What is a split home loan?
It’s where your home loan is (you guessed it) split into two parts, with one on a fixed interest rate and the other on a variable rate. Can’t remember the difference? Here’s a quick recap.
Fixed rate: That’s where your home loan repayments stay the same for a set amount of time. Once the term is up, you can pick a new fixed rate or switch to a variable rate.
Variable rate: Your repayments might change depending on a bunch of factors including things like the official cash rate which is set by the money gurus at the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Then there’s a split loan, which is a combo of the two. It gives you the security of a fixed rate with the flexibility of a variable rate.
How does a split home loan work?
Say you took out a loan for $500,000 and split it 50:50. $250K would be under a fixed rate and the other half would have a variable rate. Simple, right?
Why would you split a home loan?
It could be a good option if you want the pros of both, or you’re on the fence.
The fixed rate part of your loan means:
- You can make up to $20,000 in extra repayments during the fixed term without paying any break costs. Any more than this and you might be up for a fee.
- If variable rates rise, your minimum mortgage repayments won’t change during the fixed interest rate period.
- However, you won’t benefit from a drop in rates during the fixed term.
- You won’t be able to redraw any additional repayments until the fixed term expires.
The variable rate part means you can:
- Make extra repayments if your bank lets you (ahem... we do).
- Redraw surplus funds if you’re up to date with your repayments and need the cash.
- Still enjoy a dip in your repayments if rates are cut.
- However, your minimum mortgage repayments will go up if interest rates rise.
The finer deets
You might be wondering - what’s the best way to split your home loan? There’s no magic number and it comes down to what you’re comfortable with. But before you decide, ask your bank:
- If splitting your loan is possible (this one’s a biggie).
- The number of times you can split.
- If there are fees or a minimum split amount.
FYI: At UBank, our loans can be split up to four times with a minimum split of $20,000. Plus, splitting a home loan is fee-free!
If you just can’t decide between a fixed or variable rate, a split loan mortgage could be the winner. Check out our cracking rates, and if you like what you see, find out how to apply for a home loan here.
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