4 things banks will never tell home loan customers

Mozo

14 Aug 2019

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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 - rates updated daily

  • Promoted

    loans.com.au

    2.88% p.a. variable

    2.90% p.a.

    $1234

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    Smart Home Loan

    A low-rate home loan that could save you thousands. No application or ongoing fees. Unlimited additional repayments. Unlimited free redraws with no minimum redraw amount, Limited time only.

    • 2.88% p.a. variable

    • 2.90% p.a.

    • $520

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $1,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Smart Home Loan

  • Promoted

    UBank

    2.84% p.a. variable

    2.84% p.a.

    $1234

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    UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    Free redraw with flexible repayments. Min 20% deposit. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 in the Low Cost Home Loan category^.

    • 2.84% p.a. variable

    • 2.84% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $200,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

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    Athena

    2.84% p.a. variable

    2.80% p.a.

    $1234

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    Variable Home Loan

    Get the low rate you deserve with Athena, one of Australia's newest direct lenders. No fees and fee-free redraw. The same low rates for new and existing customers. Score loyalty bonus for making repayments. Min 20% deposit.

    • 2.84% p.a. variable

    • 2.80% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $100,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Variable Home Loan

  • Promoted

    Tic:Toc

    2.79% p.a. variable

    2.80% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Variable Home Loan

    Get full approval online. Award-winning platform could save you thousands with super-low rates. No application, valuation or settlement fees. Fee-free redraws and extra repayments. Optional offset account for $10 per month. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 for Online Home Lender of the Year 2019.^

    • 2.79% p.a. variable

    • 2.80% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $325.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • Optional - $10 per month

    • 90.00%

    • $50,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Variable Home Loan

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    Homestar

    2.74% p.a. variable

    2.77% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Star Essentials Home Loan

    One of the lowest home loan rates in town packed with essential features. No application or ongoing fees. Unlimited additional repayments with free online redraws. Min. loan size $150k, no construction loans.

    • 2.74% p.a. variable

    • 2.77% p.a.

    • $596

    • $0.00

    • $535.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • $850,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Star Essentials Home Loan

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    Well Home Loans

    2.82% p.a. variable

    2.86% p.a.

    $1234

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    Well Balanced

    Well Balanced home loan is a low rate home loan with free online redraw and no valuation fee. Purchase, Refinance or Equity Release purposes allowed. Best New Home Loan in Mozo Experts Choice Awards 2019.^

    • 2.82% p.a. variable

    • 2.86% p.a.

    • $785

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • Optional - $10 per month

    • 80.00%

    • $200,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Well Balanced

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    Queensland Country Credit Union

    3.49% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    3.90% p.a.

    $1234

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    RateSaver

    No Annual or Monthly Loan Maintenance Fees. Pay up to $10,000 in additional repayments each year. Borrow up to 90% LVR.

    • 3.49% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 3.90% p.a.

    • $500

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - up to $10,000 per year

    • no

    • no

    • 90.00%

    • $100,000

    • $5,000,000

    • Fixed

    • Interest Only

    • Investor

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the RateSaver

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    IMB Bank

    3.13% p.a. variable

    3.19% p.a.

    $1234

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    Budget Home Loan

    Start with only 10% minimum deposit. Unrestricted additional repayments and free redraw facility.

    • 3.13% p.a. variable

    • 3.19% p.a.

    • $799

    • $0.00

    • $350.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 90.00%

    • $75,000

    • $5,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Budget Home Loan

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    CUA

    3.20% p.a. variable

    3.25% p.a.

    $1234

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    Achieve Variable Home Loan

    No annual or monthly account keeping fees. Enjoy the flexibility of being able to make unlimited extra repayments without penalty. Borrow up to 90% of the property value.

    • 3.20% p.a. variable

    • 3.25% p.a.

    • $835

    • $0.00

    • $500.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • yes - partial up to $15,000 maximum

    • 90.00%

    • $100,000

    • $249,999

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Achieve Variable Home Loan

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    Bank of Queensland

    2.99% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    3.72% p.a.

    $1234

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    Discount Fixed Rate 300k+

    Minimum loan amount of $300k. 20% deposit needed. Free additional repayments up to $5,000 per year.

    • 2.99% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 3.72% p.a.

    • $450

    • $10.00 monthly

    • $320.00

    • yes - free up to $5,000 p.a

    • no

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $300,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Discount Fixed Rate 300k+

*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 the amount and term you entered.

**Initial monthly repayment figures are estimates only, based on the advertised rate, and a loan of $500,000 repaid over 25 years. 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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