Heritage Bank FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an offset account?

An offset account is similar to a savings or everyday bank account except it is linked to your home loan account and works to ‘offset’ your mortgage balance, allowing you to only pay interest on the difference between your principal loan and the balance in your offset account.

What is Variable Rate?

A variable rate home loan is one where the interest rate is open to the fluctuations of the market or lender. This means your home loan will likely be affected if there is a rate rise or drop.

What is Fixed Rate?

A fixed rate home loan is one where the interest rate is locked-down or fixed for a specified period of time, meaning it can’t change.

What is a Bridging Loan?

A bridging loan can help you to get the finance you need to buy a new property before your current property has sold.

What is a Line of Credit?

A line of credit allows you to borrow in small increments, rather than the total amount at once. This can help you to avoid accruing a large amount of interest by taking out the full loan.

How do I redraw from my home loan for Heritage Bank?

If you’ve paid off the minimum amount on your home loan through advance payments, you are eligible for a redraw through Heritage Bank. This means you will be able to withdraw the extra money you’ve paid, which you can use for any purpose while continuing to pay off your loan. There are two ways you can withdraw from your home loan through Heritage Bank.

The first is by filling out an Application to Redraw Payments in Advance form. You can access this form through Heritage Bank’s website, or contact them to ask for a copy.

You can also apply online through internet banking or Heritage’s Mobile Banking App. However, you will need to already be registered for internet banking to do so, and will need to fill out a Redraw authority form. Once you have done this, you will be able to withdraw money from your redraw facility through online banking at any time — just like you would with any other account. To do this, you simply select the eligible loan account you want to withdraw from, the required amount and the account you want to transfer money to. You can only transfer to a Heritage Bank or other Australian bank account, not BPAY or any international accounts. Your standard Heritage Bank maximum withdrawal limits will also apply.

What is Heritage Bank’s discharge fee?

Like most banks, Heritage Bank charges a discharge fee (otherwise known as a termination or settlement fee) when you finish paying off your loan or refinance with another lender. For their fixed rate home loans, Heritage Bank’s discharge fee is $250.

You may also need to pay a break fee if you pay out and close the loan or switch to another loan type within the fixed loan period. You usually need to pay this when current interest rates are lower than your fixed rate. Heritage Bank calculates this fee by comparing the amount of interest that will be lost due to the fixed term being broken and the projected interest that can be recuperated by re-lending those funds at the current interest rate. Heritage Bank will inform you of any break fees that will apply in your credit contract, payout letter or switch disclosure.

How do I apply for an Heritage Bank mortgage?

There are various steps involved in applying for a Heritage Bank mortgage.

  1. The process generally begins with having a meeting with your mortgage broker, who will be able to determine your lending power and talk you through the various available home loan options
  2. Once you’ve selected the right product for you, your broker can help you fill out the Home Loan application form on Heritage Bank’s website and you will need to sign and submit any relevant forms. A property valuation may also be ordered if necessary
  3. Once all necessary documentation has been submitted, Heritage Bank will carry out a loan assessment to determine your suitability. This is where they determine your ability to repay the loan
  4. If your application is successful, you will then be quickly notified of any conditions that apply — for example, if your approval depends on the satisfactory valuation of the property.
  5. At this point, loan documents are prepared by Heritage Bank’s credit team and you will be contacted when they’re ready to collect from your local brand. If you live interstate, these will be sent to you via mail and you will need to post them back once signed. These will need to be signed by all borrowers and you may need to have some witnessed by a qualified witness such as a Justice of The Peace.
  6. Once the documents have been received by Heritage Bank’s credit department, they will check that they’ve been correctly filled out, signed and witnessed. They will also communicate with your solicitor or conveyancer to collect any other documents needed for settlement
  7. If all goes smoothly, you’ll be on your way to settlement!