Home loan jargon: busted
Variable, fixed & comparison rates
A variable rate means your monthly repayments will rise and fall with market interest rates. For those who prefer more certainty, a fixed rate means your interest and repayments stay the same for your fixed term. The comparison rate sits alongside the lender’s advertised rate, and includes certain fees and charges so you can compare apples with apples.
- Fixed Rate
- Variable Rate
Packaged, offset & split options
Packaging’s like bundling up all your banking needs under one, often with discounts on your home loan interest rate, credit card and more for one annual package fee of $395. An offset means every cent sitting in your day-to-day transaction account counts towards 'offsetting' and lowers your linked home loan’s interest.
Enjoy the best of both worlds: fix a portion knowing interest rates will stay the same, and have the rest variable for more freedom and flexibility.
- Offset Account
- Split Loans
LVR and LMI
Loan-to-value ratio or ‘LVR’ compares our property valuation with your loan amount. An LVR of 80% or more could mean you need to pay LMI.
Lenders Mortgage Insurance or ‘LMI’ is an insurance policy we take out that protects the bank in case you fail to repay your loan. It’s paid upfront by you, usually when you have less than a 20% deposit.
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Conditions, credit criteria, fees and charges apply. Based on St.George’s credit criteria, residential lending is not available for Non-Australian resident borrowers. Interest rates subject to change. Before making a decision, it’s best to read the terms and conditions.
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LVR stands for the initial loan to value ratio. LVR is the amount of your loan compared to the Bank’s valuation of your property offered to secure your loan expressed as a percentage. Home loan rates for new loans are set based on the initial LVR and won’t change during the life of the loan as the LVR changes.
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