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Home Loan Comparison Guide

The details involved in taking out a home loan in Perth and across Australia. We can help you decide which loan to choose. We will help you understand the different types of home loans, and which one may be best for you.

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Home Loans Comparrison Guide

Variable Home Loans Perth & Australia
Variable rate home loans often provide additional flexibility and are the most popular type of home loan in Australia.

As the name suggests, the interest rate is variable and therefore fluctuates with the movements of the Reserve Bank of Australia as well as the cost of your financial institution sourcing funds to lend. Variable rates are generally broken into two categories by financial institutions: basic and standard.

As the name suggests the basic variable rate only covers the basic home loan features. On these loans, you generally won’t have access to features such as a redraw facility, however this also means the interest rate is generally slightly lower than other loans.
The standard variable rate is traditionally slightly higher than the basic variable, however along with this you receive extra features such as a redraw facility, repayment frequency flexibility, portability and the option to pay in advance.

Variable home loans generally require closer monitoring, especially if you over-capitalise and interest rates rise. It is important to make sure that you budget and plan for the future, should interest rates rise, to ensure that you are able to meet the required repayments.

Fixed Home Loans Perth & Australia
Fixed rate home loans generally have all the features of a standard variable product; however, the interest rate is fixed generally from one to five years. Fixed rate products are great products to help maintain the household budget because the repayments will not change during the fixed period.

However, a fixed rate home loan means you could end up paying more if interest rates fall. It is possible to exit the home loan agreement if you feel it is right to do so, although lenders will generally charge penalty fees to compensate for any loss in future profits they may suffer.

Introductory & Honeymoon Home Loans
Introductory or Honeymoon home loans are generally popular for first home buyers, however this doesn’t mean that these are the only people who can access these products. Honeymoon home loans give individuals a discounted interest rate for the first six to twelve months depending on the product. After this period expires, the loan generally reverts to the lenders standard variable product.

Although it may be tempting to take out a Honeymoon home loan because of its reduced interest rate, it is important to watch out for restrictions or exclusions on other aspects of the home loan. Many lenders will limit the availability of features (such as redraw facilities, repayments etc.) to offset the lower interest rate. In some cases, this can mean less flexibility over the life of the loan.

Interest Only home loans are particularly popular for investors. The repayments of interest only loans will be lower than an ordinary home loan because you only pay the interest charges each month – you aren’t required to pay off the principal of the loan.

Some interest only home loans are available for owner-occupier clients; however, these can be risky because your level of debt will not fall for the life of the loan. Interest only home loans should be a short-term option (about 5 years at the most). Also, in times when house prices may fall this may mean you have negative equity – you have borrowed more than your house is worth.

Low Doc & No Doc Home Loans Perth & Australia
Low and No Doc home loans are increasingly popular in Australia, especially for self-employed or contractors. As the name suggests you require less documentation to take out the home loan (this is essentially proof of income and other debts etc.).

Although it is generally much easier to be found eligible for these home loans, it is not always the best way to go. As a result of providing less documentation, the bank will generally charge a higher interest rate or additional fees because there is a higher perceived risk with applicants. If possible, in most cases you will be better off with a full doc home loan (full documentation – providing the required proof of income etc.) because they are a cheaper product in the long run.

Although it may be less work to apply for a low or no doc option, the extra work can be worthwhile applying for a full doc home loan.

So how do I know which home loan to choose? 

That is one of the most frequently asked questions and something that needs to be carefully considered before jumping in and signing loan documents. Really, it comes down to what you think is right for you. Speaking to a broker is a really great way to find out which loan is most appropriate for you.

A broker won’t force you to take out a product; they can and may recommend a loan that will suit you based on the information you have provided to them and they can take care of all of the paperwork and application requirements. If you specifically would like a certain type of loan a broker is able to compare a wide range of them for you.

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