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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    UBank

    3.59% p.a.

    3.59% p.a.

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    UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    Enjoy a low rate & no bank fees (on variable loans) from one of Australia's leading digital banks. Easy & fast to apply, you'll get free redraw with flexible repayments. Min. 20% deposit required. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 in the Low Cost Home Loan category.

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    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

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    • 3.59% p.a.

    • 3.59% p.a.

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $200,000

    • $699,999

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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    Athena

    3.59% p.a.

    3.55% p.a.

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    Variable Home Loan

    With low rates, no fees, and automatic rate match, new-comer Athena wants you to love them and leave them. Refinance only. Minimum 20% deposit.

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 3.59% p.a.

    • 3.55% p.a.

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $100,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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    Homestar

    3.49% p.a.

    3.49% p.a.

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    Star Essentials Home Loan

    A super low rate home loan packed with the essentials. No application or ongoing fees. Unlimited additional repayments. Free online redraws when that holiday beckons. For a limited time, refinancers can save more with up to $515 third party upfront fees waived – so get in quick! Loan size $200k to $750k, no construction loan.

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    • $535.00

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    • no

    • 3.49% p.a.

    • 3.49% p.a.

    • $0

    • 80.00%

    • $200,000

    • $749,999

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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    Bank of Queensland

    3.99% p.a.

    4.15% p.a.

    $1234

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    Economy Home Loan

    Take advantage of a low variable home loan interest rate with free redraw and flexible repayment options. There is no minimum or maximum loan amount so it’s suitable for everyone from first home buyers to luxury property moguls.

    • $10.00 monthly

    • $320.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • 3.99% p.a.

    • 4.15% p.a.

    • $450

    • 80.00%

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    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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    loans.com.au

    3.48% p.a.

    3.50% 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.

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    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 3.48% p.a.

    • 3.50% p.a.

    • $520

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • $1,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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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.

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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