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Understanding equity

You didn’t rush into buying your home, so don’t attempt to access your equity without fully understanding the process.

The amount of equity in your home is determined by the difference between the market value of your home, and the amount you still have to repay on your mortgage. Put simply, the more you pay off your home loan, or as the value of your home increases, your equity grows.

Before you do a few quick sums and start planning what to do with your equity, you should consider that by accessing your equity, the total amount you’ll owe on your mortgage will increase, which can mean your repayments rise. What’s more, depending on the type of home loan you have, you may face restrictions which prevent you from taking advantage of your equity or even growing it by making extra repayments.

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Growing your equity

There are basically two main ways to make sure your equity grows, and that is by making changes around the house to ensure its value continues to grow or structuring your mortgage and repayments correctly.

1. Increase your property value

Of course, it’s fair to think that all property values are slowly rising. If you want to give your property value a real kick-start, though, make some changes which ensure it will be viewed favourably by the market. Getting your renovations right will not only improve your quality of life now, but it will also mean that your property will be worth more.

Get your reno right with our how-to guide

2. Structuring your loan and repayments

A sure-fire way to increase your equity is to simply reduce the balance of your loan by increasing either the size and/or frequency of your repayments. Also, by opening an offset account, your savings are offset against your loan balance, reducing the interest you pay.

And if you know you’re going to regularly want to access your equity, look for a Line of Credit Loan. By making more regular repayments, the amount available for you to withdraw will automatically increase.

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Accessing your equity

To work out how much equity you have in your home, it’s probably wise to get an up-to-date property valuation for the property.

To access your equity, you can re-borrow extra repayments if your loan features a redraw facility, or by topping up your loan balance. Greater Bank customers, where redraw is available on their Home Loan, can re-borrow extra repayments with free redraws via OnlineBanking.

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Talk to your lender about how much equity you have in your home and the best way to access it.

If you’re over 60 and own your own home, you may also look to consider a Reverse Mortgage. This option allows you to make regular withdrawals on your home loan without having to sell your home.

Reverse Mortgages

With a Reverse Mortgage, you can unlock the wealth and turn your bricks and mortar into a cash resource to fund the lifestyle you choose.

Learn more about Reverse Mortgages

Improve your outlook

Once you’re able to access your home’s equity, you can then use it for a number of purposes to improve both your financial outlook and your ongoing lifestyle.

The most common uses include:

1. Investing

Whether for your next home, an investment property or in other options such as shares or managed funds.

2. Lifestyle

Need a new car or are overdue for a family holiday? Tap your equity and make it happen.

3. Home-front

Family growing and need extra room, or have you always wanted a brand new pool and deck? Renovate using your equity.

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Our ultimate in loans. Our Ultimate Home Loan offers the flexibility of fixed or variable rate, or a mixture of both. What's more, it features a linked offset account and unlimited free online redraws.
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Our simple, low rate loan that’s perfect if you’re after great value and no ongoing fees. Our Great Rate loan lives up to its name and offers flexible repayment and loan term options.
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Our Line of Credit helps you make the most of the equity in your home. Great if you’re thinking about renovating, investing, or just want more flexibility.
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Interest Rate 1.69 % p.a.
Comparison rate 3.72 %^ p.a.
~1 year fixed, owner occupied, principal and interest
Interest rate 1.69 % p.a.
Comparison rate 3.49 %^ p.a.
~1 year fixed, owner occupied, principal and interest
Interest rate 4.00 % p.a.
Ultimate Line of Credit home loan base rate
Interest rate 2.19 % p.a.
Comparison rate 4.10 %^ p.a.
~1 year fixed, principal and interest
Interest rate 2.69 % p.a.
Comparison rate 3.51 %^ p.a.
~5 year fixed, principal and interest
Key Features
Great if you want a packaged home loan with a low rate and added benefits.
Key Features
Great if you want a low-rate no-frills home loan.
Key Features
Great if you want a continuous credit facility to access the equity in your home.
Key Features
Great if you want a great value packaged loan to invest in property.
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Great if you want a simple, no-nonsense investment loan with competitive rates.
Interest only available
Fixed rates available
Minimum deposit required (without requiring mortgage insurance or a Family Pledge)
20% of purchase price (plus costs)
Maximum loan term
30 years
Parental guarantee available
Property location
NSW, ACT & QLD
Multiple offset accounts
Yes. Available once loan reverts to a variable interest rate.
Free redraw online
Additional repayments
Split loan option
Can be used for land & construction (variable rates only)
Can be used for refinance
Fast refi
Available if self employed
Repayment holiday
Ongoing fee
$395 p.a. Package fee
Interest only available
Fixed rates available
Minimum deposit required (without requiring mortgage insurance or a Family Pledge)
20% of purchase price (plus costs)
Maximum loan term
30 years
Parental guarantee available
Property location
NSW, ACT & QLD
Multiple offset accounts
Free redraw online
Additional repayments
Split loan option
Can be used for land & construction (variable rates only)
Can be used for refinance
Fast refi
Available if self employed
Repayment holiday
Ongoing fee
Interest only available
Fixed rates available
Minimum deposit required (without requiring mortgage insurance or a Family Pledge)
20%-25% dependent on security taken
Maximum loan term
N/A
Parental guarantee available
Property location
NSW, ACT & QLD
Multiple offset accounts
Free redraw online
Additional repayments
Split loan option
Can be used for land & construction (variable rates only)
Can be used for refinance
Fast refi
Available if self employed
Repayment holiday
Ongoing fee
$10 per month
Interest only available
Fixed rates available
Minimum deposit required (without requiring mortgage insurance or a Family Pledge)
20% of purchase price (plus costs)
Maximum loan term
30 years
Parental guarantee available
Property location
NSW, ACT & QLD
Multiple offset accounts
Yes. Available once loan reverts to a variable interest rate.
Free redraw online
Additional repayments
Split loan option
Can be used for land & construction (variable rates only)
Can be used for refinance
Fast refi
Available if self employed
Repayment holiday
Ongoing fee
$395 p.a. Package fee
Interest only available
Fixed rates available
Minimum deposit required (without requiring mortgage insurance or a Family Pledge)
20% of purchase price (plus costs)
Maximum loan term
30 years
Parental guarantee available
Property location
NSW, ACT & QLD
Multiple offset accounts
Free redraw online
Additional repayments
Split loan option
Can be used for land & construction (variable rates only)
Can be used for refinance
Fast refi
Available if self employed
Repayment holiday
Ongoing fee
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^Comparison rate is based on $150,000 over 25 years. WARNING: This comparison rate is true only for the example given and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

#Discounted rates include a discount on Home Loans of $150,000 or over and Home Loans with an LVR 80% or below and apply to new borrowings only. Discounted rate not available for Line of Credit facilities.

+Additional costs may apply if your loan has a fixed rate.

All new interest-only home loans, attract a 0.10% p.a. margin above the applicable Principal and Interest base rate. All new Line of Credit home loans, attract a 0.10% p.a. margin above the applicable Line of Credit base rate. The all-up interest rate which includes any margins, will be set out in your credit contract. View our Terms and Conditions.