A. Fixed Rate Home Loans have interest rates and loan repayments that remain the same for an agreed period of time, and then at the end of the term, reverts to a variable rate.

A Variable Rate Home Loan has an interest rate that can move up and down according to fluctuations in the housing market. You should consider a fixed rate if you want the certainty of knowing what your repayments will be and therefore help you budget, not to try and “beat the market” as breaking out of a fixed rate (fixed term) loan contract could cost you thousands of dollars.

A. Yes. You can change from a fixed rate to a variable rate, or vice versa, at any time. If you switch from a fixed rate loan, you may need to pay an Administration Fee and an Early Repayment Adjustment.

At the end of a fixed rate period your loan will automatically move to the variable rate (at no cost), or you can switch to another set period.

A. A Comparison Rate reflects some of the costs of a loan into a single interest rate. The aim of the Comparison Rate is to help you make a more informed decision on the costs associated with a loan, and help you to compare various loans and services offered by financial institutions and mortgage providers. The formula for mortgage providers. The formula for calculating a comparison rate is regulated by the Consumer Credit Code, and all Australian financial institutions and mortgage providers use this same formula.

Find out more about Lenders Mortgage Insurance.

A. A Principal and Interest Home Loan is where the principal repayment and the interest are repaid together throughout a loan’s term. Whereas an ‘interest only’ loan allows you to pay only the interest on the loan for a certain period of time. If you live in your home, you can have an interest only period of up to 10 years, however if you have an Investment Home Loan, you have up to 15 years to pay interest only, after which you need to pay Principal and Interest for the remainder of the loan.

A. Repayment Holidays are available for variable rate Home Loan customers who have made additional repayments on their mortgage. Loan suspension periods usually range from 3 months to 12 months. Talk to one of our Home Loan experts about your entitlements.

A. We offer an Interest in Advance option on interest only Fixed Rate Investment Home Loans, which you pre-pay next year’s interest now and claim it back as a deduction this year. If you are eligible for this option you will get part of the interest back in the form of a tax deduction.

I had paid the deposit to purchase first property and I was not granted a loan by my bank. Astin and Synvestment team helped me procure the loan in time, else I would have lost my dream property and my deposit.

Clover Nguyen