.00% p.a.

    BCU Bank’s OMG owner occupied home loan offers a variety of great low rates depending on your deposit. Save with no ongoing annual fees. Access your extra payments when you need to through the redraw facility. Pre-approval valid for 3 months.

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  • Fixed Rate

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, <80% LVR

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    Initial monthly repayment
    6.54% p.a.
    fixed 2 years
    7.10% p.a.

    Enjoy up to $3000 cashback for eligible first home buyers and $2000 cashback for refinancers on eligible home loans with the ANZ Fixed Rate Home Loan. Get the security of repayment certainty with a competitive locked in rate. No ongoing fees to pay. Offset account on 1-year fixed loans ($10/month fee applies). Interest-only payments allowed.

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* WARNING: This comparison rate applies only to the example or examples given. Different amounts and terms will result in different comparison rates. Costs such as redraw fees or early repayment fees, and cost savings such as fee waivers, are not included in the comparison rate but may influence the cost of the loan. The comparison rate displayed is for a secured loan with monthly principal and interest repayments for $150,000 over 25 years.

** Initial monthly repayment figures are estimates only, based on the advertised rate. You can change the loan amount and term in the input boxes at the top of this table. Rates, fees and charges and therefore the total cost of the loan may vary depending on your loan amount, loan term, and credit history. Actual repayments will depend on your individual circumstances and interest rate changes.

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