New way to borrow takes Australia by storm
With rising rates driving borrowers away from the big banks and a whopping six in ten borrowers in Australia now considering low cost loans from online lenders instead, 2023 could shape up to be the year of the online lender.
The big banks have long held the lion’s share of the lending market, but a recent Mozo survey of 1,266 borrowers* suggests that’s changing. For those considering online lenders, cheap interest rates are seen as the biggest benefit, along with lower fees, easy application processes and faster loan approvals.
With interest rates from top online lenders like Unloan, loans.com.au and UBank well below those offered by the big banks, the savings on offer are substantial. On a typical $400,000 home loan, borrowers could save $4,024 a year by going with an online lender over a big bank.
Whether you’re looking to save money on your mortgage, buy a property, renovate your kitchen or purchase a new car, there’s an online lender to suit. Here are the Mozo money editor's picks of some of the best for home loans, personal loans and business loans in 2023...
BANK BEATING HOME LOANS
Unloan - Variable Home Loan
- 5.99% p.a. variable rate (5.90% p.a. comparison rate*)
- Zero upfront or ongoing fees
- Refinancers only
Unloan is a stellar digital home loan offering built by CommBank. Owner-occupier refinancers receive a low 5.99% p.a. variable rate (5.90% p.a. comparison rate*) along with a loyalty discount that shaves 1 basis point off your interest every year for up to 30 years. Loan features include free extra repayments and redraw, and there are no pesky fees to pay. Available for refinance loans of up to $10M. Minimum 20% deposit. Awarded Best New Home Loan in the 2023 Mozo Experts Choice Awards.^
LOW RATE PERSONAL LOANS
OurMoneyMarket - Low Rate Personal Loan
- Unsecured rates from just 6.57% fixed (7.19% comparison rate*)
- Free extra repayments and fee-free redraw
- Quick and easy 100% online application
OurMoneyMarket offers low rate personal loans for borrowers with excellent credit, with a speedy online application process that guarantees you a decision in just 1 minute. You can borrow between $2,000 and $75,000 at a simple fixed interest rate that can be repaid weekly, fortnightly or monthly over 1 to 7 years. There are no monthly account keeping fees, no exit fees and no early repayment fees.
NOW Finance - No Fee Unsecured Personal Loan
- Unsecured rates from just 6.75% fixed (6.75% comparison rate*)
- Zero upfront fees or ongoing fees – over the life of your loan
- Mozo Experts Choice Unsecured Personal Loan Winner 2022^
NOW Finance is a popular choice with borrowers looking to avoid costly fees and high interest rates. This award-winning non-bank lender offers no-fee personal loans for up to $50,000, with super low rates for good credit borrowers. Apply online to get a personalised rate quote in just 2 minutes without impacting your credit score, and receive funds as fast as 24-48 hours after you’re approved.
Harmoney - Unsecured Personal Loan
- Unsecured rates from just 5.76% p.a. fixed (6.55% p.a. comparison rate*)
- Funds in as little as 24 hours after loan term acceptance
- Borrow up to $70,000 with no early repayment fees
Fast, easy and 100% online, this low cost loan with no ongoing fees or extra repayment penalties is a top option for savvy borrowers with great credit. Harmoney's personalised rates are based on your individual credit assessment and it all happens online at top speed. In fact, Harmoney says most people receive their money within 24 hours of accepting their loan terms.
Bizcap Unsecured Business Loan
- Borrow up to $2,000,000 unsecured
- Easy online application with fast funding
- No early repayment fees
Get business loan funding in as little as three hours with Bizcap on loans from $5,000 to $2,000,000. Bizcap offers cash flow friendly repayments and a super-simple online application process that takes minutes. $120,000 minimum annual turnover required.
Prospa Plus Business Loan
- Unsecured loans from $150,000 - $300,000
- Extra repayments available
- 10 minute online application
Prospa know that different businesses have diverse needs and goals, which is why they designed their business loan with some serious flexibility. Borrowers can apply for unsecured business loans from $150,000 all the way up to $500,000, with loan terms from 3 to 36 months. On top of that, with speedy applications and the ability to make extra repayments, you won’t just be able to get the loan fast, you’ll be able to pay it off as quickly as you want.
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* To read more about Mozo's online lender research, read our detailed report here.
* 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.
** Initial monthly repayment figures are estimates only, based on the advertised rate. You can change the loan amount and term in the input boxes at the top of this table. 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.
*** WARNING: The Comparison Rate combines the lender's interest rate, fees and charges into a single rate to show the true cost of a personal loan. The comparison rates displayed are calculated based on a loan of $30,000 for a term of 5 years or a loan of $10,000 for a term of 3 years as indicated, based on monthly principal and interest repayments, on a secured basis for secured loans and an unsecured basis for unsecured loans. 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.
^See information about the Mozo Experts Choice Home Loan Awards
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