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Congratulations, Julia S. Whilst not winning the major prize Julia still walked away with $5000!
The contest is over, but you could still obtain a $100 Gift Card
Home Loan Rate Promise
How it works
Check your home loan rate by entering your details below. If we can't find you a better rate, you will score a $100 Gift Voucher*. That's our promise to you.
- Information on how to enter and the prize form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
- Entry is only open to Australian residents, aged 18 years or older.
- Employees (and their immediate families) of the Promoter and agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible to enter. Immediate family means any of the following: spouse, ex-spouse, de-facto spouse, child or step-child (whether natural or by adoption), parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister or 1st cousin
- Entries into the promotion open on 24/05/2019 and close at 11:59PM AEST on 20/05/2020 (“Promotional Period”).
- To enter, individuals must enter via ratecity.com.au or the URL as advertised on the RateCity digital channels, input the requested details including full name and contact details, answer the relevant questions when prompted, and submit the fully completed entry form during the Promotional Period. Entrants warrant that by submitting an entry in this promotion, they are under no obligation to choose or apply for any financial product/s and/or services.
- Upon submitting a completed entry form in accordance with the above (“Initial Entry”), entrants will be given the opportunity to earn additional entries by referring their friends and family to the promotion. To refer a friend or family member, the entrant must share a unique URL (which will be provided to them after submitting their Initial Entry). Entrants can share their unique URL via email, Twitter and/or Facebook. Entrants will receive one (1) additional entry into the draw (“Additional Entry”) for each friend or family member, who used the Entrant’s unique URL to submit an entry into the promotion in accordance with clause 5 above.
- Multiple entries permitted, subject to the following: (a) only one Initial Entry is permitted per person; (b) only one (1) Additional Entry is permitted per referral that is actioned in accordance with clause 7 above; and (c) each entry must be submitted separately and in accordance with entry requirements.
- The Promoter reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants (including an entrant’s identity, age and place of residence) and reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who the Promoter has reason to believe has breached any of these Terms and Conditions, tampered with the entry process or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise fair and proper conduct of the promotion. Errors and omissions may be accepted at the Promoter's discretion. Failure by the Promoter to enforce any of its rights at any stage does not constitute a waiver of those rights. The Promoter's legal rights to recover damages or other compensation from such an offender are reserved.
- Incomplete or indecipherable entries will be deemed invalid.
- If there is a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to determine the identity of the entrant.
- The draw will take place at Loyalty, 11 Springfield Avenue Toorak VIC 3142 21/05/2020 at 1:00pm AEST, in the presence of an independent scrutineer. The Promoter may draw additional reserve entries and record them in order in case an invalid entry or ineligible entrant is drawn. The winner will be notified in writing within two business days of the draw and their name will be published online at ratecity.com.au from 22/05/2020.
- The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- The first valid entry drawn will win that entrant (“Participant”) the opportunity to play a contingency game (“the Game”) for the chance to win $1,000,000.
- The Game will take place at RateCity, Level 3, Suite 3.02, 52 Alfred Street Milsons Point NSW 2061 on 28/05/2020 at 1:00pm AEST in the presence of a scrutineer. Any and all costs associated with attending the Game are the sole responsibility of the Participant. If the Participant cannot attend the Game, the Participant may participate in the Game via telephone whereby they will select a number between 1 and 200 (inclusive) and a representative of the Promoter will select the game piece bearing that number on their behalf; or the Participant may appoint a proxy over 18 years of age to play the Game on his/her behalf provided the Participant gives the Promoter written, signed notice to that effect before the start of the Game. In the event that the Promoter has not been able to contact the Participant before the start of the Game, a representative of the Promoter will play the Game on the Participant’s behalf.
- There will be 200 numbered game pieces on display at the start of the Game. One (1) game piece will contain a promotional message representing $1,000,000 and 199 game pieces will each contain a promotional message representing $5,000. The Participant/proxy/representative (“Attendee”) must choose only one (1) game piece without touching, handling or interfering in any way with any of the other game pieces on display. If the Attendee is found to have breached this condition, he/she will be disqualified. If the Attendee selects the game piece containing the promotional message representing $1,000,000, then, subject to verification by the judges, the drawn Participant will win $1,000,000. If the Attendee selects a game piece containing a promotional message representing $5,000, then the $1,000,000 prize will not be given away and, subject to verification by the judges, the drawn Participant will win $5,000 cash. Prize will be awarded by way of Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) providing the Participants bank details are provided. Prize will be awarded within 28 days of the Game.
- The drawn Participant’s odds of winning the $1,000,000 prize are 1 in 200. The odds of being drawn as a Participant may be significantly higher than the odds of the drawn Participant winning the major prize and will depend upon the number of entries received.
- Subject to the unclaimed prize draw clause, if for any reason the winner does not take the prize by the time stipulated by the Promoter, then the prize will be forfeited.
- Total prize pool value is up to $1,000,000. The prize is not transferable or exchangeable.
- A draw for the prize if unclaimed may take place on 21/08/2020 at the same time and place as the original draw, subject to any directions from a regulatory authority. The winner (if one is required) will be notified in writing within two business days of the draw and their name will be published online at ratecity.com.au from 24/08/2020. For clarity, any prize awarded in the unclaimed prize draw will be the same prize that was awarded as a result of the Game and was, for any reason, unclaimed by the Participant.
- Entrants consent to the Promoter using their name, likeness, image and/or voice in the event they are a winner (including photograph, film and/or recording of the same) in any media for an unlimited period without remuneration for the purpose of promoting this promotion (including any outcome), and promoting any products manufactured, distributed and/or supplied by the Promoter.
- If this promotion is interfered with in any way or is not capable of being conducted as reasonably anticipated due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter, including but not limited to technical difficulties, unauthorised intervention or fraud, the Promoter reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to the fullest extent permitted by law: (a) to disqualify any entrant; or (b) subject to any written directions from a regulatory authority, to modify, suspend, terminate or cancel the promotion, as appropriate.
- Any cost associated with accessing the promotional website is the entrant’s responsibility and is dependent on the Internet service provider used.
- Nothing in these Terms and Conditions limits, excludes or modifies or purports to limit, exclude or modify the statutory consumer guarantees as provided under the Competition and Consumer Act, as well as any other implied warranties under the ASIC Act or similar consumer protection laws in the States and Territories of Australia (“Non-Excludable Guarantees”). Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of the promotion.
- Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, including the Non-Excludable Guarantees, the Promoter (including its respective officers, employees and agents) is not responsible for and excludes all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Promoter’s control); (b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; (c) any entry or prize claim that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Promoter) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; (d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions; (e) if the Game is delayed, postponed or cancelled for any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Promoter; (f) any tax liability incurred by a winner or entrant; or (g) use of the prize.
- As a condition of accepting the prize, the winner must sign any legal documentation as (and in the form) required by the Promoter and/or prize suppliers in their absolute discretion, including but not limited to a legal release and indemnity form.
- The Promoter is RateCity Pty Limited (ABN 12 122 743 542) of Level 3, Suite 3.02, 52 Alfred Street Milsons Point NSW 2061, telephone 1300 001 153.
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SA Permit No. T19/809
- Price Beat Guarantee - RateCity will find a better interest rate, with one of the lenders we compare, than the interest rate on your current mortgage. If we cannot find a lower interest rate than your current mortgage rate, we will provide you with a $100 Visa EFTPOS gift card. The guarantee will be met where RateCity’s site displays an interest rate that is lower than your current interest rate, for an equivalent loan. If the site cannot display a rate lower than yours (on an equivalent loan), you will be invited to lodge a cashback claim. The guarantee applies by matching the comparison rate on your existing mortgage to the comparison rate of the loans on the RateCity site.
- Price will only be beaten on loans available to the general public from lenders incorporated and licensed within Australia where the interest rate is advertised on the lender’s website for equivalent loans.
- RateCity reserves the right to determine, in its sole discretion whether your existing mortgage is an equivalent loan to the quotes you have obtained through our site. An equivalent loan will have comparable loan features (e.g. offset accounts, redraw available), identical or similar security, identical loan purpose, interest-only and the period to which it applies, and any introductory rates.
- Where you have a discounted rate on your home loan rate under a combination loan arrangement which requires you to have at least two loans to receive a discounted rate, the Price Beat Guarantee is applied to the interest rate calculated by averaging the rates on all loans in your combination loan.
- If you have a cheaper rate, you must provide evidence to us in the form of a letter from your lender or statement of account for your mortgage (no more than 3 months’ old) demonstrating the current interest rate applicable to your mortgage.
- This offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer from RateCity, unless otherwise stated.
- This offer is only open to natural persons who are Australian residents who meet the following criteria:
- a) Over 18 years of age;
- b) Have a current single property home loan;
- c) Are not in arrears on their home loan;
- d) Have an outstanding home loan amount of $150,000 up to $2,000,000.
- e) Have not packaged the home loan with a business loan or secured the loan through business relationships or any other preferential arrangement not available to the market at large e.g. a discounted offer available to members of a certain professional association or offered because of a separate business banking relationship;
- f) Have a loan value to security ratio of less than 80%; and
- g) Have had the current home loan for at least 90 days.
- Exclusions – This offer is not available where your existing mortgage is a discounted employment package, staff discount home loan, or any other kind of loan discounted for a specialised or defined group that is not available to the public at large.
- Where you make a successful claim, the Visa EFTPOS card will be emailed to the email address you specify in your claim within 28 days after the end of the month in which you made your claim. RateCity accepts no responsibility for the Visa EFTPOS card being intercepted fraudulently, misdelivered, or otherwise lost in transit.
- Where your mortgage has joint borrowers, you may make a cashback claim in the name of both or either of you, but there is a limit of one cashback claim in respect of the same mortgage. Where you make your cashback claim in joint names, delivery of the Visa EFTPOS card to one or either of you satisfies our obligations under these terms and conditions.
- RateCity reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time for any reason. Upon RateCity deciding to withdraw this offer, which will be effected by the removal of these terms and conditions from the site, RateCity will honour all cashback claims already submitted but will not accept any further cashback claims.
How much are repayments on a $250K mortgage?
The exact repayment amount for a $250,000 mortgage will be determined by several factors including your deposit size, interest rate and the type of loan. It is best to use a mortgage calculator to determine your actual repayment size.
For example, the monthly repayments on a $250,000 loan with a 5 per cent interest rate over 30 years will be $1342. For a loan of $300,000 on the same rate and loan term, the monthly repayments will be $1610 and for a $500,000 loan, the monthly repayments will be $2684.
What is the difference between fixed, variable and split rates?
A fixed rate home loan is a loan where the interest rate is set for a certain amount of time, usually between one and 15 years. The advantage of a fixed rate is that you know exactly how much your repayments will be for the duration of the fixed term. There are some disadvantages to fixing that you need to be aware of. Some products won’t let you make extra repayments, or offer tools such as an offset account to help you reduce your interest, while others will charge a significant break fee if you decide to terminate the loan before the fixed period finishes.
A variable rate home loan is one where the interest rate can and will change over the course of your loan. The rate is determined by your lender, not the Reserve Bank of Australia, so while the cash rate might go down, your bank may decide not to follow suit, although they do broadly follow market conditions. One of the upsides of variable rates is that they are typically more flexible than their fixed rate counterparts which means that a lot of these products will let you make extra repayments and offer features such as offset accounts.
Split rates home loans
A split loan lets you fix a portion of your loan, and leave the remainder on a variable rate so you get a bet each way on fixed and variable rates. A split loan is a good option for someone who wants the peace of mind that regular repayments can provide but still wants to retain some of the additional features variable loans typically provide such as an offset account. Of course, with most things in life, split loans are still a trade-off. If the variable rate goes down, for example, the lower interest rates will only apply to the section that you didn’t fix.
What happens to my home loan when interest rates rise?
If you are on a variable rate home loan, every so often your rate will be subject to increases and decreases. Rate changes are determined by your lender, not the Reserve Bank of Australia, however often when the RBA changes the cash rate, a number of banks will follow suit, at least to some extent. You can use RateCity cash rate to check how the latest interest rate change affected your mortgage interest rate.
When your rate rises, you will be required to pay your bank more each month in mortgage repayments. Similarly, if your interest rate is cut, then your monthly repayments will decrease. Your lender will notify you of what your new repayments will be, although you can do the calculations yourself, and compare other home loan rates using our mortgage calculator.
There is no way of conclusively predicting when interest rates will go up or down on home loans so if you prefer a more stable approach consider opting for a fixed rate loan.
What is a honeymoon rate and honeymoon period?
Also known as the ‘introductory rate’ or ‘bait rate’, a honeymoon rate is a special low interest rate applied to loans for an initial period to attract more borrowers. The honeymoon period when this lower rate applies usually varies from six months to one year. The rate can be fixed, capped or variable for the first 12 months of the loan. At the end of the term, the loan reverts to the standard variable rate.
What is a standard variable rate (SVR)?
The standard variable rate (SVR) is the interest rate a lender applies to their standard home loan. It is a variable interest rate which is normally used as a benchmark from which they price their other variable rate home loan products.
A standard variable rate home loan typically includes most, if not all the features the lender has on offer, such as an offset account, but it often comes with a higher interest rate attached than their most ‘basic’ product on offer (usually referred to as their basic variable rate mortgage).
What is a cooling-off period?
Once a home loan’s contracts are exchanged between the borrower and the lender, a five-day cooling-off period follows, during which the contracts may be cancelled if needed.
What is a loan-to-value ratio (LVR)?
A loan-to-value ratio (otherwise known as a Loan to Valuation Ratio or LVR), is a calculation lenders make to work out the value of your loan versus the value of your property, expressed as a percentage. Lenders use this calculation to help assess your suitability for a home loan, and whether you need to pay lender’s mortgage insurance (LMI). As a general rule, most banks will require you to pay LMI if your loan-to-value ratio is 80 per cent or more. LVR is worked out by dividing the loan amount by the value of the property. If you are looking for a quick ball-park estimate of LVR, the size of your deposit is a good indicator as it is directly proportionate to your LVR. For instance, a loan with an LVR of 80 per cent requires a deposit of 20 per cent, while a 90 per cent LVR requires 10 per cent down payment.
LOAN AMOUNT / PROPERTY VALUE = LVR%
While this all sounds simple enough, it is worth doing a more accurate calculation of LVR before you commit to buying a place as there are some traps to be aware of. Firstly, the ‘loan amount’ is the price you paid for the property plus additional costs such as stamp duty and legal fees, minus your deposit amount. Secondly, the ‘property value’ is determined by your lender’s valuation of the property, not the price you paid for it, and sometimes these can differ so where possible, try and get your bank to evaluate the property before you put in an offer.
What is the difference between offset and redraw?
The difference between an offset and redraw account is that an offset account is intended to work as a transaction account that can be accessed whenever you need. A redraw facility on the other hand is more like an “emergency fund” of money that you can draw on if needed but isn’t used for everyday expenses.
What is the difference between a fixed rate and variable rate?
A variable rate can fluctuate over the life of a loan as determined by your lender. While the rate is broadly reflective of market conditions, including the Reserve Bank’s cash rate, it is by no means the sole determining factor in your bank’s decision-making process.
A fixed rate is one which is set for a period of time, regardless of market fluctuations. Fixed rates can be as short as one year or as long as 15 years however after this time it will revert to a variable rate, unless you negotiate with your bank to enter into another fixed term agreement
Variable rates is that they are typically more flexible than their fixed rate counterparts which means that a lot of these products will let you make extra repayments and offer features such as offset accounts however fixed rates do offer customers a level of security by knowing exactly how much they need to set aside each month.
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Who has the best home loan?
Determining who has the ‘best’ home loan really does depend on your own personal circumstances and requirements. It may be tempting to judge a loan merely on the interest rate but there can be added value in the extras on offer, such as offset and redraw facilities, that aren’t available with all low rate loans.
To determine which loan is the best for you, think about whether you would prefer the consistency of a fixed loan or the flexibility and potential benefits of a variable loan. Then determine which features will be necessary throughout the life of your loan. Thirdly, consider how much you are willing to pay in fees for the loan you want. Once you find the perfect combination of these three elements you are on your way to determining the best loan for you.
What is breach of contract?
A failure to follow all or part of a contract or breaking the conditions of a contract without any legal excuse. A breach of contract can be material, minor, actual or anticipatory, depending on the severity of the breaches and their material impact.
What is a building in course of erection loan?
Also known as a construction home loan, a building in course of erection (BICOE) loan loan allows you to draw down funds as a building project advances in order to pay the builders. This option is available on selected variable rate loans.
Why do I need to enter my current mortgage information?
We use your current mortgage details to calculate the potential savings if you were to change lenders, and also to help us point you to loans that may meet your needs.
For example – if you live in the house you own, we’ll make sure we show you the owner-occupier rates, which are typically cheaper than investor rates. Or if you have less than 20% equity in your property, then we won’t show you the deals that require a greater amount of equity.
The fine print – what are the eligibility criteria?
This competition is only available to Australian residents who are over 18 and check their home loan interest rate at RateCity. However, you are not required to refinance your home loan or apply for any financial products.
You can still enter if you don’t have a home loan yet – enter how much you plan to borrow and the details of the property you’re considering, and we’ll compare mortgage offers that may suit your needs and estimate how much you could save compared to a loan with an average interest rate.