Fixed Home Loan vs Variable Home Loan

June 22nd, 2009 41 Comments
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After you have decided the home you want to buy, you will have to look for a loan to finance the buying of the home. This is the tricky part. There are different types of home loans available marketed by different banks and lenders and offering different interest rates and benefits.

So the first thing that you need to identify is the interest rate: should you go for a fixed home loan or a variable home loan? Both the loans have their own pros and cons. Once you have decided between fixed and variable, you can move ahead and choose the type of loan you want in that particular category.

The first thing you need to do is check which of these two are doing well in the market. The basic difference is that in a fixed rate home loan, you will be charged a flat interest rate through the entire period of the loan. In the variable rate home loan, the interest rate will change according to the market movement and sometimes you might pay a lower interest and in other times you might have to pay a higher rate of interest. The interest is charged in the monthly payments.

Fixed rate home loan

Fixed rate home loans are considered a safer bet by many industry experts due to the fixed interest rate that never changes throughout the life of the loan. The pros of a fixed rate home loan are:

  • The interest rate will never change even when the market is volatile
  • The payment amount, which includes the principal and the interest, will not be affected by the market conditions.
  • There is a sense of security as well as the stability offered by fixed rate especially because you are aware of the amount you need to pay at the end of each month. This will help you to keep the amount aside each month out of your monthly budget.

Variable rate home loan

The variable rate home loan is more popular in Australia. This loan comes with a variable interest rate, which basically means that the interest you pay will be depend on the market condition. Interest rates in this type of loan can and will fluctuate. You will be charged an interest rate that is dependent on the financial index rate listed in the Reserve Bank of Australia. For example: If the current index is 3.5% then the lender will add another 0.5% to make the interest rate 4%.


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