Commonwealth Bank FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much can I borrow with a CBA home loan?

The exact finance amount for a Commonwealth Bank home loan will depend on the product type, your deposit and your individual circumstances.

What is the Commonwealth Bank home loan interest rate?

The interest rate on Commonwealth Bank homes loans varies between products and can be viewed above.

Is Commonwealth Bank good for home loans?

Commonwealth Bank is well-regarded in the Australian community however, its home loan products can have high interest rates for non-traditional applicants.

Can I negotiate home loan rates with Commbank?

It is always worth asking your lender for a more competitive rate, whether or not they oblige is another question. Many borrowers find negotiation useful.

How much deposit do I need for a home loan with Commonwealth?

The amount you can borrow on a Commonwealth Bank home loan depends on the price and size of the property you are purchasing and your unique financial situation. Lenders take factors like your annual income, expenses and personal debt into account when determining your borrowing power. The minimum required deposit on a Commonwealth Bank home loan is 10%, however you will likely also need to pay for Lenders Mortgage Insur-ance (LMI) and their Low Deposit Premium fee. The best way to figure out how much of a deposit you will need for a home loan with Commonwealth is to use their handy home loan calculator.

How do I apply for a Commonwealth Bank mortgage?

Applying for a home loan with Commonwealth Bank should begin with sitting down with a broker so they can help you find the right mortgage for your needs. Once you’ve found the right fit, there are two ways you can apply. If your financial situation is fairly straightforward and you already bank with Commonwealth, you can apply online via Netbank. The process only takes around 15 minutes and you’ll need to provide information about the type of property you want to buy and your living expenses. If you’re currently searching for a property, you can also quickly apply for pre-conditional ap-proval online. In either case, you should receive an immediate response.

If you don’t already bank with Commonwealth or your application is a little more complicated (for example, you’re self-employed or have two or more borrowers), it’s best to book an appointment at a branch with one of their lending specialists. You will need to bring your last three months of bank statements (if you’re not with Commonwealth) or your most recent payslip, as well as a list of your living expenses including food, transport and utilities. If you are self-employed, you’ll also need to bring your business or tax re-turns, financials and ATO assessment notices for the last two years.

Once your home loan application is approved, Commonwealth Bank will send a contract and official letter of offer on your home loan. At this point, you should seek out a conveyancer or solicitor to go through the contract with you, before signing and sending it back.

What are the features and benefits of the Commonwealth Bank Extra Home Loan?

The Commonwealth Bank Extra Home Loan is known for its low interest rates, low fees and flexible features. It has a variable interest rate of 3.22%, which is quite competitive compared to other mortgages on the market. However, this rate is only available to new borrowers with a loan to value (LVR) ratio of 70% or less and who have selected a life of loan discount — where the same discount rate applies for the entire term of the loan. They also have a 2-year introductory variable rate (3.27% p.a, then 3.83% p.a af-ter the 2 years) and 4-year introductory variable rare (3.27% p.a, then 3.72% p.a after the 4 years)

Another feature of the Extra Home loan is zero establishment and monthly loan service fees. It offers a redraw facility, meaning customers can access additional payments they’ve made towards their loan whenever they need it without needing to pay any fees. They also offer the ability to switch or split your loan from a variable rate to a fixed rate or switching from interest-only to principal and interest repayments.

How to apply for a Commonwealth Bank Fixed Loan?

The Commonwealth Bank Fixed Rate Home Loan is characterised by its competitive fixed rates and wide range of repayment options. Borrowers tend to choose this home loan if they want to lock in a strong rate and pro-tect themselves from the fluctuations of the market. You can apply for this home loan the same way as you would any other Commonwealth Bank mortgage — via Netbank if you’re already a customer, or by scheduling a consultation with a home lending specialist.