Aussie borrowers looking for lower rates, faster approval processes and flexible lending terms are deserting the big banks in earnest for more competitive lenders. But with so many different options available, which rival lenders really stand out from the pack?
Aussie-owned loans.com.au is winning over fed-up bank borrowers in droves with ultra-low interest rates, hassle-free online applications and settlements within 30 days. Meanwhile digital lenders Athena and Nano are shaking up the market with zero fees and refinance rates below 2.00%.
For borrowers not quite ready to make the move to a non-bank lender, rival bank Macquarie is proving a popular alternative to the big 4, thanks to recent rate cuts and a customer first focus that makes its home loans even more competitive.
"Many people are keen to leave the big banks and are surprised to discover how easy it is to refinance and the great deals that are out there with online lenders", says loans.com.au Managing Director Marie Mortimer.
So if you're looking for a more flexible way to borrow at a low rate that could save you thousands, read on for our expert rundown of the top home loans on offer from these digital dynamos….
MORTGAGE CRUSHING HOME LOANS
loans.com.au Smart Booster Home Loan
1.85% discounted variable rate for 2 years
Rolls over to low ongoing 2.25% (2.21% comparison rate*)
Optional offset account plus free redraws and extra repayments
This low rate, low fee home loan could help you save thousands on your mortgage and is packed with useful features like unlimited free extra repayments and redraw, multiple loan split options and an optional offset account for 0.10%. With all this on offer the Smart Booster Home Loan really is a smart choice for borrowers who are looking to save money on interest and get mortgage free faster. You can borrow up to $1 million with this loan with a 20% deposit, and pay no ongoing monthly fees.
Macquarie is now Australia’s 5th largest home lender, and with offerings like this it’s not hard to see why. The Macquarie Offset Home Loan now has even lower variable rates along with a range of flexible features such as 100% offset (up to 10 free offset accounts per loan account), free extra repayments and online redraw and a split account option. To start the simple application process, simply request a call on the Macquarie website. Available for loans of up to $5 million.
The Athena Celebrate Variable Home Loan boasts one of the lowest variable rates on the market for borrowers with at least 40% equity in their property, and charges zero fees to boot. What’s more, the automatic rate drop feature means the more you pay down your loan, the lower your rate becomes. It's available to refinancers and new borrowers purchasing in capital or major regional cities, with a minimum 40% deposit or equity.
Variable rates from just 1.98% p.a. (2.15% p.a. comparison rate*)
Bonus $3,000 cashback for refinancers - Limited time only
Available to borrowers with 70% LVR
BOQ is a favourite with borrowers looking to find value outside of the big four banks, and for good reason. This jaw-dropping new sub 2.00% variable home loan is available to borrowers who have an LVR of 70% or less and who meet BOQ's debt to income ratio criteria. Loan features include free extra repayments and free redraws for a $10 monthly service fee, plus refinancers can score a bonus $3,000 cashback for a limited only (T&Cs apply). Minimum loan size $250,000.
Nano Variable Home Loan
1.99% variable and comparison rate* (refinancers only)
New digital lender Nano is winning over refinancers with an ultra low variable rate for borrowers with a 75% LVR plus unlimited additional repayments, free redraw and a free 100% offset account. There are no upfront or ongoing service fees to pay and Nano's simple online application makes it easy to apply and refinance in a matter of minutes, not weeks. What's more, if you refinance by 29 October you can enter the draw to win your home loan interest free.
*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.