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

    UBank

    2.84% p.a.

    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.

    • 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

    loans.com.au

    2.88% p.a.

    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.

    • 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

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    Athena

    2.84% p.a.

    2.80% p.a.

    $1234

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    Variable Home Loan

    Get the low rate you deserve with Athena, one of Australia's newest direct lenders. No fees and fee-free redraw. The same low rates for new and existing customers. Score loyalty bonus for making repayments. Min 20% deposit.

    • 2.84% p.a.

    • 2.80% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $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

  • Promoted

    Tic:Toc

    2.79% p.a.

    2.80% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Variable Home Loan

    Tic:Toc’s award-winning online platform could save you thousands. No fees, fee-free redraws and an optional offset account for $10 per month. Minimum 10% deposit. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 for Online Home Lender of the Year 2019.^

    • 2.79% p.a.

    • 2.80% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $325.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • Optional - $10 per month

    • 90.00%

    • $50,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Variable Home Loan

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    Well Home Loans

    2.82% p.a.

    2.86% p.a.

    $1234

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    Well Balanced

    Well Balanced home loan is a low rate home loan with free online redraw and no valuation fee. Purchase, Refinance or Equity Release purposes allowed. Best New Home Loan in Mozo Experts Choice Awards 2019.^

    • 2.82% p.a.

    • 2.86% p.a.

    • $785

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • Optional - $10 per month

    • 80.00%

    • $200,000

    • $2,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Well Balanced

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    HSBC

    2.95% p.a.

    2.97% p.a.

    $1234

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    Discounted Home Value Loan

    Unlimited free extra repayments and no ongoing service fees when you apply by the 31st January 2020. (T&Cs apply). Get help with the application process with an HSBC relationship manager, requires a minimum of 10% deposit at a max of 80% LVR. Winner of a Mozo Experts Choice Award 2019 in the Low Cost Home Loan category.^

    • 2.95% p.a.

    • 2.97% p.a.

    • $150

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free online

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $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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    Homestar

    2.74% p.a.

    2.77% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Star Essentials Home Loan

    One of the lowest home loan rates in town packed with essential features. No application or ongoing fees. Unlimited additional repayments with free online redraws. Min. loan size $150k, no construction loans.

    • 2.74% p.a.

    • 2.77% p.a.

    • $596

    • $0.00

    • $535.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • $850,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the Star Essentials 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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