Give yourself a Christmas bonus with this easy home loan trick

Tom Watson

15 Dec 2018

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The clock’s ticking down to Christmas. In fact, there are just ten days to go.

If you’re organised that means your presents for the family have been bought, wrapped and are now sitting under the tree. But why not keep that festive cheer going with a present of your own in the form of a Christmas bonus.

For Aussies with a home loan that may be easier to achieve than than you would think, and it all comes down to one word - refinancing.

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While the idea of refinancing your home loan might not get you quite as excited as unwrapping a new smart tv or concert tickets, with thousands of dollars in potential savings in store Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont, suggested it could be well worth the effort - especially if you’ve seen your rate hiked recently.

“From the big banks to the smaller lenders, many Aussie homeowners will have been whacked with one, if not more rate increases from their banks during the year,” she said.

“The good news is that it’s never too late in the year to take action. Homeowners looking to refinance can still take advantage of one of the many low rate deals on the market and give themselves a real Christmas bonus to end 2018.”

Home loan offers 2018

Rates updated daily. Advertiser disclosure.

  • loans.com.au

    1.99% p.a.variable for 12 months and then 2.48% p.a.

    2.47% p.a.

    $1234

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    Smart Booster Home Loan

    1 Year Discounted Variable Rate, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest, <80% LVR

    1.99% p.a.variable for 12 months and then 2.48% p.a.

    2.47% p.a.

    A super low introductory rate home loan with no monthly or ongoing fees. Unlimited free redraws and unlimited additional repayments to help you build your equity and own your home sooner. Multiple loan splits available. (Rates revert after introductory period ends). 20% minimum deposit required.

    Smart Booster Home Loan

    A super low introductory rate home loan with no monthly or ongoing fees. Unlimited free redraws and unlimited additional repayments to help you build your equity and own your home sooner. Multiple loan splits available. (Rates revert after introductory period ends). 20% minimum deposit required.

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • Optional - with 0.10% additional interest

    • $520

    • 1.99% p.a.variable for 12 months and then 2.48% p.a.

    • 2.47% p.a.

    • $520

    • 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 Booster Home Loan

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  • UBank
    Mozo Expert Choice Badge

    p.a.

    2.22% p.a.

    $1234

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    UHomeLoan

    Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    p.a.

    2.22% p.a.

    $0 fees and easy application with the Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Bank of the Year.^ Choose between weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments. 3 year fixed rates are for new Owner Occupier Principal & Interest loans.

    UHomeLoan

    $0 fees and easy application with the Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Bank of the Year.^ Choose between weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments. 3 year fixed rates are for new Owner Occupier Principal & Interest loans.

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free up to $20,000 p.a.

    • no

    • no

    • $395

    • p.a.

    • 2.22% p.a.

    • $395

    • 80.00%

    • $100,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • $395 Establishment fee waived for fixed rate loans that settle by 31 March 2020. Receive 1.75% Receive 1.75% 3 year fixed rate when you apply by 26 February 2021 and settle within 90 days.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the UHomeLoan

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  • Athena
    Mozo Expert Choice Badge

    2.19% p.a.

    2.19% p.a.

    $1234

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    Celebrate Variable Home Loan

    <60% LVR, Owner Occupier, Principal & Interest

    2.19% p.a.

    2.19% p.a.

    Fast online application with no fees. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Min 40% deposit. Crowned Best New Home Loan for 2020 by the Mozo Experts.^

    Celebrate Variable Home Loan

    Fast online application with no fees. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Min 40% deposit. Crowned Best New Home Loan for 2020 by the Mozo Experts.^

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • $0

    • 2.19% p.a.

    • 2.19% p.a.

    • $0

    • 60.00%

    • $100,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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

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How much could refinancing your home loan save you?

According to APRA figures published by Guardian Australia earlier this year, around 80% of all owner occupier home loans are controlled by either ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB or Westpac.

And given that, according to the Mozo database, the average big four variable package rate for a $400,000 owner-occupier home loan, with an 80% LVR over 30 years is currently 4.58%, it makes sense that many homeowners could potentially save.

By comparison, the average variable rate in the Mozo database for the same loan scenario above is currently 4.35%, while Reduce Home Loans’ Rate Lovers Variable Home Loan, currently the lowest rate in the Mozo database, is even lower at 3.44% (3.51% comparison rate*).

But just how much could that rate difference translate to when it comes to your back pocket?

According to the Mozo home loan repayments calculator, a borrower with a $400,000 home loan making principal and interest repayments over 30 years would need to pay $2,046 a month on a loan with the average big bank packaged interest rate of 4.58%.

However, if they were to take up a home loan with the average rate in the Mozo database of 4.35%, that monthly repayment would fall to $1,991, and it would drop even further to $1,783 each month with the Reduce Home Loans rate of 3.44% (3.51% comparison rate*).  

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Think now’s the time to finally think about refinancing your home loan? See what’s out there by checking out some of the hot home loan deals in the table above, or compare even more offers using Mozo’s handy refinance comparison tables