Home loan interest rate structures

Many people think choosing the lowest home loan interest rates available is the best strategy.

However, you need to be looking at what is going to work best for you in the long run. What might save you a buck or two now might end up cost you more in the long-term. Selecting the right home loan interest rate can be difficult with so many options available these days. Let one of our home loan experts compare and find the best solution for you so that you can get onto the fun stuff, property hunting.

The most beneficial reason to work with our home loan experts is the fact that we will support you all the way through. From comparing rates to sorting the paperwork. But more importantly, we are constantly on top of the ever-changing home loan interest rates on the market, meaning we keep a close eye on your home loan structure compared with the market to ensure you remain competitive at all times.

Variable home loan interest rates

The interest rates in a variable loan change during the loan life.

They go up and down with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s official rate and funding costs. If home loan interest rates fall then your repayments do too, but, unfortunately, it works the other way too. If rates rise, well then again so do your repayments. Repayments in this interest rate structure will pay off the interest and the principle at the same time, and you can also make extra repayments if you wish which means you will pay off the home loan quicker. This is probably the most popular home loan type. With this type of home loan, you also have the option of a Basic Variable Loan which has a lower interest rate but will have fewer features and flexibility.

Fixed home loan interest rates

This type of home loan interest rate is as it sounds, fixed.

Meaning the interest rate does not change for a period regardless of the market. This means your repayments do not change for the nominated period either. Like anything, this obviously has pro and cons. You don’t get the benefit if the interest rates go down so, in the end, you could pay more than if you had a variable loan if the market stays low. Extra repayments are also limited so you can’t shorten the length of the loan and there are penalties for exiting the loan early. It is not all bad though the benefits are that it’s unaffected by rising interest rates and ability to manage a consistent budget as the repayments stay consistent.

Split home loan interest rates

This home loan interest rate type is a combination of variable and fixed – the loan is split.

It is up to you how much of the loan is to be variable and fixed. This structure gives you best of both worlds, the security of a fixed loan and the flexibility of a variable. It will have less fluctuation with the changing market making budgeting easier, and you can repay the loan quicker with the flexible repayments in the variable part of the loan. There are obvious cons with this one too like rate rises increasing repayments and exit penalties.

Interest only home loan

For a period, usually one to five years, you will only pay off the interest with interest only loan.

This home loan interest rate means the repayments are lower as you are not paying off the principle at the same time in the beginning. After the period, you will pay interest and principle. As this is not fixed, you have the flexibility to make extra repayments and redraw principle if and when you wish. The downfall with this is that for the interest only period you do not pay back any of the principles and will have larger repayments at the end of the interest only period. This loan type tends to be popular with investors as they can sell the property at the end of the interest only period to pay the rest of the loan back.