The magic home loan number you need to know

Kelly Emmerton

14 May 2018

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We talk a lot about how important it is to find a great home loan deal, but do you really know what that means?

New research from the home loan comparison experts at Mozo reveals that 3.70% is the new benchmark for home loan rates, so if your rate is higher than this, you could be paying too much interest.

Despite the fact that half the lenders in the Mozo database currently offer an owner occupier rate at or below the magic number, many Aussies are still paying too much on their mortgage, with the average rate sitting at a steep 4.35%.

“By being on the lookout for more competitive rates under the 3.70% benchmark, borrowers have the potential to save thousands of dollars a year on their home loan,” says Mozo Director, Kirsty Lamont.

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  • Promoted

    loans.com.au

    2.57% p.a.

    2.59% p.a.

    $1234

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    Smart Home Loan 80

    A low-rate home loan that could save you thousands, with no ongoing fees plus unlimited extra repayments and free redraws. Mozo Experts Choice Low Cost Home Loan 2020.^ 20% deposit required. Limited time only.

    • 2.57% p.a.

    • 2.59% p.a.

    • $520

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $520

    • $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 80

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    UBank

    2.49% p.a.

    2.49% p.a.

    $1234

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    UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    Enjoy a super low rate, $0 fees and easy application with the Mozo Experts Choice Home Lender Bank of the Year.^ Free redraw with flexible repayments. Min 20% deposit.

    • 2.49% p.a.

    • 2.49% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $0

    • $100,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

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    HSBC

    2.65% p.a.

    2.66% p.a.

    $1234

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    Discounted Home Value Loan

    No ongoing fees. Free extra repayments and online redraw. Mozo Experts Choice Split Home Loan 2020^

    • 2.65% p.a.

    • 2.66% p.a.

    • $150

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $150

    • $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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    ING

    2.59% p.a.

    2.62% p.a.

    $1234

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    Mortgage Simplifier

    Enjoy no ongoing monthly or annual account-keeping fees. Unlimited additional repayments. Redraw facility available. If you choose to round up your Orange Everyday, every card purchase will help to directly reduce your outstanding home loan balance.

    • 2.59% p.a.

    • 2.62% p.a.

    • $299

    • $0.00

    • $250.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $299

    • $150,000

    • $999,999

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Mortgage Simplifier

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    Bank of Queensland

    2.69% p.a.

    2.86% p.a.

    $1234

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    Economy Home Loan Discount Rate

    An ongoing low variable interest rate with free redraw, flexible repayment options and one free valuation. Discounted Economy variable rate available for owner occupier lending with max LVR of 70%.

    • 2.69% p.a.

    • 2.86% p.a.

    • $450

    • $10.00 monthly

    • $320.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • 70.00%

    • $450

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    • $2,500 cashback when you refinance your home loan to BOQ, min $250,000, 70% LVR or less. Apply before 15 August 2020, settle by 31 October 2020.

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Economy Home Loan Discount Rate

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    Qudos Bank

    2.89% p.a.

    2.89% p.a.

    $1234

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    Low Cost Home Loan

    The Low Cost Home Loan Package features low variable rates from 2.89% (2.89% comparison rate*) for owner-occupiers making principle and interest repayments, and has no application, legal or settlement fees.

    • 2.89% p.a.

    • 2.89% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $275.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • 80.00%

    • $0

    • $150,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Monthly, Fortnightly, Weekly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Low Cost Home Loan

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    Athena

    2.59% p.a.

    2.55% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Variable Home Loan

    Fast online application with no fees. Free extra repayments and redraw facility. Min 20% deposit. Crowned Best New Home Loan for 2020 by the Mozo Experts.^

    • 2.59% p.a.

    • 2.55% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $0

    • $100,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Variable 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.

Crunching the numbers

On a $300,000 home loan over 30 years, the difference between the cost of the average home loan rate and the lowest in the Mozo database is $59,276 - a considerable chunk of change for a household to save*.

“There’s potentially tens of thousands of dollars in savings up for grabs for those who take the time to shop around and find a great deal,” said Lamont.


Tips for choosing a bargain home loan rate

  • Check the comparison rate. One really handy tool when trying to decide what the best value loan for you is, is the comparison rate. This rate takes into account both the interest and guaranteed fees on a loan, to give you a more accurate idea of the ‘true’ cost of a loan and help you compare your options on even footing.

  • Decide what you really need. Many home loans come with a bunch of handy features like free extra repayments and offset accounts which can save you a tonne of money on interest. The downside is that full feature home loans often have more fees or higher interest rates attached. So it’s worth working out exactly what features you’ll use and look for a home loan to suit, so you’re not paying for extras you don’t use.

  • Compare your options. An easy way to compare a heap of home loans from a wide array of lenders is to use our home loan comparison table. Or, if you’re refinancing, take our Switch and Save calculator for a whirl to find out how much a better deal could save you.

*Based on a $300,000 loan over 30 years, 80% LVR, principal and interest repayments. Lowest rate in the Mozo database is 3.49% from Reduce Home Loans.

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