The number one mortgage mistake

Rebeccah Elley

14 Jun 2017

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Key Points

  • Big bank home loan loyalty costs Aussies $6 billion a year

  • Smaller lenders can save borrowers thousands of dollars a year

  • Lowest home loan rates start from just 3.66%

Home loan loyalty is costing Australian mortgage holders a whopping $6 billion a year, according to new research from comparison site Mozo.com.au.

Despite a surge in smaller lenders offering mortgage rates under 4.00%, borrowers are wasting $17 million a day by sticking with big bank lenders instead of switching to a cheaper home loan.

“The most expensive mistake the average borrower could make is sticking with the same loan over a 25 to 30 year period, says Mozo Director Kirsty Lamont.

“You’re paying a lazy tax and missing out on thousands of dollars in switching savings.”

“Refinancing to a new home loan only takes a few hours and the savings that can be made are significant - it could be the easiest couple of thousand dollars you make this year.”

Top Home Loans in March 2018 - rates updated daily

  • HSBC

    3.59% p.a. variable

    3.61% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Discounted Home Value Loan

    Discounted rate for the life of the loan. A relationship manager to help you through the application process.

    • 3.59% p.a. variable

    • 3.61% p.a.

    • $150

    • $0.00

    • $300.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free online

    • no

    • 90.00%

    • $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

  • UBank

    3.59% p.a. variable

    3.59% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    UHomeLoan - Discount Offer

    A low rate Home Loan with no bank fees on variable rate loans. Easy & fast to apply. Choose between flexible repayments and make extra repayments for free on a variable rate home loan.

    • 3.59% p.a. variable

    • 3.59% p.a.

    • $0

    • $0.00

    • $0.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $200,000

    • $699,999

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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

  • Athena

    3.49% p.a. variable

    3.51% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Opening Offer Variable Home Loan - Refinance Only

    No application fees, no monthly fees & no annual fees. Stay-great rates for the entirety of the loan, so you pay it off faster.

    • 3.49% p.a. variable

    • 3.51% p.a.

    • $488

    • $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 Opening Offer Variable Home Loan - Refinance Only

  • Virgin Money

    3.69% p.a. variable

    3.83% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Reward Me Variable Rate Home Loan

    Competitive rates from 3.69% p.a. Plus receive 20,000 Velocity Points for every $100,000 drawn at settlement.

    • 3.69% p.a. variable

    • 3.83% p.a.

    • $150

    • $10.00 monthly

    • $320.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • 80.00%

    • $750,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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

  • Hot Deal Brand New Offer

    loans.com.au

    3.48% p.a. variable

    3.50% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    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.

    • 3.48% p.a. variable

    • 3.50% 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

  • ME

    3.97% p.a. variable

    3.99% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    Basic Home Loan

    No fees to redraw & low variable rate. Meet a mobile banker at a time or place that suits you.

    • 3.97% p.a. variable

    • 3.99% p.a.

    • $400

    • $0.00

    • $350.00

    • yes - free

    • yes - free

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $40,000

    • -

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

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

  • Bank First

    3.72% p.a. variable

    3.77% p.a.

    $1234

    Product details Close details
    First Rate Home Loan

    No annual package fee. Flexible weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments. Free redraw with a $500 minimum.

    • 3.72% p.a. variable

    • 3.77% p.a.

    • $600

    • $0.00

    • $350.00

    • yes - free

    • yes

    • no

    • 80.00%

    • $150,000

    • $1,000,000

    • Variable

    • Principal & Interest

    • Owner Occupier

    • Weekly, Fortnightly, Monthly

    Read our Mozo Review to learn more about the First Rate 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 $150,000 over 25 years.

Here are Lamont’s three top tips for getting a better home loan deal:

1. Compare your rate with the best on market

“Look beyond the big four banks to find the best value. Smaller non-bank and online lenders like loans.com.au, UBank and Newcastle Permanent offer some of the lowest home loan rates in the market”, says Lamont.

To research the best value home loans, use a reputable comparison website like Mozo.com.au to compare home loans side by side and avoid wasted hours spent visiting each lender’s website.

2. See if you're up for any switching costs

Once you’ve compared the best rates to find out how much you can save by switching, Lamont says the next step is to work out any costs involved in refinancing.

“You might be charged a discharge fee from your current lender or an upfront fee by the provider you’re switching to. In most cases however, the savings to be made by switching will outweigh any refinancing costs.”

3. Choose a loan with flexible features

Lamont’s last piece of advice is to create a shortlist of the types of features you would like in your new loan.

“Features like an extra repayments facility and offset account can help you to pay down your home loan faster and save even more on interest charges,” adds Lamont.

Want to see if you can save thousands on your home loan?

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