What is a mortgage offset account?

Front and centre of saving both money and years off your home loan is having an offset account. The amount held in this account will be offset against the balance of your loan. This means you’ll pay less interest on your home loan. This will directly affect the amount you pay off your loan each month and, over time, will add up and reduce the time it takes you to pay off your loan.

Will an offset account suit me?

If you are unable to make additional or lump sum repayments on your home loan an offset account could give you the benefits of reducing the amount of interest you pay while ensuring your funds are still accessible.

Example

Jenny’s home loan balance is $340,000. She currently has $12,000 in her offset account. This means that Jenny is only paying interest on a home loan balance of $328,000.

If needed, Jenny is able to use the $12,000 at any time. However, by taking money out of her offset account this will directly affect the amount of interest she pays on her loan.

For more information about offset accounts and whether they will suit you visit one of our Home Lending Specialists in branch or phone 13 14 22. Criteria, fees and conditions apply.

* Home loan comparison rate based on a $150,000 loan over 25 years.  Fixed loan comparison rate applies only for loans with an LVR of 80% or less and a loan amount of $150,000 to $249,999.  WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the examples given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

Interest rates are on a per annum basis. Rates are correct as stated and subject to change without notice. Rates shown are for new loans and do not apply to switches or internal refinances.

Home Advantage Variable rates include discounts shown from the Standard Variable rate. Home Advantage Living Equity rates include discounts from the Living Equity rate. Discounts are based on total lending in the package. Discount Variable LVR rates are for new lending and include discounts from the Discount Variable Loan Rate.  Discounts are not available in conjunction with any other interest rate discount or special offer. All fixed rates are fixed for the period stated and revert to the variable rate applying at expiration of the fixed term. To approved applicants only. Conditions, criteria and fees apply.

Loan to Value Ratio (LVR) is the loan amount divided by the value of your security property (determined by Heritage Bank at assessment), multiplied by 100. Owner Occupied loans have a maximum LVR of 95%, Investment loans have a maximum LVR of 80% and Living Equity has a maximum LVR of 80%. Heritage is not accepting any new investment applications until further notice.

This advice has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of this you should, before acting on this information, consider its appropriateness having regard to your objectives, financial situation or needs.

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