Homeowners stay put as renovation activity heats up

Tom Watson

07 Sep 2017

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The number of Australians making renovations to their homes during the June quarter grew by 2.2 per cent according to the Housing Industry Association, while new dwelling construction declined.  

Mozo’s home loan and property expert Steve Jovcevski said that the increase in renovation activity is a sign than many homeowners are turned off by high housing prices and stamp duty costs.

“It doesn’t surprise me that homeowners are opting to renovate rather than sell up,” he said.   “When you consider that on a $750,000 home in NSW you could pay around $29,000 in stamp duty, it’s no wonder people prefer to funnel that money into renovations on their current home instead of the government’s coffers.”

And the good news for renovators is that home lenders this spring are keen to attract mortgage holders wanting to tap into the increased equity in their home to fund renovations.   

Since June 1, 29 lenders have made cuts to both fixed and variable home loan rates for owner occupiers, with rates as low as 3.54% for refinancers with an LVR of 80%. Check out a range of top refinance home loans currently on the market below, or for ideas on renovation trends head over to our renovation guides hub.

Top 5 Refinance Home Loans - rates updated daily

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    loans.com.au

    3.03% p.a.

    3.05% 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.

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 3.03% p.a.

    • 3.05% p.a.

    • $520

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $1,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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    UBank

    3.09% p.a.

    3.09% p.a.

    $1234

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    UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    One of Australia's leading digital banks. Easy & fast to apply. Free redraw with flexible repayments. Min. 20% deposit required. Low rate and no bank fees (on variable loans). Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 in the Low Cost Home Loan category.^

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • 3.09% p.a.

    • 3.09% p.a.

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $200,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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    HSBC

    3.27% p.a.

    3.28% p.a.

    $1234

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    Discounted Home Value Loan

    Unlimited free extra repayments and no ongoing service fees when you apply by 31 July (T&C’s apply). Get help with the application process with an HSBC relationship manager. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 in the Low Cost Home Loan category.^

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free online

    • no

    • 3.27% p.a.

    • 3.28% p.a.

    • $150

    • 90.00%

    • $50,000

    • $7,500,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Discounted Home Value Loan

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    Well Home Loans

    2.97% p.a.

    2.99% 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.^

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • Optional - $10 per month

    • 2.97% p.a.

    • 2.99% p.a.

    • $785

    • 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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**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.

Steps to refinance to fund a renovation

Step 1. Work out a renovation budget. Whether you get professional help from an architect, landscaper or builder to work out how much you’ll need to do the changes to your home that you want, or you just work backwards from a lump sum amount you think you can afford, having a budget in mind before you speak with your lender or do any of the work is super important.

Step 2. Compare home loan deals.  Before you just get in contact with your existing home lender to discuss your renovation budget, it’s a good idea to compare rates from other lenders in the market. Not only will this help you when negotiating with your existing lender if you decided to refinance with them, it will also help you get up to speed on new features or options that may not have been available when you first took out your home loan. Mozo’s Switch & Save Calculator is a good place to start - it compares over 100 home loans in our database that are available now.

Step 3. Refinance. Once you’ve found a home loan that ticks the boxes for you, you can kick off your refinancing application. Be sure that you’ve also done your homework around any mortgage discharge costs or upfront costs that you might need to pay when switching home loans.

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