How I'm Saving $87 a Week (or $4,500 This Year) on My Home Loan

Kirsty Lamont

22 Nov 2017

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How competitive is your home loan rate?

  • Lenders are offering variable rates well below 4%

  • Huge savings on offer for borrowers prepared to ditch and switch

As a Director at comparison site Mozo.com.au, I consider myself to be pretty on top of my finances. So you can imagine the shock I got recently when reviewing my home loan rate to find that it had become seriously uncompetitive.

When I took out this loan with a smaller bank a few years ago, the rate delivered a serious saving on my previous loan. Secure in the knowledge I’d secured a great deal, I stopped paying close attention to my mortgage and focused on other things.

And that’s where I went wrong, because over the next couple of years my new lender proceeded to hike our rate little by little and hold back part of the Reserve Bank’s rate cuts over the same period.

I had become a victim of that time honoured tradition of banks fattening profit margins and was now paying 4.27% - more than 60 percentage points higher than the best rate on the market.

I knew there were now stacks of lenders offering rates below 4.00%, and after comparing the best loans decided to go with an online lender offering a super low variable rate... check out what's on offer in the comparison table below and then read on for the rest of my story.

Low Rate Home Loans – May 2018 - 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

  • Promoted

    ANZ

    3.24% p.a. variable

    3.28% p.a.

    $1234

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    Simplicity PLUS Special Offer LVR <80%

    Low rate. No ongoing fees. Can make extra repayments & redraw. Min. 20% deposit. Apply by 31/01/20 and settle by 30/04/20 for $2,500 cashback on eligible refinanced loans of $250K+ (incl. any new lending). Offer terms, fees, charges and elig. criteria apply.

    • 3.24% p.a. variable

    • 3.28% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $160.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $50,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • Refinance by 31 January 2020 to receive up to $3,500 cash back depending on the loan amount with an ANZ linked transaction account.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Simplicity PLUS Special Offer LVR <80%

  • Promoted

    Suncorp

    2.89% p.a.
    fixed 3 years

    3.70% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Fixed Home Loan Special Offer Home Package Plus

    Receive a $2,000 cash bonus when you take out a Home Package Plus home loan of $250,000 or more (T&Cs apply). No monthly account keeping fee & No loan establishment fee.

    • 2.89% p.a.
      fixed 3 years

    • 3.70% p.a.

    • $0

    • $375.00 yearly

    • $350.00

    • yes - free up to $500 per month

    • no

    • no

    • 90.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Fixed

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • Receive $2,000 when you refinance an existing loan of $250,000 or more with an LVR of <90%. Apply by 13 December 2019 and settle by 5 March 2020.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Fixed Home Loan Special Offer

  • Promoted

    Newcastle Permanent

    3.19% p.a. variable

    3.23% p.a.

    $1234

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    Special Real Deal Home Loan

    Free extra repayments. No application or service fees. Only 10% deposit needed. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 for the First Home Buyer Loan and Investor Home Loan categories.^

    • 3.19% p.a. variable

    • 3.23% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - fees apply

    • yes - partial only

    • 90.00%

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Special Real Deal Home Loan

*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.

Was it all worth it?

I’ve just completed the refinance process and sure, while there were some minor hassles with sending in paperwork and organising to be at home for the valuer, the time involved was actually quite minor when you consider the size of the savings. $87 a week to be precise, or just over $4,500 a year.

If that’s not worth putting in a few hours on paperwork then I don’t know what is!

The kicker in all of this is that a week before the refinance went through, I received a letter from my soon to be old lender advising of yet another rate increase. Not this time suckers!

So, if you haven’t reviewed your home loan rate lately I’d strongly advise you do. Who knows how much you could save by switching?

Rates correct at time of writing. How much you could save by refinancing your home loan depends on your personal circumstances.

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